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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
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short fiction anthology
336 pages / trade paper
“This excellent anthology contains 42 works of short fiction written by Western Canadian writers in the last fifty years . . .”
— Canadian Book Review Annual
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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young adult Short fiction anthology
160 pages / trade paper
R.P. MacIntyre, Editor
Up All Night is the result of Thistledown's latest young adult short story competition, which in the past has produced the best-selling, award-winning collections The Blue Jean Collection (1992), Notes Across the Aisle (1995), Takes: Stories for Young Adults (1996) which won the 1997 Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Award and the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education, and Opening Tricks (1998).
The finest established and emerging writers for young adults in the country are represented in the fourteen short fictions in Up All Night, including competition winner Anne Carter of Toronto with her story "The Piano Lesson" and runner-up Brenda Hasiuk of Winnipeg with "You Can Call Me Al".
Edited by R.P. MacIntyre, one of Canada's foremost editors and writers of young adult fiction, this collection represents a range and depth of theme and style that ensures there is something for all readers to enjoy.
280 pages/trade paper
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Sean Virgo, Editor
The Eye In The Thicket is the first in a new series of natural history essays from Thistledown Press. The essays in this inaugural volume were commissioned from a number of outstanding writers (many of them national prize winners). Some are professional naturalists, others are poets, filmmakers, dancers, philosophers, activists. All write with passion, originality and humour about the natural world, our place within it, and our impact upon it.
The Eye in the Thicket reminds us of the tradition embraced by natural histories, while the authors included here all have the creative ability to transcend social concerns and political boundaries. The series will create a unique archive of Canadian writers reflecting upon our environment and our history.
Contributors include: Don Gayton, Jan Zwicky, Don McKay, Barry Callaghan, Patrick Lane, Susan Musgrave, Brian Brett, Terry Glavin, Trevor Herriot, Davida Monk, Tim Lilburn, Steven Lattey, Prudence Grieve, Iltyd Perkins, and Lloyd Ratzlaff.
"Metaphor, music, character and plot are all masterfully wielded." — Books in Canada
young adult fiction anthology
188 pages / trade paper
Peter Carver, Editor
A sequel to the acclaimed Blue Jean Collection, Notes Across the Aisle contains the best stories from the 1994 cross Canada Young Adult Short Story Competition.
“Dynamite for a school curriculum.” — Quill & Quire.
“This cover is an intriguing invitation to a collection of stories so strong they could be used as examples of the recognized principles of successful short story writing for children and adolescents.”
– Regina Sun.
Notes Across the Aisle will provide a wide base for teen discussion of and response to critical issues and morals and values education.
Beaty, Mary. Quill & Quire .
Caton, Jacolyn. “Anthology speaks the language of young adults.” NeWest Review (August/September 1996): 31.
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's book reviews.” Regina Sun . May 5, 1996. 28.
Clemence, Verne. “Signs of spring arrive.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . May 13, 1995.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 77.
de Vos, Gail. Resource Links (April 1996): 175-6.
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Young adult short fiction anthology
177 pages / trade paper
Opening Tricks fills a void that has long existed in the Canadian literary landscape: humourous short fiction for young adults. These stories represent a wide range of themes and styles, from the ironies and banalities of everyday teenage life, to the strange, bizarre world of the imagination.
This anthology is the reward of Thistledown’s third national competition for young adult short stories, and these thirteen original fictions are spirited and engaging. The two winning stories are “The Trickster” by Jacqueline Pearce, and “Mom?!” by Diana C. Aspin. This collection includes some of the best young adult authors in Canada, from talented newcomers to award-winning bookshelf names.
Opening Tricks also contains stories by: Cheryl Archer, Karen Krossing, R.P. MacIntyre, Eric Nicol, Sharon Stewart, Beverley Brenna, Shelley A. Leedahl, Barry Mathias, Janice Scott, Jennifer Taylor, and Ed Yatscoff.
young adult short fiction anthology
152 pages / trade paper
Preceded by The Blue Jean Collection and Notes Across the Aisle, Takes is the third collection of short fiction for young adults by Thistledown Press, and is edited by the award-winning author of Yuletide Blues and The Blue Camaro, R.P. MacIntyre.
Highly readable issue-oriented fictions.
“Takes is the third anthology of short fiction for young adults, and the company is obviously onto something.”
– Quill & Quire.
“I would recommend Takes for all young adult collections.”
– Resource Links.
Aker, Don. Books in Canada (February 1997).
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's book reviews.” Regina Sun . July 7, 1996. 36.
Cherneski, Jana. “Collection focusses on youthful issues.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . November 16, 1996.
Craig, Terry. “Literacy alive: MacIntyre.” Saskatoon Free Press . July 20, 1997. 12.
Holeman, Linda. Prairie Fire 18.2 (Summer 1997): 138.
Jenkinson, Dave. “The Young Adult Canadian Book Award.” Resource Links (June 1997): 237.
Jones, Elaine. Resource Links (October 1996): 29.
Lohans, Alison. “Real world of teenagers.” NeWest Review (February/March 1997): 31.
