Colin Fullerton

December 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Like a Road

ISBN 978-0-9864924-0-2
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Like a Road“My name is Jerry Carson.” And so it begins. All Carson men leave home early, and between departure and return, between flight and reconciliation lies the journey. Trial by water and by fire, trials of betrayal, imprisonment, loneliness and loss. As in all fairy tales there are Helpers and Instructors: canny old men, carny freaks, a pair of hoboes, a miner, a shaman, a fortune-teller, Mary of the yoga class, Marie of the hot-air balloon. New Orleans, Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Florida, by truck, boxcar, ship, horseback. The final trial, however, is back home in the trailer park, in a letter from the dead.

Colin Fullerton lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is his first novel.

Book design by Christian Snyder. Cover art by Leslie Watts, Long Path (2008).


December 19th, 2009 § 731 comments § permalink

The Yellow Room

ISBN 978-0-9784321-9-5
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Cover for The Yellow RoomThe final days of Jørgen Mikkelsen. A man of no family or property, a disappointed artist and lover, a reluctant Resistance fighter, a man with intolerable burdens of memory and regret. Alone with his thoughts, a curiously lucid madman imprisoned in an attic room, Jørgen conjures out of his past a parade of ghosts. Dominating Jørgen’s disjointed narrative, however, is the haunting, imperious, tragic figure of Anna Hauge, whose circuits ran up and down the seamy streets of Vesterbro in wartime Copenhagen.

S.K.Johannesen is author of Sister Patsy (Pasdeloup Press, 2003), Luggas Wood (Blaurock Press, 2007), and many short stories, essays and memoirs. He is editor of Blaurock Press and lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Book Review by Andrew Hunt, The Record, Friday, April 23, 2010

“Johannesen’s latest, The Yellow Room, shines on all levels. Like his first two works, it is impressionist literature that explores the inner thoughts and experiences of its protagonist. In this case, the first-person narrator is Jørgen Mikkelsen, a man whose life has been all over the map: artist, anti-Nazi resistance fighter, skilled cabinetmaker and a man haunted by the ghosts of his past.


“The richness of the story is found in its memorable vignettes of the people Mikkelsen encounters in his journeys. The time he spends in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Denmark gives him plenty of opportunities to reflect on his past, and his memories are strikingly vivid. Those memories are the subject of his writings while holed up in a room that is “pale yellow. Almost white where the sun is reflected.”


“…every sentence, every word, is beautifully rendered, like a painting.”


“The Yellow Room reminded me of E.L. Doctorow’s Homer and Langley….  The stories are quite different …. But the two books share a powerful narrative voice in which dialogue is spare, yet the descriptions are so vivid that you remember scenes long after you’ve put the book down.”

Book design by Christian Snyder. Cover art by Susan Benson.

Karen Mulhallen

October 27th, 2009 § 327 comments § permalink

Acquainted With Absence. Selected Poems

edited by Douglas Glover

ISBN 978-0-9784321-7-1
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Acquainted with Absence “—a magnificent poet, prolific, protean and deeply, intensely, personal. She is a metaphysical poet, concerned with ends and existence, yet she grounds everything in the specific and the concrete.

“Reading and rereading her, one begins to notice, beyond the narratives of love and death and the concrete references to loved ones and beloved places, insistent recurrences—water, islands, plant lore, horses, seahorses—unfolding into myth, comedy, eros and personal anguish.”

—Douglas Glover, from the Introduction

Karen Mulhallen is Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning magazine Descant. She has published ten books of poetry and authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited magazines, anthologies, columns and critical articles on culture and the arts. She also teaches literature at Ryerson University and lives in Toronto.

Book design by Christian Snyder.  Cover art by Virgil Burnett.

Eric Schachter

October 27th, 2009 § 83 comments § permalink

Dry Bones

ISBN 978-0-9784321-6-4
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Dry BonesA hybrid narrative, different voices, contrasting worlds. One strand—banal, cruel, funny, sentimental by turns—a coming-of-age tale, a middle-class schoolboy awakens to the facts of class and sex in post-war England. The other strand a sordid tale of manipulation, betrayal and murder in Toronto, Kingston and Montreal. These stories are brought together in the narrator’s pursuit of the truth about life in general and his life in particular. Haunted by bad faith, in others and in himself, he nevertheless gropes toward insight into the nature of personal responsibility.

Eric Schachter is a writer and film maker.  His previous book Skandalon is an astoundingly candid exercise in personal and family archaeology.

Comments on a very early draft of Dry Bones:

“I think you are probably a good person.”
—Ivan Illich

“A cool investigation of class and crime.”
—Robertson Davies

“The best study of violent crime I have ever read.”
—June Calwood

“Everything rings true except for the fact that you actually liked [Bonnie and Ricky].”
—Timothy Findley

“It is not clear as to whether this is fact or fiction.”
—Leslie Fiedler

“I return this unread, as I have been accused in the past of stealing other people’s material.”
—Margaret Atwood

Book design and cover art by Christian Snyder.

Jason Schneider

October 27th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Philip Snowcroft’s Finality

ISBN 978-0-9784321-8-8
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Philip Snowcroft's FinalityA Manhattan fable of talent and mediocrity, ambition and genius, art and commerce, crime and punishment. Owen Higdon, hungry artist’s-agent, likeable chancer and compulsive gambler, has staked everything on selling Philip Snowcroft’s new painting. Finality is his friend’s culminating achievement as an artist, a work of epic scale, raw passion, moral authority—and worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, there are other stakes in play, in an increasingly desperate and dangerous game. Owen must choose. The next roll of the dice will be for his own soul.

Jason Schneider is co-author of Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance, author of Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots Of American Music, and one of Canada’s most respected music journalists. His first novel, 3,000 Miles, was published in 2005. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Book design by Christian Snyder. Cover art by Barry Lorne.

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