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    29 Mary Sojourner
    9781937226350 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: August 22, 2014
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.64 in | 287 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Nell Walker, an L.A. executive who believed she had everything and learns she had nothing, finds herself boarding a bus rolling away from bitter loss toward a fiercely beautiful landscape, an impossible love affair, and a fight for the earth that brings her back to a past richer than anything she could have imagined.

      "Sojourner's writing is evocative, descriptive and lyrical?29 is a tantalizing read."
      ?THE DURANGO HERALD

      "Sojourner seduces readers with shimmering visions of the West?At the same time, she forces us to face the weary but undeniable truth that we're butchering the place?Her palpable sorrow about the land permeates the novel, but it's relieved by a sense of humor and plenty of wisecracking dialogue."
      ?HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "Sojourner's book crackles and bristles with all of the right tones. The author lived in Twentynine Palms and in the surrounding area, witnessing directly the work of tribes to stop the spread of solar?power installations and the invisibility that many native peoples endure. Her book sings with authenticity."
      ?THE UTAH REVIEW

      "Like the leafy sea dragon that moves gracefully in and out of these pages, 29 by Mary Sojourner is equal parts real and ethereal and wholly entrancing."
      ?FLAGSTAFF LIVE

      "[Sojourner] writes herself onto the page and bares all. Her characters personify past lovers and old friends, but ever apparent is the character of place."
      ?ARIZONA DAILY SUN

      "?wry, surreal, and tender?29 reminded me that literature is an ecstatic conversation between reader and author?"
      ?HIGH DESERT JOURNAL

      "Ever?ascending Sojourner cooks up wrenching sorrow and hilarious banter, environmental and moral conundrums, magnetizing characters, and a place of transcendent beauty in this intoxicating, provocative, and gloriously told desert tale of wildness and community, unexpected bonds and deep legacies, trauma and healing."
      ?BOOKLIST(starred review)

      "This standout ecological novel from Arizona author Sojourner features picturesque prose, a vivid western setting, and sharply drawn characters."
      ?PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

      "Notable characters carry Sojourner's powerful story of our connection to the earth. A profoundly affecting novel."
      ?LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "In Nell Walker, Mary Sojourner has created a character who discovers?in her own desperate way?the simple beauty in the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexities we heap upon it. Written with passion and humor,29 takes the reader on a journey of hope, humanity, and love."
      ?JANA RICHMAN, author ofRiding in the Shadows of Saints, The Last Cowgirl, andThe Ordinary Truth

      "29 is at the intersection of a local road to Nowhere and an interstate to Everywhere. Certainly Mary's prose and storytelling is crystalline and lovely, a kind of geode broth, filled with light and piquancy."
      ?DAVID KRANES, author ofThe Legend’s Daughter andThe National Tree

      "A love letter to what we frequently deem unloveable,29 is a wide?armed triumph of hope."
      ?LARAINE HERRING, author ofGhost Swamp Blues andWriting Begins with the Breath

      "This is a story that will stay with the readers and, perhaps, bring them home to their own place, and the importance of fighting for what you love."
      ?SUSAN LANG, author of the Mojave novels trilogy

      "The language is sharp as a butcher's blade, the dialogue rings true and hard, and the story cuts deeply into its reader."
      ?H. LEE BARNES, author ofCold Deck, The Lucky, andCar Tag

      "Sojourner's new novel, much like the desert landscapes in which it is set, will never speak to those who see the Mojave as an annoying blur between L.A. and Vegas, but those adventurous enough (or lost enough) to wander off I?15 will find a world bursting with fragile beauty, tenacious life, and rock hard truth."
      ?GILES CARWYN, author ofQueen of Oblivion
      Bio
      Mary Sojourner is the author of two novels,Sisters of the Dream andGoing Through Ghosts; the short story collection,Delicate; an essay collection,Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest; and memoirs,Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire andShe Bets Her Life. She is an intermittent NPR commentator and the author of many essays, columns and op-eds forHigh Country News, Writers on the Range and other publications. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Sojourner teaches writing in private circles, one-on-one, at colleges and universities, writing conferences and book festivals. She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing through writing?the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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      "Sojourner's writing is evocative, descriptive and lyrical?29 is a tantalizing read."
      ?THE DURANGO HERALD

      "Sojourner seduces readers with shimmering visions of the West?At the same time, she forces us to face the weary but undeniable truth that we're butchering the place?Her palpable sorrow about the land permeates the novel, but it's relieved by a sense of humor and plenty of wisecracking dialogue."
      ?HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "Sojourner's book crackles and bristles with all of the right tones. The author lived in Twentynine Palms and in the surrounding area, witnessing directly the work of tribes to stop the spread of solar?power installations and the invisibility that many native peoples endure. Her book sings with authenticity."
      ?THE UTAH REVIEW

      "Like the leafy sea dragon that moves gracefully in and out of these pages, 29 by Mary Sojourner is equal parts real and ethereal and wholly entrancing."
      ?FLAGSTAFF LIVE

      "[Sojourner] writes herself onto the page and bares all. Her characters personify past lovers and old friends, but ever apparent is the character of place."
      ?ARIZONA DAILY SUN

      "?wry, surreal, and tender?29 reminded me that literature is an ecstatic conversation between reader and author?"
      ?HIGH DESERT JOURNAL

      "Ever?ascending Sojourner cooks up wrenching sorrow and hilarious banter, environmental and moral conundrums, magnetizing characters, and a place of transcendent beauty in this intoxicating, provocative, and gloriously told desert tale of wildness and community, unexpected bonds and deep legacies, trauma and healing."
      ?BOOKLIST(starred review)

      "This standout ecological novel from Arizona author Sojourner features picturesque prose, a vivid western setting, and sharply drawn characters."
      ?PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

      "Notable characters carry Sojourner's powerful story of our connection to the earth. A profoundly affecting novel."
      ?LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "In Nell Walker, Mary Sojourner has created a character who discovers?in her own desperate way?the simple beauty in the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexities we heap upon it. Written with passion and humor,29 takes the reader on a journey of hope, humanity, and love."
      ?JANA RICHMAN, author ofRiding in the Shadows of Saints, The Last Cowgirl, andThe Ordinary Truth

      "29 is at the intersection of a local road to Nowhere and an interstate to Everywhere. Certainly Mary's prose and storytelling is crystalline and lovely, a kind of geode broth, filled with light and piquancy."
      ?DAVID KRANES, author ofThe Legend’s Daughter andThe National Tree

      "A love letter to what we frequently deem unloveable,29 is a wide?armed triumph of hope."
      ?LARAINE HERRING, author ofGhost Swamp Blues andWriting Begins with the Breath

      "This is a story that will stay with the readers and, perhaps, bring them home to their own place, and the importance of fighting for what you love."
      ?SUSAN LANG, author of the Mojave novels trilogy

      "The language is sharp as a butcher's blade, the dialogue rings true and hard, and the story cuts deeply into its reader."
      ?H. LEE BARNES, author ofCold Deck, The Lucky, andCar Tag

      "Sojourner's new novel, much like the desert landscapes in which it is set, will never speak to those who see the Mojave as an annoying blur between L.A. and Vegas, but those adventurous enough (or lost enough) to wander off I?15 will find a world bursting with fragile beauty, tenacious life, and rock hard truth."
      ?GILES CARWYN, author ofQueen of Oblivion

      "Sojourner's writing is evocative, descriptive and lyrical…29 is a tantalizing read."
      THE DURANGO HERALD

      "Sojourner seduces readers with shimmering visions of the West…At the same time, she forces us to face the weary but undeniable truth that we're butchering the place…Her palpable sorrow about the land permeates the novel, but it's relieved by a sense of humor and plenty of wisecracking dialogue."
      HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "Sojourner's book crackles and bristles with all of the right tones. The author lived in Twentynine Palms and in the surrounding area, witnessing directly the work of tribes to stop the spread of solar–power installations and the invisibility that many native peoples endure. Her book sings with authenticity."
      THE UTAH REVIEW

