Globe & Mail Reviews The Man Game

Thanks to Pasha Malla for the amazing book review in the Globe this weekend!

Sprawling, innovative, exhilarating

THE MAN GAME By Lee Henderson Viking Canada, 513 pages, $32 It begins with a handshake, a moment of solemnity and ritual before all hell breaks loose: A bizarre, cartoonish competition that combines ballroom dancing, ultimate fighting, wire-work kung fu and bare-knuckle boxing in a gracefully brutal show of, essentially, two men beating the hell out of each other.

Vancouver Sun Reviews The Man Game

Dan Rowe reviews the book for the Vancouver Sun… I cut out the last part where he disses me because the rest of the review makes some decent observations worth archiving here…

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Moodyville on the Man Game

Thanks to Caroline Skelton at the North Shore News for the nice profile piece! It runs under the slow-news-day headline: Rules of The Man Game hard to pin down. I’ll copy-paste the piece and put it under the perforated fold line because I have no idea how long things stay on the weird canada.com website system…

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Man Game Book Launches in Toronto and Vancouver

Duelity wins Adobe Achievement Award

It’s unrelated to the man game, but Duelity, the theologically controversial animated split-screen short film I wrote the screenplay for has won an Adobe Achievement Award for Motion Graphics. Congrats to Boca and Ryan, the insanely-talented creators.
Here’s the vid:

Rolling with Punches

Thanks to Mark Medley for the profile in the National Post this week.

Lyle Stafford For National Post

After a gruelling week working on the docks, the longshoremen would gather to fight. Convening in a ring in the middle of a rented legion hall in New Westminster, just outside Vancouver, they’d engage in a pastime some may think of as deranged but one they found cathartic: hardcore wrestling.

Lee Henderson visited these real-life fight clubs on an anthropological quest – and on assignment for The Vancouver Sun – interviewing the men about why they did what they did and learning the secrets of this spectacle, part gladiator match, part ballet.

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Buy the Book!

On a recent Vancouver Sunday afternoon, a young man stumbles upon a secret sport invented more than a century before, at the birth of his city. Thus begins The Man Game, an epic tale of loved requited and not, that crosses the contemporary and historical in an extravagant, anarchistic retelling of the early days of a pioneer town on the edge of the known world.

In 1886, out of the smouldering ashes of the great fire that destroyed much of the city,Molly Erwagen—former vaudeville performer—arrives from Toronto with her beloved husband, Samuel, to start a new life. Meanwhile, Litz and Pisk, two lumberjacks exiled after the fire, and blamed for having started it, are trying to clear their names. Before long, they’ve teamed up with Molly to invent a new sport that will change the course of that fledgling city’s history.