Laura Pastore, Editor

What I'm looking for . . .
I’m open to looking at manuscripts from all genres, but I’m mostly attracted to literary fiction, feminist literature, humour, and books that tackle pop culture, social issues, or unconventional themes in sports. If you have a manuscript that enables readers to delve into an unexpected perspective of a well-established topic, send it my way!

In terms of fiction, there’s nothing better than excellent writing and fascinating characters who stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. I’m a sucker for voice-driven literary fiction with a captivating hook, when characters overcome misfortune (and sometimes when they don't), all things Canadian, post-apocalyptic novels, dark humour, and sharp wit. I love non-fiction that has something smart and unusual to say about the world and when big ideas are conveyed through compelling stories. I’m interested in working with authors whose ideas have the potential to positively impact society and whose passion and enthusiasm for their subject matter is contagious.

I’m excited to work with debut authors and I’m always on the lookout for less-represented voices in both fiction and non-fiction.

What I read (and loved) recently . . .
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis, This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill (a re-read). 

What I do outside of work . . .
Anything that takes me outside or keeps me active (yoga, snowboarding, picnics, playing Frisbee, bunz trades — I’ll trade you a wooden mallard for a manuscript?), anything that entertains me (going to Jays games, watching chef documentaries and anything featuring Bryan Cranston, listening to Ira Glass, going to concerts and ’90s-themed dance parties), and anything that involves eating tacos.