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Fall preview 2014: novels

National Magazine Award–winning journalist Christine Fischer Guy has already found success with her short fiction, which has been published in various literary journals and was nominated for the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. This season, Wolsak and Wynn imprint Buckrider Books will bring out Guy’s debut novel, about hospital staff in 1950s Moose Factory struggling to contain a tuberculosis outbreak among the native population. The Umbrella Mender ($22 pa.) appears in September. • It’s been 11 years since Eric McCormack (the Gothic novelist, not the star of Will and Grace) published his Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated novel First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. His long-awaited follow-up, Cloud ($24 pa., Aug.), is on the horizon from Penguin Canada.

Ellen in PiecesCaroline Adderson has kept busy since the 2010 release of her novel The Sky Is Falling writing several well-received books for children. She returns to fiction for adults this September, when Patrick Crean Editions publishes Ellen in Pieces ($22.99 pa.), about the fragmented life of the title character, told through the voices of the other members in her family. • Martha Baillie’s previous novel, 2009’s The Incident Report, was longlisted for the Giller. The author returns with a story about a German expat in Canada who, after embarking on a solo hike into the Baffin Island interior, finds himself leaping forward in time from the 20th century to the 21st (as one does). The Search for Heinrich Schlögel ($22 pa.) is due out in September from Pedlar Press.

Michel Tremblay returns to the Plateau Mont-Royal at the beginning of the 20th century to fill in the backstory of the family made famous in his Canada Reads contender, The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant. Crossing the City (Talonbooks, $16.95 pa., Oct.) is translated by longtime collaborator Sheila Fischman. • The author of a well-received book about former Newfoundland premier Danny Williams, Bill Rowe appears this season with a novel from Flanker Press. The Monster of Twenty Mile Pond ($19.95 pa., Sept.) is about a St. John’s lawyer racing against the clock to clear his niece of a murder charge. • Also from St. John’s is historical fiction author Trudy Morgan-Cole, who is back this season with a novel about a teenage girl staking out a new life after the devastating Newfoundland fire of 1892. A Sudden Sun ($19.95 pa., Sept.) is published by Breakwater Books.


August 5th, 2014

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