I am the author of two novels and one nonfiction book. I am a member of the Writers Union of Canada. I am also a two-time recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Writer's Works in Progress Grant, and a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve. My short stories and poetry have appeared in places like Hazlitt, Taddle Creek, The Hart House Review, and The Puritan.
My debut novel, Mooncalves, was published in 2019 to wide acclaim. Media outlets such as The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun turned in positive reviews; the Globe and Mail called the book "A stunning debut," and the Vancouver Sun stated that, "If you are as impressed as this reviewer, [Mooncalves] is this generation's answer to Atwood." According to the Toronto Star, the book is " prickly and demanding and a bit feral but both singular and absorbing."
My second novel, Autonomy, was released Spring 2022 with Rare Machines/Dundurn Press. Described by Giller-winning author Michael Redhill as "a beautifully written and profoundly enthralling novel that made me wonder if Joan Didion had started writing literary fiction," the book was called "a remarkable work of fiction" in the Vancouver Sun; Liz Harmer, author of The Amateurs, said "Hetherington's vision is bleak, but their glittering prose gives even the most monstrous realities of late-capitalism an unsettling glimmer."
Noted critic Steven J. Beattie wrote that book is "a philosophical rumination on the nature of human agency in the guise of a dystopian narrative about technology and a global pandemic." From the Toronto Star: "Over punchy, effortless chapters Hetherington spins a delectably serpentine tale." The book has received additional praise in Quill and Quire, the Literary Review of Canada, and other venues.
Brought to life by Sierra Kline and OrangeSky Productions, Autonomy is available as an Audiobook on Audible.
I speak about Autonomy on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
INTO THE MIST
Equal parts tragedy and enduring, generational love, Into The Mist tells the true story of a Saskatchewan aviation mystery six decades in the making.
Watch me discuss the research process for the book with Jeff Rodstad for CTV Sakatoon.
Listen to me speak with John Gormley about the story, the writing process and Raymond Gran's service in World War II.
With Canadian aviation expert Dorrin Wallace, I discuss the book for CBC Regina.
Learn about the Into The Mist book launch in August 2022, which featured a panel of experts including historian, author and University of Saskatoon professor Bill Waiser OC and journalist and head of the Canadian Aviation Society Will Chabun.
The book is available at McNally Robinson Books in Saskatoon.
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