News and Reviews


April 2018 – Double Dutch made ReLit Long Shortlist

September 2017 – Laura and nine other Canadian authors have a story in the Globe in support of ancient forests.

September 2017 – Laura is the Artist in Residence at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society until June, 2018.

June 2017 – Double Dutch is Runner Up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

May 2017 – Laura was selected as the 2017/ 2018 CSRS Artist in Residence at the University of Victoria.

May 2017 – Double Dutch is a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

April 2017 – The American Booksellers Association has posted a Q and A with Laura.

December 2016 – Laura has a story in the Short Story Advent Calendar. Read her interview here.

September 2016 – Double Dutch was chosen as an Indies Introduce title by the American Booksellers Association.

September 2016 – Double Dutch was shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

September 2016 – An article about Double Dutch and the Butler Book Prize appeared in BC BookLook.

August 2016 – Double Dutch was included on 49th Shelf‘s list of Story Collections not to Miss This Summer, adding “Every story in this collection is remarkable…”

July 2016 – Laura was named one of CBC’s 2016 Writers to Watch.

July 2016 – Double Dutch was named one of The Overcast’s “Four Fabulous Canadian Books” from the first half of 2016.

May, 2016 – Read Laura’s feature interview on the UBC Creative Writing Alumni Association Website.

May 2016 – Read Laura’s guest blog post on Anansi’s blog, complete with works by artist Mike Andrew McLean made in response to stories in the book.

April, 2016 – Double Dutch included on 49th Shelf’s list of “12 Books You’re Going to Love This Spring.”

March, 2016 – Laura’s “Lucky Seven” interview with Open Book Toronto can be found here.

March, 2016 – “On Crowsnest Mountain,” published in Eighteen Bridges, won Gold at the Alberta Magazine Awards.


Ronald Reagan’s doppelganger! A set of female sextuplets! An elephant named Topsy! What a mind-blowingly rich cast of characters appears in these pages. Rooted in reality but tinged with the fantastic, Laura Trunkey’s stories mesmerize and haunt. Double Dutch is doubleplusgood.
– Neil Smith, author of Boo

The natural and spirit worlds collide in Double Dutch and the result is a series of enchantments, all powered by Laura Trunkey’s uncanny imagination and tremendous humanity.
– Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

A roller coaster collection of stories that flirt with the fantastic and the absurd…Trunkey has crafted a book of deftly told stories: playful, disturbing, sad, funny, compassionate, and insightful, stories with twists and turns, which haunt and enchant.
-Danuta Gleed Literary Award jury

With consummate technical skill (brilliant manipulation of point of view, touches of surrealism) Trunkey produces a wide range of effects—some stories are almost comic, others so powerful that the impact is overwhelming, all totally original and mesmerizing.
-City of Victoria Butler Prize jury

Elegant, deft, light of touch, and sometimes spicily comic…a marvel of style and substance.
-Brett Josef Grubisic, Vancouver Sun

A brave and imaginative mind is at work here.
-Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

Trunkey’s stories break convention in their use of unexpected narrators…  and her manipulation of narrative arc. While each story has a definitive ending, they are often lacking in resolution, teasing out the idea that stories never truly end with closure or at all.
-Melissa Grunow, The Coil

History, realism, and the mystical combine to strong and startling effect.
-Steven W. Beattie, Globe and Mail

Beautifully bizarre, the tales are wickedly creative without being gimmicky.
Wdish, March Book Picks

An extremely rich cast of characters with unique voices.
-Laura Siddall, Winnipeg Review

A confident debut collection.
-Alex Good, Quill and Quire