PRAISE FOR DEBUT NOVEL 'MOONCALVES'

Based on real events surrounding a cult in rural Quebec, Hetherington's debut novel Mooncalves weaves a tale of present-day crime and a strange, dystopian future. 

"The arrival of Hetherington’s unique narrative voice may announce the coming of a new genre. Call it Post Singularity Toronto Gothic, if you will. You may be tempted, if you are as impressed by this debut as this reviewer is, to see Hetherington as the millennial generation’s persuasive answer to Atwood."

The Vancouver Sun

"Word started to spread in literary circles earlier this spring about a startling literary debut, a first novel called Mooncalves by Victoria Hetherington, published by a very small press in Vancouver. Such presses have no money for publicity, so the only way for a novel such as that to create some word of mouth is to be really, really good. Here is evidence, for the skeptical, that it sometimes does happen. Mooncalves is a stunning debut."

- The Globe and Mail

"With family resemblances to other Canadians, specifically the novels of Lynn Crosbie and the body-horror films of early David Cronenberg...Mooncalves forges its own path. A stylish puzzle of a story, Victoria Hetherington’s debut novel is prickly and demanding and a bit feral but both singular and absorbing." 

- The Toronto Star

"From Netflix’s Wild Wild Country to a slew of books – including Claudia Dey’s Heartbreaker, Victoria Hetherington’s Mooncalves, and Emma Cline’s The Girls...explorations of cults are filling a particular, and dark, societal need."

 

- Quill and Quire

 "A work of great thematic depth...[the central relationship] I completely loved and have had to restrain myself from writing paragraph after paragraph."

- The Puritan

"Mooncalves is capable of becoming The Handmaid’s Tale of our time not only because of how relevant it is to current discussions about climate change and patriarchy but also for some of the ways it goes further in its discussion of feminism... It is a book that is, in many ways, unlike anything that I have read before, and it is hard to imagine I will encounter anything quite like it again."

- The Town Crier

"Mooncalves is startling...A truly harrowing read that strips all of the glamor from the genre within which it operates."

- Broken Pencil Magazine

"Set against a backdrop of impending environmental catastrophe, Hetherington’s fresh and unconventional story is composed of deeply complex characters including cult devotees, time travellers, synthetic companions, and ghosts. Hetherington offers us a biting social critique in this stunning debut."


- Kathryn Mockler, author of Onion Man


" Hetherington is a beautiful writer. In the depraved and terrifying future she creates, her sentences dance nimbly, brightly across the page, like the palest of flowers left on decomposing bodies."


 - Diana Wagman, author of Extraordinary October

" Anchored by survivalist women’s voices, this dystopic story catapults the Millennial perspective into the visionary position. In this cultish, futuristic landscape, I was reassured by this mysterious talent women have, to absorb ancestrally, survivalist tricks fit for any era.”


- Alisha Piercy, author of Bunny and Shark

"Hetherington holds nothing back, whether it’s sexual, violent, or emotionally toxic.You will have trouble putting Mooncalves down, because as protagonist Erica says, “transgression can be unbearably sexy.”  


- Myna Wallin, author of Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar  

 

"A ganglion of masterfully structured insights and anxieties reminiscent of Jean Rhys and Renata Adler. Mooncalves speaks closer than most to our contemporary moment."

-  Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo 


 

PRESS

 

 

The Puritan's Town Crier. Author Notes:  Victoria Hetherington's I Have To Tell You Inspired  by Edie Sedgwick. 2014
 

0s&1s. Writers on Mental Health: Victoria  Hetherington. 2015
 

The Fussy Librarian. Author Q&A: Victoria  Hetherington (Interview.) 2019
 

My (Small Press) Writer's Day. A Writing  Day Near the End of Mooncalves. 2019
 

Writer's Block: All Lit Up. Victoria Hetherington. 

CIUT 89.5 FM 'The Howl.' Interview  with Nancy Bullis. Download here.
 

The Commentary, 'On the Line,' with  Joseph Planta. Listen here.
 

CFRC 101.9FM 'Finding A Voice' live show of Kingston Launch with Amy Spurway, Scott Fotheringham, Victoria Hetherington. Listen here.
 

Taddle Creek Podcast. Episode 61: Victoria Hetherington, J.R. McConvey, Sarah Gilbert Live at the 44th Taddle Creek Happening. Listen Here.

 

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

 


 

The Puritan. Tom, Jennifer, Maureen. 2010
 

Burner Magazine. Smash Princess. 2011
 

This Recording. Nearly A Woman. 2012
 

This Recording. Ready for Me. 2012
 

This Recording. I Have To Tell You. 2012
 

This Recording. Get Up, Go Home. 2012
 

This Recording. Getting Away With It. 2012.
 

This Recording. Do It Over The Birdbath. 2012.
 

This Recording. Get Up, Go Home. 2012
 

This Recording. In Which We Are Slumped on the  Couch By Ourselves. 2013
 

Joyland Magazine. The Somewhere Else. 2014
 

The Puritan. Grace, August. 2014
 

EVENT Magazine. Since You Are Ours Now. 2019
 

The Town Crier. Excerpt from Mooncalves. 2019
 

Hazlitt. You Shouldn't Be Here. 2020
 

Taddle Creek. What They Came For. 2020

APPEARANCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Toronto, ON. Emerging Writers Reading Series (Monstrous May). May 2013
 

Toronto, ON. Draft Reading Series (Draft 9.1). October 2013
 

London, ON. Couplets Reading Series. .Englert + Okun-Hill + O'Neill + Hetherington. August 2018 
 

Toronto ON. Farside Studio Fiction. November 2018
 

Toronto, ON. Frostbite: A Literary Icebreaker of an Evening. January 2019
 

Toronto, ON. In Her Voice: Victoria Hetherington. Official Toronto Launch for novel Mooncalves. March 27 2019
 

Hamilton, ON. Mooncalves Launch. April 5 2019
 

Kingston, ON. Amy Spurway, Victoria Hetherington Co-Launch. April 22 2019
 

Guelph, ON. Victoria Hetherington,  Amy Spurway, Tim Connelly Spring Launch. April 23 2019.
 

Vancouver, BC. Massy Books, 229 E Georgia St, 7pm April 24th 2019
 

Courtenay, BC. Courtenay Public Library, April 25th 2019
 

Victoria, BC. Cafe Victoria 965 Kings Road, April 26th 2019 
 

Nanaimo BC. 4 Poets and a Debut Novelist Walk into a Bookstore. April 27th 2019
 

Toronto, ON. Meet Victoria Hetherington, Toronto Public Library, Leaside Location. May 8, 2019
 

Toronto, ON. Bright Lit, Big City. Hirute Cafe.  May 9 2019
 

Toronto, ON. Junction Reads, Spring 2019. May 26 2019
 

Ottawa, ON. The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Room 203 Jack Purcell Community Centre, June 22 2019
 

Ottawa, ON. Factory Reading Series, Carlton Tavern. June 21 2019
 

Toronto, ON. Summer Book Fair. Queen Books. June 26 2019
 

Hamilton, ON. Hamilton Lit Live Series. Sept 1 2019
 

Toronto, ON. Taddle Creek Issue 44 Launch, Famous Last Words, January 15 2020
 

Toronto, ON. Rowers Reading Series, Glad Day Books, February 4 2020

Illustration by Glen Harvey for You Shouldn't Be Here. Hazlitt Magazine, Jan 2020.