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I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

(2014)
A collection of stories by

 
 
ReLit Long Shortlist, 2015

Finalist, Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Winner, National Magazine Award, Silver Medal for Humour
(for the story "It Seems Like Sex is a Weird Thing That Used to Happen to Me," from I'm Not Scared of You or Anything)

The characters in I'm not Scared of You or Anything are invigilators, fake martial arts experts, buskers, competitive pillow fighters, drug runners, and, of course, grad students. This collection of comedic short stories and exploratory texts is the ninth book by the critically acclaimed and award-winning author Jon Paul Fiorentino. Deftly illustrated by Maryanna Hardy, these texts ask important questions, like: How does a mild mannered loser navigate the bureaucratic terrain of exam supervision? What happens when you replace the text of Christian Archie comics with the text of Helene Cixous? And, most important of all, what would it be like if
Mr. Spock was a character in the HBO series Girls?

Illustrated throughout by the wonderful, full colour artwork of Maryanna Hardy!
Most Anticipated Fiction selection, 49th Shelf

Book of the Week, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore

Praise for I'm Not Scared of You or Anything:


"This book leapt up out of the box. It is an outrageously funny book - deadpan. The prose is sharply sliced, clean, and precise. Fiorentino is a master stylist writing from a broad range of interest, drawing on a well of compassion."

- The Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction Jury

"I'm sure something scares Jon Paul Fiorentino, and maybe it drives him toward the deadpan magic he wields so masterfully in these pages. This is a daring and funny collection."

- Sam Lipsyte

"Jon Paul Fiorentino writes the thoughts that we all might have, especially those of us who are loners, losers, or social misfits of one sort or another, using them to create surreal little worlds that show what it might be like to actually live them out. If you've ever suspected that the veil between the ordinary and the surreal was very thin - that just a small step to the left would take you to a place where things are not quite what they seem - then these stories, with their touch of absurd humor shrouded in darkness and often hazed over by drugs, drink, or mental illness, may be just what you're looking for."

- Foreword Reviews

"Fiorentino smartly and brightly facilitates the reader's journey into his mind. He has a talent for pointing to profound topics on being and belonging, evoking empathy in the reader, and getting a laugh at the same time. The author does as Andy Kaufman did when, performing as Mighty Mouse, he said, 'I'm not sure if you're laughing at me or with me.' And everybody really laughed."

- The Montreal Review of Books

"Perhaps this is a glimpse at what the Internet would be like if people were much smarter, much funnier, and not horrible. You don't have to like short stories to like I'm Not Scared of You or Anything. Anyone who has a pulse and a healthy love of chaos will get something out of this." (5 out of 5)

- The Other Press

    

Used availability for Jon Paul Fiorentino's I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

Paperback Editions

May 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: I'm Not Scared of You or Anything
Author(s): Jon Paul Fiorentino
ISBN: 1-927380-94-4 / 978-1-927380-94-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anvil Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: I'm Not Scared of You or Anything
Author(s): Jon Paul Fiorentino
Publisher: Anvil Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA