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Late-K Lunacy
Set in a mid-west American university, apocalyptic environmental
 events lead us to the 2030s as climate change, the breakdown 
of systems, and a global pandemic take the world Over the Cliff.  
Science lends frightening authenticity as the story unfolds, while 
Bernard challenges readers with with a jarring but not hopeless 
vision of tomorrow.
Late-K Lunacy
Cover: Emily Apgar

by Ted Bernard
Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental studies, Ohio University.
Softcover 5.5" x 8.5"
426 pages
ISBN 9781927032831

$20 USD softcover
$30 USD hardcover
dust jacket

plus $ 5 shipping

Dystopian fiction

Occupation Child: WWII Greece
Young Tasouli tells us stories about his cat the Resistance hero, the intricate relationships between a young Jewish  physician, German officers, Greek partisan communists and their British captives. A strange character appears in his dreams, either supportive or terrifying, and they develop a strong bond. Ultimately about hunger, language, politics and love.
occupation child
Cover: Author's collection.
Tassos Anastassiades grew up in Athens during WW II and came to Canada with his parents in 1950. He is an Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. T. Styppas is his nom de plume.
Softcover 5.5" x 8.5"
454 pages

$24 softcover
plus $ 5 shipping

Magic realism



Molloy had to leave home. He felt compelled to get a tattoo he feared may curse him forever. Were The People For a Better World really who they said they were? Could he survive on his own? Have a normal life? 
Kumi Matsukawa
Luke O’Grady was born and raised in Ontario. He is a pharmacist, and enjoys reading, writing and cycling.
Softcover 5.5" x 8.25"
264 pages

Cover: Kumi Matsukawa

Modern novellal

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

The Other Side of Reason: A journal on PTSD
A journal in recognition of the passengers whose lives were changed forever in a tragic bus-train collision and in memory of those who died.
gibson: the other side of reason
by David B. Gibson

“David Gibson’s reality was altered in a moment in September. His eloquent and poignant requiem chronicles his efforts to re-orient himself to a world whose boundaries and reference points abruptly disappeared…he chronicles his experiences   in a way that helps us understand the hidden struggle of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.” — Dr. Larry Cebulski, clinical psychologist.

Softcover 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
234 pages

978-1-927032-51-0 print
978-1-927032-52-7 digital

mental health

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Gay Soulmate Wanted

For two people to get along and love each other over a long period of time, there must be a healthy connection on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. 
gay soulmate wanted
 Fearing that at the age of 39 (or 78 in gay years), his chances of finding a soulmate are decreasing every day, Richard is confronted by a good-looking man ten years his junior, who claims to be his partner without ever having met him. When finally the two are introduced, sparks fly.
Charles Seems
by Charles Seems,
  teacher, trainer, writer, HR consultant and interior decorator. Born in the atlantic town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada, he now lives in Ottawa with his spouse Robert.
5.83" x 8.27" 
210 pages



Cover painting: 
Claude Chapdelaine

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Stripped to the Bone
Portraits of Syrian Women

Set between war-torn Syria and the West, 
Stripped to the Bone explores issues of identity, love, strife, courage and resilience
in seven fictional portraits of Syrian women.
Al Atrash
Ghada Alatrash - Stripped to the Bone, cover

cover photo David Salas

Ghada Alatrashby Ghada Alatrash
Syrian-Canadian author and translator Ghada Alatrash is a Doctoral Student at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.  She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. 
Softcover 5.5" x 8.25"
173 pages



Syria, women,
short stories

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Running Beyond Empty
Fun and entertaining, this novel explores the many challenges faced by Dinah who is forced to move in order to provide for herself and her daughter Selah. Their emotions are stretched by new people and events. Both learn to stand up to obnoxious folks and find that hard work and play help them stay focused on their goals. The empowerment of caring relationships carries them through heartbreak as hey discover that running starts with believing in yourself.
Running Romance

Ultimately their resiliency opens up new hopes and dreams — shared with Bill and Norm, the two special men in their lives. Enriched by many colorful characters, the story of these two feisty women will capture your imagination.
Ben Kruser
by Ben Kruser 

Ben is a university staff member and has been a wildlife biologist, long-time outdoor enthusiast and an endurance runner, completing many 12- and 24-hour runs.
Softcover 5.5" x 8.25"
388 pages 

print 978-1-927032-53-4
digital 978-1-927032-54-1

2 copies for $24 USD

10 copies for $100 USD

Dorothea Gutzeit
Be True and Serve
    A fascinating view of the “other side” in World War II, on the domestic front. Born in Berlin, Dorothea spent her formative years in Nazi Germany and in her war-torn city. She then forged a new life in Canada.
dorothea gutzeit
Cover photo: 
Dorothea age 21, Berlin, 1943

Be True and Serve
by Dorothea Gutzeit.
1921 -2005
“An amazing family story of courage and immigration."
— Siegfried Hansch (German-Canadian Business Association)

“An authentic and absorbing account of one woman's courage, tracing her life from early 20th century Germany to a new and challenging life in Canada, drawing on diaries, certificates and various documents, along with memories shared."
H. Zobl (Professor Emeritus, Carleton University)

Softcover 6.14" x 9.21"
236 pages

978-1-927032-49-7 print
978-1-927032-50-3 digital


Review by Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V. (in German)

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Our Own Devices: 
Stories of the Machine Age

Mid-century speculative retro fiction. The Second World War. Nuclear Power. Space Exploration. These powerful forces forever changed the course of history. In these nine new stories and three essays Messier explores our intimate and often fickle relationship with science and technology in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and how it came to define our past, present and future. 

