Congratulations on the publication of LATE SEPTEMBER by Amy Mattes released April 13 2024 from Nightwood Editions!

Late September is an intimate queer coming-of-age tale exploring the nuances of love, trauma and mental health. A compelling literary fiction pick for readers of Heather O’Neill and Zoe Whittall.

In the summer of 2000, Ines, a grief-stricken skateboarder beginning to explore her sexuality, leaves behind her sheltered hometown on a Greyhound bus bound for Montreal. In awe of the city’s vibrancy, and armed with a journal and a Discman, Ines sets out to find a new way, befriending April, a latex-loving goth who gets her a job as a cam-girl. In the midst of a bar fight Ines meets Max, a magnetic skateboarder, whom she quickly falls for.

As summer fades to fall Ines tries to uphold the bliss of their intoxicating summer, realizing that while she has escaped the confines of her small-town life, she cannot escape her past. The city changes and their romance darkens as Ines learns that Max is experiencing mental health challenges, all while a regular at the cam studio gets threateningly close. Ines learns that loving herself first requires trial and error—and that love is not always an innocent word.


“Late September is a personal epic, a singular account of early adult life in a new city full of promises and disenchantment. A prose that is ruthlessly realistic yet almost magical and poetic, which blends the city life with the protagonist’s inner struggles and her intimate universe, giving us an authentic coming of age tale, powerful and beautifully crafted.” –Stephane Larue, author of Le Plongeur, finalist for the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction

Amy Mattes holds a degree in anti-oppressive social work from the University of Victoria and is currently enrolled in a bachelor of arts in creative writing at Vancouver Island University. She is working on a second novel, writing poetry and raising a child. She won second place in the Islands Short Fiction Review Contest in 2023 and has been previously published in The Globe and Mail and Portal Magazine. Mattes lives in Nanaimo, BC, and Late September is her first novel.

Amy is represented by Carolyn Forde.

Congratulations Amy!