Television/film rights to the #1 National Bestseller and Finalist for both Canada Reads and the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB by Megan Gail Coles have been optioned by Canadian / Irish Film & Television Producer Jay Daniel Beechinor of The JDB Film Company with Megan Gail Coles as Executive Producer.


“The lure of Coles’s often glorious use of language and the importance of reading books that do exactly what Small Game Hunting does — force the reader to face truths that have been hidden and swept away for far too long, to be made uncomfortable and prompted to think rather than be simply entertained — are reason enough to give this up-and-coming author’s new work serious consideration.” —Quill and Quire

“What recommends this novel most is the way its author stays with her characters’ hurt, how she holds it without reverence but understands how those wounds can motivate like nothing else . . . Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is a dark, taut, funny novel that feels for its characters’ pain while remaining caustic toward the enablers and the kinds of violence that polite society allows.” —Globe and Mail

“A profound read, offering up perfectly crafted sentences in the thoughts of the motley cast of characters.” —Canadian Living

“Although Small Game Hunting is often tragic and heartbreaking, its finale offers a glimmer of hope that we are invited to be brave and wait for. The hope that sees women, both tattered and changed by the work of male violence and power, not at a loss for agency or warmth. In the end, Coles’s powerful novel is a tale of resilience.” —

“Early in Small Game Hunting, a Nigerian immigrant asks the heroine about her true origins: ‘You don’t look all white,’ he says. In other words, this is not your traditional Newfoundland novel of social isolation. Instead, Megan Gail Coles portrays the harsh existence of the islanders as emblematic of the human condition itself. The characters’ lives unfold around a fine restaurant. They are physically and emotionally crippled by their society’s devastating inequalities, the women psychologically maimed by repeated sexual assault. Coles’s narrator storms against the status quo in a kinetic novel that dazzles, challenges, and exhilarates.” —Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation

“Beautifully fluid writing pulls the reader right in and keeps them gliding along. Fans of Rene Denfeld, Alice Sebold, and Eowyn Ivey will want to check this book out.” —Booklist

“No mistake, Megan Gail Coles is a driven, consequential writer who plays for keeps. Her seemingly off-the-cuff voice is controlled and quite intricate, and commands revisiting. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is as important a novel as any that’s hit Canadian literature in years.” —Joel Thomas Hynes, author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

“Each character is rendered with such stunning details and unflinching insights that you can’t leave this novel’s pages without being changed. To read Megan Gail Coles’s masterful debut is to become obsessed with it.” —Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground


Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019

Commended, CBC Book of the Year, 2019 

Commended, Indigo Book of the Year, 2019

Commended, #1 National Bestseller, 2020

Winner, Governor General’s Translation Award 2022

Megan Gail Coles is a writer of plays, screenplays, poetry and prose originally from The Strait of Belle Isle on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland/Ktaqmkuk. Her books include Squawk, Satched, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome and Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Her work has been a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller prize, a Canada Reads contender and has twice won the BMO Winterset award. Megan is the Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company and Executive Director of Riddle Fence Publishing in St. John’s and a doctoral student at Concordia University.

Megan is represented by Samantha Haywood.