Welcome. This site provides information on the novels Rising Stories (2015) and Animals (2009/2010), access to selected other writings, and images of selected artworks

​To order Rising Stories
https://www.broadviewpress.com/product.php?productid=2265&cat=224&page=1  ​

To order Animals:

If you are interested in one or both of the novels, you may also be interested in my blog, http://donlepan.blogspot.com/.  

Also featured on this site are paintings that were included in "The Skyscraper and the City," a March 2008 exhibition at the Brooklyn Artists' Gym, Brooklyn, New York. My creative focus has been overwhelmingly on writing rather than painting in the years since then, but I have completed several paintings; I will try to post some of those on this site before long. 

My next novel after Rising Stories will be a considerably expanded version of the 2011 short story, "Bonbon"; the novel-length version will carry the narrative into Bonbon's adolescence. "Bonbon" touches on some of the same sorts of human/nonhuman animal issues that are the focus of Animals, but does so from a very different angle. If you'd like to read the story, scroll down beyond all the Animals categories and click on Short Stories

Please feel free to contact me at don.lepan@broadviewpress.com. 

Rising Stories: A Novel
July 2015
from Press Forward Publishing
distributed by Broadview Press Inc.

Animals: A Novel
Canadian edition from Press Forward Publishing (distributed by Broadview Press Inc:
American edition from Soft Skull/Counterpoint (distributed by Publishers' Group West/Perseus) Press Forward Publishing
distributed by Broadview Press Inc.

Below: The Illinois Central poster that forms the basis of the Rising Stories cover image (and is discussed in Chapter 7 of the novel). I discovered this poster in 2008 when I found a mounted copy that had been thrown away; it was lying beside a dumpster in an alley beside Calgary's Grain Exchange Building.

Above: The Sears Tower - detail from 
Black, White, and the American Red Cross, Chicago 2004 (see Art page 4)