      "Like the leafy sea dragon that moves gracefully in and out of these pages, 29 by Mary Sojourner is equal parts real and ethereal and wholly entrancing."
      FLAGSTAFF LIVE

      "[Sojourner] writes herself onto the page and bares all. Her characters personify past lovers and old friends, but ever apparent is the character of place."
      ARIZONA DAILY SUN

      "…wry, surreal, and tender…29 reminded me that literature is an ecstatic conversation between reader and author…"
      HIGH DESERT JOURNAL

      "Ever–ascending Sojourner cooks up wrenching sorrow and hilarious banter, environmental and moral conundrums, magnetizing characters, and a place of transcendent beauty in this intoxicating, provocative, and gloriously told desert tale of wildness and community, unexpected bonds and deep legacies, trauma and healing."
      BOOKLIST(starred review)

      "This standout ecological novel from Arizona author Sojourner features picturesque prose, a vivid western setting, and sharply drawn characters."
      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

      "Notable characters carry Sojourner's powerful story of our connection to the earth. A profoundly affecting novel."
      LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "In Nell Walker, Mary Sojourner has created a character who discovers—in her own desperate way—the simple beauty in the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexities we heap upon it. Written with passion and humor,29 takes the reader on a journey of hope, humanity, and love."
      JANA RICHMAN, author ofRiding in the Shadows of Saints, The Last Cowgirl, andThe Ordinary Truth

      "29 is at the intersection of a local road to Nowhere and an interstate to Everywhere. Certainly Mary's prose and storytelling is crystalline and lovely, a kind of geode broth, filled with light and piquancy."
      DAVID KRANES, author ofThe Legend’s Daughter andThe National Tree

      "A love letter to what we frequently deem unloveable,29 is a wide–armed triumph of hope."
      LARAINE HERRING, author ofGhost Swamp Blues andWriting Begins with the Breath

      "This is a story that will stay with the readers and, perhaps, bring them home to their own place, and the importance of fighting for what you love."
      SUSAN LANG, author of the Mojave novels trilogy

      "The language is sharp as a butcher's blade, the dialogue rings true and hard, and the story cuts deeply into its reader."
      H. LEE BARNES, author ofCold Deck, The Lucky, andCar Tag

      "Sojourner's new novel, much like the desert landscapes in which it is set, will never speak to those who see the Mojave as an annoying blur between L.A. and Vegas, but those adventurous enough (or lost enough) to wander off I–15 will find a world bursting with fragile beauty, tenacious life, and rock hard truth."
      GILES CARWYN, author ofQueen of Oblivion
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    Crooked Creek Maximilian Werner
    9781937226008 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: June 18, 2011
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0 in | 186 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards for General Fiction Honorable Mention
      2011 Utah Book Award Finalist

      Crooked Creek takes place during the latter part of westward expansion and chronicles the lives (and deaths) of the Wood family. The Woods?Preston and Sara?must flee Arizona when they, along with Sara's parents and little brother Jasper, unwittingly get caught up in the plunder and sale of American Indian corpses and funerary objects. Preston, Sara, and Jasper end up in the Heber Valley of Utah, where they seek the support of Sara's Uncle Neff until they can be reunited with Sara's mother andfather. But from the moment they ride into Heber, Preston and Sara learn that life in the valley is not as it appears, and that no matter how far we run, we cannot escape the past.

      Maximilian Werner is the author ofBlack River Dreams, a collection of literary fly fishing essays that won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction: Book. Mr. Werner's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have appeared in several journals and magazines, includingMatter Journal: Edward Abbey Edition, Bright Lights Film Journal, The North American Review, ISLE, Weber Studies, Fly Rod and Reel, andColumbia. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children and teaches writing at the University of Utah.


      ?Maximilian Werner is a fresh and grounded writer, a welcome and original new voice.”
      ?Thomas McGuane, author ofDriving on the Rim

      ?Here in the deep measured prose of Max Werner is a western story, harsh and lush as the old world it depicts.Crooked Creek shows again that one of the natural laws of the wilderness—along with wind and stone and animals and family—is violence. Just as wind and water shaped the stone, trouble shaped these men. With its compelling, layered story, this rich book is a reader’s pleasure.”
      ?Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      ?Max Werner’sCrooked Creek offers a haunting voyage into the past and into living landscapes sharpened by western light, resonating with the work of such authors as Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner. A narrative of the vitality of family bonds, it is also a tale of the heroic struggle to carry the burden of memory and to transform history’s nightmares into visions of possibility, as Octavio Paz once argued was the high calling of literature.Crooked Creek reminds us of the tough aesthetic that is required to sustain hope in family, in community, and in the staggering and heartbreaking beauty of nature that Werner’s prose powerfully illuminates, while also reckoning with the dark sins of betrayal and violence that are the legacies of the American West. Werner convinces us that no meaningful sense of place is possible otherwise.”
      ?George Handley, author ofHome Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River
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      Maximilian Werner: Maximilian Werner is the author ofBlack River Dreams, a collection of literary fly fishing essays that won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction: Book. Mr. Werner's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have appeared in several journals and magazines.
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      ?Maximilian Werner is a fresh and grounded writer, a welcome and original new voice.”
      Thomas McGuane

      ?Here in the deep measured prose of Max Werner is a western story, harsh and lush as the old world it depicts. With its compelling, layered story, this rich book is a reader’s pleasure.”
      Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      ?Max Werner’sCrooked Creek offers a haunting voyage into the past and into living landscapes sharpened by western light, resonating with the work of such authors as Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner."
      George Handley, author ofHome Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River


      “Maximilian Werner is a fresh and grounded writer, a welcome and original new voice.”
      Thomas McGuane

      “Here in the deep measured prose of Max Werner is a western story, harsh and lush as the old world it depicts. With its compelling, layered story, this rich book is a reader’s pleasure.”
      Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      “Max Werner’sCrooked Creek offers a haunting voyage into the past and into living landscapes sharpened by western light, resonating with the work of such authors as Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner."
      George Handley, author ofHome Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River
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    The Plume Hunter Renee Thompson
    9781937226015 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: November 14, 2011
    $23.95 CAD 5.48 x 8.05 x 0.55 in | 274 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Bird-watchers will love this journey back to the 1880s West Coast when vast populations of wild birds still filled the skies in annual migrations. But the birds were imperiled by plume hunters intent on personal fortune. This story of violence, love, and loss portrays the advent of the Audubon Society.

      A moving story of conflict, friendship, and love, The Plume Hunter follows the life of Fin McFaddin, a late-nineteenth century Oregon outdoorsman who takes to plume hunting ? killing birds to collect feathers for women’s hats ? to support his widowed mother. In 1885, more than five million birds were killed in the United States for the millinery industry, prompting the formation of the Audubon Society. The novel brings to life an era of our country’s natural history seldom explored in fiction, and follows Fin’s relationships with his lifelong friends as they struggle to adapt to society’s changing mores.

      Renée Thompson writes about wildlife, her love of birds, and the people who inhabit the American West. Her first novel, The Bridge at Valentine, received high praise from Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove. Renée lives in Northern California with her husband, Steve, and is at work on a short-story collection.

      The Plume Hunter won the 2012 da Vinci Eye Award, presented by the Eric Hoffer Award for Books, for its superior cover art.


