Books: E. Alex Pierce

Aubade edited by E. Alex Pierce

ISBN: 978-1-926448-26-8

206 pages

Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia writers 

$19.95

A singular anthology featuring the work of Nova Scotia poets and writers inspired by the aubade: originally a medieval dawn song expressing the regret of lovers parting at daybreak, the aubade is a poem type that has no fixed metrical form, thus allowing prose writers to adopt its elements—daybreak, parting, a watchman, a window, self-realization, loss and reconciliation—and re-form them into new expression. Through lyric and prose poetry, drama, short story, non-fiction and essay, Nova Scotia writers re-envision, in the words of Mi’kmaw poet shalan joudry, “the return of the Wabana’ki light”.
From Carol Bruneau’s lovers lost in confusion over “ship’s time” and Alexander MacLeod’s pair keeping watch in pre-dawn light at their baby’s hospital room, to Basma Kavanagh’s meditation on the “hour of first sight”, these bold writers have expanded and redefined this archetypal lyric.

E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana, published by Brick Books (2011), and of To float, to drown, to close up, to open – forthcoming from University of Alberta Press in Spring, 2019. Her work has been widely anthologized, notably in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope, 2008), and published in literary journals in Canada and the US. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, NC, and for ten years taught creative writing (playwriting, poetry and poetics) at Cape Breton University. She is Senior Editor at Boularderie Island Press.

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Website cover Salt and Wild: Shelburne County Anthology
ISBN: 978-1-926448-43-5

206 pages
$19.95
Boularderie Island Press
Twenty-eight writers who know the landscapes, internal and external of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, will rivet your attention with their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose.

Today I held in my hand a tiny Storm Petrel chick…Its grey fluff radiated from two black eyes, (Jane Alexander); It was here, that moment, the dramatic entrance – everyone waiting…(Denise Reashore); The late summer air was cooling quickly and a mist had formed…(Rob Stork); She recalls distant choirs, a little red dory, (Virginia Boudreau); Sometimes I imagine the scene in reverse, the bits of stone flying up and fitting back together. (Darcy Rhyno); We talk, leaning into the feather-soft invitation of the invisible…(Jana Traff).
We are salt, we are wild. We write — and invite you to read.
E. Alex Pierce is the author of Vox Humana (Brick 2011), and of To float, to drown, to close up, to open (University of Alberta Press 2019). Her work has been widely anthologized, notably in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope) and published in literary journals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College, NC, and for ten years taught creative writing at Cape Breton University.

Susan Hoover retired from Dawson College in Montreal in 2000 and moved to Shelburne Nova Scotia. She helped revive the Shelburne County Arts Council and joined a group working to transform a building on the waterfront. In 2003 The Osprey Arts Centre opened with Hoover as manager. She retired in 2012, remaining on the Board of Directors. Hoover is a playwright with over 15 plays produced at various theatres.

 

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Recent Releases: Salt of the Turf

Official Front Cover Salt of the TurfSalt of the Turf by Michael Cosgrove

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ISBN: 978-1-926448-19-0

Available: October 2017

Nova Scotia’s 71st high school football season centres around the nationally recruited Shaun Robinson, a defensive end for the Citadel Phoenix, a team vying for their sixth straight championship. But the 2013 season is a vulnerable one for Citadel. Their lack of offensive firepower forces them to rely on their stout defense, anchored by Robinson – a player everyone in the league is trying to stop. At Citadel’s helm is Coach Mike Tanner, the most successful high school football coach in Canada, and winner of 21 provincial championships. As the 2013 season begins, two of Citadel’s rivals are trying to position themselves to knock off the champs. The C.P. Allen Cheetahs of Bedford have never beaten a Tanner team in their fifteen years. When the two teams meet under the Thursday night lights of the Cheetahs’ new field, all of Bedford comes out to watch a possible shift in the city’s football power. The other challengers are the Sir. John A. Flames, whose founding coach, Al Wetmore, is a Tanner prodigy and former CFL football player. Salt of the Turf chronicles the Citadel Phoenix during their 2013 season, highlighting the inspirational journey of its best player, and periodically looking back at the memorable legacy of a remarkable coach.

Michael Cosgrove is a former football player and high school head coach. His
articles and photojournalism have appeared in Canadian Author, Access
Magazine, The Coast, and Halifax Magazine. He received his B.Ed. from the
University of British Columbia and his M.Ed in both Educational Foundations
and Curriculum Studies form Mount Saint Vincent University. Michael resides
in Dartmouth, NS with his wife and two daughters where he teaches English and Philosophy at a local high school.

 

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Recent Releases: The Night Life of Chairs

 

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ISBN: 978-1-926448-23-7

Available: October 2017

In The Night Life of Chairs we meet poet Charlotte Musial, who grew up, in today’s parlance, as a ‘free-range’ kid—denizen of woods and fields, blueberry barrens and cranberry bogs, beaches, bays, and shores. Her childhood environs and experiences primed her for the Romantic Poets in high school, inspired her then, and continue to inform her adult writing life now. Readers will find echoes of their own childhoods in some of these pages and of a later maturity in others. The Night Life of Chairs is an intimate and honest collection of poetry where the author invites the reader to explore her seasons, her landscapes, her heart.

Charlotte Musial was born in Scotchtown, Cape Breton. She graduated St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing with an RN diploma, and for many years she practised  as a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia. Later, she graduated CBU with a BA and taught essay writing, grammar, and comprehension at that institution. Charlotte’s personal essays, features, short fiction, and poetry have found homes in local, regional, and national venues. These include The Cape Bretoner, The Atlantic Advocate, Pottersfield Portfolio, Canadian Writers Journal, and, more recently, as short fiction in anthologies published by The Nashwaak Review (St. Thomas University Press), Thirteen Ways from Sunday (Boularderie Island Press), and Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories (Third Person Press), and Breton Books.

