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Featured fiction

In the Belly of the Horse, by Eliana TobiasFrom Inanna Publications, a powerful story of a family torn apart by insurmountable forces . . .
In the Belly of the Horse, by Eliana Tobias

In 1990s Peru, amid civil conflict and brutality, Manuel Perez takes his seven-year-old son Salvador into hiding. Otilia, his wife and the child's mother, stays behind to protect the family property. When it becomes all too clear that her husband and son will not return, she embarks on a desperate search that will take years, leading her through violence and danger to a remote mining camp in the Andes Mountains and, eventually, to America, where she struggles to piece together her shattered life.

Otilia's grim reality reflects the situations of countless people caught up in armed conflict within and between the political powers around them; her experience illuminates the psychology of the victims, the difficulty of finding out the truth, and the actions of various groups working with people from many countries who are enduring the pain of loss and displacement. The belly of a horse, from which the novel takes its name, is both the disturbing hiding place that Salvador’s father devises for him, and an emblem of the extremes to which people must go in the face of persecution and upheaval.

"[In] Eliana Tobias’s gripping and poignant historical novel. . . . her uncluttered, elegant prose, . . . breathes life into her fully realized characters and the chaotic worlds they inhabit. . . . In the Belly of the Horse reminds us of our most luminous selves, amidst the darkness, and that in the end 'memories make us.'" —Sylvia Taylor, author of Beckoned by the Sea and The Fisher Queen

"More like a true story rather than historical fiction. . . . Recommended reading for those interested in social issues such as the plight of the victims of revolutions, cover-ups by ruling dictatorships, and the search for missing loved ones. —The Miramichi Reader

Eliana Tobias was born in Santiago, Chile, to immigrant parents who escaped the Holocaust. She graduated from the University of Chile then completed other degrees in early childhood and special education in the United States and Canada. After working in this field in various capacities, including teaching at the National University of Trujillo in Peru, she moved to Vancouver, where she has lived for thirty years and where she discovered her love of writing. Her rich experience of political turmoil, of listening to stories of the Holocaust when Jewish communities in Europe were shattered, of losing family in Chile under military dictatorship, and living in Peru during a time of intense civil conflict, fueled her passion to write about the ways in which people caught in devastation rebuild their lives.

 

Featured nonfiction

Winchell Price, Master Painter, by Kevin TurnerA lavish and important book, revealing one man's life and art, spanning seventy-five years of Canadian culture . . .
Winchell Price, Master Painter: The Life and Work of a Distinguished Royal Canadian Academy Artist, by Kevin Robert Turner

"That memorable day, my brush fell onto my hand, and a number of pigments including white were loaded onto the brush." Thus, in his own words, began the artistic journey of the visionary artist Winchell Price.

Kevin Turner's biography not only chronicles Price's life and artistic development as a painter of weather and landscape, but also brings together a wealth of previously unpublished primary sources: exhibition mementos, press clippings, letters, Price's own recollections, and lush photographs of representative paintings. Winchell Price, Master Painter opens a window onto Canadian cultural life in the latter three-quarters of the twentieth century. While much has changed, the artist's vision lives on in the regard that many Canadians hold for nature and its visual expression, a way of seeing that Winchell Price helped shape, and an achievement to which Kevin Turner pays sensitive and memorable tribute.

This book is a must-read for Canadian art lovers and a must-have for major libraries across Canada.

Kevin Turner is a Vancouver author and retired businessman. His association with Winchell Price dates to the mid-1950s when his parents, Mel and Pearl Turner, dedicated themselves as private patrons to assisting this gifted and, at the time, struggling artist, whose works now grace museums and private collections all over the world.

Hear the voice of Winchell Price, view paintings, and experience his vision in this video by Kevin Turner:

 

Noteworthy novels

Tashmyra Crowe, A Woman Is DreamingA visionary story of women—their worlds and histories,
their conflicts and perils . . .

A Woman Is Dreaming, by Tashmyra Crowe

In this metaphysical novel, the author dares to imagine a cosmos of women's experience and connection across time and cultures. Seven storiesand stories within the storiesintersect through dreams, images, and timeless themes. The result is an intricate portrayal of six women and a little girl who are separated by time and space, yet united in facing adversity, death, and grief. But they also share courage, resilience, and the capacity to love, heal, and ultimately to experience the joy of the spirit triumphant.

Tashmyra Crowe was born in Montreal of immigrant parents in the 1960s. She became a traveller at an early age and, enriched by her Irish sensibility and the rich artistic traditions and visual poetry of Montreal, she lived in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as various places in Canada. She has focused her life primarily on the joys of being a writer, teacher, and mother. A Woman Is Dreaming, her first published novel, is dedicated to all the women in her family, and to her grandfather, who taught her how to turn life into stories and to never be afraid.

