news-iconHarry Posner has been chosen as Dufferin County (Ontario)’s Poet Laureate and will launch his latest novel, Auroch Unbound, on July 12th at Booklore in Orangeville, Ont.

Janet Garber’s debut novel, Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager, earned a Runner-Up award in Shelf Unbound’s 2016 Best Indie Books contest and was a Finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Martin Bueno invites any CommuterLit readers to attend the Ottawa Prose-in-the-Park event. This is an open air literary festival held June 10, 2017 in Ottawa, ON. Martin will be there signing copies of his debut novel, The Rainbow Alchemist.

A short story Michelle Dinnick wrote about her dad is included in the soon-to-be released (June 6) Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada! The Book Launch party and mass-author signing will take place on Tuesday June 13, 2017, at the Keeting Pub in the Docks area of Toronto, at 7 pm.

Sharon French has recently published a collection of stories, entitled Caught Between the Lines  (ByGones Publishing). It is Sharon’s personal CANADA 150 project (2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation), and is the result of about three years of research and writing. Between the pages are 10 illustrated stories set in the confines of the Old Niagara Courthouse and Gaol that existed in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, between 1815 and 1920.  Sharon discovered haunting tales of Indigenous people, political rebels, run-away slaves, orphan girls and soldiers who all were confined in this historic and vanished building.

Larry Brown’s story “Triangle” has been chosen to appear in Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books) edited by American author Amy Hempel. More than 2000 stories were submitted. “Triangle” first appeared in Berlin-based SAND Journal in fall 2016. BSF 2017 will be released in August 2017.

Darlene P. Campos’s first novel, Behind Mount Rushmore, is now available for pre-orders through a press called Vital Narrative. She’ll be donating a percentage of her royalties to Thunder Valley Community Development Corp.

Michael Joll has recently published a book of short stories (some of which had been previously posted on CL; some of which are new). Perfect Execution and Other Stories (Middle Road Publishers, 2017) is available on Amazon.

Aldous Richards’ sci fi adventure, Kronos Duet, is available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Gerhard Wetzel is pleased to announce that his novel The Charcoal Painter is now available in ebook and print format. The novel follows the exploits of the Strauss family during the period of Hitler’s Germany and into the early post-war period. Spanning Germany, France, Russia, and a POW camp in Canada, The Charcoal Painter is a tale of survival amid terror, fear and despair.

Linda O’Connor has released Perfectly Together, Book 6 in the Perfectly Series. It’s a fun romantic comedy! Perfectly Together — she’s putting down roots. He’s reaching for the sky. How’s that going to work?

Follow @HighParkWriters on Twitter. This weekly, open-to-all writers’ group takes place on Saturday mornings at the High Park Branch of the Toronto Public Library, and is the home base for many CL contributors, including Nancy Kay Clark, Altug Cakmakci, Gemma Meharchand, Elizabeth Barnes and Michelle Braham. Are you looking for a supportive writing group? Join them next Saturday morning from 9:30 – 11 AM.

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One comment

  1. Mitchell Toews

    “Read and vote for Mitchell’s story here.” Thx NKC! I died on Deathmatch. A noble death, but still – I’m out. Kinda like Francis Macomber, it felt good to take myself out of my comfort zone and write in a different style. Also, meeting my alter-ego, “Arlo” was interesting! He may return, to speak his foul-mouthed truth. Cheers – m

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