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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Frigate by Martin Myers

Frigate (1975)

(From Martin Myers writes)

One man’s hilarious quest for his lost manhood – this is a mad romp through miracles and missing masculinity.

Gilbert Frigate was in the men’s room of the Rialto Theatre when it happened…

So begin the bizarre adventures of Gilbert Frigate, projectionist, whose misfortune it is to be parted, suddenly and bloodlessly, from a most vital portion of his anatomy. Distressed, Gilbert takes consolation where he can: at least he’ll look better in tights.

In this wildly hilarious and intriguing novel, Martin Myers ranges from mythical to medical, biblical to blasphemous, vaudeville to vituperation, in a romp that includes faith healing, film making and the Second Coming, though not necessarily that that order.

Martin Myers

(From Martin Myers writes)

"I was a Canadian in grad school in the U.S. when I completed my first book, THE ASSIGNMENT. A New York agent sold the book in two weeks.

For ten years, following my return to Canada, I was in demand for readings, interviews, book tours and writing workshops. My books were taught in Canadian Literature courses. Praise was great. But somehow, work in advertising seemed easier.

A few years ago, I began writing again. THE URBAN LOFT, my first non-fiction effort, was published in 2005. Memoir, history and anecdote, but mostly jocular, it’s a sometimes hilarious tale of a 15-year search for a loft that examines the spaces we live in and how those spaces affect our lives.

I’ve since written a fourth novel, THE SECRET VIKING, now available through Amazon/Kindle Books.

I am currently completing two more novels and a book of short stories.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School, Baltimore, I was for two years a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and taught for five years in writing workshops at the University of Toronto and York University."