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Online Book Launches :: Join us on Zoom in May


The sun is starting to shine here on the west coast and while we are still unable to celebrate in person, we invite you to join us from far and wide live on Zoom in the first weeks of May for two exciting virtual book launches.

THURSDAY MAY 6 – The Wig-Maker


First we have Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen hosted by poet Kerry Gilbert on Thursday May 6 at 6:00 PDT for the launch of The Wig-Maker.
A powerful tale of violence, grief, resilience, and transformation, The Wig-Maker brings together Janet’s voice with Sharon’s verse to weave together a range of topics and incidents; the human hair industry, Black immigration to Alberta and Saskatchewan in the early 1900’s, maternal abandonment, the stresses of military life, adoption search websites, the suicide of Gallant’s teenage brother, the sudden death of her young husband, the stress-disorder of alopecia, and the loneliness of surviving all this and continuing to search for answers.

Described by Griffin Poetry Prize winner Eve Joseph as “a work of heart-breaking brilliance”, The Wig-Maker is Janet Gallant’s song; her story comes to life in Sharon Thesen’s poem.

Our host, Kerry Gilbert, lives in Vernon, where she teaches Creative Writing at Okanagan College. Her first book, (kerplnk): a verse novel of development, was published in 2005 with Kalamalka Press. Her second book of poetry, Tight Wire, was published in 2016 with Mother Tongue Publishing. Little Red, is a new verse collection with Mother Tongue, released March 2019.

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Check out a review of The Wig-Maker in BCBookLook, watch these recent interviews with Paul Nelson and find out where you can get a copy of The Wig-Maker in this news post.

THURSDAY MAY 13 – Outside


Join us the following Thursday May 13 at 7:30 EST / 4:30 PDT for the launch of Outside by Sean McCammon, hosted by Susanne Ruder.

McCammon’s debut novel follows David Wood, a new fourth-grade teacher, across a dual narrative between the classrooms of small-town Ontario and the hiking trails and Shinto shrines of Kyoto, Japan. During a seemingly innocuous field trip, a fateful decision leads to disastrous consequences, not just for himself but many around him. Consumed by guilt, and desperate to make sense of the seemingly random incident, David flees to Japan, going to ground with a group of eclectic world travellers in a Kyoto boarding house.

As the tragedy is recalled, a parallel narrative finds David drawn into the chaotic lives of his boarding-house companions. The group, including a food-connoisseur deejay, a crude karate student, and an Israeli draft dodger, drag David into experiences that offer hope, love, and the possibility of redemption. In a city cloaked in the ancient trappings of Buddhism and Shintoism, David struggles to draw meaning from his surroundings and experiences before being called home to answer for his actions.

Outside is an ode to the responsibility of the teacher, the healing power of friendship, and the search for meaning in a haphazard world.

Host Susanne Ruder is a Halton, Ontario-based writer whose work has appeared online and in print for more than 22 years. Credits include Profit Magazine, MoneySense, Canadian Business Online and Reader’s Digest.

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We have a list of booksellers and online retailers stocking Outside in this news post, be sure to check it out if you’re yet to pick up a copy.


Can’t join us on the day? No problem. Both of these launch events will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel a few days later. Make sure you’re signed up to our email newsletter, and following us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss that link.

Soft Zipper :: Bowering’s ode to Stein/Barthes/Olson


Cover design by Oliver McPartlin

“The supple scale of space, from dresser drawer to American road trip, here folds and regroups the poet’s craft — for George’s prose is poet’s prose, with its joyous attention to the detail of syntax, the humour and mystery of juxtaposition, and the music of tone.”
– Lisa Robertson, from the Introduction.


Feast your eyes on the cover of George Bowering’s latest book, Soft ZipperWith an introduction from Lisa Robertson, Soft Zipper is set to hit the shelves in late March.

Borrowing a structure and some precepts about writing from Stein, Bowering remains true to his inimitable self, relating his recollections and observations, his ever-curious mind travelling across the decades as he recounts some of the objects, food, rooms, and people that have shaped his engagement with the world. Charles Olson’s ideas about proprioception shape Bowering’s approach to himself as “an object among objects” (and, with increasing age and frailty, even containing numerous objects), while Roland Barthes’s writing strategies also make themselves
felt throughout.

