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Whittlenods occur when those who engage in talk and thought about cultural flotsam and jetsam discover the flaws in their habitual thinking.

This Month's Whittle Nod: Mulching Metaphors


Thistledown Press gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities. 


Cara-Lyn Morgan is appearing at the Toronto International Book Fair, November 16

Short Fiction for Everyone

These award-winning titles will make great Christmas gifts for the readers on your list.

There are as many ways to write a short story as there are writers who have reasons for doing so. The legacy is there: intensity, brevity, and balance says Annie Proulx; the astonishing way something happens, not ‘what’ happens according to Alice Munro. What motivates a writer to undertake the creation of this fierce literary form is also as varied as the writer’s desire. For Raymond Carver the short story addressed his concern that life was short and the water was rising; for Chekhov the short story neutralized the ease of entropy. For many Canadian short fiction writers it is the best of all possibilities: concentrated and economical like poetry yet as intuitive and complete in addressing the human condition as a novel.

At Thistledown, we have been publishing short stories for decades. And unlike the declared common wisdom of New York publishers who often disguise the form as short novels, we celebrate the short story.

Recommended Starter Pack:

"Virgo, who's lived in many parts of the globe and picked up stories from all of them, shows us the power of story as it both transforms us and records our transformations."
— Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction

  "Arresting, mesmerizing, stunning..." — Globe & Mail

"The highest compliment that I can pay this book is that it reminded me of the best work of Mavis Gallant. Both writers share many qualities in terms of style of writing and treatment of characters." — The Canadian Book Review

  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Danuta Gleed Award, the 2011 Commonweralth Writers Prize, and the 2012 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction

"Richards displays an admirable tendency to underplay her hand, resulting in an increased emotional payoff for the reader" — Stephen Beattie, National Post

"The gentle listening that Richards brings to these quiet, understated stories becomes that much more vivid, then, when she takes on three dramatic tales, including that of the collection's title." — Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

  • Winner of the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction

Through a protracted series of vignettes, Devin Krukoff transforms Flyways into an interconnected, psychologically intense novel. Exploring the concept of "six degrees of separation", the work dramatizes people’s unseen connections to others while they encounter their own problems awaiting an impending snowstorm.

  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction

"Ward's stories are amusing and thoroughly magnetic and you can feel him casting a baleful eye upon common human behaviour, sniggering at its absurdity and promptly writing it down." — Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction, Book mof the Year, and City of Saskatoon

 "Carys” is an example of what a story should be: rich in character, thought-provoking, and satisfying." — Prairie Fire Review of Books

"Bonny's short stories all balance on the edge between the probable and the wildly, even insanely, possible. There is no telling what her characters might do, but she tells it and tells it well." — Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book

“James Marshall’s wit is acidic, salvaged by a deep, although shaken, humanism. His stories are charmed with the glow of small-time Canadian losers and dreamers living in a broken, plugged-in world. This is Heinrich Böll for our time, Alice Munro dressed in jeans and leather, pumped up on testosterone and fear, Raymond Carver taken north to drown in the middle of a forest fire, each alcoholic bubble bursting into flame, and, always, the wounded, broken, and oddly heroic Canada of a thousand ironies we all live in but haven’t yet had in a book, and, thankfully, miraculously have in this book now.”
— Harold Rhenish

  • Shortlisted for the Best First Book category in the Caribbean & Canada region of the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and  Finalist for the 5th Annual ReLit Awards.

“These are intimate voices in Lori Hahnel’s stories. They draw us in with a sense of privacy and privilege. Yearning, wistful, and wise-cracking, they beg understanding, from the world and for themselves. Nothing Sacred satisfies like a late night visit with a close friend and a bottle of good wine.” — Betty Jane Hegerat, author of Running Toward Home

  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, Alberta Literary Awards


Audrey Whitson is shortlisted for the 2014 Howard O. Hagan Alberta Literary Award for Short Story more...
Four Thistledown books were shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Awards, Leah Horlick for her poetry collection Riot Lung, Susan Musgrave for her novel Given, and Seán Virgo and Don Ward for their short fiction collections Dibidalen and The Weeping Chair. more...
Robert Currie's Living with the Hawk has been recommended by the Canadian Children's Book Centre in "Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013" as a starred selection. more...
Stephen Reid's A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden wins the 2013 City of Victoria's Butler Book Prize.   more...
Redcoats and Renegades by Barry McDivitt shortlisted for 2014 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award!  more...
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November 25, 2014
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November 26, 2014
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