 

George Douglas, Through a Darker EyeA sweeping adventure spanning two continents, and a vendetta that must end in death . . .
Through a Darker Eye, by George Douglas

Scotland, 1746. The Jacobite rebellion is over, Charles Stewart (Bonny Prince Charlie) is a fugitive, and British soldiers are overrunning the West Highlands. Seventeen-year-old John Wallace, son of a prominent cattle dealer, kills a British officer in self-defence. He is captured by Captain Frederick Scott, the officer’s
uncle, and narrowly escapes death. Furious at the death of his nephew, Captain Scott takes brutal revenge on John’s family. John is swept up in the Highland clearances and exiled to the American colonies. He is cast up on Ile Royale (Cape Breton) and imprisoned by the British, until he escapes into the wilderness and seeks a new beginning in Canada.

Blamed for the death of his nephew, Captain Scott faces a career in ruins. He is ordered to Boston in
disgrace and posted to Annapolis Royal, a remote outpost recently captured from the French. Bitter at the
injustices perpetrated on him by his superiors, and estranged from his fellow officers, he vents his
frustrations on the native population.

John Wallace and Captain Scott will meet again and the blood feud that began in the hills of Scotland will
play out its final act in the heart of the Canadian wilderness.

Meticulously researched, this fact-based historical adventure is populated by characters that come vividly to life and linger in memory long after the last page has been turned.

George Douglas lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. He has travelled extensively in Scotland and North America to research the geographical and historical background for his fiction. Through a Darker Eye, his debut novel, launches a projected series featuring the true-to-life adventures of the Wallace brothers.

 

Graeme Wilson, Fer-de-LanceA page-turner tale of betrayal and revenge . . .
Fer-de-Lance, by Graeme Wilson

Set in modern-day Peru against a backdrop of drug cartels, shamanism, guerrilla warfare, and art crime, Fer-de-Lance is a fast-paced action/adventure thriller centered around the dangerous and conflicted lives of three strong-willed women and the men surrounding them. And slithering through it all is the ominous symbol and potentially lethal real-life threat embodied in the venomous fer-de-lance snake.

Graeme Wilson, a BC writer, has over his lifetime ventured to several remote and challenging destinations. He is currently working on a collection of true stories chronicling his travels. Fer-de-Lance is his first novel, and reflects his ongoing interest in far-flung and sometimes dangerous settings.


Of ongoing interest

Adrift, a NovelAn exceptional debut novel from All Things That Matter Press . . .
Adrift, by E. J. Bancesco

In a contemporary world gripped by fear of international terrorism, the Boston architect Luca Leontin returns to his native Romania, where he not only confronts his past but finds himself adrift in a whirl of vengeance, loss, and passions both old and new. This haunting story of obsession and revenge is, above all, about the survival of love despite the corrosive action of Author E. J. Bancescolifelong mistrust and suspicion.

"A brooding yet playful look at how our lives are defined by history but move along in spite of it."

"The characters [are] unexpected and lively, the language supple and evocative." —Amazon Reviews

E. J. Bancesco, a practicing architect, is also the author of a second novel, The Scarf, recently published by Hyperborea Press.

 

Still Single by Kimi CombowLearn how to heal your past, open your heart, and find the love relationship you've always wanted . . .
Still Single? It's Not What You Are Doing—It's How You Are Being: A Guide To Help You Allow Love In, by Kimi Combow-Gill

When it comes to relationships, do you feel fearful, blocked, stuck, or unsuccessful? If so, then this one-stop guide to greater satisfaction with yourself and others is for you. Quite possibly the most practical, forthright—and inspiring—guide of its kind that you will ever read!

"Very well-written and helpful . . . I . . . highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a meaningful and lasting relationship." —Amazon Review

Kimi Combow-Gill, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, has a private practice in Coquitlam, BC.

 

Tami Reeves, author of Bleeding HeartsA kind of death . . .
Bleeding Hearts: A True Story of Alzheimer's, Family, and the Other Woman,
by Tami A. Reeves NEW EDITION RECENTLY RELEASED with a special Author's Note.

A candid narrative of a husband torn between love for his wife, who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's, and the need to move on with his own life. Told by “the other woman,” Bleeding Hearts breaks the silence on a sensitive subject.

A tale for our times—an unusual, moving, and inspirational love story . . .

Watch the book trailer . . .

 

Penny Warner, James Beaver: Fottpaths through HistoryOne man's life story—and a fresh perspective on Canadian and US history . . .
James Beaver: Footpaths through History, by Penny Warner

James Beaver, born in 1845, was among the first generation of his Cayuga people to be born and raised on a reservation. He was a self-made man, talented carpenter and carver, painter of folk art, and entertainer in medicine and Wild West shows. His life story helps illuminate the role that Natives played in the development of Canada and the United States.

"A wonderful story, and . . . most compelling to read. The incorporation of photos, art and other visual illustration make it all the more fascinating." —Gail LeFevre, Stylistic and Copy Editor

 

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