Recent Releases

Category: Recent Releases

Red Oblivion Blog

Four years ago, my husband, Chris Wong, and I were awoken by a phone call in the wee hours of the morning. It was his father’s housekeeper calling from Hong Kong, in a panic, to say Chris’s father had keeled over and been rushed to hospital and into surgery. Chris, his sister, and I caught the first flight from Toronto to Hong Kong. So began a very stressful period, as we watched this formidable, self-made man — still intimidating at age ninety-four — fight to hang on while in a state of protracted decline.

 

As a writer of memoir, I’ve experienced the dominoes of fear; fear of starting, fear of failure, fear of telling the whole truth, fear of hurting others. In the big picture of life, I am no stranger to feeling fear and taking action anyhow. I had reached the jumping off point where telling my story felt more important than avoiding my fear of the dark places that could lead.

 

Andre Babyn Nanowrimo Blog

For me the hardest part about writing literary fiction is having something to work with. Once you have a full draft it’s only a matter of time before it becomes what it is. But building out that first draft, in the face of everything that it could be, that it will not be, that you want it to be—that’s difficult.

 

Weird Stories Gone Wrong Blog

It seems like a few months ago I began writing the Weird Stories Gone Wrong middle-grade series, but here I am five years later introducing Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, the sixth and final book!

 

In a moment of quiet (quiet) reflection, here are my top 5 take-aways from the experience:

 

1. What’s my favourite book in the series?

Halloween Blog Post

I wasn’t expecting ghosts. I took the train to Stratford from Toronto to launch my book, The Man with the Black Valise, and everything was lining up nicely. The next day would be the 125th anniversary of the murder of Jessie Keith, a girl who lived north of Stratford in Listowel. Her killer had stood trial at the Perth County Court House, then been hanged at Stratford Jail, both a few blocks from where I was to speak.

A Trail Called Home Blog

A Trail Called Home: Tree Stories from the Golden Horseshoe is a love letter to the land, written by a Gen X hoser who has been observing trees and their habitats for over twenty-five years.

 

I knew I didn’t want to write a field guide to trees. Field guides don’t really inspire, unless you’ve already been bitten by the botany bug. Besides, the best field guide on the trees of southwestern Ontario has already been written by my friend and colleague Gerry Waldron (Trees of the Carolinian Forest).

 

My fascination with coyotes and inspiration for the book Street Shadows all began late one night when I was biking home from a friend’s house.  I was almost home, passing through a dark cemetery with my dog Baker running easily by my side.  I had done this route many times and was pedaling on autopilot, lost in thought.

 

Petra's Ghost Book Trailer

Posted on August 28 by Dundurn Guest in Fiction, News, Recent Releases

Have you seen the book trailer for debut author C.S. O'Cinneide's new thriller, Petra's Ghost!

For more, or to order you copy click here.

A man's pilgrimage becomes something from his darkest nightmares when secrets arise and ghosts haunt his path.

Petra's Ghost, available now.

If you’ve already read Rockets Versus Gravity (and if you haven’t, consider this a teaser), you know that its theme is the interconnected nature of seemingly different lives, and that the independent storylines in the book eventually all come together, like the threads of a spider’s web joining in the centre.

The transformation of a single storyline from the book into the short film Royal Blood happened in a similar, interconnected way.

Growing up, I never imagined myself as a writer, but I’ve had a life-long love affair with crafts, particularly appliqué. It started when I was seven years old. My aunt, Kathy, gave me this small wall hanging that she had made with scraps of material and bits of embroidery floss. I’ve always cherished that little cloth picture. Something about its colours and its simplicity, is just so beautiful. And it has emotion. It’s a little work of art.

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