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Announcing … a new edition of Country Music Country by Bruce Hunter!

IslandCatEditions is very pleased to announce the release of the 3rd edition of
Country Music Country by Bruce Hunter!

Bruce Hunter’s Country Music Country, “a masterpiece,” says The London Free Press, is back in a third edition in eBook and print with an introduction by literary historian, Shaun Hunter (no relation to the author).

Title Page

These powerful linked stories that read like a novel begin in a prairie Eden amongst the last vestiges of wild grass, cottonwood, and an ancient buffalo jump, bounded by an oil refinery, explosives plant and rail yards. Hunter describes in vivid detail, and often with dark humour, the lives of his four characters. First as adolescents and then as adults, they work dirty jobs. Some move away to Southern Ontario and return home again in the moving title story.

Reading Bruce Hunter’s stories, we come to know this place, too. The way Ogden can shape the fibre of a person, and make him yearn to be someone else. The way it can push a person away and pull her home. The way its landscape is constantly changing, and somehow stays the same. The way Ogden can make a writer sing its sweetness and its shadows as if this place and these lives were country music.
… from the Introduction by Shaun Hunter

Author photo by Lisa Stein

Deafened as an infant and born and raised in Calgary, Bruce Hunter worked as a labourer, equipment operator and landscaper before winning a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts. He then attended York University and graduated with a BFA (Honours) in film and the humanities. After stints teaching at York, Humber College and Banff, he taught in the School of English and Liberal Arts at Seneca College in Toronto for 25 years. The author of six books, including the novel In the Bear’s House (Oolichan Books, 2009), winner of the Canadian Rockies Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, Bruce currently lives in Toronto.

Where to purchase copies of Country Music Country:

Amazon Worldwide – Print and eBook

Chapters/Indigo – eBook

Apple iTunes – eBook

Overdrive – eBook for Libraries

Booksellers and Librarians who would like print copies of the book to resell or for their collection, please email:

susanmtoy (at) gmail.com

Help us launch IslandShorts – TODAY!!

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Invites YOU to join us for our

New Publications Launch

on Sept. 29th, 2-4 p.m., in Minden, Ontario, Canada

Featured readings by Michael Fay, Susan Toy and Bruce Hunter

Light refreshments will be served

Books and eBooks will be available to purchase

Original cover art on display by Karen Sloan and Judy Gibson

Looking forward to co-hosting and reading at this event today! It’s a beautiful day in Minden, and we have lots of refreshments for the full house we expect will attend. There’s no doubt that IslandShorts will be launched in style!

Help us launch IslandShorts!!

island shorts

Invites YOU to join us for our

New Publications Launch

on Sept. 29th, 2-4 p.m., in Minden, Ontario, Canada

Featured readings by Michael Fay, Susan Toy and Bruce Hunter

Light refreshments will be served

Books and eBooks will be available to purchase

Original cover art on display by Karen Sloan and Judy Gibson

To reserve your seat and receive the address,

please contact:  j.michael.fay(at)fayandassociates.com or susanmtoy(at)gmail.com

Literary salons … a rebirth!

Many of my readers will remember that I was once an Author Impresario who ran a business called Alberta Books Canada. It was my mandate to find new readers for my clients. So, in an attempt to reach a new and different audience, I began hosting the Alberta Books Canada Literary Salon Series, and a number of good friends opened up their private homes to host these events. I wrote a recap of the series here, 2012 – A Year of Alberta Books Canada Literary Salons.

The idea behind this was to bring together authors and readers for the enjoyment of listening to an author read from their own work and to discuss various topics in an informal, comfortable setting. We had some great successes over the year and I do believe that everyone involved – authors, guests, and hosts – enjoyed themselves. I know I did!

So it is with great pleasure I now announce the Rebirth of our literary salons … but this time in Ontario, and eventually on the Internet. The first will be held on the afternoon of Sept. 29th in Minden and we will be sending out invitations soon. (Because these salons are held in private homes, we cannot announce the location publicly, but will send invitations to those who are interested in attending.) This particular salon is being held to launch IslandShorts. It is hoped by the end of September IslandShorts will have four eBooks available in this short fiction series. So Michael Fay and Susan M. Toy (me!) will read from their recently published stories, and they’ll be joined by Bruce Hunter, a poet and novelist who lives in the Toronto area, but who was born in Calgary. (The Calgary connections will be strong at this particular salon as all three readers have lived in that city at one time or another.) For the discussion following, how about if we talk about ePublishing and promoting eBooks?

We will not be Skyping-in anyone – this time, but there is the possibility of expanding this salon concept to eventually include authors from much further away. For instance, I like the idea of hosting a salon held back in Canada while I sit on my verandah in Bequia, sipping on a cold cocktail. Just imagine the possibilities of going global!

Poet, Alice Major, speaking with reader and bookseller, Judy Gardner at the final salon

Poet, Alice Major, speaking with reader and bookseller, Judy Gardner at the final salon

b: Peter Midgley, Kath Maclean, Susan Toy, Geo Takach F. Sue Hill, Alice Major, Cathie Crooks

b: Peter Midgley, Kath Maclean, Susan Toy, Geo Takach
F. Sue Hill, Alice Major, Cathie Crooks

IslandShorts … and we have liftoff!!

I am so very, very pleased to announce the new imprint, IslandShorts, that will be publishing short fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry!

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Seth Godin has written so eloquently – and concisely! – as he always does of what exactly I went through to get this idea off the ground: Proving the skeptics wrong (something I seem to have been doing for most of my life …) and The sweet smell of success (which is how I am feeling right now!)

But I didn’t do this alone, and I want to thank Michael Fay for believing in my idea of ePublishing “singles” in the first place, for all his suggestions and ideas along the way, and especially for being extremely patient as we worked at producing what I believe is a quality publication that many, many people will enjoy reading. After all, there’s no point in just throwing any old thing out there into the world; I wanted something that both I and the authors I plan to publish can be proud of – something to which we all wish to have our names attached.

I have also surrounded myself with experts during the production of these eBooks:

Gina McCreary at Human Powered Design of Calgary provided the formatting, cover and interior design, online sales listings, and general ePublishing expertise;

Rachel Small at Faultless Finish Editing, also located in Calgary, who provided editing and proofreading services;

Artist, Karen Sloan, of Haliburton, ON, a friend of Michael Fay’s who came on board to provide the beautiful cover art for each of Michael’s publications, and wrote about the experience on her blog, Wall Flower Studio Art – Judging a book by its cover …

And Micheal Fay of Minden, ON, has reminisced about his experience of writing this series of short stories and the background to the first publication, Tenderness, in this FlipBook, On Writing Tenderness.

Thanks, as well, to Bruce Hunter and Robert Hilles for reading advance copies and providing endorsements for the first two publications, Tenderness and The Whirlabout.

(I managed this entire project primarily from my home on Bequia in the Caribbean. You’ll notice that all people involved in this publishing endeavour live in diverse locations, and none of us ever found the need to meet as a group, proving that publishing can all be accomplished via the Internet!)

IS_TendernessTenderness is now available to purchase from the following online sales sites:

KINDLEAmazon.ca and Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
KOBO and all other eReaders – Kobo.com
and iTunes

IS_Whirlabout

Watch for future publications from IslandShorts!

The Whirlabout will be available for purchase soon …
That will be followed by The Healer, written by J. Michael Fay and That Last Summer, written by Susan M. Toy.