The Last Ham
Written by J.R. McConvey
Publication Date July 15, 2013
Part dark satire, part surreal Gothic folktale, The Last Ham is a story about populist politics run amok in the age of illusion.
Weeks before Easter in the sleepy town of Bedford, a macabre death coincides with the arrival of a stranger from the city. The resulting events that unfold, fueled by anticipation for the Church’s annual picnic auction, will change the community forever. At the center of it all is the infamous Kersey Ham — enigma, icon, idol and sacrilege — and a man called Dale Westin, a salesman, shaman and champion of his own destiny, who knows what the people crave.
J. R. McConvey is a writer from Toronto. He is a creator and producer of The National Parks Project, a collaborative film and music series about creativity and nature. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Puritan, the National Post, The Broken City among others. His story "The Last Ham" was shortlisted for the 2012 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Literary Excellence. He is currently working on his first novel.