Who are we?
We are a small group of independent Canadian writers who have pooled our talent and resources to create a micropress dedicated to discovering new Canadian talent. More of a writers' collective than a traditional small press, we are actively looking for new authors, copy editors, graphic designers and other contributors, who are driven by creativity and the vision of bringing quality works of fiction to readers without a lengthy publishing process.
The second Deux Voiliers Publication is Tales from Other Worlds by Chris Turner, one of Canada's up-and-coming and very prolific fantasy writers. It is an anthology of both fantasy and science fiction short stories, suited for teenagers and young adult readers. Turner demonstrates tremendous versatility as a writer in this anthology.
We published in January 2012 Marching to Byzantium by Toronto-based Brendan Ray. Ray, who has lived the better part of a decade in Istanbul, brings to life the suspense and intrigue of the fifteenth century as the young Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II moves his forces against Constantinople, the thousand-year-old capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Also in January 2012, we published another work of historical fiction. Last of the Ninth by Ottawa-based writer Stephen Bennett is set in second-century Asia Minor. It tells the tale of an investigator's quest for the truth behind the decimation of a legendary Roman legion. Based on years of research, it is an excellent portrayal of daily life in the Roman army.
In October 2012, we added Bidong by Paul Duong to the DVP collection. Bidong is a powerful narrative about the hardship of two brothers who leave their small farming village in Vietnam to start a new life in North America
. The story, based largely on Duong's own experience as a boatperson, is a rare glimpse into life in rural Vietnam and the traumatic experience that Vietnamese refugees underwent in escaping Vietnam by sea.
Sumer Lovin' by Nicole Chardenet tells the story of Rachel Brinkerhoff, a vivacious New Yorker who dumps her psycho macho husband and immigrates to Canada. Rachel is keen to re-launch her match-making business for Jewish singles and find new love, but nobody told her that female-aversive Toronto is definitely BYOB (bring your own boy). Then an earthquake shakes up Canada's metropolis in more ways than one, releasing from an ancient underworld, a male-hungry Sumerian demi-goddess and a rag-tag army of Canaanite warriors. The novel is a brash poke at male-female relations and an artful offering of paranormal adventure and romance.
Our latest addition to DVP is Kirk's Landing by Ottawa author Mike Young. It tells the story of an undercover RCMP officer, Dave Browne, who is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a biker gang meeting. Forced to hide out as a detachment commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, Dave's only goal is to continue as a loner and lay low for a year. He learns it's hard to stay a loner in a small town though, especially with everyone eager to meet him and enlist his help with their version of the local issues. Dave finds his detective instincts pulling him into an unsolved disappearance, corruption in the local high tech paper mill, and pollution of the local lakes and rivers. When Dave tries to use his invisibility to help him in his investigations he discovers there are darker forces at work-forces that are now targeting him, changing him. It's now up to his friends to decide if he can be saved in time.
In January 2014, DVP published its first translation of a previously published work of fiction. Romulus was originally published in French and Kreyòl in 1908 by Fernand Hibbert, a celebrated Haitian author, journalist and diplomat. Canadian translator Matthew Robertshaw has now made Hibbert's work available for the first time in English. The story takes place in 1883 when a group of exiled Haitian liberals disembark at the seaside town of Miragoâne, with the goal of overthrowing the authoritarian government of President Lysius Salomon. Miragoâne's residents are forced to take sides as their town is transformed into a battleground. Romulus Joseph, a simple police commissioner, find himself taking part in the uprising although he never fully grasps the philosophy of the rebellion.