“I’ve never read anything that depicts with such perfect balance the beauty and the terror- the terrible beauty- of life below zero degrees. This collection gives us winter at its most profound, both literally and figuratively.” ~Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist

The 40 Below Project was created by local writer Jason Lee Norman with the help of a grant by the Edmonton Arts Council. Jason, along with Kasia Gawlak, are the co-founders of the Edmonton creative writing collective Words with Friends (@yegwords).

The aim of this project was to collect words, stories, and artwork about and inspired by the city of Edmonton in winter. The idea is that while winter in our city can be harsh at times, our experience with it is also something quite unique. It can also be a time of year that inspires art and people coming together.

40 Below has over 70 pieces by 50 Edmonton and area writers, including Alice Major, Michael Hingston, Diana Davidson, Jessica Kluthe, Thomas Trofimuk, Jennifer Quist and more. The cover design is by local artist Jason Blower.

This project was edited by Jason Lee Norman and published here in Edmonton under his imprint, Wufniks Press. The website and technical aspects of the project are curated through Kasia Gawlak and her company, CodeWord Media Design.

The finished product will be released on November 1, 2013. The plan is that this book will be available online and in as many stores in Edmonton and the surrounding area as possible. This book will be a love letter to the city of Edmonton. A gift from the artistic community to the people who call or who have at one time called Edmonton home.