      ?I really enjoyed this book. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a bird hunter and the complex social, economic and personal issues swirling around the birth of the conservation movement.” ?-David Sibley, author of THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRDS

      ?Renée Thompson’s gripping novel transports the reader to a time when our nation was trying its best to grow up, yet seemed mired in its own awkward ?teen” years...I read this book in one sitting, finding it no easier to put down than Fin did his hunting guns.” ?-Bill Thompson III, Editor, Bird Watcher’s Digest

      ?Renée Thompson brings us to a place of semi-darkness, with its confused emotions, and allows us to witness the ?Hunter” changing from within. This is a story of process and a quest to redeem. I love it.” ?-Fr. Tom Pincelli, Former Chairman, American Birding Association

      ?A compelling chronicle of avarice, betrayal, and redemption.”
      ?-Tim Gallagher, author of The Grail Bird

      "[THE PLUME HUNTER is] an economically written literary drama sparked by expert dialogue and visualized through an acute sense of place.” ?-Allen Pierleoni, book critic for The Sacramento Bee
      Bio
      Renée Thompson writes about wildlife, her love of birds, and the people who inhabit the American West. Her first novel,The Bridge at Valentine, received high praise from Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry, author ofLonesome Dove. Renée lives in Northern California with her husband Steve.
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      Winner of da Vinci Eye Award for Superior Art, Eric Hoffer Awards

      "[THE PLUME HUNTER is] an economically written literary drama sparked by expert dialogue and visualized through an acute sense of place.”—-Allen Pierleoni, book critic for The Sacramento Bee


      Winner of da Vinci Eye Award for Superior Art, Eric Hoffer Awards

      "[THE PLUME HUNTER is] an economically written literary drama sparked by expert dialogue and visualized through an acute sense of place.”?-Allen Pierleoni, book critic for The Sacramento Bee
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    The Scholar of Moab Steven L. Peck
    9781937226022 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: November 18, 2011
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0 in | 302 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      2011 Best Novel, Association for Mormon letters
      2011 Finalist, Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Awards

      What happens when a two-headed cowboy, a high school dropout, and a poet abducted by aliens come together in 1970’s Moab, Utah?The Scholar of Moab, a dark-comedy perambulating murder, affairs, and cowboy mysteries in the shadow of the hoary La Sal Mountains.

      Young Hyrum Thayne, an unrefined geological surveyor, steals a massive dictionary out of the Grand County library in a midnight raid, startling the good people of Moab into believing a nefarious band of Book of Mormon thugs, the Gadianton Robbers, has arisen again. To make matters worse, Hyrum’s illicit affair with Dora Tanner, a local poet thought to be mad, results in the delivery of a bouncing baby boy who vanishes the night of his birth. Righteous Moabites accuse Dora of the murder, but who really killed their child? Did a coyote dingo the baby? Was it an alien abduction as Dora claims? Was it Hyrum? Or could it have been the only witness to the crime, one of a pair of Oxford-educated conjoined twins who cowboy in the La Sals on sabbatical?

      Take a blazing ride with Hyrum LeRoy Thayne, the Lord’s Chosen Servant and Defender of Moab. His short rich life spans the borderlands of magical realism where geology, ecology philosophy, and consciousness collide, in Steven L. Peck’s rip-snorting tale The Scholar of Moab.

      Steven L. Peck knows Moab, inside out. An evolutionary ecologist at Brigham Young University, Peck teaches the philosophy of biology. His scientific work has appeared inAmerican Naturalist,Newsweek,Evolution,Trends in Ecology and Evolution,Biological Theory,Agriculture and Human Values,Biology & Philosophy. Steven also co-edited a volume on environmental stewardship. His creative works include a novel,The Gift of the King's Jeweler (2003 Covenant Communications). His poetry has appeared inDialogue,Bellowing Ark,Irreantum,Red Rock Review and other magazines. Peck was nominated for the 2011 Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. Other awards include the Meyhew Short Story Contest, First Place at Warp and Weave, Honorable Mention in the 2011 Brookie and D.K. Brown Fiction Contest, and Second Place in the Eugene England Memorial Essay Contest.


      ?Steven Peck has imagined a world ever-so-slightly tweaked from this real one, but?well, why wouldn’t conjoined twins have an independent consciousness, bumblebees be more dependent on faith than wings, and Einstein sing German nursery rhymes? The Scholar of Moab explores the otherworld of nature, imagination, and mind.” ?Brooke Williams,Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness

      "It’s satire of the best sort: biting what it loves, snuggling up to what it hates." ?Scott Abbott, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Director of Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University

      "Peck moves easily from the lyrical to the grotesque, and sets his multi-voiced tale in the ideal place: Moab, Utah--where red rocks and surprising arches provide the ideal backdrop for anything in or out of the world, including space ships and kidnapped babies." ?Margaret Blair Young, President: Association for Mormon Letters

      "Peck convincingly merges the genre of magical realism with American West fiction by invoking the power of personal testimony?not his own, but by presenting the recorded testimony of his characters in letters, journals, poetry, and interview transcripts. Using these disparate voices, Peck concocts a strange and tragicomic brew of naivety, philosophy, faith, discovery, and loss."
      ?Blair Dee Hodges,Standing on the Promises, The Association for Mormon Letters
      Bio
      Steven L. Peck is an evolutionary ecologist at Brigham Young University where he teaches the philosophy of biology. His scientific work has appeared in numerous publications. As the Renaissance Man he is,Steve has won a fistful of awards for both his poetry and science fiction work.
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      ?Steven Peck has imagined a world ever-so-slightly tweaked from this real one, but?well, why wouldn’t conjoined twins have an independent consciousness, bumblebees be more dependent on faith than wings, and Einstein sing German nursery rhymes? The Scholar of Moab explores the otherworld of nature, imagination, and mind.”
      —Brooke Williams,Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness

      "It’s satire of the best sort: biting what it loves, snuggling up to what it hates."
      —Scott Abbott, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Director of Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University

      "Peck moves easily from the lyrical to the grotesque, and sets his multi-voiced tale in the ideal place: Moab, Utah--where red rocks and surprising arches provide the ideal backdrop for anything in or out of the world, including space ships and kidnapped babies."
      —Margaret Blair Young, President: Association for Mormon Letters

      "Peck convincingly merges the genre of magical realism with American West fiction by invoking the power of personal testimony?not his own, but by presenting the recorded testimony of his characters in letters, journals, poetry, and interview transcripts. Using these disparate voices, Peck concocts a strange and tragicomic brew of naivety, philosophy, faith, discovery, and loss."
      —Blair Dee Hodges,Standing on the Promises, The Association for Mormon Letters


      “Steven Peck has imagined a world ever-so-slightly tweaked from this real one, but—well, why wouldn’t conjoined twins have an independent consciousness, bumblebees be more dependent on faith than wings, and Einstein sing German nursery rhymes? The Scholar of Moab explores the otherworld of nature, imagination, and mind.”
      —Brooke Williams,Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness

      "It’s satire of the best sort: biting what it loves, snuggling up to what it hates."
      —Scott Abbott, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Director of Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University

      "Peck moves easily from the lyrical to the grotesque, and sets his multi-voiced tale in the ideal place: Moab, Utah--where red rocks and surprising arches provide the ideal backdrop for anything in or out of the world, including space ships and kidnapped babies."
      —Margaret Blair Young, President: Association for Mormon Letters

      "Peck convincingly merges the genre of magical realism with American West fiction by invoking the power of personal testimony—not his own, but by presenting the recorded testimony of his characters in letters, journals, poetry, and interview transcripts. Using these disparate voices, Peck concocts a strange and tragicomic brew of naivety, philosophy, faith, discovery, and loss."
      —Blair Dee Hodges,Standing on the Promises, The Association for Mormon Letters
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    Grind Mark Maynard
    9781937226039 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: December 28, 2012
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.49 in | 180 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Convicts round up wild mustangs, a schizophrenic homeless man wins the jackpot and disappears, a truck driver with a child's mind spends his last hours in the embrace of a prostitute's photos?disparate and vivid, Mark Maynard's characters intersect in the new wild west of Reno, Nevada.

