Allan Forrie

Al Forrie is the current Publisher and Editor at Thistledown Press. In his three decades with Thistledown he has worked in varying capacities as an editorial board member, marketing & sales manager, production manager, and book designer. He has served on a variety of professional and industry boards including those of the Saskatchewan curriculum development, and as president of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group. In his capacity as a curriculum developer he has co-edited the poetry anthology Dancing Visions , the short story anthology The Last Map is the Heart, and the poetry anthology, In the Clear. He also co-wrote the Thistledown Novels Guide, and The Last Map is the Heart Teachers Resource Guide, and wrote the Notes Across the Aisle Teachers Guide, and the Takes: Stories for Young Adults Teachers Guide.

 


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poetry anthology

295 pages / trade paper

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Teacher Resource Guide

ISBN: 978-1-895449-84-7
List Price: $29.95

Allan Forrie

Patrick O'Rourke

Glen Sorestad, Editor


In the Clear showcases contemporary Canadian poetry that is accessible and wide-ranging in content and perspective. These poems reflect the geographical, ecological and social concerns of contemporary life and times in Canada, and many have a literary permanence because of their unique voice and exceptional craft. Readers who want a collection of poetry that is expansive in its human and social concerns will find this anthology indispensible.

"In the Clear is a testimony to the work and accomplishment of the people behind Thistledown Press."
Canadian Book Review Annual

  • Winner of the 1998 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education!

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short fiction anthology

336 pages / trade paper

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Teacher Resource Guide

ISBN: 978-0-920633-64-9
List Price: $19.95

Allan Forrie

Patrick O'Rourke

Glen Sorestad, Editor


“This excellent anthology contains 42 works of short fiction written by Western Canadian writers in the last fifty years . . .”
Canadian Book Review Annual

 Reviews

Batchelor, Rhonda. “Slipping into shorts.” Victoria Monday Magazine .
Beck, Marion. Freelance (May 1990): 31-2.
Cox, Catherine R. Canadian Materials (January 1990): 26.
Editorial. “Rigid rule may hurt students.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . November 28, 1990.
Howells, Coral Ann. British Journal of Canadian Studies 8.2 (1990/1): 455.
MacKinnon, Brian. “From the bookshelf.” Classmate 20.2 (Winter 1989): 31-2.
MacKinnon, Brian. “From the bookshelf.” Classmate 20.3 (Spring 1990): 26-30.
Mortin, Jenni. “The west, warts and all.” Sask Report (December 1989): 83.
Oliver, Hugh. Canadian Book Review Annual (1990): 257.
Parungao, Pat. BC Teacher-Librarians Association Reviews (March 1991).
Quebec Library Association 31.1 (March 1990): 21.
Quickenden, Robert. “A tension in the heart.” Winnipeg Free Press . December 23, 1989. 26.
Schoemperlen, Diane. “Along old familiar trails.” Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine . June 2, 1990. 16.
Solomon, R. H. Choice (April 1990).
Stephaniuk, Jeffrey D. “Anthologies explore Canadian character.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . February 10, 1990.
Stephaniuk, Jeffrey D. “Anthologies emphasize both space and place.” Sheaf . November 30, 1989.

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Short Story Anthology Guide
48 pages / paper

Middle years

ISBN: 978-1-895449-63-1
List Price: $19.95

Allan Forrie


The intent of this guide is to focus on the content of each of the stories found in Notes Across the Aisle, as well as the ideas associated with each one, and to provide suggestions for student discussions, projects, assignments and writings. For a better understanding of the writer's craft, writing technique has been highlighted and a Glossary of Terms provided.

The guide incorporates current reading response theory but also provides traditional literary activities. The aims of interaction between the student and the work are guided by the assumption that the reader is not passive, nor that all "meaning" resides in the text. Rather, the intention of this guide is to involve the student in all phases of the reading process. The teacher therefore is not the sole organizer of the response. This guide aims to have the teacher create the atmosphere and situations which encourage and develop the student's response, and to act as the medium for the written work. The teacher should manage the classroom so that the student takes responsibility for the reading experience.