240 pages / Mass Market
In 1991 Thistledown sought out the best in young adult short fiction by holding a national competition. The nineteen stories here are a testament to the skill and diversity of Canada's YA short fiction authors, and include R.P. MacIntyre's story “The Rink” which won the 1993 Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award.
“Given the range in subject matter, and altogether high quality of the writing, this is a book that deserves to be widely circulated through libraries and classrooms across the country.” — Quill & Quire (starred review).
Bergen, Clarence. “Blue Jean collection aimed at nation's youth.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . October 24, 1992. C7.
Bly, David. “Collection worth spot on the shelf.” Calgary Herald . November 21, 1992. C7.
Boulanger, Annie. Burnaby Now / Royal City Recorder . August 25, 1993.
Brown, Joyce. Canadian Materials (October 1992): 271.
Buchanan, Joan. Canadian Book Review Annual (1993): 314-5.
Cherland, Meredith. “Good books for middle years kids.” In The Middle . 11.3: 30.
Demers, Patricia. Canadian Children's Literature . No. 80 (1995): 78.
Henderson, Jay. “New books make for great stocking stuffers.” Cochrane This Week . December 8, 1992. 14.
Hughes, Susan. Halifax Mail-Star . December 4, 1992.
Novak, Barbara. “Publishers of children's books are headed for their busy season.” London Free Press . November 28, 1992
“YA winners.” Atlantic Books Today (Fall 1992).
208 pages/trade paper
Paul Denham & Gail Youngberg, Editors
This landmark anthology contains stories which have appeared in the literary magazine NeWest Review since its inception twenty years ago.
Included are works by Rudy Wiebe, Edna Alford, Sharon Butala, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Bonnie Burnard and Lois Simmie.
This anthology will serve up all the classic traditions of Canadian literature...a Canadian Studies must read.
320 pages / trade paper
Geoff Hancock, Editor
A collection that features 22 short fictions from some of Canada's finest authors, including Douglas Glover, Sharon Butala, Marlene Nourbese Philip, Seán Virgo, and Dianne Warren.
“This collection celebrates the short story in its incredible variety . . . The edition aptly describes the stories as a self-portrait, a cross-section of the Canadian imagination.”
— Canadian Materials.
Broughton, Katheryn. Canadian Materials (September 1991): 247.
Boettcher, Shelley. Vox No. 93 (November 1991).
Clemence, Verne. “Perceptual frontiers expand.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . March 16, 1991.
Eisenzimmer, Mark. Freelance (November 1991): 23.
McEnteer, James. “Canadian anthology holds rewards, surprises.” Calgary Herald . August 10, 1991. B11.
Montreal Gazette . May 11, 1991.
Noxon, Christopher. Books in Canada (May 1991): 55.
Redford, R. British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association Reviews (December 1991).
128 pages / trade paper
An anthology of new poetry celebrating Thistledown's first decade of literary publishing. The work of 37 poets is included, ranging from the intensely lyrical to the narrative and anecdotal— a potpourri of engaging visions and lively language. Authors represented include Lorna Crozier, John V. Hicks, Patrick Lane, Monty Reid, Glen Sorestad, and Eva Tihanyi.
“Dancing Visions is rich with quality selections from an impressive cross-section of Canadian poets.”
– Poetry Canada Review.
In Search of Canadian Materials (1987): 40
Kent, David. Canadian Book Review Annual (1985): 170
Library Materials Guide (1987): 100
Marken, Ronald. CBC-AM Regina. November 1985
Markin, Allan. Poetry Canada Review 8.2,3 (Spring 1987)
Moulton-Barrett, Donalee. Canadian Materials 14.3 (May 1986)
Sutherland, Fraser. “Poetry: prairie fluff and social Rielism.” The Globe and Mail. January 11, 1986
192 pages / trade paper
Thistledown Press, eds.
Batoche and Riel have evoked and provoked a diversity of responses from some of Canada's finest poets over the past century, and this groundbreaking anthology presents them in one volume.
This anthology is a must for all students engaged in the study of the Canadian Identity.
“No Feather, No Ink...gives us a good sampling of the first hundred years in the Canadian consciousness.”
— Poetry Canada Review
Almon, Bert. Poetry Canada Review (Summer 1986): 52-3. – Books in Canada (March 1986): 42.
Davey, Frank. “Real Riel.” Canadian Literature no. 111 (Winter 1986): 176-8
Flanagan, Thomas. “Louis Riel: a review essay.” Journal of Canadian Studies 21.2 (Summer 1986): 157-64.
In Search of Canadian Materials (1987): 39
Journal of Commonwealth Literature 21.2 (1986): 54-5
Klooss, Wolfgang. Malahat Review no. 77 (December 1986): 141-3
Lynch, Gerald. Journal of Canadian Poetry. vol 2 (1987): 55-7
Marken, Ronald. CBC-Regina “Ambience.” November 1985
Nowlan, Michael O. Canadian Book Review Annual (1985): 190
Shay, Timothy. “Poetic justice.” Books in Canada (January/February 1986): 29-30
Sutherland, Fraser. “Poetry: prairie fluff and social Rielism.” Globe and Mail. January 11, 1986.
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