But these stories wear their learning lightly — it’s ridiculously easy to enjoy these wise and gentle reminiscences of an older writer who spent his childhood in sunny South Okanagan, without even noticing the carefully wrought structure.

Available March 25
160 pages · 4.75 x 7.5in
$19 CAD · $17 USD
ISBN: 9781554201723

You’ll find Soft Zipper at the following booksellers:
:: Black Bond Books – Surrey, BC
:: Munro’s Books – Victoria, BC
:: Chapters Indigo, Robson St, – Vancouver, BC
:: Tanner’s Books – Sidney, BC
:: The Open Book – Williams Lake, BC
:: 32 Books & Gallery – North Vancouver, BC
:: Mosaic Books – Kelowna BC
:: Biblioasis – Windsor, ON
:: Book City – Toronto, ON

:: Shelf Life – Calgary, AB
:: Librarie Carcajou – Rosemère, QC
:: Librarie La Maison Anglaise – Québec City, QC
:: McNally Robinson – Winnipeg, MB, Saskatoon, SK

Or order online right now at the following links:
:: UTP
:: New Star Books
:: Chapters

Find your ebooks here:
:: Amazon/Kindle
:: Kobo

Read the an excerpt of Soft Zipper below.

Among Objects

So an object is a thing, if tangible, placed before the eye, or if not tangible, before the mind. Let’s say more or less solid items one can see and theoretically touch. Our planet’s moon is a large object that few have touched, and that with the intermediary of space-age clothing. But now I have a junior grade philosophical question. Quite some time ago I had the lenses of my eyes cut away and replaced by artificial lenses. Leaving aside the qualities of objects seen through these lenses, can’t we say that the artificial lenses were objects before they were attached to my eyeballs, and isn’t there a problem in saying that they are now part of my subjective conglomerate? Of course you might interpose that every atom that makes up a human body came from our planet, and perhaps ultimately from stardust. Let’s leave eyes for now, and consider teeth. The eyes might be part of the brain while teeth are the visible part of the skeleton. I have a question similar to the one above, as there is a row of artificial teeth screwed into my left lower jawbone and another in my right upper jawbone. Are these still objects? I mean, I don’t consider my fingers and toes to be objects. Fifteen years ago a doctor in Welland inserted four short metal rods to hold my right hipbone together, and when I broke my right femur last spring, a Vancouver doctor took out those four short metal rods (I asked him whether I could have them for souvenirs, and he replied that the paperwork would be too much) and inserted a long metal rod in with the marrow, and some more connective pieces. I think that the airport metal detector would consider these rods to be objects, though they are not easily removable as are my hearing aids. But I can’t use the airport metal detector because I have a defibrillator inserted under the skin of my breast, and it has wires whose ends are inserted into my heart. It also has a pacemaker to help it with the mathematics. I am probably not worth six million dollars in scrap, but I face the twenty-four dollar question: is it easier for me than for most people to follow Charles Olson’s direction and sense myself as an object among objects?

New Releases :: Outside by Sean McCammon | The Wig-Maker by Janet Gallant & Sharon Thesen


Today we welcome two more hotly-anticipated titles from our Spring list. The Wig-Maker by Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen and Sean McCammon’s Outside. It is a privilege to publish these first-time offerings from McCammon and Gallant (though with the guidance of Thesen’s wise and elegiac verse across The Wig-Maker).

In Outside, David Woods arrives in Japan with a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals and nightmares that leave him drenched in sweat. A tragic incident has led him to leave his family, his teaching job and his girlfriend, Joanna. With his once-charmed life in shambles, David seeks anonymity in a Kyoto guest house, but instead finds friendship with an eclectic group of world travellers.

A chronicle of violence and transformation, The Wig-Maker gives voice to a woman’s childhood trauma, her quest for identity, and the healing in between. Almost by magic — certainly with the assistance of the uncanny — the 18-month long process of Gallant’s telling/Thesen’s listening-writing has resulted in Gallant’s discovery of her true genetic, and social, identity.