      ?Throughout the volume’s eight tenuously linked tales, lives and fortune are lost, and the city of Reno emerges as a locus of shattered souls. Maynard’s debut collection bursts with idiosyncratic characters?packs a strong emotional punch?is strangely entertaining.”
      ?Publishers Weekly

      ?InGrind, Maynard reveals a world the Nevada tourism board would rather you didn’t see?A debut collection of stories that perfectly captures the seediness, desperation and sense of loss permeating the hot desert world of Reno.”
      ?Shelf Awareness

      ?[Grind has] plenty of those characters who make a visit to the environs of Reno both an exciting potential and an illicit affair?This is a Northern Nevada book.”
      ?Reno News & Review

      ?Mark Maynard’s Reno is so sleazily appealing, so filled with convict cowboys, wild horses, racing pilots, truckers, snow bums, eco-terrorists, tattoo conventions, pawnshops and jackpots that you emerge from reading Grind dazed by this author’s empathy for neglected quarters of humanity. You feel gritty all over?and more alive.”
      ?Carolyn Cooke, author ofDaughters of the Revolution

      ?The characters in these stories are as beautiful and broken as the desert itself. Mark Maynard explores the stony truths of lost lives with an unflinching eye for detail, an insider's sense of the place and its people, and an honest compassion. The heartbreaks here are real, as are the moments of uncommon grace and hard-won redemption.”
      ?Kim Barnes, author ofIn the Kingdom of Men

      ?Mark Maynard'sGrind is chock full of men and women who are desperate with want and full of spirit. Pawnbrokers. Truckers. Casino shills. Prison inmates. They're all here, and they're all gloriously alive. This is prime American fiction?tough, generous, and open-eyed.”
      ?Alyson Hagy, author ofBoleto

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      Mark Maynard teaches creative writing and composition at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada where he is the Fiction Editor for The Meadow. A graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University, his work has appeared in Our Stories, Shelf Life Magazine, The Duck and Herring Co. Pocket Field Guide.
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      ?Throughout the volume’s eight tenuously linked tales, lives and fortune are lost, and the city of Reno emerges as a locus of shattered souls. Maynard’s debut collection bursts with idiosyncratic characters?packs a strong emotional punch?is strangely entertaining.”
      ?Publishers Weekly

      ?InGrind, Maynard reveals a world the Nevada tourism board would rather you didn’t see?A debut collection of stories that perfectly captures the seediness, desperation and sense of loss permeating the hot desert world of Reno.”
      ?Shelf Awareness

      ?[Grind has] plenty of those characters who make a visit to the environs of Reno both an exciting potential and an illicit affair?This is a Northern Nevada book.”
      ?Reno News & Review

      ?Mark Maynard’s Reno is so sleazily appealing, so filled with convict cowboys, wild horses, racing pilots, truckers, snow bums, eco-terrorists, tattoo conventions, pawnshops and jackpots that you emerge from reading Grind dazed by this author’s empathy for neglected quarters of humanity. You feel gritty all over?and more alive.”
      ?Carolyn Cooke, author ofDaughters of the Revolution

      ?The characters in these stories are as beautiful and broken as the desert itself. Mark Maynard explores the stony truths of lost lives with an unflinching eye for detail, an insider's sense of the place and its people, and an honest compassion. The heartbreaks here are real, as are the moments of uncommon grace and hard-won redemption.”
      ?Kim Barnes, author ofIn the Kingdom of Men

      ?Mark Maynard'sGrind is chock full of men and women who are desperate with want and full of spirit. Pawnbrokers. Truckers. Casino shills. Prison inmates. They're all here, and they're all gloriously alive. This is prime American fiction?tough, generous, and open-eyed.”
      ?Alyson Hagy, author ofBoleto


      “Throughout the volume’s eight tenuously linked tales, lives and fortune are lost, and the city of Reno emerges as a locus of shattered souls. Maynard’s debut collection bursts with idiosyncratic characters…packs a strong emotional punch…is strangely entertaining.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “InGrind, Maynard reveals a world the Nevada tourism board would rather you didn’t see…A debut collection of stories that perfectly captures the seediness, desperation and sense of loss permeating the hot desert world of Reno.”
      Shelf Awareness

      “[Grind has] plenty of those characters who make a visit to the environs of Reno both an exciting potential and an illicit affair…This is a Northern Nevada book.”
      Reno News & Review

      “Mark Maynard’s Reno is so sleazily appealing, so filled with convict cowboys, wild horses, racing pilots, truckers, snow bums, eco-terrorists, tattoo conventions, pawnshops and jackpots that you emerge from reading Grind dazed by this author’s empathy for neglected quarters of humanity. You feel gritty all over—and more alive.”
      Carolyn Cooke, author ofDaughters of the Revolution

      “The characters in these stories are as beautiful and broken as the desert itself. Mark Maynard explores the stony truths of lost lives with an unflinching eye for detail, an insider's sense of the place and its people, and an honest compassion. The heartbreaks here are real, as are the moments of uncommon grace and hard-won redemption.”
      Kim Barnes, author ofIn the Kingdom of Men

      “Mark Maynard'sGrind is chock full of men and women who are desperate with want and full of spirit. Pawnbrokers. Truckers. Casino shills. Prison inmates. They're all here, and they're all gloriously alive. This is prime American fiction—tough, generous, and open-eyed.”
      Alyson Hagy, author ofBoleto

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    Tributary Barbara K. Richardson
    9781937226046 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: September 14, 2012
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.05 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Winner of the 2013 Utah Book Award and WILLA Literary Finalist Award

      A misfit in a Mormon frontier town, Clair Martin shows what polygamy feels like from inside the fold. Her stubborn search for identity takes Clair beyond the confines of the Utah Territory to the slums of Reconstruction Dixie, and back again. Here, one young woman's life becomes a quiet revolution to untangle what you inherit from what you need.

      BARBARA RICHARDSON’s debut novel,Guest House, launched the first literary Truck Stop Tour in the nation. InTributary, she claims the land of her Mormon ancestors who settled the northern Salt Lake Valley. Richardson earned an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. Aside from writing, Barbara has renovated four houses, enjoyed Argentine tango, fallen in love with tai chi, helped can the West's finest plum jam, adored conifers, and planted thousands of trees and shrubs for others. Barbara is also an avid environmentalist. She lives in Kamas, Utah.

      "In some ways, the novel serves to circumvent the convention of Western literature?the story explores how the landscape itself becomes the salvation of Clair Martin."
      ?THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richardson takes readers back to 1870 Utah for this tale of strength and survival. Raised as a Mormon, our hero Clair Martin travels to the American South, through Shoshone country, and back to Utah."
      ?DENVER POST

      "Stunning?Gritty?Remarkable?"
      ?15 BYTES

      "Richardson, whose Mormon ancestors settled in the northern Salt Lake Valley, offers a complete portrait of life in the American West by exploring the struggles of a woman living outside the centers of power. Engaging and beautifully written,Tributary is a welcome addition to the current conversation."
      ?5280 MAGAZINE

      "As wild and isolating as the determined, defiant Clair, the prairies and mountain ranges seduce both narrator and reader. Richardson has created rich, memorable characters."
      ?HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one’s own path."
      ?PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      "Tributary is a novel whose characters and time are so well inhabited, whose landscapes are so lovingly evoked, we wonder if Richardson is not speaking to us directly from the late 19th century, from a high bench above the Great Salt Lake. The language and writing are surefooted and fresh and often startling the way the best poetry can be startling. Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to."
      ?PETER HELLER, author ofThe Painter andThe Dog Stars

      "Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path."
      ?LAURA PRITCHETT, author ofStars Go Blue

      "You'll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man?or religion. Clair’s strength and survival are the heritage of western women."
      ?SANDRA DALLAS, author ofTrue Sisters.

      "Tributary is a remarkable odyssey of the American West, told in one of the most clear-sighted, unjudging, and original voices I've come across in years."
      ?MOLLY GLOSS, author ofThe Jump-Off Creek

      "Seldom does a novel come along that is as beautifully written and emotionally honest asTributary. Barbara K. Richardson captures the grandeur and harshness of the Old West in a young woman’s struggle to find a home and a family without losing herself. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed."
      ?MARGARET COEL, author ofBuffalo Bill's Dead Now
      Bio
      Barbara Richardson’s debut novel,Guest House, launched the first literary Truck Stop Tour in the nation. InTributary, she claims the land of her Mormon ancestors who settled the northern Salt Lake Valley. Richardson earned an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University.

