Banjo Flats by Mona Knight
Available: September, 2017
Her name is Fortune. Orphaned at the age of thirteen, she masquerades as a boy in order to survive. Her mother taught her to read and write. Her father taught her to handle guns. She’s nobody’s fool and is a crack shot, which lands her in a heap of trouble after killing a notorious gunfighter the day she arrives in Banjo Flats, South Dakota — the most lawless town in the territory. It’s a time when frontier justice is mostly wielded with a gun. Every shootist in the territory 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 books and movies. For many years she worked as a correspondent with a third-world sponsorship agency. After moving to Cape Breton she became a valued contributor to a local newspaper, The Victoria Standard, attracting a devoted group of readers. 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. This is her first novel.
The Night Life of Chairs by Charlotte Musial
Available: October 2017
In The Night Life of Chairs we meet poet Charlotte Musical, 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.
Salt of the Turf by Michael Cosgrove
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.