Rebecca Rosenblum’s second collection of short stories, The Big Dream (Biblioasis 2011), follows the developments of the characters that populate her first collection of fiction, Once (Biblioasis 2008). The Big Dream examines the often-fraught lives of people living and working in the urban environment. Many of the stories are set in the offices of a lifestyle-magazine publishing company, Dream Inc., where the employees struggle with their personal lives amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of a business operating in a period of economic uncertainty. Events and characters overlap and interconnect inThe Big Dream, creating a web of complexity that encapsulates the human relationships of the book as well as the narrative structure. Rosenblum’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her first collection of stories, Once, was awarded the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Rosenblum’s stories have appeared in Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, and Maisonneuve, among others.
The reading is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB University Bookstore, The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Fiddlehead.