      Aside from writing, Barbara has renovated four houses, enjoyed Argentine tango, fallen in love with tai chi, helped can the West’s finest plum jam, adored conifers, and planted thousands of trees and shrubs for others. Barbara is also an avid environmentalist. She now writes and designs landscapes in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.
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      Awards
      Reviews

      Winner of the 2013 Utah Book Award and WILLA Literary Finalist Award

      "In some ways, the novel serves to circumvent the convention of Western literature…the story explores how the landscape itself becomes the salvation of Clair Martin."
      THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richardson takes readers back to 1870 Utah for this tale of strength and survival. Raised as a Mormon, our hero Clair Martin travels to the American South, through Shoshone country, and back to Utah."
      DENVER POST

      "Stunning…Gritty…Remarkable…"
      15 BYTES

      "Richardson, whose Mormon ancestors settled in the northern Salt Lake Valley, offers a complete portrait of life in the American West by exploring the struggles of a woman living outside the centers of power. Engaging and beautifully written,Tributary is a welcome addition to the current conversation."
      5280 MAGAZINE

      "As wild and isolating as the determined, defiant Clair, the prairies and mountain ranges seduce both narrator and reader. Richardson has created rich, memorable characters."
      HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one’s own path."
      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      "Tributary is a novel whose characters and time are so well inhabited, whose landscapes are so lovingly evoked, we wonder if Richardson is not speaking to us directly from the late 19th century, from a high bench above the Great Salt Lake. The language and writing are surefooted and fresh and often startling the way the best poetry can be startling. Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to."
      PETER HELLER, author ofThe Painter andThe Dog Stars

      "Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path."
      LAURA PRITCHETT, author ofStars Go Blue

      "You'll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man—or religion. Clair’s strength and survival are the heritage of western women."
      SANDRA DALLAS, author ofTrue Sisters.

      "Tributary is a remarkable odyssey of the American West, told in one of the most clear-sighted, unjudging, and original voices I've come across in years."
      MOLLY GLOSS, author ofThe Jump-Off Creek

      "Seldom does a novel come along that is as beautifully written and emotionally honest asTributary. Barbara K. Richardson captures the grandeur and harshness of the Old West in a young woman’s struggle to find a home and a family without losing herself. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed."
      MARGARET COEL, author ofBuffalo Bill's Dead Now

      "From polygamist Mormon desert settlements to the yellow fever-plagued Gulf to an Idaho sheep ranch, Richardson evokes the 19th Century West and the human heart in all their complexity."
      BARBARA WRIGHT, author of the Spur Award-winning novelPlain Language


      Winner of the 2013 Utah Book Award and WILLA Literary Finalist Award

      "In some ways, the novel serves to circumvent the convention of Western literature?the story explores how the landscape itself becomes the salvation of Clair Martin."
      ?THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richardson takes readers back to 1870 Utah for this tale of strength and survival. Raised as a Mormon, our hero Clair Martin travels to the American South, through Shoshone country, and back to Utah."
      ?DENVER POST

      "Stunning?Gritty?Remarkable?"
      ?15 BYTES

      "Richardson, whose Mormon ancestors settled in the northern Salt Lake Valley, offers a complete portrait of life in the American West by exploring the struggles of a woman living outside the centers of power. Engaging and beautifully written,Tributary is a welcome addition to the current conversation."
      ?5280 MAGAZINE

      "As wild and isolating as the determined, defiant Clair, the prairies and mountain ranges seduce both narrator and reader. Richardson has created rich, memorable characters."
      ?HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

      "A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one’s own path."
      ?PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      "Tributary is a novel whose characters and time are so well inhabited, whose landscapes are so lovingly evoked, we wonder if Richardson is not speaking to us directly from the late 19th century, from a high bench above the Great Salt Lake. The language and writing are surefooted and fresh and often startling the way the best poetry can be startling. Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to."
      ?PETER HELLER, author ofThe Painter andThe Dog Stars

      "Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path."
      ?LAURA PRITCHETT, author ofStars Go Blue

      "You'll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man?or religion. Clair’s strength and survival are the heritage of western women."
      ?SANDRA DALLAS, author ofTrue Sisters.

      "Tributary is a remarkable odyssey of the American West, told in one of the most clear-sighted, unjudging, and original voices I've come across in years."
      ?MOLLY GLOSS, author ofThe Jump-Off Creek

      "Seldom does a novel come along that is as beautifully written and emotionally honest asTributary. Barbara K. Richardson captures the grandeur and harshness of the Old West in a young woman’s struggle to find a home and a family without losing herself. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed."
      ?MARGARET COEL, author ofBuffalo Bill's Dead Now

      "From polygamist Mormon desert settlements to the yellow fever-plagued Gulf to an Idaho sheep ranch, Richardson evokes the 19th Century West and the human heart in all their complexity."
      ?BARBARA WRIGHT, author of the Spur Award-winning novelPlain Language
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    Recapture Erica Olsen
    9781937226053 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: October 26, 2012
    $23.95 CAD 4.42 x 6.66 x 0.51 in | 165 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Description
      The Utah Canyons WildMall gives tourists exactly what they want. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. These stories?lyrical, deadpan, surreal?blur the line between the natural world and the world we make.

      ALibrary Journal Best Short Story Collection of the Year

      Praise forRecapture:

      ?Unsentimental stories that tell us what the American West looks like now and what we’ve lost; the Grand Canyon, for instance, can be seen only in replica after environmental catastrophe.”
      ?LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "Recapture is a living, breathing museum of natural wonders. With writing as spare as the landscape she evokes, Olsen wades through the detritus of the human experience and finds clarity there, and some magic, too."
      ?ZYZZYVA

      "Recapture is?a gem, a small collection of stories that is a pleasure to read and consider."
      ?TERRAIN.ORG

      "Olsen's deft use of language creates stories that exude not only loneliness and longing, but also dark humor."
      ?SUNDOG LIT

      "These are sexy stories that are never explicit, knowing exactly which details are necessary for their effect and describing no more."
      ?TOTTENVILLE REVIEW

      "True to its name,Recapture grasps after lost loves, fading histories, and shifting landscapes to bring us an expertly curated series of human exhibits in an expansive, outdoor museum."
      ?THE MUSEUM OF AMERICANA

      "Erica Olsen gives us the dream life of the Southwest in this striking collection, a landscape told in language as spare and pungent and exacting as the desert itself. A swift and lovely debut from a writer of real gifts."
      ?KEVIN CANTY, author ofWhere the Money Went

      "These sly, heartbreaking stories capture the modern West, where the past is ever-present and the future is already here."
      ?ALISON BAKER, author ofHow I Came West, and Why I Stayed

      "Beneath their polished surfaces, Erica Olsen's stories are subversive, sometimes darkly funny, and always disquieting. This accomplished writer really knows her way through the tricky zone between truth and falsehood where art is made."
      ?SUSAN LOWELL HUMPHREYS, author ofGanado Red

      "A sharp, wise new voice from the American West, Erica Olsen is the real thing. As wild as David Foster Wallace or George Saunders and as tender as James Salter or Alice Munro, Olsen’s stories are hilarious, painful, and achingly lovely."
      ?AMANDA EYRE WARD, author ofClose Your Eyes

      "Like all good narratives, Erica Olsen’s ?Grand Canyon II” suggests great consequence. The past is another country. The task of memory is impossible. No one exists and nothing ever happened. But somewhere in your brain, a beautiful lie is being spun..."
      ?SARAH MANGUSO, author ofThe Guardians

      "Recapture is like a lost map of the backcountry, detailing the forgotten places where secrets shove up through the dust, pieces of lives demanding to be made whole. The territory is endlessly illuminating and constantly surprising, revealing a master storyteller at work."
      ?KIM TODD, author ofTinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America
      Bio
      Erica Olsen lives in Dolores, Colorado near the Four Corners area, where she does archives and curation work for archaeology museums. Her stories and essays have appeared inZYZZYVA, High Country News, High Desert Journal, and other magazines. A graduate of Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Montana MFA program, she has also been a Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.
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      Awards
      Reviews
      ?Unsentimental stories that tell us what the American West looks like now and what we’ve lost; the Grand Canyon, for instance, can be seen only in replica after environmental catastrophe.”
      ?LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "Recapture is a living, breathing museum of natural wonders. With writing as spare as the landscape she evokes, Olsen wades through the detritus of the human experience and finds clarity there, and some magic, too."
      ?ZYZZYVA

