Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Molasses" by Antonio Michael Downing

Yet more good news and just in time for Christmas. We are about to publish our latest book and the second this winter, "Molasses" by Mike Downing".

From the jacket blurb:

“My real name is Amanda Vrazda and I suppose I owe you a story.” Thus begins an extraordinary narrative. In passage after passage of virtuosic prose, from erotic fantasy to Bible thumping to John Donne, from urban Ontario to hillbilly Tennessee to French Quarter New Orleans, the metaphysical and psychological pressure on the narrator, and on the reader, mounts seamlessly towards an unforgettable and inevitable conclusion, the true identity of the shape-shifting Molasses.

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Antonio Michael Downing


ISBN 978-0-9864924-2-6

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

F.G. Bressani Literary Prize: Pictures of the ceremony

We've just received pics from Michelle Alfano from the ceremony in Vancouver where she was awarded the F. G. Bressani Literary Prize for her book "Made up of Arias". 

Many congrats again, Michelle. We're really happy for you, and for us! Follow her blog:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Dahlia Boyz" by Andrew Hunt

Hot off the press, Dahlia Boyz by Andrew Hunt

Colin and Dwight are on a mission to Los Angeles to find Uncle Skip, who
is obsessed by the unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder. “She wasn’t some
self-loathing skank who turned tricks for drugs and money,” Skip
admonishes them, “She was Elizabet...h Short. Born twenty-nine July in
nineteen and twenty-four in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and murdered—very,
very savagely—on, or around, the fifteenth of January, nineteen hundred
and forty-seven . . . I want you to show her the respect she deserves.”
A five-pound-burrito-challenge, a near-death curbing and one titty-bar
later, a kind of truth emerges. The Dahlia Boyz learn something about
respect and dignity.

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ISBN 978-0-9864924-1-9 $20.00

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

F.G. Bressani Literary Prize: Great News for Michelle Alfano and Blaurock

Michelle Alfano's book “Made Up of Arias” has been awarded First prize in the 2010 Edition of the biennial F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for the category Short Fiction.


ICC - The Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre

Congratulations Michelle!  The Blaurock Three.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


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Christian Snyder, Publisher and Editor

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Yellow Room by S.K. Johannesen

Book Review by Andrew Hunt, The Record, Friday, April 23, 2010

"Johannesen’s latest, The Yellow Room, shines on all levels. Like his first two works, it is impressionist literature that explores the inner thoughts and experiences of its protagonist. In this case, the first-person narrator is Jørgen Mikkelsen, a man whose life has been all over the map: artist, anti-Nazi resistance fighter, skilled cabinetmaker and a man haunted by the ghosts of his past.

"The richness of the story is found in its memorable vignettes of the people Mikkelsen encounters in his journeys. The time he spends in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Denmark gives him plenty of opportunities to reflect on his past, and his memories are strikingly vivid. Those memories are the subject of his writings while holed up in a room that is “pale yellow. Almost white where the sun is reflected.”


 "...every sentence, every word, is beautifully rendered, like a painting."


"The Yellow Room reminded me of E.L. Doctorow’s Homer and Langley....  The stories are quite different .... But the two books share a powerful narrative voice in which dialogue is spare, yet the descriptions are so vivid that you remember scenes long after you’ve put the book down."