CBC Short Story Prize 2016

“House on Carbonate”

Kasia Juno

“House on Carbonate”


Kasia Juno van Schaik was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada at the age of 12. Her fiction, poetry and comics can be found in the Best Canadian Poetry Anthology, The Rumpus, Maisonneuve Magazine, GUTS: Canadian Feminist Magazine and The Puritan, among others. In 2009, she received the Quebec Writers' Federation Short Story Prize. Kasia is a PhD student at McGill University and lives in Montreal.


Montreal, Que.


Trespassers in a small town.


Everything was determined by that word. Guys, this is so fun. This is so not fun.

The pursuit of fun was instinctual, like the migration of monarch butterflies, from Canada to a forest in Mexico. An endangered phenomenon, David Attenborough called them. How did the monarchs know where to go? How did they know when they had arrived?

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