      "Recapture is?a gem, a small collection of stories that is a pleasure to read and consider."
      ?TERRAIN.ORG

      "Olsen's deft use of language creates stories that exude not only loneliness and longing, but also dark humor."
      ?SUNDOG LIT

      "These are sexy stories that are never explicit, knowing exactly which details are necessary for their effect and describing no more."
      ?TOTTENVILLE REVIEW

      "True to its name,Recapture grasps after lost loves, fading histories, and shifting landscapes to bring us an expertly curated series of human exhibits in an expansive, outdoor museum."
      ?THE MUSEUM OF AMERICANA

      "Erica Olsen gives us the dream life of the Southwest in this striking collection, a landscape told in language as spare and pungent and exacting as the desert itself. A swift and lovely debut from a writer of real gifts."
      ?KEVIN CANTY, author ofWhere the Money Went

      "These sly, heartbreaking stories capture the modern West, where the past is ever-present and the future is already here."
      ?ALISON BAKER, author ofHow I Came West, and Why I Stayed

      "Beneath their polished surfaces, Erica Olsen's stories are subversive, sometimes darkly funny, and always disquieting. This accomplished writer really knows her way through the tricky zone between truth and falsehood where art is made."
      ?SUSAN LOWELL HUMPHREYS, author ofGanado Red

      "A sharp, wise new voice from the American West, Erica Olsen is the real thing. As wild as David Foster Wallace or George Saunders and as tender as James Salter or Alice Munro, Olsen’s stories are hilarious, painful, and achingly lovely."
      ?AMANDA EYRE WARD, author ofClose Your Eyes

      "Like all good narratives, Erica Olsen’s ?Grand Canyon II” suggests great consequence. The past is another country. The task of memory is impossible. No one exists and nothing ever happened. But somewhere in your brain, a beautiful lie is being spun..."
      ?SARAH MANGUSO, author ofThe Guardians

      "Recapture is like a lost map of the backcountry, detailing the forgotten places where secrets shove up through the dust, pieces of lives demanding to be made whole. The territory is endlessly illuminating and constantly surprising, revealing a master storyteller at work."
      ?KIM TODD, author ofTinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America


      “Unsentimental stories that tell us what the American West looks like now and what we’ve lost; the Grand Canyon, for instance, can be seen only in replica after environmental catastrophe.”
      LIBRARY JOURNAL

      "Recapture is a living, breathing museum of natural wonders. With writing as spare as the landscape she evokes, Olsen wades through the detritus of the human experience and finds clarity there, and some magic, too."
      ZYZZYVA

      "Recapture is…a gem, a small collection of stories that is a pleasure to read and consider."
      TERRAIN.ORG

      "Olsen's deft use of language creates stories that exude not only loneliness and longing, but also dark humor."
      SUNDOG LIT

      "These are sexy stories that are never explicit, knowing exactly which details are necessary for their effect and describing no more."
      TOTTENVILLE REVIEW

      "True to its name,Recapture grasps after lost loves, fading histories, and shifting landscapes to bring us an expertly curated series of human exhibits in an expansive, outdoor museum."
      THE MUSEUM OF AMERICANA

      "Erica Olsen gives us the dream life of the Southwest in this striking collection, a landscape told in language as spare and pungent and exacting as the desert itself. A swift and lovely debut from a writer of real gifts."
      KEVIN CANTY, author ofWhere the Money Went

      "These sly, heartbreaking stories capture the modern West, where the past is ever-present and the future is already here."
      ALISON BAKER, author ofHow I Came West, and Why I Stayed

      "Beneath their polished surfaces, Erica Olsen's stories are subversive, sometimes darkly funny, and always disquieting. This accomplished writer really knows her way through the tricky zone between truth and falsehood where art is made."
      SUSAN LOWELL HUMPHREYS, author ofGanado Red

      "A sharp, wise new voice from the American West, Erica Olsen is the real thing. As wild as David Foster Wallace or George Saunders and as tender as James Salter or Alice Munro, Olsen’s stories are hilarious, painful, and achingly lovely."
      AMANDA EYRE WARD, author ofClose Your Eyes

      "Like all good narratives, Erica Olsen’s “Grand Canyon II” suggests great consequence. The past is another country. The task of memory is impossible. No one exists and nothing ever happened. But somewhere in your brain, a beautiful lie is being spun..."
      SARAH MANGUSO, author ofThe Guardians

      "Recapture is like a lost map of the backcountry, detailing the forgotten places where secrets shove up through the dust, pieces of lives demanding to be made whole. The territory is endlessly illuminating and constantly surprising, revealing a master storyteller at work."
      KIM TODD, author ofTinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America

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    catalogue cover
    9781937226060 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: November 23, 2012
    $25.50 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.07 in | 386 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Description
      "With tough women and sensitive men, desert?dry humor, hot?springs sensuality, heartbreaking secrets, escalating suspense, and a 360?degree perspective on the battle over water, Richman's twenty?first?century western is riveting, wise, and compassionate."
      ?BOOKLIST,starred review

      "[A] compelling story of a ranching family divided by a proposed water pipeline that would draw water from western Utah to Las Vegas."
      THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richman helps readers understand and feel deeply each side of a complex story."
      DESERET NEWS

      "[Richman's] narrative account of the impact of climate change on those that live in the worst affected areas?human and animal alike?is an emotional prophecy of what lies in store for all of us."
      ?15 BYTES

      "With a unique voice, Richman crystallizes how secrets and silences flow through the generations?with depth of characters, beauty of language, and a haunting understanding of the landscapes that define us."
      ?JANE KIRKPATRICK, bestselling author ofWhere Lilacs Still Bloom

      "The Ordinary Truth tells a page?turner of a story about love and loyalty, loss and regret?and, ultimately, the stunning absolution of the simple truth. Richman writes?with the sure hand of a formidable storyteller."
      ?STEPHEN TRIMBLE, author ofBargaining for Eden

      When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband, she buried a piece of herself?and more than one secret. Now, thirty-six years later, the rift between Nell and her daughter Kate threatens to implode as Kate, now forty-six and a water manager for the Nevada Water Authority, plans to pipe water from a huge aquifer that lies beneath the family ranch to thirsty Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Nell's twenty-one-year-old granddaughter Cassie intends to unearth those old secrets and repair the resentments that grew in their place. Throughout the novel, sparse and beautiful landscapes surround an emotional wilderness of love, loss, and family.

      Jana Richman is the award-winning author ofThe Last Cowgirl (HarperCollins, 2009), which won the 2009 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. A sixth-generation Utahn, Jana was born and raised in Utah's west desert, the daughter of a small-time rancher and a hand-wringing Mormon mother. With the exception of a few misguided years spent in New York City trying to make a fortune on Wall Street, she has lived her entire life west of the hundredth meridian. She writes about issues that threaten to destroy the essence of the west?and about passion, beauty, and love. Jana lives in Escalante, Utah.



