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 pieces; I will try to post some of those on this site before long. 

My next novel after Rising Stories is likely to be an 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)