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Tuesday 22 April 2014

Launching at The Paintbox

555 Dundas Street East, TORONTO


5 to 8 PM

Reading (6:30 pm) with Lillian Allen, Margaret Christakos, Liz Howard



SKEIN OF DAYS by Sonja Ruth Greckol

ISBN 978.1.897141.61.8  |  $20

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Quill & Quire Selects Finalists for Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Five finalists for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award announced – winner to be unveiled at awards ceremony on April 30

SEATTLE—March 5, 2014—Amazon.ca and Quill & Quire today announced the finalists for the 38th Annual First Novel Award which recognizes the outstanding achievement of Canadian first-time novelists.

“We’re thrilled to again be a part of a program that supports and cultivates Canadian authors,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. “The First Novel Award program has an incredible history honouring Canada’s beloved novelists and we look forward to seeing these finalists’ careers flourish and inspire new writers as they join the ranks of First Novel Award success stories.”

Selected by head judge and editor of Quill & Quire, Stuart Woods, the five nominees for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, listed alphabetically by author, are:

“The finalists for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award are at diverse stages in their careers as writers, but they share a bold vision for the novel in Canada,” said Woods. “I hope this shortlist will serve as another reminder of the vibrancy of Canadian fiction.”

This year, the winner will be unveiled on April 30 at the annual Amazon.ca First Novel Award ceremony held in Toronto. The winner will be selected from the list of nominees by a panel of judges including Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of the memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes; Angie Abdou, author of the novels The Bone Cage and The Canterbury Trail; and Brian Francis, author of the novels Fruit and Natural Order. The winner will receive CAD $7,500 and finalists will receive a CAD $750 gift certificate.

Since 1976, the First Novel Award has helped launch the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje (1976), Joan Barfoot (1978), Joy Kogawa (1981), W.P. Kinsella (1982), Nino Ricci (1990), Rohinton Mistry (1991), Shyam Selvadurai (1994), Anne Michaels (1996), Margaret Gibson (1997), Andre Alexis (1998), Alan R. Wilson and David Macfarlane (co-winners, 1999), Eva Stachniak (2000), Michael Redhill (2001), Mary Lawson (2002), Michel Basilières (2003), Colin McAdam (2004), Joseph Boyden (2005), Madeleine Thien (2006), Gil Adamson (2007), Joan Thomas (2008), Jessica Grant (2009), Eleanor Catton (2010), David Bezmozgis (2011) and Anakana Schofield (2012).

To find additional information about the finalists and the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, visit www.amazon.ca/firstnovelaward.

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The word nostalgia comes from two Greek roots—nostos, meaning the return home, and algos, meaning pain or longing. The Western Home tells the story of the folk song “Home on the Range” through characters seeking to integrate their experiences of upheaval and alienation into meaning and identity—to transform their longing into belonging, their pain into understanding—by retreat to the safety of an ideal. “Home on the Range” is the protagonist of The Western Home, and the supporting characters are the people who helped shape the song’s destiny by writing, rewriting, singing, recording, claiming and disowning it. Each story in the collection takes place in a different decade following the year of the song’s composition as a poem, in 1872. Beginning with the lonely, alcoholic pioneer, Brewster Higley, who wrote the poem, and concluding with a disaffected teenager who works in a rural Kansas tourist kiosk near the original site of the poem’s composition, this collection explores themes of collective memory, collective forgetting and the loss that is implied in both. Whether they are seeking out ideal landscapes, or pursuing invincible beliefs, or trying to make meaning out of chaos, the characters in these stories are all trying find a way home.


Catherine Cooper’s The Western Home is a tour de force that evokes, re-invents and brings vividly to life the many stories of the song that came to be known as “Home on the Range.” Each story is an utterly engrossing revelation of character and of era, as well as of the American West. Cooper has performed a bit of magic here, choosing a simple song as point of entry into her fictional world and conjuring wonders from it. —Terence Byrnes




Coming soon. Pre-order from your Local Independent Bookseller or from Amazon.

The Western Home, stories by Catherine Cooper

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The Outside World, a novel by Barry Dempster


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