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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.



A misunderstood squad of historian/mystics risk everything to refugee seven survivors from a dying Earth to an utopian world of UnPredators: a place where there is no killing of any kind. Can these ex-pats from Earth learn to coexist without violence, or does 'human nature' doom them to destroy their second chance at paradise?


Janet Turpin Myers was born in Montreal and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Her first work was Crackle-Nosed Crimson (age 7); a post-modern tour de force about a backyard cowboy, written in chunky pencil and illustrated with crayon. Since then she has written four 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 most recently completed novel, Love Watching Madness, is next up for publication. 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.

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 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.