Turnstone Press Spring 2018

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    Series: Turnstone Selects
    Salvation of Yasch Siemens, The Armin Wiebe Canada, Nathan Dueck Canada
    9780888016294 Paperback FICTION / Humorous Publication Date: March 28, 2019
    $19.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.64 in | 267 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Born "on the wrong side of the double dike" in the mythical Mennonite village of Gutenthal, Yasch Siemens seems destined for a life as a hired hand in love with the wrong girl. But all of that changes when he meets Oata Needarp. Oata is determined to make Yasch hers, and it only takes some chokecherry wine and the fragrance of Oata's "Evening in Schanzenfeld" perfume to seal Yasch's fate. Shortlisted for both the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the Books in Canada Best First Book Award, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is an outrageous, comic ride through Canadian literature's most unforgettable community.
      Now this enduring Canadian classic includes a loving preface from the author, Armin Wiebe, and an insightful new essay from Nathan Dueck. Together they rediscover the warmth and wit in the world of Gutenthal, a profound part of Canada's literary landscape.

      Bio
      Armin Wiebe is the recipient of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He has five published novels, one play, and his short stories have appeared in numerous books and anthologies. A teacher for many years, Armin Wiebe is now retired and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      Nathan Dueck was born in Winnipeg in 1979. He has studied at the University of Manitoba and continues to revel in literature. Nathan loves song, portrait, and parody.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Stephen Leacock Award for Humour 1984, Short-listed
      Books in Canada First Novel Award 1984, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Armin Wiebe is a comic storyteller without equal in Canada today. Please hold your sides while reading." --Robert Kroetsch"Armin Wiebe draws us into the funny, sad world of Yasch, and into a culture hidden from most of the literary scene. Until now. This is a wonderful, out of kilter book." --Sandra Birdsell"This is Wiebe's first novel, and it's an impressive debut... He has brought to life a colorful world that seems from the outside to be tranquil and uneventful, but which has its own inner tensions and imperatives." --The Globe and MailIn Winkler, it's said, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is off the shelves but available under the counter. Some people seem to find the portrait of a people unflattering but it's clear they can't resist looking anyway. Though it's hard to determine precisely who all the buyers are, Yasch, in the few months it's been released, has become the fastest seller yet for Winnpeg's Turnstone Press."
      --Doug Whiteway, Winnipeg Free Press"The Salvation of Yasch Siemens brings tears of laughter to the eyes, a pang to the heart, fellow feeling, and a sense of gratitude and admiration. One feels gratitude because someone who has gone perhaps somewhat the same route as the reader has taken the trouble to delineate the experience. and one cannot but admire the skill and attractiveness of the result."
      --Henry Wiebe, The New Quarterly"as boisterously funny as it is, Wiebe displays an impressive sensitivity for his characters and their plights. He coyly undermines the woman's traditional place as obedient underling by creating strong female characters"
      --Brian Geary, The Pembina Times"the greatness of this book takes it beyond the category of Mennonite literature, beyond the regional category of prairie literature, beyond the boundaries of Canadian literature"
      --Debra Martens, Rubicon 4"delightfully comic first novel" -John Parr, Toronto Star
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    Air is Elastic, The Ella Zeltserman Canada
    9780888016331 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: April 15, 2018
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Ella Zetsermann\'s latest collection of poetry pushes and pulls, stretches taught and snaps back upon the weight of history and the struggle to place oneself in the here and now. From her motherââ'¬â"¢s kitchen to medieval Granada, The Air Is Elastic follows a life exiled from the familiar into the unexplored. Seasonââ'¬â"¢s melt into ritual, raucous waxwings crash on glass and hearts are hidden in jars of jam along with the private details of our lives. Wistful and aching, loving and tender, Zeltsermannââ'¬â"¢s poems are charged with the potential of a coming storm.
      Bio
      Ella Zeltserman is an award-winnipeg Soviet-born poet living in Edmonton, Canada, where she is an active member of the local poetry community. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines.
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    Starland Brenda Sciberras Canada
    9780888016379 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: April 15, 2018
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      A star shines bright, fades and even dies. When it is gone we have the memory of the warmth and light it bathed us in. Williams, Cash, Cohen, Bowie, Marx, Kong and more weave their way throughout Brenda Sciberrasââ'¬â"¢ new collection of poems, Starland. Within its pages is a deep fascination with popular culture, how it moves us, frees us and is often a trap. With the lure of gilded theatres and velvet seats we are drawn like flies to honey. Similarly, the stars we worship are drawn to the light and cannot escape, victims of their own success and for that we love them. Exultant and reflective, Starland breaks the light of our obsession.
      Bio
      Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. She divides her time between working fulltime in a library, singing in the Spirit’s Call Choir, writing, and her family. Her first book, Magpie Days, won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.
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