Heidegger Stairwell by Kayt Burgess
Heidegger Stairwell is the winner of the 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest—a notorious literary marathon that pushes writers to produce risky, original and fast-paced narratives despite highly demanding constraints. Ontario writer Kayt Burgess used the creative pressure to win the contest with this boundary-crossing, multilayered first novel about friendship, identity, destiny and loss. Heidegger Stairwell will be released in September 2012.
Music journalist Evan Strocker has almost finished a memoir chronicling his time with Heidegger Stairwell, an indie-rock legend from small-town Ontario whose members he has known his whole life. But the band thinks he’s left a little too much of himself on the page—allowing his experiences as a transgender man and his very complicated romance with the lead guitarist eclipse the story of the group’s dramatic rise and fall. Through graphic notes and colourful marginalia, the musicians weigh in on their friend’s version of the truth and fight to put their own testimony on the record. And as Strocker’s manuscript finally comes together, both band and writer are forced to face shocking new events that once again change their fortunes.