Gabriola Playwright Launches Book
about an Aboriginal WWI Hero
"Meticulously researched, this play brings Alex Decoteau—the
man, his life, his death— before us. A man of ability, ambition, and
integrity. At root: a true warrior, and one who was ultimately sacrificed
on the altar of futile tactics." —Major (Retired) David Haas, CD, RMC
Gabriola Island, BC – Local playwright and retired Edmonton
schoolteacher CharIotte Cameron is launching her book, Running: The Alex Decoteau Story,
at the Gabriola Branch, Vancouver Island Regional Library, on November 8
at 1 p.m.
CLICK TO READ ENTIRE NEWS RELEASE.
New, BC Digital Publisher Launches Seventh Title
Gabriola Island, BC - Fictive Press today announced the publication of
Running: The Alex
Decoteau Story by local playwright Charlotte Cameron. This moving
one-act play tells the tale of a Cree hero who was also an Olympic runner,
and Canada's first aboriginal policeman. It is the young, digital
publisher's seventh book, and second by a BC author.
The book includes an historical note, archival photographs and a
fascinating introduction to the play and the Alex Decoteau Run, which
brought this aboriginal role model to the attention of many hundreds of
Edmonton schoolchildren over the 10 years that the event was held.
Fictive Press and Page's Resort & Marina Bookstore, which specializes in
books by local publishers and authors, will be launching Cameron's book at
the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Gabriola Branch, on November 8 at 1
Fictive Press was launched in 2011 by Morri Mostow as a division of
BizNet Communications, a
corporate and marketing communications firm that she and her husband, Doug
Long, have been running since the early 1980s, first in Quebec and, since
2005, on Gabriola.
"Looking for something more creative to do, I realized that digital
publishing was a logical fit with my editorial and marketing skills," says
Mostow. "My intention was to publish e-books, but when I discovered that
award organizations and most reviewers only accept printed volumes, I
embarked on the much more complicated process of print-on-demand. In a
way, I've come full circle. My first real job was in the book department
of Reader's Digest, where I learned how books were put together. The
Digest had teams of editors and graphic artists, not to mention
advertising and marketing departments. At Fictive Press, however, I
perform all those functions. It's more challenging than I had expected but
it's also great fun."
Fictive Press's first title,
The Fool Who Invented Kissing, by Doug Long, is a collection of
compelling micro-stories, each with setting, characters, plot, conflict,
climax and resolution told in exactly 55 words. Published in 2012 as an
e-book, this collection of 96 "Shorties," whimsically illustrated by
Gabriola artist David Botten, covers virtually every fiction genre, from
romance to suspense, humor to sci-fi, fantasy to horror.
Fictive Press has since published two poetry collections, a philosophical
work in translation, as well as a meditation on death and an historical
novel, both by award-winning children's author
Winnipeg Literary Couple Carol Matas and Per Brask
Launched Their Newest Books at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, on October 1, 2014
Carol Matas, an award-winning author for children and young adults, and
her husband, Per K. Brask, a poet and dramaturge, jointly launched
their newest books, published by Fictive Press, at McNally Robinson
bookstore in Winnipeg on October 1 at 7 p.m.
Tucson Jo, an historical novel for middle grades (ages 9-14)
set in 1882 Tucson, Arizona, deals with moral issues and Jewish themes.
Per Brask's edited translation of
Foundational Thoughts in Judaism
is a seminal work of religion and philosophy by the Jewish-Danish
philosopher, Andreas Simonsen (1923-1991).
The October 1st book launch celebrated two important milestones: Carol
Matas' 45th book, the introduction of Simonsen's work to English
readers for the first time. Marianne Olsen, a close personal friend of the late Simonsen and
chairman of the Foundation that promotes his work, came from Denmark to
attend the launch and mark this historic occasion.
Foundational Thoughts in Judaism by Andreas Simonson, translated by
Per K. Brask
Fictive Press, a small indie, digital and print-on-demand publisher,
located on Gabriola Island, BC, is run by Morri Mostow, a former
Winnipegger and childhood friend of Carol Matas. They met in grade 4, when
they were transferred from different schools into a special program for
gifted children, and have remained close friends for the past 56 years.
Matas and Brask were instrumental in the creation of Fictive Press in
2011. They convinced Mostow that digital publishing was a logical fit with
her editorial and marketing skills. She agreed, and Fictive Press went on
to publish two collections of Brask's poetry, A Spectator (ekphrastic
poetry) and Above Palm Canyon and Other Places in the Mind, along
with Matas' first non-fiction book, When I Die: A Meditation on Death
for Children & Their Families.
I Die: A meditation on death for children & their families, the first
non-fiction book by acclaimed YA author Carol Matas, has climbed to No. 34
in the top 100 on Amazon's Best Sellers list in the Teen Health category!
Gabriola Island, BC - The newest and first non-fiction book
by acclaimed YA author Carol Matas has climbed to No. 34 in the top 100 on
Amazon's Best Sellers list in the Teen Health category!
When I Die: A meditation on death for children & their families is a short
picture book. Not everyone "gets" this book, but one reader certainly did,
titling her review "Tiny Book, Huge Impact":
"The simplicity of the book's message took root in my mind. It kept
resurfacing each day, imprinting on my consciousness. As more time passed,
the final sentence of the book gained more and more power. I derived
immense comfort from it. I found I could not shake the impact of this
book… When I Die may make a similar indelible impression on you, your
children, or grandchildren."...more.
Carol Matas Tackles the Subject of Death in Her First Non-fiction Book
Poetry Goes Digital
Gabriola Island, BC – When
Winnipeg author Per K. Brask finished writing A Spectator, his
first collection of ekphrastic poetry, he decided to bypass traditional
print publishers and go digital. He turned to Fictive Press, a new
Canadian “indie” e-publisher, who produced and distributed his book in
multiple e-book formats, and as print on demand (POD).
Ekphrastic poetry is literary commentary on works of art. In A Spectator,
Brask playfully focuses his attention on live performances, paintings, art
exhibits and life moments. Readers will be delighted and inspired by these
beautifully wrought personal reflections...more.
Hyper-Short Stories Appeal to the Digital Generation
Gabriola Island, BC – Imagine a compelling story, with
setting, characters, plot, conflict climax and resolution … all told in
exactly 55 words! Imagine a book full of them! That’s what The Fool Who
Invented Kissing, by Doug Long, delivers story after surprising story.
Published as an e-book, this collection of 96 “Shorties” (with 24
illustrations by Gabriola artist David Botten) covers virtually every
fiction genre, from romance to suspense, humor to sci-fi, fantasy to
“Micro fiction, flash fiction, Nano fiction, commuter fiction — whatever
you want to call it — is an ideal format for today’s multitaskers,” said
author Doug Long. “Readers can enjoy a complete, thought-provoking story
in quick bites on their smart phones, tablets or e-readers.”...more
If you would like to submit a manuscript for
consideration, please contact us at: