Metro to publish exclusive fiction entitled Temp written by Douglas Coupland

TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Metro is publishing an exclusive serialized fiction story by prominent writer Douglas Coupland entitled Temp, in the Canadian and global editions, starting on November 4th.

Each weekday, an instalment of Temp will run in Metro's 10-English editions, and at:

The story of Temp opens with: "Greetings.  My name is Shannon.  I'm a temp, but more than that, I'm the future of employment in the Western world.  Sure, you may have a job right now, but one day you'll be me."

"When Douglas approached us with his concept for a serialized narrative we jumped on the opportunity for a partnership," says Charlotte Empey Editor-in-Chief of Metro English Canada.  "Douglas has been described as possibly the most gifted interpreter of North American pop culture writing today - and Temp more than lives up to his reputation."

"Metro is the tom-toms of the global village," says Douglas Coupland.  "It's the new face of old media.  It reaches millions of people who devour every word and it all ends up being discussed in lunchrooms, meeting rooms, and dinner tables around the world."

On November 12th, in partnership with the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University, Metro is holding a free reader event at the Ted Rogers School of Management, downtown Toronto.  Hosted by Metro's own man-about-film Richard Crouse, more than 450 people will join us for further discussion of the project, a reading of Temp by Douglas and a book signing.  To reserve your spot and print a ticket, please visit:

Contests will also be running in parallel to the Temp project.  On a national level, readers will be asked to submit a series of promotional codes found in print and online ads to be entered to win the "Ultimate Temp Package".  In the local Toronto market, readers can also enter to have the chance to attend a meet-and-greet with Douglas prior to the reader event, a copy of his new book and VIP seating at the event. For more information on Temp contests please visit:

About Metro
Metro is Canada's most-read national daily newspaper brand.  Free Daily News Group Inc. publishes a full portfolio of Metro print and digital products in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver; and digital-only products in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Victoria.  Metro is also published in Halifax by Atlantic Free Daily Newspapers Inc. and in Montreal by Les Publications Métropolitaines Inc. Metro targets YAMs (youthful, active metropolitans) and reaches more than 1.75 million readers daily and 8.3 million over the course of a week.

Torstar Corporation is the majority owner of Free Daily News Group Inc., with Metro International S.A. holding a small minority interest.  Torstar Corporation is also the majority owner of Atlantic Free Daily Newspapers Inc., with both Transcontinental Media G.P. and Metro International S.A. holding a minority interest.  Metro International S.A. also holds an interest in Les Publications Métropolitaines Inc and publishes newspapers in more than 100 major cities in 23 countries across Europe, North and South America and Asia.  Metro has a unique global reach, attracting a youthful, active, well-educated, metropolitan audience of over 18 million daily readers.

About Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961 and grew up in West Vancouver, where he continues to live and work.  Known to many as an author, his ground-breaking novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture was the first of his many best-selling books.  Coupland is the author of thirteen novels, seven nonfiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is also a visual artist, sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter of his first feature Everything's Gone Green.

Douglas Coupland's latest novel Worst. Person. Ever. is available from Random House Canada.  For further information visit:

Image with caption: "Temp: Tomorrow's World Today, starting November 4th. Only in Metro. (CNW Group/Metro Canada)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Metro Canada

For further information:

Robyn Payne
Director, Marketing & Research
Metro English Canada
(416) 443-4375

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