Michael Hingston is the author of Let’s Go Exploring, a critical and cultural analysis of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and the campus novel The Dilettantes. Both books were #1 regional bestsellers. His journalism has appeared in Wired, the Guardian, the Walrus, and the Atlantic. He is also the cofounder of Hingston & Olsen Publishing, the outfit behind the Short Story Advent Calendar and the Ghost Box. The Washington Post recently called H&O “a little Canadian publisher whose creations remind us what e-books can’t do.” Hingston lives with his family in Edmonton.
Websites: michaelhingston.com and hingstonandolsen.com. Twitter: @mhingston.
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Let’s Go Exploring
The internet is home to impassioned debates on just about everything, but there’s one thing that’s universally beloved: Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The story of a boy and his best friend – a stuffed tiger – was a pitch-perfect distillation of the joys and horrors of childhood, and a celebration of imagination in its purest form. In Let’s Go Exploring, Michael Hingston mines the strip and traces the story of Calvin’s reclusive creator to demonstrate how imagination – its possibilities, its opportunities, and ultimately its limitations – helped make Calvin and Hobbes North America’s last great comic strip.
The Short Story Advent Calendar 2018
A literary twist on the traditional daily box of chocolates, the Short Story Advent Calendar combines 24 short stories into one attractive package that will brighten and enlighten any reader’s December. Now back for its fourth edition in 2018, previous contributors to the SSAC include Daniel Handler, Sheila Heti, Carmen Maria Machado, Jess Walter, Aimee Bender, Anakana Schofield, Pasha Malla, Kelly Link, and many more.