“Lana Pesch’s stories have one foot in the world of Alice Munro — long, deep, satisfying and unsettling in equal measure — and the other foot in a younger, jazzier world where humour is currency and the sentence is king. ”

— Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl

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Startwriting.ca podcast with David Bester, October 2016

Open Book Toronto, The In Character Interview, January 2016

Prairie Books Now, The sum of its parts, Fall/Winter 2015

Quill & Quire review by Stacey Madden. December 2015

Backlisted blog review, December 2015

Silencing the inner critic The Ontarion, University of Guelph's Independent Student Newspaper, October 2015

MCS grad brings cross-Canada tour to Melville The Melville Advance, October 2015

How I Finally Made the Grade Huffington Post's Huffpost Living blog on the importance of lifelong learning, October 2015

A tale of two lesbian arm-wrestlers Daily Xtra review and Q&A, September 22, 2015 

Content Centre on CNW Group with author Q&A and reading tour dates, October 5, 2015


Equal parts insightful and heartbreaking, Moving Parts is a provocative debut collection of deeply imagined, darkly funny stories. Through language-driven narratives that are wry, moving, and off-kilter, Pesch bravely holds up a mirror to uneasy issues and troubled relationships. We are revealed in her characters: raw and inappropriate, loving and confrontational, struggling to connect.

Moving Parts is an evocative and playful story collection that pulls back the curtain on what it means to be truly human.


A blind date blooms in a grocery store parking lot. Lake Erie forms the backdrop to a botched assisted suicide. A neurotic, dog-loving caretaker writes a complaint letter after an unfortunate leg-waxing incident. While his uncle lies in a coma, a young man befriends a dead homeless guy. A coming-of-age road trip leads to encounters with a gang of costumed lesbian arm wrestlers and a man with a hoof. A plane crash on the BC coast brings an artist and a bootlegger together in a dire situation. These flawed, often broken characters seek meaning, acceptance, and closure under extraordinary circumstances … though not necessarily in that order.


Witty, moving, urbane, and thoroughly modern, Moving Parts is a knockout collection. A hip cross-country tour of today’s North America.
— Arjun Basu, author of "Waiting for the Man"
This is a boffo collection. Lana Pesch writes with intelligence, humour, and compassion. Her stories show the brokenness of being human, but with lightness and verve.
— Sarah Selecky, author of "This Cake Is for the Party"