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David Kingston Yeh

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David Kingston Yeh holds his MA in cultural sociology from Queen’s University, is an alumnus of George Brown Theatre School, and attended Post Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts in Saas Fee, Switzerland. He has worked twenty years as a therapist and educator in Toronto, Canada. David resides up the street from a circus academy, along with his husband and a family of racoons. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines. He has published two novels: A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018) and Tales From the Bottom of My Sole (2020). David has been listed among "writers to watch" by CBC Books. His third novel, The B-Side of Daniel Garneau, will be published in the fall 2023. ...more

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David Kingston Yeh My first novel, A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018), introduces our main character Daniel Garneau who moves to Toronto with his best friend Karen to…moreMy first novel, A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018), introduces our main character Daniel Garneau who moves to Toronto with his best friend Karen to attend university. In the big city, he navigates a series of misadventures in dating and relationships, before meeting his boyfriend David Gallucci. Tales From the Bottom of My Sole (2020) and The B-Side of Daniel Garneau (2023), complete a three-book series following Daniel's tragicomic explorations of queer desire, intimacy, sex and love.

My writing is inspired in part by my own life experiences moving to Toronto, and my work as an LGBTQ+ counsellor. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of young queer and trans men, from all walks of life – sharing stories of awkwardness and confusion, joy and discovery. At the heart of all these experiences is the search for family and belonging.

Toronto itself plays a central role in this narrative, offering spaces and opportunities unique to this city. Nowhere else can you find such a diversity of people, cultures and communities. Toronto’s ramshackle neighbourhoods, dive bars and hipster cafes, theatres and clubs form a backdrop that is both quintessentially Canadian and universal.

In media and culture, too often the camera pans away from moments of gay intimacy. It was important for me to offer a literary realism that stayed the course - one that was affirming, honest and revelatory. By also keeping to a minimalist, documentary language, I hoped to actively engage readers in creating the story, one enlivened by their own personal, subjective meaning.

In structuring these novels, I observed how people share their lives through Facebook and Instagram. What if I were to translate this form of story-telling into narrative prose? So Daniel’s adventures are recounted in the first person, and begin with his statement: “I could remember that moment as easily as turning a page in a photo album..."

I’ve called Daniel’s story a “confabulated fictional memoir.” Of course, the autobiographical works of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs were also influences. But what was most important to me was to capture the adventure, levity and wonder of young adulthood. (There is enough gay-themed literature that is grim, sardonic or tragic.) I hope you may love Daniel's story as much as I do, and join him on his strange and beautiful self-discovery... at the edge of the world. ~DKY(less)
David Kingston Yeh Write what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've st…moreWrite what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've struck gold-- keep on going! Remember to breathe. Write as if you were the last person on earth.(less)
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COMMUNITY IN 2021

Since the release of my second novel October 2020, I’ve participated in a number of interviews and discussions on the craft of writing, my process and inspirations. Again and again, I found myself speaking about… community.

When the pandemic started, I had the privilege of working from home. As a novelist, my attitude was: “Great- more time for uninterrupted writing!” And for about six months I did Read more of this blog post »
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Tales from the Bottom of My Sole by David Kingston Yeh
""Nobody, I figured, was really how they seemed. There was always something surprising to discover when you look under the hood."

That's one of the reasons I love these books so much - how every single character is unique and interesting, from the way " Read more of this review »
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" Hi Rafael, thank so much for your kind rating A Boy! If the book made you smile, feel welcome to leave a short review; even 1-2 sentences is welcome. ...more "
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
"It's a very surface level look at Stoicism and western Buddhism aimed at dudebros. It has some good things to say, and it's a decent introduction to some great concepts, but it's pretty cringe and misogynistic.

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" Pedrazaluan, thanks so much for your kind rating of A Boy! If the book made you smile, feel welcome to leave a short review, even 1-2 sentences is wel ...more "
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" Ochoa, thanks so much for your kind rating of A Boy! If the book made you smile, feel welcome to leave a short review. The third final novel in this s ...more "
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" Hi Ian, thanks so much for your kind review! Yes definitely there is a third final book about Daniel & David, scheduled for release in the fall 2023. ...more "
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" Nahomi, thanks so much for your kind reviews of A Boy and Tales! If the books made you smile, feel welcome to leave a short review; even 1-2 sentences ...more "
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“Do you believe in ghosts?”
“Well,” I said, “that depends on what you mean by a ghost.”
“Something about a person in our past that haunts us. Something that won’t go away by itself.”
David Kingston Yeh, A Boy at the Edge of the World

“Do you believe in ghosts?”
“Well,” I said, “that depends on what you mean by a ghost.”
“Something about a person in our past that haunts us. Something that won’t go away by itself.”
David Kingston Yeh, A Boy at the Edge of the World

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