Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in July and September 2016
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is a journalist, teacher, actor, and author, among some even less pragmatic things. His first book, Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown — about a year he spent living with the homeless — was shortlisted for several prestigious awards, none of which it won. His first novel, Ghosted, about a guy who becomes a professional ghostwriter of suicide letters, was nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award, which he also lost.
His work has appeared in dozens of magazines — most of which no longer exist. He played the role of Jason, a well-dressed, bad mannered journalist, on CBC’s The Newsroom — in what turned out to be its final season. He used to own a bar in Toronto, called the Lowdown, but that didn’t work out either. He is, however, a helluva talker — although the title of his new book, Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure, kind of speaks for itself.
Shaughnessy has given talks, been interviewed, and served as host at numerous international writers’ festivals, universities, fundraisers, and on countless TV and radio programs. He teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.
Latest Blog Postings about Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Reading and Q&A with author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (in partnership with Word Vancouver.) While living at Historic Joy Kogawa House since July 2016 Toronto journalist and author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has articulate the social history of the effects of alcohol...
Anyone interested in what it's like to be blind or who experiences sight impairment themselves will want to attend a discussion of accessibility and literacy for the sight-impaired, to be presented at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library this coming...
A new novel by Joan Haggerty tells of a disappeared Japanese Canadian during the Second World War The Dancehall Years with Joan Haggerty Young Gwen Killam enjoys idyllic summers on Bowen Island until the sudden disappearance of her swimming teacher, Takumi Yoshito,...
BBQ and impromptu readings in the back garden at Historic Joy Kogawa House, Wednesday, July 6
Although Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has lived in Toronto for the past 10 years, and Montreal for the decade before that, he grew up in Vancouver. Bishop-Stall has been working as an author, freelance journalist, and teacher for more than 20 years. His work has appeared in most major publications in Canada, including Maclean’s, Walrus, and Saturday Night.