Fiction

Category: Fiction

(Photos by: Dave Butler)

 

Should fiction be used for good, or for evil?

That was the question posed to me at a recent festival where I was giving the keynote speech. I had shared my thoughts with the evening’s participants about how the relatively new literary genre known as eco-fiction has influenced conservation, and vice-versa. I offered a list of books that I believe have played that role, including Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and even Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, among many others.

For about 12 years now, the majority of my days have been spent sitting at my writing desk, creating sentences, hemmed in by a fortress of books on sailing ships & shipwrecks, the British Royal Navy and the naval War of 1812, listening to the movie scores of Master & Commander and Pride & Prejudice (among others) that transport me back in time to a world that has long since passed away, and help me to imagine lives that were once played out on the high seas.  

If you grew up in Windsor, you probably first learned about Prohibition through stories told to you by your grandparents. These bootleggers and their wild adventures along the Detroit River are a part of local folklore. As a kid, I didn’t really care how much of it was true – I just thought they were great stories. Then along came Marty Gervais’ The Rumrunners, full of photos, newspaper excerpts, and interviews, and that made it real.

October 15, 2018 – Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that Sadia by Colleen Nelson has been nominated for the Forest of Reading Red Maple Award.

Sadia follows 15-year-old Sadia Ahmed as she struggles to navigate high school, her passion for basketball, and her Muslim faith. When the opportunity to play on an elite basketball team might mean having to remove her hijab, Sadia must find the courage to stand up for herself in the face of discrimination.

“I’m sorry to inform you that your husband has been shot and killed.” Words no wife should ever have to hear. Worse yet when the murder was the random result of a case of mistaken identity. Wrong spot, wrong time – gunned down for driving a vehicle similar to one owned by a gangster being hunted by an opposing gang.

 

October 15, 2018 – Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that Tracker’s Canyon by Pam Withers has been nominated for the Forest of Reading Red Maple Award.

Tracker’s Canyon follows 16-year-old Tristan, a skilled climber and tracker. When his father goes missing, Tristan decides to venture out into Swallow Canyon and find him, but things take a turn when Tristan realizes he may have walked into a trap!

School Library Journal calls Tracker’s Canyon “a great choice for filling the dearth of realistic adventure novels for the middle-school crowd.”

When I write, it is often to process and rationalize some troubling factor of the world to myself. So it was with Body Swap. Years ago I read about a tragic accident in the local newspaper. An 86 year-old driver had backed up over a 15 year-old in our mall parking lot during Christmas break and killed her. She claimed her car had accelerator issues which the garage had failed to resolve. The judge must have agreed, as she was back driving the next month.

Recipe for Hate is nominated for the John Spray Mystery Award!

September 19, 2018 – Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that Recipe for Hate, the first book in Warren Kinsella’s punk political The X Gang series, has been nominated for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s John Spray Mystery Award!

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