The guide presents each story of the anthology in the context of the following format:

  • Focus
  • Writing Technique
  • Reader Response
  • Creative work in Writing, Oral and Drama, Enrichment and Entertainment.

For thematic connections see specific title.

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106 pages / paper

For Novels:

Yuletide Blues
Fish House Secret
Soldier Boys

Grades 9 & 10

ISBN: 978-1-895449-46-4
List Price: $19.95

Allan Forrie

Michelle Burns

 The Thistledown Novels Guide includes: R. P. MacIntyre's Yuletide Blues, Kathy Stinson's Fish House Secrets, David Richards's Soldier Boys, and Lesley Choyce's The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson.Designed to enhance the work of both teachers and students, the guide treats the novels independently, though there is ample opportunity for overlap should the teacher choose to emphasize the common elements among them. For each of the novels the arrangement, then, is as follows: the Overview section, which includes:

  • Teaching Focus;
  • Plot (Content);
  • Characterization;
  • Themes;
  • The Writer's Craft (Structure and Style);

the Questions section, divided into:

  • Reader Response;
  • General Questions;
  • Other Activities;

finally, there is a series of Essay Questions to further develop students' writing and research skills.

The Thistledown Novels Guide subscribes to various teaching strategies, neither absolute nor necessarily explicit, but nonetheless an essential foundation from which teachers and students alike can effectively work. In the guide four key terms outline the primary teaching strategies:

  • Interaction,
  • Interpretation,
  • Critical Thinking,and
  • Action.

For thematic connections see specific title.

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Short Story Anthology Guide
44 pages / paper

Middle Years

ISBN: 978-1-895449-62-4
List Price: $19.95

Allan Forrie


The intent of this guide is to focus on the content of each of the stories in Takes: Stories for Young Adults, as well as the ideas associated with each one, and to provide suggestions for student discussions, projects, assignments and writings. For a better understanding of the writer's craft, writing technique has been highlighted and a Glossary of Terms provided.

This guide incorporates current reading response theory but also provides traditional literary activities. The aims of interaction between the student and the work are guided by the assumption that the reader is not passive, nor that all "meaning" resides in the text. Rather, the intention of this guide is to involve the student in all phases of the reading process. The teacher, therefore, is not the sole organizer of the response. This guide aims to have the teacher create the atmosphere and situations which encourage and develop the student's response, and to act as the medium for the written work. The teacher should manage the classroom so that the student takes responsibility for the reading experience.

The guide presents each story of the anthology in the context of the following format:

  • Focus
  • Writing Technique
  • Reader Response
  • Creative work in Writing, Oral and Drama, Enrichment and Entertainment.

For thematic connections see specific title.

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Short Story Anthology Guide
122 pages / paper

Grades 10, 11, and 12

ISBN: 978-1-895449-17-4
List Price: $19.95

Allan Forrie

Patrick O'Rourke

Glen Sorestad, Editor


The Last Map Is The Heart Teacher's Guide is intended to assist the teacher in the preparation of teaching strategies for the fictions and short stories from The Last Map Is The Heart. It provides a focus, an insight into writing technique, and a commentary. The range and intensity of all teaching/learning activities have been created to accommodate both the novice and veteran teacher as well as the various levels of student readers.

This guide incorporates current reading response theory but also provides traditional literary activities. The aims of interaction between the student and the work are guided by the assumption that the reader is not passive, nor that all "meaning" resides in the text. Rather, the intention of this guide is to involve the student in all phases of the reading process. The teacher therefore is not the sole organizer of the response. This guide aims to have the teacher create the atmosphere and situations which encourage and develop the student's response, and to act as the medium for the written work.

The guide presents each of the stories in the context of the following:

  • Focus;
  • Commentary;
  • Reader Response;
  • Writing Techniques; and
  • Creative Work

For thematic connections see specific title.

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SHORT FICTION ANTHOLOGY

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ISBN: 978-1-77187-076-4

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