Pulpy and Midge

Kyle Buckley and Jessica Westhead at the Pivot series

Jan 14

Kyle Buckley (The Laundromat Essay) and Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge) read on January 14 at the Pivot series with Rocco De Giacomo.

The Pivot Reading Series
featuring Kyle Buckley, Rocco De Giacomo and Jessica Westhead
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
8:00 p.m.
Free

Location: 
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada
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Coach House titles on the ReLit long list

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Pulpy and Midge is Broken Pencil's Fiction Book of the Issue!

By Colleen Gillis
Broken Pencil
Issue 38

Pulpy and Midge is a very nice book about very nice people. Pulpy and Midge are gentle, kind, and in an enviable amount of love. Maybe I don't read enough books about nice people, but Pulpy really got to me.

Here is how nice Pulpy is: He wipes his feet at the door; he is kind to the receptionist; he feels guilty about not remembering her name. Sure, Pulpy can be too nice. But so what if he lets people finish his sentences?

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FFWD Weekly charmed by Pulpy and Midge

By Cherine Badwi
FFWD Weekly
November 22, 2007

Quirky office lit

Jessica Westhead’s charmingly predictable Pulpy and Midge

by Cherine Badwi in Books

If there is a genre called 'office lit' -- and if there’s not, there should be -- Jessica Westhead’s debut novel Pulpy and Midge would fall squarely in that camp. The novel reads like an extended prose version of a Dilbert cartoon or a series of episodes of The Office.

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Pulpy and Midge Not Just Cubicle Comedy

By Jenny Sampirisi
The Southernmost Review

Imagine a cubical existence. Sketch in a Patrick Bateman-esque boss with an oversexed wife prowling your every move. Now add a sticky note with a cynical and lonely receptionist angling for a date. Ho ho! says Dan the boss man. The timid, clumsy Pulpy lives in this world with his ice-dancing, candle-selling wife, Midge. In the span of a few weeks their solid (and rather PG) marriage is challenged by the absurd, domineering demands of the new boss, Dan, and his wife Beatrice, who’s corrosive relationship and life-style destabilize Pulpy and Midge’s seemingly perfect one. Ho ho!

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Quill & Quire reviews Pulpy and Midge

By Ian Daffern
Quill & Quire
November 2007

Never mix business with pleasure. That's the moral of Jessica Westhead's new office novel Pulpy and Midge, whose titular couple strives to maintain a healthy balance of work and home life. Of course, balance can be heard to come by in a story about wife-swapping with the boss.

Pulpy is a pushover worker bee in an anonymous office, while Midge is his adorable, candle-obsessed wife. Together they present a sweet and sticky ideal of marital fidelity.

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Bookshort featuring Sean Dixon and Jessica Westhead

Bookshorts.com is currently featuring a short news brief made at the Open Book: Toronto event, 'Under the Covers', in which you can see segments of readings from authors Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything) and Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge).

Visit www.bookshorts.com to view the short film.

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Read a winner from Maisonneuve's Pulpy and Midge 'Bad Boss' Contest

To celebrate the publication of Pulpy and Midge, Maisonneuve magazine held a Pulpy and Midge 'Bad Boss' Contest in September.

The first of the winning entries is now on Maisonneuve's website. Visit www.maisonnueve.org to see Alice Hrabak's tale of cat-sitting and underaged drinking.

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Arthur Reviewer finds westhead's cooked and eaten performance delicious

By Iris Hodgson
Arthur

This article is about dreams come true. Jessica Westhead has written a hilarious novel called Pulpy and Midge, from which she read at last Monday’s Cooked and Eaten reading series. Her book came out just last week from Coach House Books. For Jessica Westhead, that is a dream come true. But here’s the better news: Westhead is a Trent graduate. She has an English degree. She works as a writer and editor. Take heart, fellow English majors! Westhead has become the hero of Trent humanities students.

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Jessica Westhead reviewed by The Danforth Review

Two interviews and her book isn't even in stores yet! Jessica Westhead, author of Pulpy and Midge is on a roll.

Read an interview with Jessica Westhead at The Danforth Review, and be sure to see her launch the book in person on September 25, at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

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