Read an excerpt from The Wig-Maker here on our previous post. A preview of the first two chapters of Outside can be found here!

Find The Wig-Maker in store with the following booksellers:
:: Mosaic Books – Kelowna, BC
:: Abraxas Books – Denman Island, BC
:: Otter Books – Nelson, BC
:: The Book Keeper – Sarnia, ON
:: Type Books – Toronto, ON
:: Another Story – Toronto, ON
:: A Novel Spot – Etobicoke, ON
:: Book City – Toronto, ON
:: Librarie Carcajou – Rosemère, QC
:: Livres Lac-Brome / Brome Lake Books – Knowlton, QC
:: Shelf Life – Calgary, AB
:: Pages on Kensington – Calgary, AB
:: Bookmark – Charlettetown, PEI

Or order online:
:: UTP
:: New Star Books
:: Chapters

Outside is available at the following booksellers:
:: Livres Lac-Brome / Brome Lake Books – Knowlton, QC
:: Booklore – Orangeville, ON
:: Book City – Toronto, ON
:: Books on Beechwood – Ottawa, ON
:: Biblioasis – Windsor, ON
:: The Bookshelf – Guelph, ON
:: Oxford Bookshop – London, ON
:: Words Worth Books – Waterloo, ON

Or order online:
:: UTP
:: New Star Books
:: Chapters

Grab an ebook version below:
:: Kobo
:: Amazon

The Wig-Maker :: Poetry from Sharon Thesen & Janet Gallant

Cover of The Wig-Maker by Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen. The cover is an older family photo of Janet Gallant as a young woman, in long dark pants and a white blouse, Sharon holds a sporting trophy proudly while standing in the courtyard of a housing complex. "The Wig-Maker" along with the authors names appear in white text, a blurb from Eve Joseph, Griffin Prize Winner, appears at the top of the cover and reads "A work of heart-breaking brilliance"

Cover design by Oliver :

A chronicle of violence and transformation, The Wig-Maker gives voice to a woman’s childhood trauma, her quest after identity, and the healing in between.


We are pleased to reveal the cover of The Wig-Maker, by Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen.

Abandoned by her mother and abused by her father as a child, Janet has sought to unearth and articulate the questions around her upbringing and her family’s past ever since. Recounting her story to Sharon, she found a receptive ear, the ability to heal, and a willing, uncanny, and faithful lyrical transcriber.

Janet’s self-recognition as a biracial child, her mourning the early loss of her brother and sister, the Black history of Alberta and Saskatchewan, her passage from McCrate, to Clift, to Gallant, and her wig-making work are woven together in Sharon’s elegiac verse.

The Wig-Maker is Janet Gallant’s song; her story comes to life in Sharon Thesen’s poem.

Griffin Poetry Prize winner Eve Joseph calls the book a “work of heart-breaking brilliance.”

Available March 11
128 pages · 5.5 x 8.5in
$18 CAD · $16 USD
ISBN: 9781554201716

You can find a list of bookstores carrying The Wig-Maker on this news post.

Read an excerpt of The Wig-Maker below.

New Release :: The Renter by Michael Tregebov


A tiled background of copies of The Renter with a single copy in the foreground. ‛To be twenty years old! In the summer! At a lake cottage! In the sixties! You couldn’t get stronger material from which to fashion the most intoxicating myths of summery youth.
Absolutely brilliant!’
– Guy Maddin, filmmaker

The still of a time and a social milieu so close to our own that it itches. Michael Tregebov’s The Renter, the fourth entry in his comédie humaine, is a sex-fuelled tour d’échec. As Bret Yeatman envisions a way out of his pot-dealing, cottage-renting, romantically precarious life through the woman of his dreams – the political, Plato-wielding, beautiful upper class Sandra Sugarman – will his gamble need more than a bluff?

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening up that first box of books from the printers. The Renter by Michael Tregebov has landed and we are eager to start shipping copies out to bookstores and readers alike.

More news is brewing on how we’ll be celebrating The Renter, make sure you’re signed up to our email newsletter to stay up to date.

