Fall 2017 Titles
Praise for Jesus on the Dashboard
"A smart, quirky teen grappling with her mother roots, Jesus on the Dashboard pushes the coming-of-age boundary. This God-is-in-the-details story edifies that fine line between teenage angst and adult illumination. Jesus, love and motherhood on the fly, Lisa’s Murphy-Lamb’s debut novel is complex, edgy, and insightful."
Lee Kvern is the Canadian author of three books and award-winning short stories.
"In Jesus on the Dashboard, Lisa Murphy-Lamb has captured an amazing voice, clear, authentic, and fiercely individual, a ravenous girl who speaks to all who know the deep hurt of abandonment, the cruel edge of absence. Gemma has a therapist and a father, but she is on a quest for the mother who left her. Her PMMSM syndrome ("People Make Me Stupid Mad") chronicles a deep and hilarious doubt. She won't let anyone touch her, she has given up smiling, and everything is worse than she wants it to be, but she is a riveting character, compelling and ineluctable. This novel will make readers hungry for more."
Aritha van Herk is a writer, editor and professor who lives in Calgary.
About Lisa Murphy-Lamb
Originally from Kamloops, B.C., Lisa Murphy-Lamb began her career as an elementary teacher inspiring young students to read, spell and put words on the page only to discover later in her career WordsWorth summer residency where writers, as young as 12, out-skilled her, out-read her and out-danced her.
When not writing, Lisa spends her time around writers trying to soak up their smells, their habits, their vocabulary or, at the very least, the pens that fall into the cushions of the chairs at Loft 112, where she spends much of her time as Director. Loft 112 is a place in Calgary's East Village where writers come to read their work, listen to others read their work and have been known, on occasion, to drink wine. Lisa also washes their wine glasses.
Married with two boys, Lisa discovered her love of a good cocktail around 20 years ago and also how good the love of three humans can feel.
Praise for Few and Far
"Allison Kydd's Few and Far is an absorbing novel of nineteenth century settler life, brimful with fascinating historical details and living, breathing characters. If you wonder what it might have felt like to be a young woman on the Canadian prairies in the 1890s, this is the book for you. Beautifully researched, the novel is also touching and romantic."
Sue Sorensen, author of A Large Harmonium
About Allison Kydd
After spending most of her adult life in cities, Allison Kidd returned to country living and southeast Saskatchewan in 2008. Once settled in Indian Head, Allison published her first book, the novella Emily via the Greyhound Bus (2012, Thistledown Press), which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award.
When she is not writing, Allison can be found in the garden, cycling, or Scottish country dancing. She is a member of the Writers' Union in Canada, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild (SWG), and the Writers' Guild of Alberta (WGA). She has served on the board of the SWG and the Canadian Authors' Association, Alberta Branch.
Allison lives with her partner, Kevin Wittingham. She has three children, five grandchildren, and three grand-dogs.