      Praise for Jana Richman'sThe Last Cowgirl:

      "Richman's mastery of the emotional geography is illuminating...Calls to mind the work of Pat Conroy."
      ?Kirkus Reviews

      Praise for Jana Richman’sRiding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail:

      ?Openhearted and uncommonly balanced.”
      ?Entertainment Weekly

      ?Tartly funny.”
      ?Chicago Tribune

      ?Surprising and refreshing.”
      ?Philadelphia Inquirer

      ?Much to admire in [this] moving memoir...[Richman] can write lyrically and unsentimentally about the most intimate experiences.”
      ?Newsday (New York)

      ?Beautifully poetic...exploratory...thought-provoking.”
      ?New Orleans Times-Picayune

      ?Frank and beguilingly unsentimental,Riding in the Shadows of Saints is an honest look at a powerful and wealthy institution and the people who live within its structures.”
      ?Tucson Citizen

      ?A mixture of road trip musings, quirky adventure tales, and spiritual reflections, with a healthy dose of unresolved family issues...universally compelling.”
      ?Publishers Weekly
      Bio
      Jana Richman: Richman was born and raised in Utah’s west desert, the daughter of a small-time rancher. She writes about issues that threaten to destroy the essence of the West and lives with with her husband, writer and transpersonal therapist, Steve Defa.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "With tough women and sensitive men, desert?dry humor, hot?springs sensuality, heartbreaking secrets, escalating suspense, and a 360?degree perspective on the battle over water, Richman's twenty?first?century western is riveting, wise, and compassionate."
      ?BOOKLIST,starred review

      "[A] compelling story of a ranching family divided by a proposed water pipeline that would draw water from western Utah to Las Vegas."
      THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richman helps readers understand and feel deeply each side of a complex story."
      DESERET NEWS

      "[Richman's] narrative account of the impact of climate change on those that live in the worst affected areas?human and animal alike?is an emotional prophecy of what lies in store for all of us."
      ?15 BYTES

      "With a unique voice, Richman crystallizes how secrets and silences flow through the generations?with depth of characters, beauty of language, and a haunting understanding of the landscapes that define us."
      ?JANE KIRKPATRICK, bestselling author ofWhere Lilacs Still Bloom

      "The Ordinary Truth tells a page?turner of a story about love and loyalty, loss and regret?and, ultimately, the stunning absolution of the simple truth. Richman writes?with the sure hand of a formidable storyteller."
      ?STEPHEN TRIMBLE, author ofBargaining for Eden

      "With tough women and sensitive men, desert–dry humor, hot–springs sensuality, heartbreaking secrets, escalating suspense, and a 360–degree perspective on the battle over water, Richman's twenty–first–century western is riveting, wise, and compassionate."
      BOOKLIST,starred review

      "[A] compelling story of a ranching family divided by a proposed water pipeline that would draw water from western Utah to Las Vegas."
      THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

      "Richman helps readers understand and feel deeply each side of a complex story."
      DESERET NEWS

      "[Richman's] narrative account of the impact of climate change on those that live in the worst affected areas—human and animal alike—is an emotional prophecy of what lies in store for all of us."
      15 BYTES

      "With a unique voice, Richman crystallizes how secrets and silences flow through the generations…with depth of characters, beauty of language, and a haunting understanding of the landscapes that define us."
      JANE KIRKPATRICK, bestselling author ofWhere Lilacs Still Bloom

      "The Ordinary Truth tells a page–turner of a story about love and loyalty, loss and regret—and, ultimately, the stunning absolution of the simple truth. Richman writes…with the sure hand of a formidable storyteller."
      STEPHEN TRIMBLE, author ofBargaining for Eden
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    catalogue cover
    9781937226152 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: May 17, 2013
    $20.95 CAD 6.16 x 7.83 x 0.52 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      Description
      The stories inThe Legend's Daughter inhabit present–day Idaho where fires, streams, and landscapes ask—even demand—that individuals reconsider and reorient their lives. An award–winning playwright, David Kranes infuses this collection with swift dialogue and complicated characters, including a kayaking actor, a rebellious high school teacher, and a lipstick–loving fly fisherman.

      A15 Bytes 2014 Book Award Winner

      "In this exceptional collection of stories set mostly in Idaho in the deep backwoods along river banks and lonely county roads, Kranes' characters are all thrown out of their comfort zones. And so is the reader. Richly drawn and complex, these stories challenge the intellect. Kranes has managed to somehow dam the river of souls these stories possess. They do not lie still, however, between the covers but rather spin in far?reaching whirlpools of genuine humanity and mortality."
      ?15 Bytes

      "There's something to be said about a writer whose style is easily recognized, whose voice stands out, whose stories are readily identified. What’s remarkable about David Kranes's writing and these stories, though, is that each story stands out on its own merit, while every story is well crafted and conceived. Nothing one-dimensional about his people, nothing one dimensional about his prose, either."
      ?ForeWord Reviews

      From rainbow trout jumping in the Salmon River to watering holes on the edge of McCall Lake, each of the ten stories in author and playwright David Kranes’sThe Legend’s Daughter transports the reader to the wilderness of Eastern Idaho. While Kranes renders a common setting in each story, the collection is not simply a detailed portrait of Idaho, but an examination of the lives of restless people seeking to escape from their lives and find peace."
      ?ZYZZYVA

      "The Legend’s Daughter is a story collection of real people struggling with identity, with love, with time, rooted in the rugged and indifferent beauty of Idaho where each character finds his or her mirror in water, in stone, in place. David Kranes shows how our tenacious love of life can transform any situation, large or small, into alchemy. We are all living inside these raw and well-drawn pages."
      ?Terry Tempest Williams, author ofWhen Women Were Birds

      "These Idaho stories are vintage David Kranes. He, more than any other writer, is the one whose work spurs me to reconsider what fiction can do. He uses language like a knife and the worlds in his stories come off the page at me. We haven’t seen this Idaho before. I’m thrilled to have these stories, every one of them provocative, riveting, and robust."
      ?Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      "In these times of disconnection, David Kranes lassoes us with the delicate tether of his multiple gifts and brings us home . . . a storyteller and an elegant craftsman."
      ?Mary Sojourner, author of29

      "David Kranes has given us ten stories, entirely various, often splendid, sometimes hilarious or heartbreaking."
      ?William Kittredge, author ofThe Willow Field
      Bio
      David Kranes is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Utah, where he received the Ramona Cannon Teaching Award and University Professor Award, among other honors. He is author of two volumes of short stories and seven novels. His 2001 novel,The National Tree, was adapted for television and aired on the Hallmark channel in November 2009. His short story,Cordials, won the 1996 Pushcart Prize, followed the next year byLow Tide in the Desert: Nevada Stories, which won the Western Heritage Award for Best Short Story. His writing has appeared in such magazines asEsquire, Ploughshares, andTransatlantic Review. Over 50 of his plays have been performed in New York and across the U.S., and his radio plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. The opera,Orpheus Lex, for which Mr. Kranes wrote the libretto, was performed at New York City's Symphony Space in February 2010. His volume ofSelected Plays was published in August of 2011. A new play,The Last Word, developed at NYC’s Lark Theater was recently given a staged reading at Salt Lake Acting Company. In his second (or is it third?) life, Mr. Kranes travels and consults for the casino industry.
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      Awards
      Reviews
      A15 Bytes 2014 Book Award Winner

      "In this exceptional collection of stories set mostly in Idaho in the deep backwoods along river banks and lonely county roads, Kranes' characters are all thrown out of their comfort zones. And so is the reader. Richly drawn and complex, these stories challenge the intellect. Kranes has managed to somehow dam the river of souls these stories possess. They do not lie still, however, between the covers but rather spin in far–reaching whirlpools of genuine humanity and mortality."
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      "There's something to be said about a writer whose style is easily recognized, whose voice stands out, whose stories are readily identified. What’s remarkable about David Kranes's writing and these stories, though, is that each story stands out on its own merit, while every story is well crafted and conceived. Nothing one-dimensional about his people, nothing one dimensional about his prose, either."
      ForeWord Reviews

      From rainbow trout jumping in the Salmon River to watering holes on the edge of McCall Lake, each of the ten stories in author and playwright David Kranes’sThe Legend’s Daughter transports the reader to the wilderness of Eastern Idaho. While Kranes renders a common setting in each story, the collection is not simply a detailed portrait of Idaho, but an examination of the lives of restless people seeking to escape from their lives and find peace."
      ZYZZYVA

      "The Legend’s Daughter is a story collection of real people struggling with identity, with love, with time, rooted in the rugged and indifferent beauty of Idaho where each character finds his or her mirror in water, in stone, in place. David Kranes shows how our tenacious love of life can transform any situation, large or small, into alchemy. We are all living inside these raw and well-drawn pages."
      Terry Tempest Williams, author ofWhen Women Were Birds