 

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Recent Releases: Unleashed by Sally Barnes

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ISBN: 978-1-926448-24-4

254 pages Fiction  $19.95

 

Tackers Bay Dog Park has brought together dogs and their people for decades. Made possible by the vision and generosity of one Bill Tacker and the feisty protection of Flora MacNinch, the park is once again under attack from developers and politicians who want to get their greedy hands on this valuable piece of real estate. It’s a situation Flora has encountered many times, and once more she rallies the doggers she has befriended and guided over the years to stand with her. But this time around a remnant from her past surfaces to put the whole dog park enterprise in jeopardy, perhaps even Flora herself. Unleashed will turn you loose in the green space of Tackers Bay, “Where a dog can run wild, the cool wet grass slapping its face…and the expression dog-tired applies to some of the doggers but never the dogs…where people can hear themselves think, and the sight of happy, romping dogs of all ages, sizes, and shapes is balm for the soul…”

A career journalist, Sally Barnes has worked for several newspapers and while at The Toronto Star was elected president of the Ontario Legislative Press Gallery. She later served as Press Secretary to Ontario Premier Bill Davis for seven years. A self-confessed political junkie, she has worked in the political backrooms and on the front line as a candidate. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her husband and fellow dog-lover, Fred Ross and their dog Babe. Her first novel, Laughed Till They Cried, was published by Boularderie Island Press in 2014.

 

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Recent Releases: Banjo Flats by Mona Knight

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ISBN: 978-1-926448-22-0

Boularderie Island Press

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She’s called Fortune, orphaned at the age of thirteen and disguised as a boy in order to survive and fit in with the other drifters and dusters. Her mother taught her to read and write. Her father taught her to handle guns. She’s nobody’s fool and a crack shot, which lands her in a heap of trouble after killing one of the territory’s most notorious and crazed gunfighters on the day she arrives in  Banjo Flats – Territory of Dakota — the most lawless town in the Wild West. It’s a place where frontier justice is mostly settled with the barrel of a rifle. Fortune didn’t come to Banjo Flats looking for trouble but it found her anyway. There’s a price on her head. Every outlaw with a gun is headed to Banjo Flats thinking they can earn some easy money by killing the girl gunslinger. They’re wrong.

Mona Knight was raised on a sunny sheep farm in central Ontario where she developed a passion for western paperbacks and movies. She spent many years as a correspondent with a third-world sponsorship agency. In retirement she became a valued contributor for a Cape Breton newspaper, The Victoria Standard, attracting a devoted group of readers of her bi-weekly articles. She has published several short fiction stories. One of her works was a finalist in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s annual writing competition and became the opening chapter of Banjo Flats.

 

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Recent Releases: Beaches of Cape Breton

 

Beaches of Cape Breton
Beaches of Cape Breton by Pat O’Neil
ISBN: 978-1-926448-16-9
 

No matter where you go in Cape Breton, you’re never very far from a beach. Stretching along the shores of countless bays and harbours, beaches of all descriptions and personalities abound — created and shaped over time by wind, waves and tides, no two exactly alike. Beaches of Cape Breton is an open invitation to everyone who craves a getaway from the hubbub of daily life — a place where sun sparkles off blue-green water and the warmth of the sand melts away troubles, if only for a few hours. You may choose to stretch out on the glorious sand dunes of Aspy Bay, stroll the cobbled coastlines of Framboise, or spend a family day in a secluded inlet on the Bras d’Or. Whatever your preference, Beaches of Cape Breton will be your personal guide to these very special places. In an informative and user-friendly format, this book will tell you exactly where to find these beaches and what to expect when you get there. You will learn important details such as beach access, on-site amenities, lifeguard services, environmental concerns, and much more. And as an added bonus, scanable codes will connect you with current weather conditions, tides, maps, and a wide range of other relevant information.

Whether you love to swim, stroll, build sandcastles, boogie board, commune with nature or just chill — in Cape Breton THERE’S A BEACH FOR THAT!

Pat O’Neil has an extensive background as a writer, editor and publisher. She has written two Cape Breton travel guides, two hiking books, and Aqua: Waterways of Cape Breton, her most recent work, published by Boularderie Island Press in 2016.

 

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Recent Releases: Mezcalero by T.E. Wilson

Mezcalero by T.E. Wilson

ISBN: 978-1-926448-20-6

278 pages

Crime fiction  $19.95

Long before he became a private detective, Ernesto Sánchez and his family fled Mexico City to escape the family business — moving cocaine for the cartels. As a teenager he adapted well to his new home in Canada. But adulthood brought some changes. Like shedding his birth gender and the name Cristina to become a tough cop with a five-o’clock shadow. Now Ernesto’s back in Mexico City, accepting cases from the comfort of his velvet settee in a dumpy apartment. At the urging of his mother, he agrees to find a young Canadian woman who has gone missing on Mexico’s crime-ridden Pacific Coast. Driven by a compulsion to address injustice, and a mounting panic that his life is in danger, Sánchez encounters cops on the take, shady gringos, a hungry alligator — and a dog named Bill Clinton. Mezcalero is the first book in the Detective Sánchez chronicles. Rich in detail, this is an absorbing tale that shines light into the dark corners of Mexico’s pervasive and devastating world of organized crime.

T.E. Wilson’s work as a journalist and human rights observer in Latin America has taken him from post-conflict Guatemala to the mountains of the Sierra Madre and the depths of Mexico’s prison system. He attended McGill University, where he shared the Shapiro Award for creative writing. For his non-fiction writing he has received a CBC Canadian Literary Award (first) and a National Magazine Award (gold). Born in Montreal, Wilson resides in Peterborough, Ontario.

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