Seasons Readings 2023 EDITION!

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Turnstone Press believes there is more to a good book than the paper it is printed on. Books are meant to experienced and appreciated and we want to share not just our excitement for the books we publish, but also the buzz that surrounds our books across Canada and around the world. From advance publication / signing announcements to awards nominations and wins as well as critical reviews and rights deals, our news section is the place to visit to see what your next Turnstone read might be, or maybe even just confirm your own appreciation for Turnstone's books.

Poet Steve Locke reviews Kristian Enright’s award-winning collection of poetry, Sonar, in Prairie Fire Review of Books' most recent issue. Locke applauds Enright for side-stepping the archetypes and clichés that his subject matter invites and writes that, rather, "Enright successfully steers right into the heart of his central speaker by pitting the characteristics of his abstract mind against itself."

Locke writes that, by challenging "the conceptualization of madness and creativity," Enright has created a narrative, in Sonar, much like "a veritable patient case file with fragments of journal entries, hospital reports and lyrical poetry that guide the reader through heaven, hell and everything in between."

Chadwick Ginther's Thunder Road was recently reviewed by the SF Signal and blogger Lindsay Kitson. Paul Weimer of the SF Signal marvels at the novel's use of location and protagonist, writing that Ginther "uses the Canadian setting, urban and back-country, to his advantage, bringing Manitoba and all of its aspects to vivid life," and that the authors choice to write "a relatively ordinary, blue-collar guy as a protagonist was absolutely refreshing."

"I put down Mockingjay to read this one," claims blogger and online book reviewer Lindsay Kitson, who was impressed by the Ginther's clearly extensive research: "I probably don’t know enough about Norse mythology to truly appreciate the amount of research the author’s done – the worldbuilding is rich with it. But at the same time, it’s modernized. The characters of myth have adapted to the modern world."

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"[Thunder Road] blends Norse mythology into the Canadian landscape as smoothly and naturally as Joss Whedon married the Hellmouth to Southern California." Read full review here: The Canadian Science Fiction Review

"One of the things I like best about Janice MacDonald’s Randy Craig mystery series (besides the fact that she’s a darned good writer) is how much the series is about Edmonton." - Linda Wiken, Mystery Maven Canada

Read full review of Condemned to Repeat by Janice MacDonal by clicking HERE.

A new mini-review of Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery by Janice MacDonald has been posted by Dave at Lotsabooks in Cold Lake, who does regular books coverage for Kool 101.3 FM. He writes, "I always enjoy novels with a strong sense of place. In Janice MacDonald’s work that place is Edmonton." You can read the full review here.

Book reviewer Laurie Greenwood stopped by CBC Radio Active on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to talk books with host Portia Clark. She raved about Condemned to Repeat by Janice MacDonald, calling it "so much fun" and "a great mystery book, you have to keep turning the pages." She also referred to the Randy Craig Mystery series as "wonderful" and credited MacDonald with helping to put Edmonton and Alberta on the literary map. Running time is 3:18.

Dreaming About Other Worlds, a blog by Aaron Pound, offers a thorough and insightful review of Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley: "By combining the tawdry reality of Athens, where purging the taint of a murder within one's house would be done by first feeding and then beating a homeless bystander until they fled the city limits, with the mythical version of Greek religion, in which a collection of winged demons would show up and randomly wreck havoc upon the populace of the city in retaliation for a murder while the gods stood by and neither knew nor cared to know who the actual guilty party was, Dudley manages to paint a picture of how very different the world was much more vividly than she could have if she had drawn upon only one or the other." The reviewer concludes that "Food for the Gods is, quite simply, an excellent book in every possible way." Read the full review here.

Turnstone Press is home to some of the strongest Mennonite writers in Manitoba if not Canada and recently two of our books from Mennonite authors Sarah Klassen and Dora Dueck have received critical acclaim from the Winnipeg Review and the Mennonite World Review.

Monstrance by Sarah Klassen in The Mennonite Quarterly Review, and The Wittenbergs a top pick for 2013 in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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