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Gilles Messier
Gilles Messier
b. 1989 Winnipeg, Manitoba, studies aerospace engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa. As well as writing, he designs and develops mechanical devices and innovations, and enjoys painting inter-war-period travel posters, and studying history and philosophy.
Science + Fiction
based on 20th-century history, with 27 archival photographs.

5``x 8` x 0.6"`paperback
244 pages
ISBN  0-978-1-927032-06-0

Winnipeg Free Press review

Winnipeg Metro review

Reader reviews at

Amy Marshall's review and interview

2 copies for $20 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Viva / V!va

Tools for Well-being

Self-realization tools that individuals, social workers, care-givers and psychologists can use in times of need and transition. 40 "cards" in three sections.
Cover image: Chauvet caves, France. (Jean Clottes)

nature photographs
of animals
Vikram Vyawahare
& Conny Mages


health and well-being

Softcover 4" x 7"
130 pages

2 copies for $20 USD

10 copies for $90 USD


"...”Tom Finn’s stories demonstrate consistently controlled use of language, and the author’s sense of dialogue is keen. It is tuned to the way people speak, and the way his characters speak and think. At times comic, it harmonizes well with Finn’s often wry, omniscient third-person narration. Finn writes well, and these stories are good ... some real gems."

Darrell Squires, Library Resources Board, Newfoundland
The Western Star.

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“Well-crafted ... character-driven. An impressive book of short stories about people going about their lives, experiencing change, facing hardships. Finn writes skillfully and his style is particularly suited to the short story."

- Keith Collier, reviewer
Newfoundland Quarterly, Spring
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" a deluxe spa treatment for your soul".

Reader reviews at
Tom Finn at work
The author of Malpeque Bay: A State Of Mind, and Princes was born in the old town of Corner Brook West, Newfoundland, Canada. After working in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and California, he took up residence in Ottawa. A retired federal public servant, he has always taken a keen interest in the affairs of his island homeland, especially the transformation of the former British colony following the American 'invasion' of the 1940s, and the union with Canada in 1949.

Short stories,

Now "Short's Long Day" is being presented on stage as part of Corner Brook's 60th:

The Western Star 

Sketches from the social fabric, with subtle references to the American presence in Newfoundland during WWII: drama, relationships, desire and delusion.

Old Corner Brook and beyond in the '40s and '50s. Like a ship in the mist, there emerges from these ardent, tragicomic lives, a recognition of ourselves.

Paperback pocketbook
ISBN 978-0-9685784-6-9
5" x 8" 191 p.


2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD

Alexandre Vachon
the scholars’ cleric
and the
clerics’ scholar
1885 – 1953

“…a rich chronicle of one of the greatest leaders of this diocese.”
—Marcel André Gervais, Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa
“…the opportunity to get to know a great figure of the Canadian Episcopate.”
—Luigi Ventura, former Apostolic Nuncio to Canada

(Accolades for the French edition, in translation)

Alexandre Vachon, biography

Alexandre completed his studies for Priesthood with distinction. He became a science teacher and pursued studies at Harvard and MIT and became Director of the Advanced School of Chemistry and then Dean of the Faculty of Science, and finally as Rector at Laval University. The Church recognized his talents and, in 1939, turned to him to lead the Ottawa diocese. He is entrusted with new responsibilities which extend to the Catholic Church at large.

andre n. vachon

André N.Vachon

André N. Vachon, a distant relation, was born in the same  small rural community as Alexandre, Chute Panet, Québec. He learned of the important contribution this cleric made to society, and with much enthusiasm embarked on the biography.

Softcover 6" x 9"
410 pages

Catholic, history, biography, Archbishop

2 copies for $28 USD

10 copies for $130 USD

Community and the Human Spirit:

Oral Histories from Montreal's Point St. Charles,
Griffintown and
Goose Village

Review in Montreal Times

Oral Histories from Montreal

The author lived in Montreal, Quebec Canada for many years and graduated in sociology from McGill University. He now lives in Ottawa having retired after a lifelong and rewarding career in public service. Dave enjoys photography and plans to continue visiting Montreal regularly to help record the evolution of the historic and rapidly changing area at the east end of the Lachine Canal.

dave flavell

Dave Flavell
A solid contribution to social and urban studies. With an introduction, bibliography, and illustrated throughout with historical family photos and with current and archival images.

social history

7.5" X 9.25" 372p

2 copies for $30 USD

10 copies for $130 USD

Footpaths and 
Fishing Boats
Growing up in 
Nipper’s Harbour

Cover painting: 
Back Harbour Sunset 
by Ted Stuckless

Google Maps
to locate the village

nippers harbor

nipper's harbour cover back harbour sunset

Short memoirs
“... the budding consciousness of a young girl in a small Newfoundland fishing community during the final years of its prosperous isolation.
— Dr. Harold Paddock, Retired Professor of Linguistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
audrey starkes
Audrey Starkes

Audrey Starkes MSW is a retired psychiatric social worker. She was fortunate to have grown up in Nipper’s Harbour on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada while it was still an isolated outport. Audrey has published stories in the Ottawa Story Spinners’ Black Lake Chronicles.

Softcover 5" x 8"
146 pages


Short stories, Newfoundland

2 copies for $18 USD

10 copies for $80 USD