Paige Cooper

Paige Cooper

Paige Cooper hails from the Rocky Mountains and has worked in the music industry and as a librarian for a railroad. Her stories have appeared in the Fiddlehead, Michigan Quarterly Review, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Montreal. Zolitude is her first book. Twitter: @paigesaracooper.

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  • “Maybe there are two kinds of characters: narrators and everyone else. Literature is lucky to have narrators—not all art does” – In Open Book
  • “Writing fiction is the only way I know how to congeal the splashy chaos of reality” – In Carte Blanche
  • “Mostly I steal details from people’s lives. Preferably from people I don’t know, because I feel less bad about that” – In All Lit Up


  • “Readers willing to give themselves over to some mystery will be rewarded” – In Kirkus Reviews
  • “Cooper’s rich language, clever narrative structures, and uncommon storylines make Zolitude a fine addition to the speculative genre” – In the Chicago Review of Books


Fantastical, magnetic, and harsh — these are the women in Paige Cooper’s debut short story collection <em>Zolitude</em>. They are women who built time machines when they were nine, who buy plane tickets for lovers who won’t arrive. They are sisters writhing with dreams, blasé about sex but beggared by love — while the police horses have talons and vengeance is wrought by eagles the size of airplanes. Broken-down motorbikes and housebroken tyrannosaurs, cheap cigarettes and mail bombs — Cooper finds the beautiful and the disturbing in both the surreal and the everyday.

All events with Paige Cooper

7 PM
The Way We Wear
Oct 10 @ 7 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW
5 PM
Happy Hour: Adventures in Short Fiction
Oct 09 @ 5 PM MT - 6:15 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE