Michael Hingston

Michael Hingston

Michael Hingston is the author of a history of Calvin and Hobbes called Let’s Go Exploring and the novel The Dilettantes. He is also the co-writer of Harnarayan Singh’s memoir One Game at a Time.

His journalism has appeared internationally, including National Geographic, Wired, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and The Walrus. Hingston is the co-founder of Hingston & Olsen Publishing, which publishes the Short Story Advent Calendar among other literary experiments.

He lives in Edmonton with his partner and two kids.

Website: michaelhingston.com
Twitter: @mhingston
Instagram: @michaelhingston


Try Not to Be Strange

On his 15th birthday, in the summer of 1880, future science-fiction writer M. P. Shiel sailed with his father and the local bishop from their home in the Caribbean out to the nearby island of Redonda – where, with pomp and circumstance, he was declared the island’s king. A few years later, when Shiel set sail for a new life in London, his father gave him some advice: <em>Try not to be strange</em>.

It was almost as if the elder Shiel knew what was coming.

<em>Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda</em> tells, for the first time, the complete history of Redonda’s transformation from an uninhabited, guano-encrusted island into a fantastical and international kingdom of writers. With a cast of characters including forgotten sci-fi novelists, alcoholic poets, vegetarian publishers, Nobel Prize frontrunners, and the bartenders who kept them all lubricated while angling for the throne themselves, Michael Hingston details the friendships, feuds, and fantasies that fueled the creation of one of the oddest and most enduring micronations ever dreamt into being. Part literary history, part travelogue, part quest narrative, this cautionary tale about what happens when bibliomania escapes the shelves and stacks is as charming as it is peculiar – and blurs the line between reality and fantasy so thoroughly that it may never be entirely restored.

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<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Review: Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda <a href="https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781771964159?fbclid=IwAR1NUOYzWrNsyD_x9DB4euuh7f3X320cRRe53X5uWNjTMAmvxT-NPdPxFSg&amp;fs=e&amp;s=cl">- <em>Publisher's Weekly</em></a></span></li>

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Try Not to Be Strange: Michael Hingston
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