The Amateurs

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The Amateurs

Liz Harmer, Stacey DePass

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"Harmer takes cues from Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy in this sharp debut, a cautionary tale of tech gone astray." —Toronto Life

In a time and place only slightly removed from now, PINA, the world’s largest tech company, has introduced society to a new product called “Port.” This irresistible space-time travel device is mysteriously powered by nostalgia and longing: Step inside a Port and find yourself transported any place your heart desires, real or imagined. Earth’s population plummets when many who pass through its portal don’t come back—either unwilling or unable to return.
            In The Amateurs, Liz Harmer has crafted a subtle, many-faceted debut novel about rapture and romance—and the strange, dark, powerful alchemy that happens when technology meets desire.


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Liz Harmer:
LIZ HARMER is working on a second novel, and a story collection, which was a finalist for the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award. Her stories and essays have been published in The Malahat ReviewPRISMGrain, The New QuarterlyLittle Brother and other journals. She won a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism and was nominated for another NMA, both in 2014. She was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and a finalist for a Glimmer Train Prize, and was on the editorial board at echolocation between 2013 and 2015. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where her mentor was Charles Foran. She has also studied with David Bezmozgis, Richard Greene, Robert McGill and Richard Bausch. Raised in Hamilton, Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their three young daughters in southern California.

STACEY DEPASS has voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and television and is so grateful for doing what she loves most--creating characters in the cartoon world. Stacey's current work includes voice work on: Norman Picklestripes", "Com & Peg, So-So  Squishie, and Colorforms. She voices cars and trucks on Zerby Derby and Terrific Trucks. Voice highlights include recurring roles on Mysticons, Hotel Translyvania, Little People, Cupcake & Dinosaur, Rusty Rivets, Space Ranger Roger, Zhu Zhu Pets, Inspector Gadget, Trucktown, Ridonculous Race, Looped, Rob the Robot, The Detentionaires, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Beyblade, Ruby Gloom, Sidekick, Turbo Dogs,Harry and  His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, 6  Teen, Bob and Doug, My Friend Rabbit, Pillars of Freedom, What It's Like Being Alone, Captain Flamingo, Spider Riders, Power Stone, King, Bakugan, Gerald McBoing Boing. . . and replacing Alicia Silverstone in the title role on Braceface.
     You can also hear Stacey in the series, Arthur, Words Are Weird, Oh No it's an Alien Invasion and Ella the Elephant! Guest performances include Top Wing, Scaredy Squirrel, Stoked, Marvin and His Tap Dancing Horse, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, The Cat  in The Hat Knows A Lot About That!, Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show, The Dating Guy and Jimmy Two Shoes.
     Two ACTRA nominations for outstanding performance and two Gemini (ensemble) voice nominations later, her parents still wish she'd go to medical school but will settle for some whacky characters around the dinner table!


LIZ HARMER is working on a second novel, and a story collection, which was a finalist for the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award. Her stories and essays have been published in The Malahat ReviewPRISMGrain, The New QuarterlyLittle Brother and other journals. She won a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism and was nominated for another NMA, both in 2014. She was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and a finalist for a Glimmer Train Prize, and was on the editorial board at echolocation between 2013 and 2015. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where her mentor was Charles Foran. She has also studied with David Bezmozgis, Richard Greene, Robert McGill and Richard Bausch. Raised in Hamilton, Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their three young daughters in southern California.

STACEY DEPASS has voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and television and is so grateful for doing what she loves most--creating characters in the cartoon world. Stacey's current work includes voice work on: Norman Picklestripes", "Com & Peg, So-So  Squishie, and Colorforms. She voices cars and trucks on Zerby Derby and Terrific Trucks. Voice highlights include recurring roles on Mysticons, Hotel Translyvania, Little People, Cupcake & Dinosaur, Rusty Rivets, Space Ranger Roger, Zhu Zhu Pets, Inspector Gadget, Trucktown, Ridonculous Race, Looped, Rob the Robot, The Detentionaires, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Beyblade, Ruby Gloom, Sidekick, Turbo Dogs,Harry and  His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, 6  Teen, Bob and Doug, My Friend Rabbit, Pillars of Freedom, What It's Like Being Alone, Captain Flamingo, Spider Riders, Power Stone, King, Bakugan, Gerald McBoing Boing. . . and replacing Alicia Silverstone in the title role on Braceface.
     You can also hear Stacey in the series, Arthur, Words Are Weird, Oh No it's an Alien Invasion and Ella the Elephant! Guest performances include Top Wing, Scaredy Squirrel, Stoked, Marvin and His Tap Dancing Horse, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, The Cat  in The Hat Knows A Lot About That!, Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show, The Dating Guy and Jimmy Two Shoes.
     Two ACTRA nominations for outstanding performance and two Gemini (ensemble) voice nominations later, her parents still wish she'd go to medical school but will settle for some whacky characters around the dinner table!

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