In the meantime, you can find The Renter at these booksellers:
:: McNally Robinson – Winnipeg, MB, Saskatoon, SK
:: North 49 Books – North York, ON
:: Shelf Life – Calgary, AB
:: The Book Keeper – Sarnia, ON
:: H P Tergesen & Sons – Gimli, MB
:: Whodunit Mystery Bookstore – Winnipeg, MB
:: Type Books – Toronto, ON (Forest Hill and Queen West)
:: Paragraphe Bookstore – Montreal, QC
:: Book City – Toronto, ON (Queen St E and Yonge St)
:: Bookshelf – Guelph, ON
:: Perfect Books – Ottawa, ON
:: Oxford Bookshop – London, ON
:: Black Cat Books – Sherbrooke, QC

Or online at the following links:
:: UTP
:: New Star Books
:: Chapters/Indigo

Grab an ebook version below:
:: Kobo

Winnipeg native Michael Tregebov’s first novel, The Briss (2009), was short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was followed by The Shiva (2012) and Shot Rock (2019). A noted Spanish translator, he now lives near Barcelona.

Outside: A Novel :: Cover reveal and sneak preview

Cover of Outside by Sean McCammon. A beige textured background with an illustrated landscape in blues and oranges. The landscape features a river running through a forest towards a bridge and mountains in the background. "Outside" features in a large red/orange circle in the sky amid wisps of light blue clouds. "a novel" appears in white text below the bridge, and "Sean McCammon" appears at the bottom of the cover.

Cover design by Oliver McPartlin

Tense and emotionally gripping, Outside is the story of a teacher’s escape to Japan from classroom, country, and self in the wake of a small-town Ontario tragedy.


New Star Books is excited to reveal the cover for Outside, the upcoming debut novel from Sean McCammon, as well as a preview of the first two chapters of the book.

David Woods arrives in Japan with a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals and nightmares that leave him drenched in sweat. A tragic incident has led him to leave his family, his teaching job and his girlfriend, Joanna. With his once-charmed life in shambles, David seeks anonymity in a Kyoto guest house, but instead finds friendship with an eclectic group of world travellers.

As a teacher, David fought to take his students into the woods, convinced that they would learn more on the trails than within the confines of the classroom. In Japan, he turns to nature again, hiking the mountains of Kyoto, visiting Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, trying to make sense of an incident born of randomness.

Outside is an ode to the responsibility of the teacher, the healing power of friendship, and the search for meaning in a haphazard world.

Available March 11
352 pages · 6 x 9in
$24 CAD · $20 USD
ISBN: 9781554201686

You can find a list of bookstores carrying Outside on this news post.

Read the first two chapters of Outside below.

Chapter One

The pharmaceutical evidence of David’s anguish was spread out on the table. The Japanese customs officer examined the pill bottles one at time. David wasn’t sure if the woman spoke English, so when she picked up his sleeping pills, he said, “For sleep,” and feigned sleeping. When she scrutinized his migraine medication, he said, “That’s for headaches,” and rubbed his temples.
The woman now turned to look at David. The expression on her face made David think she was waiting for an answer to a question. He looked at her helplessly, wondering if his poorly planned escape from Canada would end in this white room.
It was then that David realized the woman was wiggling a package of laxatives between her thumb and forefinger. Apparently she was looking forward to his next exercise in charades.
The suggestion of humour allowed David to relax, and the officer began repacking his suitcase more neatly than she had found it.
As she zipped up the bag, she asked, “Why have you come to Japan?”
The tone of her voice suggested that this was not an official question. It sounded like she was making friendly conversation, and David considered confessing everything to her.
Finally he said, “I just had to get away from home for a while.”
“Of course.” The woman smiled. “Like all the rest.”


David’s journey to Tokyo had been precipitated by a series of events that began with a pact made in a rowboat almost two years earlier.
The night of David’s graduation from teachers’ college, he and his girlfriend, Joanna, had walked down to a dock behind the Windermere Manor Hotel.
“We’re graduates,” said Joanna, jumping into an aluminum fishing boat beside the dock.
“Feels good,” said David.
“Feels scary.”
Joanna lay back in the boat, the fabric of her dress sticking to the dew on the wood. She said, “I hear they’re looking for vets up north.”
“North? Like the Arctic?”
“No. Sudbury. North Bay.”
David sat on the dock and unclipped the rope that moored the boat.
“Would you go to North Bay?” Joanna asked.
“Would you go if I didn’t?”
“We have to start somewhere. Unless your plan is to set me adrift.”
“I’d go to North Bay,” said David.
“We need money,” said Joanna. “Wherever one of us gets a job, that’s where we’ll go.” She sat up. “Deal?”
David jumped into the boat, and Joanna grabbed his suit-jacket to keep him from falling over the side. They floated around, looking at stars. Music from the party drifted in and out with the breeze.
“Well?” said Joanna. “Is it a deal?”
“I guess so,” said David. “We’re in the same boat.”


Chapter Two

David took the train from Narita Airport into Tokyo. He had reservations for two nights at a ryokan, a small family-run inn near the Ikebukuro district. David had been expecting a hotel, but his friend Mitchell had made the arrangements for him.
The ryokan was in a quiet residential area, nestled among neatly manicured cedar trees. David’s room was large and bright, and featured a traditional tatami-mat floor and rice-paper doors. Most travellers would have found the ryokan to be a peaceful oasis, but David was unnerved by family members entering his room unexpectedly to serve tea or leave towels. He could not figure out how to change the channel on the television and spent much of the first night watching a sumo wrestling tournament.
Breakfast was a communal affair, served around a long table, with guests seated on the floor. David was forced to wedge his legs awkwardly under the table. During one repositioning he lifted the entire table, causing the other travellers to lunge for their sloshing cups and bowls.
The shower stall in David’s bathroom had a wooden stool in it, with a nozzle halfway up the wall. David’s interpretation of the set-up was that he was expected to sit on the stool while washing. But there was no way he could sit on the tiny seat, so he ended up lying on his back with his feet up on the wall. He held the stool upside down on his belly, the warm water running over it: a lost astronaut in a leaky porcelain rocket.


Only one month into his job search, David had landed a teaching position at an elementary school in Dumford Mills, forty minutes south of Ottawa. The offer to teach at Emily Carr Public School was a total fluke, a happy turn of events that David attributed to his rural upbringing. At his interview, he and the principal had talked as much about farm practices as teaching practices.
That summer, David and Joanna found a farmhouse for rent outside Dumford Mills. It was old and drafty but possessed enough rural charm to make them feel at home. The farmland around the house was rented out to a neighbouring farmer who planted corn. The owners of the farm had retired to Ottawa, and they encouraged David and Joanna to spruce things up wherever they were inspired.
During their first few weeks of country living, Joanna went on a baking spree, making muffins and pies for the neighbours, hoping to ease any suspicions about the strangers from southwestern Ontario. David sprayed insulating foam into the cracks of the house, his coveralls and mask making him look like a mad exterminator.
One night Joanna was on the phone, complaining to her mother about mice and raccoons and leaky sheds.
“Oh dear, Joanna,” her mother said. “Are you happy out there?”
“Mom, you have to visit. The house needs a lot of work, and I complain, but there are so many stars and an old well, and a dinner bell. A dinner bell! Mom, really, it’s perfect.”


Review of reviews :: Kirsch | Bowering | Barman | Walton


Things have been quiet on the surface as 2021 gets underway here at New Star, but behind the scenes we’ve been wrapped up in the final touches of four new books ready to hit shelves this spring.

But we’ve taken some time to come up for air and take stock of what’s happening topside and put together a classic review of reviews.

In the months following our much anticipated virtual launch of The Smallest Objective by Sharon Kirsch – the highlights of which you can watch here – buzz for the memoir continued, with Mike Cohen at The Suburban describing the book as “an intricate memoir about the treasures that the past can bring in the face of a difficult present.”

In an interview for his 12 or 20 series, Rob McLennan speaks with Kirsch on the creative process, literary influences, and the role of the author. Most recently, Sharon was interviewed by Lisa Hasleton, in which Sharon shares an excerpt from the book and notes the necessity of an undisturbed ‘bubble’ in which to write – something we’ve perhaps all had an abundance of.


