On Writing and Failure: Book Launch!

February 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Flying Books
784 College St
Toronto, ON M6G 1C6
On Writing and Failure: Book Launch! @ Flying Books | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join us for the launch of Stephen Marche‘s On Writing and Failure: Or, On the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer, the sixth addition to the Biblioasis Field Notes Series! The launch will take place in Toronto at Flying Books on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30PM ET.

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Grab your copy of On Writing and Failure here!


Writing is, and always will be, an act defined by failure. The best plan is to just get used to it.

Failure is a topic discussed in every creative writing department in the world, but this is the book every beginning writer should have on their shelf to prepare them. Less a guide to writing and more a guide to what you need to continue existing as a writer, On Writing and Failure: Or, On the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer describes the defining role played by rejection in literary endeavors and contemplates failure as the essence of the writer’s life. Along with his own history of rejection, Marche offers stories from the history of writerly failure, from Ovid’s exile and Dostoevsky’s mock execution to James Baldwin’s advice just to endure, where living with the struggle and the pointlessness of writing is the point.


Stephen Marche is a novelist, essayist and cultural commentator. He is the author of half a dozen books, and has written opinion pieces and essays for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Walrus, and many others. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.