Nathaniel G. Moore

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Nathaniel G. Moore is an award-winning Canadian novelist and journalist. His books include three novels, two poetry collections and a collection of short stories. Moore has contributed work to several newspapers, magazines and literary journals, such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill & Quire, Verbicide, This Magazine and The Georgia Straight. He lives in Fredericton where he works full time as a publicist for moorehype. He is represented by The Rights Factory.

Bowlbrawl (2005)[edit]

Bowlbrawl was published and marketed as a sports biography in 2005 by Conundrum Press. The book garnered significant media coverage at the time, including reviews in The Globe and Mail, Montreal Mirror, The Hour, Broken Pencil, Chatelaine and a cover story in The Ottawa Xpress. Since its publication, the author admits the book was fiction, and therefore considers it his debut novel. Said The Globe and Mail, "Moore fleshes out the surreal terrain of violent bowling, his engaging plot redolent of Mark Leyner’s wacky corporate comedies. The reader is infected with a need to rescue each character – and to laugh hysterically while doing so."

Let's Pretend We Never Met (2007)[edit]

Let’s Pretend We Never Met was released with Pedlar Press in the spring of 2007 and is now said to be out of print. The book’s central theme was the interactions between the dead Latin poet Catullus and the author himself. Jacqueline Turner of The Georgia Straight wrote, “Moore metaphrastically transforms so many literary genres into poetry and works so thoroughly through the most everyday of concepts (love, that is) that the breadth of the work is breathtaking."[1] In an Arc Poetry Journal review, critic Harold Rhenisch wrote, “It’s all brilliant and witty and dense and difficult, and like that other academic language poet, the cover girl of American poetry, Jorie Graham, it’s rushed. Intellectually, this poetry is brilliantly conceived.”[2] Rhenisch concludes, “To read Let’s Pretend We Never Met is like looking at one of Pollack’s pieces with a magnifying glass. The intent may be a sense of the renewal of history and its fresh embodiment in the present, but the result is a clear statement about the impossibility of the task. What is left after the book has splashed its paint around is the noise – visual, acoustic, and personal of the city. The portrait of the human body here is one of so inured to life in a dehumanizing architecture that it has become not Eliot’s pattern of nerves cast on a screen but the screen and projector itself.”[2]

Various Publications 2008-2009[edit]

In spring 2008, Moore co-edited Toronto Noir, a collection of noir-inspired literary short stories from an eclectic mix of Toronto writers. It was the first Canadian-focused in the Noir series published by Brooklyn’s Akashic Books.

In fall 2009, Moore released his second novel Wrong Bar with Tightrope Books. Wrong Bar was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Novel in August 2010.[3] In a review of Wrong Bar, Edward Brown of The Globe & Mail compares Moore's writing to Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs.[4] Mark Medley of National Post also likens Moore to Burroughs, "as if cut-up technician William S. Burroughs joined MySpace."[5]

Savage 1986-2011 (2013)[edit]

Savage 1986-2011 was published in November 2013 by Vancouver literary publisher Anvil Press. The novel, Moore's first in four years, was described as "a family novel about the blurred lines between child and adult roles, economic turbulence, the ever-changing landscape of interior heroism." According to Moore, the book was inspired by everything from the twelve labours of Hercules to Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar. The book is divided into twenty-four chapters named after New Order song titles.

In an interview with Quillblog in November 2011, Moore stated Savage 1986-2011 "chronicles the 'middle class implosion' of his own family, set between February 1986 – when Moore first saw Savage on television – and the wrestler’s death in May 2011."[6] Excerpts of the novel have appeared in SubTerrain, Joyland,Taddle Creek and Lies With Occasional Truth.

Canadian artist Paule Kelly-Rhéaume made a short film in support of Savage 1986-2011 which featured old VHS clips from the author's teen years and a contemporary interview conducted by Toronto author Spencer Gordon.[7]

Savage 1986-2011 won the 2014 ReLit Award for best novel.[8] His next book, Jettison, is forthcoming with Anvil Press and is Moore's first collection of short stories. He also has a chapbook of poetry called Nobody's Empire coming out in July 2016 with Victoria B.C.'s Frog Hollow Press.

Jettison (2016)[edit]

In October 2016, Anvil Press released Jettison, the author's debut collection of short stories. The author dedicated the book to his friend Warren Brewer Auld with whom he performs in the band Proper Concern. In its review of Jettison,The Winnipeg Free Press wrote, "give Moore time and there are some genuine laugh-out-loud — and even gasp-out-loud — moments that are wickedly fun to read." Moore was interviewed by Sad Magazine in April 2016 to promote the book.[9]

Goodbye Horses (2018)[edit]

In late 2017, Moore signed with Mansfield Press (Toronto) to publish his first collection of poetry in nearly a decade, Goodbye Horses. The book centers on the author's reanimation of Latin poet Catullus's poetry. The book was published in May 2018.


  • Bowlbrawl (Conundrum Press, 2005)
  • Let's Pretend We Never Met (Pedlar Press, 2007)
  • Wrong Bar (Tightrope Books, 2009)
  • Pastels Are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk (DC Books, 2009)
  • Toronto Noir (Akashic Books, 2008) as co-editor
  • Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press, 2013)
  • Jettison (Anvil Press, 2016)
  • Nobody's Empire (Frog Hollow Press, 2016)
  • Goodbye Horses (Mansfield Press, 2018)


  1. ^ Turner, Jacqueline. "A quartet of poets: Everyday takes a cool turn". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Rhenisch, Harold (Summer 2008). Arc. 60: 114–115.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "2010 ReLit Shortlists". 
  4. ^ Brown, Edward (11 March 2010). "Right Mad". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Medley, Mark (23 November 2009). "Start the small presses!: Nathaniel G. Moore is content to stay on the fringes". National Post. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ MacLachlan, Allison. "Nathaniel G. Moore puts on gallery show in honour of Randy "Macho Man" Savage". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ from Nathaniel G. Moore 6 months ago All Audiences (2013-12-07). "Savage 1986-2011". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  8. ^ "2014 ReLit Winners". Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Interview in Sad Magazine". 

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