Turnstone Press believes there is more to a good book than the paper it is printed on. Books are meant to experienced and appreciated and we want to share not just our excitement for the books we publish, but also the buzz that surrounds our books across Canada and around the world. From advance publication / signing announcements to awards nominations and wins as well as critical reviews and rights deals, our news section is the place to visit to see what your next Turnstone read might be, or maybe even just confirm your own appreciation for Turnstone's books.
Ian Goodwillie of The Winnipeg Review calls Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley "unique" and "brilliant": "Dudley has quite elegantly and creatively taken a classic Greek myth and woven it into something unique. The base idea of taking Pelops, someone who had been served up as food for the gods, and making him into a chef, is brilliant." Read the full review here.
Dora Dueck's recent collection of short fiction, What You Get at Home, is reviewed in the December 2012 issue of the Mennonite Historian. The review praises Dora for "developing deep characters with surprisingly few words" and her exploration of themes such as "loss, success, disappointment, faith and community."
"This novel is an enjoyable romp through later middle age – it’s about time this stage of life was explored – and the pursuit of romantic happiness. ...As Williamson describes in immaculate detail, finding love in late middle age is a dangerous pursuit. All the individuals, including Jenkins, are damaged goods carrying the baggage of a lifetime. Given this, one could expect Dating to be a depressing novel – but it’s not. Somehow, hope persists. This is the gift that Williamson’s novel offers."
"What You Get at Home is a collection of 15 very satisfying short stories by Winnipeg author Dora Dueck. ...Perhaps the most poignant of the stories is 'My Name Is Magdalena.' A woman attends a writing class but writing a story brings back so many tragic memories – of moving from Ukraine to east of the Urals, then back again, and then, during World War II, having to flee with three young sons before the advancing Germans. This woman’s heartbreaking story deserves a whole book."
Poet Steve Locke reviews Kristian Enright’s award-winning collection of poetry, Sonar, in Prairie Fire Review of Books' most recent issue. Locke applauds Enright for side-stepping the archetypes and clichés that his subject matter invites and writes that, rather, "Enright successfully steers right into the heart of his central speaker by pitting the characteristics of his abstract mind against itself."
Locke writes that, by challenging "the conceptualization of madness and creativity," Enright has created a narrative, in Sonar, much like "a veritable patient case file with fragments of journal entries, hospital reports and lyrical poetry that guide the reader through heaven, hell and everything in between."
Chadwick Ginther's Thunder Road was recently reviewed by the SF Signal and blogger Lindsay Kitson. Paul Weimer of the SF Signal marvels at the novel's use of location and protagonist, writing that Ginther "uses the Canadian setting, urban and back-country, to his advantage, bringing Manitoba and all of its aspects to vivid life," and that the authors choice to write "a relatively ordinary, blue-collar guy as a protagonist was absolutely refreshing."
"I put down Mockingjay to read this one," claims blogger and online book reviewer Lindsay Kitson, who was impressed by the Ginther's clearly extensive research: "I probably don’t know enough about Norse mythology to truly appreciate the amount of research the author’s done – the worldbuilding is rich with it. But at the same time, it’s modernized. The characters of myth have adapted to the modern world."
Read the full reviews here: http://lindsaykitson.com/2013/07/10/book-review-thunder-road/
"[Thunder Road] blends Norse mythology into the Canadian landscape as smoothly and naturally as Joss Whedon married the Hellmouth to Southern California." Read full review here: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
"One of the things I like best about Janice MacDonald’s Randy Craig mystery series (besides the fact that she’s a darned good writer) is how much the series is about Edmonton." - Linda Wiken, Mystery Maven Canada
A new mini-review of Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery by Janice MacDonald has been posted by Dave at Lotsabooks in Cold Lake, who does regular books coverage for Kool 101.3 FM. He writes, "I always enjoy novels with a strong sense of place. In Janice MacDonald’s work that place is Edmonton." You can read the full review here.
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