Welcome. This site provides information on the novels Lucy and Bonbon (to be published by Guernica Editions in 2022); Rising Stories (2015); and Animals (2009/2010). The site also includes selected other writings, and images of selected paintings.
To order Animals:
To order Rising Stories:
If you are interested in the novels, you may also be interested in my blog, Animals, etc.: http://donlepan.blogspot.com/.
Some of the paintings on this site are a selection of paintings; some of these were included in "The Skyscraper and the City," a March 2008 exhibition at the Brooklyn Artists' Gym, Brooklyn, New York; others are more recent.
My new novel, Lucy and Bonbon, began with a 2011 short story, "Bonbon" (included on this site); the novel carries the narrative into Bonbon's adolescence. Lucy and 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 Lucy and Bonbon.
Rising Stories: A Novel
from Press Forward Publishing
distributed by Broadview Press Inc.
Animals: A Novel
American edition from Soft Skull Press / Counterpoint (www.softskull.com);
Canadian edition originally published by Véhicule Press, now available from Press Forward Publishing, distributed by Broadview Press Inc. (www.broadviewpress.com)
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)