News and Happenings



I’m very excited to be reading with the awesome Danila Botha, Sofi Papamarko, Ayelet Tsabari, Canisia Lubrin, and Gianna Patriarca (with MC Michelle Alfano) at the wondrous Queen Books on Sunday, March 11 (5pm to 7pm) for International Women’s Day.

Things Not to Do is on Maisonneuve‘s Best Books of 2017 list!

“Westhead brings empathy and humour to everyday absurdities with believable and recognizable characters.” Thank you to Elizabeth Mitchell and the Toronto Star for this lovely review of Things Not to Do!

“Westhead’s writing is infused with a generosity that is infectious: It draws a reader in and demands an emotional accounting.” Thank you to Steven W. Beattie and The Globe & Mail for this wonderful, big-hearted review of Things Not to Do.

I gab about fear, writing-brain fog, and Churkendooses in CBC Books’ Magic 8 Q&A.

My goodness, I had a total and absolute blast at the Toronto launch party for Things Not to Do! Thank you so much to all the lovely folks who attended, and to the fabulous Queen Books for hosting me in their beautiful store.

Things Not to Do was included in “The Most-Anticipated Books of the Rest of 2017″ in The Globe and Mail!

Things Not to Do is on the CBC Q Blog’s September Preview!

I’m thrilled to announce that Cormorant Books published my new short story collection, Things Not to Do, this past fall!!

I’m excited to have a new story of mine, called “Not Being Shy,” featured in Hamish Hamilton’s online magazine Five Dials. You can read it here.

I’m very happy to to have my new story “Things Not To Do” in PRISM International.

Kelli Deeth, a writer I very much admire, has written this lovely piece on her blog about my new short story “Empathize or Die,” published recently in Taddle Creek.

I wrote a wet valentine for Don’t Talk to Me About Love.

I’m delighted to announce that Hazlitt published a new short story of mine. “Prize” is about escape rooms, sort of. Plus, I’m on a swan, which equals gracefulness. Right?

I was very excited to have my new short story, “Flamingo,” in the 2015 Short Story Advent Calendar, a collection of 24 tiny books that readers opened, one by one, on the mornings leading up to this past Christmas. Thanks to writer Michael Hingston and designer Natalie Olsen for creating this lovely literary alternative to 24 days of cardboardy chocolate, and for asking me to be a part of it.

My short story “He Will Speak To Us” appeared in Issue 49 of Maisonneuve, accompanied by an amazing photo by Daniel Ehrenworth. They also did an interview with me…

…And that story was nominated in the fiction category for a National Magazine Award, woohoooo!

I’m thrilled to be included, in wonderful company, in two great anthologies: EAT IT: Sex, Food & Women’s Writing, edited by Nicole Baute and Brianna Goldberg, and Friend.Follow.Text: #storiesFromLivingOnline, edited by Shawn Syms.


I’m delighted with the two And Also Sharks book trailers.

Thanks to Jonathan Culp of 8 Fest & Bryan Ibeas of Cormorant Books for helping to produce the first trailer, which you can watch HERE.

Watch the second trailer HERE. Thanks to the fantastic artists involved: Rob Elliott, Evan Munday, Aaron Leighton, Mike White, and Derek Humphrey.


Look everybody—it’s STILL YOSS (Year Of the Short Story)!

One of my very favourite happenings of 2011 was electronically meeting the students from 3a 2011-2012, Midtfyns Gymnasium in Denmark, who studied some stories from And Also Sharks with their teacher Eva Pors. You can read (and watch!) their thoughts on my stories here. Many thanks to Gale Zoë Garnett, who presented And Also Sharks to the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, which is how my book came to Eva’s attention.

I had a great time as the June 2011 online writer-in-residence at Open Book: Toronto. If you’re curious, you can read my archived posts here.

Listen to me read from my first novel, Pulpy & Midge, on Authors Aloud.

The cover of Pulpy & Midge was featured on the first season of CBC’s Being Erica!



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