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Canadian small press publishing is an incredibly dynamic and exciting business, frought with incredible highs and frustrating lows. Turnstone's Bird on a Wire is part blog, part rant, and part resource. It's our place on the web to share our thoughts and experiences while working in Canadian publishing.

Brenda Hasiuk's Clash of Vocations

Years ago, when I was just starting out as a writer, I read a biography of Chekhov. He was a working MD, family man and story writer and struggled his entire life to find time for them all. Now, my day job does not involve aiding Russian villagers, and I’m not a genius, but turns out Chekhov and I do have this in common. Between working, family and writing, I am forever torn between vocations.
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Playing & Against & Type by Lydia Kwa

The small pieces of foundry type were wedged into 6.5-by-3.5-inch wooden trays, each tray selling for $20 at Ho Sun Hing print shop on East Pender. I’d read about the shop in a July 2012 article in The Vancouver Sun. I must have passed this shop countless times in my years living in Vancouver, visiting Chinatown numerous times since 1992, yet I’d never paid any notice.
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Planning a Butterfly Garden

As February snowbanks grow ever higher around us, gardening may be the last thing on your mind. I know for a fact that gardeners are already flipping through catalogues and fingering seed packets in anticipation. Consider it a therapy of sorts to imagine aromatic blossoms bending in the hot summer breeze. And why not add butterflies to complete the picture? Have you ever considered growing plants that will attract butterflies?  
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A Delicious Way to Celebrate Family History Month with The Wittenbergs

Sarah Klassen's novel The Wittenbergs is a story which, among other things, is about legacy and what we pass along through generations. Here, with that in mind, and celebrating Family History Month, is Sarah Klassen's family recipe for platz, a traditional Mennonite coffee cake, often made with plums.
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Sally Ito talks "Ekphrastic Encounters" with Jennifer Still

Turnstone poet Sally Ito talks with Jennifer Still, poetry editor for CV2, about "ekphrasis"—the poetic act of responding to a work of visual art through words. The poets reflect on the workshop they participated in at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery and The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture last year, which was based on the gallery exhibit Re-Configuring Abstraction (curated by Mary Reid). The exhibit featured the abstract work of…
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Vote Autumn, One Spring for Manitoba Reads Champion!!

The Manitoba Reads panel discussions were great, but the show isn't quite over. CBC is currently tallying votes for the winner of Manitoba Reads 2012. Voting is open until 5pm, Saturday, September 22nd so head on over to: http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/books/2012/09/21/post-35/ Cast your vote for Autumn, One Spring and show Patti Grayson how much we're behind her.
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What about the Fans? NHL lockout might hurt but On The Fly can ease the pain

September 15th has passed and hockey fans around the world have had their worst fears confirmed. Professional hockey is over, at least for now. Where does that leave the fans? How are they supposed to respond? Check out On the Fly by Wayne Tefs to get your fix while hockey is on hiatus.
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Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Culture Heritage, Tourism and Sport.

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