      "These Idaho stories are vintage David Kranes. He, more than any other writer, is the one whose work spurs me to reconsider what fiction can do. He uses language like a knife and the worlds in his stories come off the page at me. We haven’t seen this Idaho before. I’m thrilled to have these stories, every one of them provocative, riveting, and robust."
      Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      "In these times of disconnection, David Kranes lassoes us with the delicate tether of his multiple gifts and brings us home . . . a storyteller and an elegant craftsman."
      Mary Sojourner, author of29

      "David Kranes has given us ten stories, entirely various, often splendid, sometimes hilarious or heartbreaking."
      William Kittredge, author ofThe Willow Field

      A15 Bytes 2014 Book Award Winner

      "In this exceptional collection of stories set mostly in Idaho in the deep backwoods along river banks and lonely county roads, Kranes' characters are all thrown out of their comfort zones. And so is the reader. Richly drawn and complex, these stories challenge the intellect. Kranes has managed to somehow dam the river of souls these stories possess. They do not lie still, however, between the covers but rather spin in far?reaching whirlpools of genuine humanity and mortality."
      ?15 Bytes

      "There's something to be said about a writer whose style is easily recognized, whose voice stands out, whose stories are readily identified. What’s remarkable about David Kranes's writing and these stories, though, is that each story stands out on its own merit, while every story is well crafted and conceived. Nothing one-dimensional about his people, nothing one dimensional about his prose, either."
      ?ForeWord Reviews

      From rainbow trout jumping in the Salmon River to watering holes on the edge of McCall Lake, each of the ten stories in author and playwright David Kranes’sThe Legend’s Daughter transports the reader to the wilderness of Eastern Idaho. While Kranes renders a common setting in each story, the collection is not simply a detailed portrait of Idaho, but an examination of the lives of restless people seeking to escape from their lives and find peace."
      ?ZYZZYVA

      "The Legend’s Daughter is a story collection of real people struggling with identity, with love, with time, rooted in the rugged and indifferent beauty of Idaho where each character finds his or her mirror in water, in stone, in place. David Kranes shows how our tenacious love of life can transform any situation, large or small, into alchemy. We are all living inside these raw and well-drawn pages."
      ?Terry Tempest Williams, author ofWhen Women Were Birds

      "These Idaho stories are vintage David Kranes. He, more than any other writer, is the one whose work spurs me to reconsider what fiction can do. He uses language like a knife and the worlds in his stories come off the page at me. We haven’t seen this Idaho before. I’m thrilled to have these stories, every one of them provocative, riveting, and robust."
      ?Ron Carlson, author ofThe Signal

      "In these times of disconnection, David Kranes lassoes us with the delicate tether of his multiple gifts and brings us home . . . a storyteller and an elegant craftsman."
      ?Mary Sojourner, author of29

      "David Kranes has given us ten stories, entirely various, often splendid, sometimes hilarious or heartbreaking."
      ?William Kittredge, author ofThe Willow Field
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    Evolved Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind Maximilian Werner, John Alcock
    9781937226176 Paperback NATURE / Essays On Sale Date: June 21, 2013
    $23.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Torrey House Press
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      How did you choose your home? What side of the bed do you sleep on? Could you be like a spider? In this memoir-infused exploration of evolutionary theory, Maximilian Werner shows how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in a fresh and friendly modern-dayWalden.

      "Werner’s prose is compelling, his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world.”
      ?Publishers Weekly

      "Werner questions why he responds to particular situations in particular ways, from choosing which bedroom to give his son to feeling less protective of a friend than of his wife during hikes, and tries to connect those subconscious decisions to evolutionary reasons."
      ForeWord Reviews

      "Werner makes evolutionary theory accessible through case studies of both human and nonhuman subjects, teaching us how immersed all living creatures still are in the things that made the difference between life and death hundreds of generations ago."
      Salt Lake City Weekly

      "This book provides an entry in to the great epic of evolution in a way that makes it both accessible and inspiring. This is no small accomplishment and we are all indebted to Maximilian Werner."
      ?Mary Evelyn Tucker, co- author,Journey of the Universe

      "Join this sensitive and perceptive naturalist as he explores his yard and nearby caves and mountains, carefully observing the activities of myriad life forms, and then reflecting insightfully on the evolutionary story we share with them. Learn from him how to feel completely at home in the world."
      ?Loyal Rue, author ofReligion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail

      "Werner's book, thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying, takes us on a journey, a journey that ultimately urges each one of us to get up, go outside and hunt around the edges of our homes for the mysteries that await."
      ?Sylvia Torti, author ofThe Scorpion's Tail
      Bio
      Maximilian Werner is the author of the 2011 novelCrooked Creek andBlack River Dreams, a collection of literary fly fishing essays that won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction. Mr. Werner's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, includingMatter Journal: Edward Abbey Edition, Bright Lights Film Journal, The North American Review, ISLE, Weber Studies, Fly Rod and Reel, andColumbia. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children and teaches writing at the University of Utah.


      John Alcock is a behavioral ecologist and writer. His research interests include the evolution of diversity in insect populations and studying the adaptive value of different ways in which males find mating partners. He is the author of several books, includingThe Kookaburras' Song: Exploring Animal Behavior in Australia (1988),Sonoran Desert Summer (1990),The Triumph of Sociobiology (2003), andAnimal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach (ninth edition, 2009).


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Werner’s prose is compelling, his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world.”
      Publishers Weekly

      "Werner questions why he responds to particular situations in particular ways, from choosing which bedroom to give his son to feeling less protective of a friend than of his wife during hikes, and tries to connect those subconscious decisions to evolutionary reasons."
      ForeWord Reviews

      "Werner makes evolutionary theory accessible through case studies of both human and nonhuman subjects, teaching us how immersed all living creatures still are in the things that made the difference between life and death hundreds of generations ago."
      Salt Lake City Weekly

      "This book provides an entry in to the great epic of evolution in a way that makes it both accessible and inspiring. This is no small accomplishment and we are all indebted to Maximilian Werner."
      Mary Evelyn Tucker, co- author,Journey of the Universe

      "Join this sensitive and perceptive naturalist as he explores his yard and nearby caves and mountains, carefully observing the activities of myriad life forms, and then reflecting insightfully on the evolutionary story we share with them. Learn from him how to feel completely at home in the world."
      Loyal Rue, author ofReligion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail

      "Werner's book, thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying, takes us on a journey, a journey that ultimately urges each one of us to get up, go outside and hunt around the edges of our homes for the mysteries that await."
      Sylvia Torti, author ofThe Scorpion's Tail

      "Werner’s prose is compelling, his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world.”
      ?Publishers Weekly

      "Werner questions why he responds to particular situations in particular ways, from choosing which bedroom to give his son to feeling less protective of a friend than of his wife during hikes, and tries to connect those subconscious decisions to evolutionary reasons."
      ForeWord Reviews

      "Werner makes evolutionary theory accessible through case studies of both human and nonhuman subjects, teaching us how immersed all living creatures still are in the things that made the difference between life and death hundreds of generations ago."
      Salt Lake City Weekly

      "This book provides an entry in to the great epic of evolution in a way that makes it both accessible and inspiring. This is no small accomplishment and we are all indebted to Maximilian Werner."
      ?Mary Evelyn Tucker, co- author,Journey of the Universe

      "Join this sensitive and perceptive naturalist as he explores his yard and nearby caves and mountains, carefully observing the activities of myriad life forms, and then reflecting insightfully on the evolutionary story we share with them. Learn from him how to feel completely at home in the world."
      ?Loyal Rue, author ofReligion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail

      "Werner's book, thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying, takes us on a journey, a journey that ultimately urges each one of us to get up, go outside and hunt around the edges of our homes for the mysteries that await."
      ?Sylvia Torti, author ofThe Scorpion's Tail

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