Instructions for the Drowning: Kingston Launch

May 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kingston Grand Theatre - Davies Lounge
218 Princess St
Kingston, ON K7L 1B2
Instructions for the Drowning: Kingston Launch @ Kingston Grand Theatre - Davies Lounge | Kingston | Ontario | Canada

Join Biblioasis and Kingston WritersFest in celebrating the publication of Instructions for the Drowning by Steven Heighton, along with his life and legacy. The event will feature words and readings from Helen Humphries, Mark Sinnett, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Jason Heroux. Refreshments will be provided. The event will take place at the Kingston Grand Theatre on Tuesday, May 16 at 7PM.

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Steven Heighton (1961–2022) was a writer and musician. His nineteen previous books include the novels Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and the bestselling The Shadow Boxer; the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize finalist memoir Reaching Mithymna: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on Lesvos; and The Waking Comes Late, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.


“To say Heighton is an immensely talented writer is true enough but insufficient … As good a writer as Canada has ever produced.”—National Post

A man recalls his father’s advice on how to save a drowning person, but struggles when the time comes to use it. A wife’s good deed leaves a couple vulnerable at the moment when they’re most in need of security—the birth of their first child. Newly in love, a man preoccupied by accounts of freak accidents is befallen by one himself. In stories about love and fear, idealisms and illusions, failures of muscle and mind and all the ways we try to care for one another, Steven Heighton’s Instructions for the Drowning is an indelible last collection by a writer working at the height of his powers.