The Dilettantes
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  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811823 / 1554811821
  • 288 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Dilettantes

  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811823 / 1554811821
  • 288 pages; 6" x 9"

The Peak: a university student newspaper with a hard-hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown-together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self-taught journalists know how—sloppily.

Alex and Tracy are two of The Peak’s editors, staring down graduation and struggling to keep the paper relevant to an increasingly indifferent student body. But trouble looms large when a big-money free daily comes to the west-coast campus, threatening to swallow what remains of their readership whole. It’ll take the scoop of a lifetime to save their beloved campus rag …

With savage wit, intoxicating energy, and a fine-tuned ear for the absurd, Michael Hingston drags the campus novel, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

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“Hingston’s strength is in dramatizing how lost and confused these young people are in a world fixated on surface appearances. And he does it all with a delicious sense of humour, eviscerating his characters’ extended adolescence while creating sympathy for their attempt to find a place in the world.” — Quill and Quire

Michael Hingston is the books columnist for the Edmonton Journal. His writing has also appeared in the National Post, Alberta Views magazine, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Hingston now lives in Edmonton with his partner and two kids. The Dilettantes is his first novel.