As we anticipate the forthcoming Soft Zipper by George Bowering, Brian Fawcett ruminates on Bowering’s recent Writing and Reading.

Writing and Reading was like having a conversation with George at a sort-of-formal dinner party. His voice moves at an easy pace in the mostly short essays, and is seldom far from playfulness. But along with that there is also a deeper, ruminative quality to the book that signals that a fine mind is thinking over serious subjects.”

Fawcett also dives into Bowering’s previous Pinboy (2012, Cormorant) and No One (2018, ECW). You can read the full piece over on


We also caught wind of a fascinating article from Diane Selkirk over on BBC Travel which highlights the history of the Gulf Islands and its earliest, often forgotten, Hawaiian settlers. Selkirk speaks with Jean Barman, author of Maria Mahoi of the Islands, originally published in 2004 as the 13th book in the Transmontaus series, with an updated second edition released in 2017. The article touches on some of Mahoi’s life as Selkirk recalls visiting Russell Island where the family had lived from the early 1900’s.


Jean Walton’s Mudflat Dreaming, number 23 in our Transmontanus series, has recently been reviewed by Paloma Pacheco in The Tyee. Pacheco says Mudflat Dreaming is unlike any other book she’s read, here’s a highlight:
Mudflat Dreaming flows like an oral history, as if Walton had sat her readers down around a campfire and opened up a treasure trove of memories, photos and keepsakes that lead her down all manner of absorbing trails in telling her tale.”

On the horizon we have Michael Tregebov’s fourth novel, The Renter. Followed shortly by Sean McCammon’s debut Outside as well as The Wig-Maker, a joint poetry title from Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen. Rounding out out Spring 2021 list is, of course, Soft Zipper from the inimitable George Bowering.
Covers and previews of these titles are coming very soon.
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Another late, late spring launch :: Louis Cabri and Hungry Slingshots come to Zoom Sunday, November 15


Risograph-inspired poster for the Hungry Slingshots launch. Reads: "Louis Cabri. Hungry Slingshots book launch. Roger Farr, Villon translations. Mc Prof. Clint --- Sunday Nov 15, 3PM EDT | Noon PDT The Zoom. --- email us at to get on the list.Here at New Star Books we’re excited to announce the second and final event in the Spring We Never Had Book Launch Series, the hungrily anticipated launch for Hungry Slingshots by Louis Cabri, LIVE! at The Zoom on Sunday, November 15.

Special Guest Roger Farr will be opening for Louis Cabri with a set from his new production After Villon.  Your host/MC for this Sunday matinee book launch / reading is Clint Burnham.

Hungry Slingshots, Louis Cabri’s first book since Posh Lust in 2014, presents fifteen new works anchored by the eponymic series riffing on a poetic form all the rage during an interesting (17th C.) moment in French history.  Ranging in form but not intent, Hungry Slingshots is redolent with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the present spectacle.

Hungry Slingshots cover

Roger Farr is the author of long-ago 2019’s I Am a City Still But Soon I Shan’t Be and IKMQ.  His work-in-progress After Villon translates also interesting 15th century French person François Villon.

The Zoom show gets under way at 3 pm EST, noon PDT.  Please send us a note at for the Zoom link.


Mid-century Montreal under the microscope :: Sharon Kirsch’s The Smallest Objective :: November 24 Zoom Launch


The May release of Sharon Kirsch‘s family memoir The Smallest Objective, set in Montreal, was unavoidably quiet, what with the more immediate concerns demanding our attention back then.  Originally planned for the spring, our Montreal launch was postponed indefinitely.

But time Zooms along, and virtuality has taken on a whole new reality.  So we are pleased at last to be able to announce the Montreal launch for The Smallest Objective on Tuesday November 24th at 8:00 pm EDT.  Please join host Jeanette Kelly and author Sharon Kirsch on Zoom for a talk about her book, and the family and civic history that comes to the surface with her mother’s old age and passing.

