The Melting Queen – Bruce Cinnamon

Nick and Sarah are joined by Bruce Cinnamon to deep dive his debut novel, The Melting Queen, 2019 from NeWest Press.

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Winner of The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards honour both emerging and distinguished artists. Shortlisted for the Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize – Literary Fiction Category (winner should be announced some time in June 2020). Only Pretty Damned by Niall Howell is also on the short list… be sure to check out our episode on OPD and our interview with Niall.

Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen—a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River’s reign upends the city’s century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton’s soul. Ultimately, River must uncover the hidden history of Melting Day, forcing Edmonton to confront the dark underbelly of its traditions and leading the city into a new chapter in its history.