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Janet Turpin Myers is a Canadian novelist and poet. Her début novel, Nightswimming, published by Seraphim Editions, was released 2013. Her second novel, The Last Year of Confusion, was released in 2015 (Seraphim Editions)

The Last Year of Confusion was short-listed for the 2016 Hamilton Literary Awards, Fiction prize. Turpin Myers’ debut novel, Nightswimming, was also short-listed for this same award in 2014.



The Last Year of Confusion

(Released 2015, Seraphim Editions)
A humorous, thought provoking - at times, dark - commentary on the heaviness of humankind's boot prints upon this planet.



(Released 2013. Seraphim Editions)
The power of memory to spin both truth and untruth.
The sweet dishevelment of summer.
Man-on-the-moon and the wonder of it.



The Particular Light In Ice

Lily Moreau checked the power line that ran to the house. Icicles, like trickles of too-thin icing dribbling down the side of a cake, hung along the entire length of it forming a fringe of ice, causing the power line to sag in silver-white waves. There it is, Lily thought with a satisfied bitterness: the cause of my power outage.


Not Lolita

A warning: this is not a coming-of-age story because I never came of age. My age was stolen from me by an ogre disguised as a poet. And let’s clear something up right off the bat. I am more than capable of mimicking the puffed up, French-laced, narcissistic prose style of Humbert Humbert.



As far as he could figure it, the bones and muscles of his dead-weight body were about to pouf away into some mind blowing, untouchable thought-matter and then, what was left of him, the boneless, bloodless, breathless, essence of Beckett, would zoom across the cosmos past radiating planets rotating in the blackness, wrapped like Christmas baubles in tissues of atmospheres.


Janet Turpin Myers was born in Montreal. At the age of 11 her family moved to Burlington, Ontario where she has lived ever since. Her first work was Crackle-Nosed Crimson (age 7); a post-modern tour de force about a Montreal cowboy, written in chunky pencil and illustrated with crayon. Since then she has written six novels, a pilot episode for an unrealized TV drama series, a dozen short stories, too many poems, and thirty eight lyrics to songs for which she has no music. Her first novel, Nightswimming (2013 – Seraphim Editions) was short-listed for the Hamilton Literary Awards, Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Last Year of Confusion, was released in 2015, also by Seraphim, and also short-listed for the Hamilton Literary Awards, Fiction Prize (2016).  Her short story, Crashing, won 3rd place in the 2013 gritLit Short Fiction competition and her poems have been published in ‘Hammered Out’ and ‘Tower Poetry Society’ anthologies.

Recent Public Appearances: Janet has presented her novels at the Spring 2014 Ottawa Writer’s Festival; at 2014 & 2016 Hamilton’s literary festival, gritLIT; Burlington’s, Meet-the-Author series; North Words Writers’ Festival in Muskoka, 2014 & 2016; Hamilton’s LitLive Reading Series, Toronto’s Junction Reads Series, and Rowers Pub Series, Toronto, Lowville Arts Festival, Burlington; Different Drummer Books Reading Series, Burlington.

She has co-judged the 2014 and 2015 Silver Quill Award for Short Fiction, for the Hamilton Assoc. for the Advancement of Literature, Science & Art.

Janet has also co-judged the 2015 gritLIT Short Fiction Prize

Janet is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada.


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If your book club has decided to ‘do’ Nightswimming, or The Last Year of Confusion, Janet will attend a meeting as a guest author and regale your group with the endlessly fascinating inside story on either novel. She can visit your group in the Niagara-to-Toronto area and in Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph.

Contact Janet directly at janetturpinmyers@gmail.com

Book club visits:

  • May 17, 2021 Reid Book Club, Burlington
  • May 27, 2019. The Loretto Bookclub, Toronto.
  • May 30, 2017. Books, Broads, Booze Bookclub. Ancaster.
  • Oct. 17, 2016.Burlington Women’s Book Club, Burlington.
  • Sept. 16, 2016.Carlisle Women’s Book Club, Carlisle.
  • June 1, 2016.Kitchener Women’s Book Club, Kitchener
  • July 30, 2015.Cedar Springs Community Club Summer Reads Book Group
  • November 29, 2014.Halton Waldorf School Book Club.
  • November 20, 2014.The Burlington Novelettes Book Group.
  • July 31, 2014.Cedar Springs Community Club Summer Reads Book Group.
  • June 17, 2014. Canadian Federation of University Women’s Modern Book Group. Hamilton.
  • March 4, 2014.Burlington.
  • February 27, 2014.Ladies of Hambly Book Club, Toronto.
  • November 7, 2013. McMaster Alumni Book Club, Hamilton.