The Smallest Objective begins with a family mystery, a story of a treasure the author’s late father was said to have “buried” decades before under the master bedroom floor.  The treasure hunt takes unanticipated turns, and brings to the surface a whole bunch of clues to, and glimpses of, a history only partially comprehended at the time.   Not readily visible structures come into focus: the lingering effects of an unknown aunt’s early death; the ambiguities of a black sheep uncle’s life; the latent anti-semitism that altered the course of her grandfather’s, and his family’s, path.  These secrets unfold as the author deals with her mother’s advancing dementia.

Jeanette Kelly is an arts journalist and host of Cinq à Six, Quebec’s Saturday afternoon culture show on CBC Radio One.   Montreal’s iconic Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore will have a (virtual) table where copies of Sharon’s book can be acquired.

Overshadowed by events as it might have been, The Smallest Objective has certainly not gone unnoticed.

Ainslie MacClellan interviewed Sharon for CBC Montreal’s All In a Weekend.  Watch it here.  Over on CTV News Montreal, Sharon was interviewed by Caroline Van Vlaardingen, available to watch here. Rose Marie Whalley interviewed Sharon for CKUT’s Older Women program, broadcast on September 16.  You can listen to it here.

Martin Barry for the Westmount Independent interviewed Sharon Kirsch, and Mike Cohen wrote about The Smallest Objective for The Suburban.  “This new memoir is based on impeccable research, and the prose is equal parts unsentimental, edifying and engaging,” Sharon Chisvin said of it in her review in the Winnipeg Free Press.  Bill Arnott‘s take, in the Miramichi Reader: “In this particularly well-crafted memoir, author Sharon Kirsch shares her experience of exploration, healing and loss. Akin to an intricately detailed slide under a microscope, this suite of stories, in fact, a collection of newly discovered memories, is a familial jigsaw puzzle—a series of mysteries, reassembled by way of meticulous research and the astute observation of a writer in her prime.

Over on the Internet, Books by Women (“Women Writers, Women’s Books”) ran an excerpt from The Smallest Objective.  It’s been the subject of a podcast on The Book of Life, a popular podcast about Jewish-themed books, hosted by a children’s book librarian in Florida.   Goodreader Andrew, of Toronto, Ontario, gives it all five stars, and has this to say: “A wonderful book … Memory is an important subject of the book, including the failing memories of her parents as they age. Objects, such as scraps of newspaper clippings, ornaments, postcards and seashells are also deployed with great effect, and affect — the things that remain when memory fades.”  And Orcasound featured The Smallest Objective earlier this summer.  Sharon’s book is even on Broadway!

The Smallest Objective was one of five books featured by 49th Shelf for September, World Alzheimer’s Month.  Sharon Kirsch, incidently, is a graduate of the Humber College School for Writers, and her new book is featured in the September 2020 issue of the Humber College Alumni News.

The Smallest Objective is also available in e-book form. You can find it over on Kobo or Kindle!

Where have we been?


Some of our loyal readers may have noticed that this space has gone kind of uh quiet since May, and might be wondering why.  (One or two of you have even asked.)

Not to worry, the COVID hasn’t got us, yet, knock on wood.  It’s a much ollder malady than that we’ve been fighting: decaying 1’s and 0’s.  Our current website, the exact one you’re looking at, is fourteen years old, and one week from today, the version of Cuneiform that our site was coded in, will no longer be supported by our website host.

So we’ve been working feverishly to make sure that you still get this site after October 1.

In the meantime, the old, decaying site has been returning alarming error messages with increasing frequency as it approaches its original code’s end-of-life.  So, apart from the basic bibliodata pertaining to each of our current and forthcoming books — which is 100 percent up to date — we’ve kept blog posts to a minimum (and very successfully, we might add).

If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably curious about what HAS been happening with our books, news that hasn’t been making our site.  Here’s a for-instance, our author Sharon Kirsch talking to Ainslie MacLellan about her memoir The Smallest Objective on CBC’s All in a Weekend.  If you’re intrigued by the interview, send us a note at to tell us what you thought, and we will send you, absolutely gratis, a copy of Sharon’s book in your preferred format: print, Kindle or ePub.