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Minus Time

(HarperCollins), by Catherine Bush

Born in 1961 in Toronto, Catherine Bush graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in comparative literature. She has been an arts journalist and dance critic in both Toronto and New York, and her stories and essays have appeared in such publications as Epoch, The American Voice, Descant, and Canadian Fiction Magazine. She lives in Toronto. In Minus Time, a young woman in search of herself explores the links between psyche, family, and technology.

Losing Eddie

(Thomas Allen), by Deborah joy Corey

Deborah Joy Corey was born in 1958 in Temperance Vale, New Brunswick. She has pursued a writing career since 1984, and has had short stories and excerpts from Losing Eddie published in numerous Canadian and American periodicals. She has also worked in hospitals and schools teaching writing to children, and at a summer camp for children with life-threatening diseases. She and her husband and their two-year-old daughter divide their time between New Brunswick and Cohasset, Massachusetts. Losing Eddie tells the story of a troubled New Brunswick family through the eyes of a perceptive nine-year-old girl.

The Crew

(Coteau), by Don Dickinson

Don Dickinson is the author of two collections of short stories, Fighting the Upstream and Blue Husbands, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1991. His fiction has appeared in such anthologies as Best Canadian Short Fiction,

Words We Call Home, and The New Writers. Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he currently lives in Lillooet, British Columbia, where he teaches high school English. The Crew relates the adventures of a group of part-time landscapers trying to survive a strike and the eccentricities of a new employer.

Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon

(Oberon), by Douglas How

Douglas How grew up in Dorchester, New Brunswick, and became a reporter at the age of 18 with the Moncton Daily Times.

During the Second World War he served as a soldier and war correspondent. After the war he worked for the Canadian Press in

Ottawa, and has since worked for Time both in Canada and the United States as well as for Reader's Digest. He has written a number of non-fiction books, including a biography of K. C. Irving. He now divides his time between St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Toronto. In Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon, the freeing of a trapped horse becomes a metaphor for the protagonist's coming of age.


If I Knew I'd Tell You

(Mercury), by Carol Malyon

Carol Malyon is the author of two poetry collections, Headstand and Emma's Dead, as well as a book of short fiction, The Edge of the World, which was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1992. Her stories have appeared in the anthologies Love and Hunger and Vivid: Stories by Five Women, and in various Canadian and American journals. A former bookseller, she currently divides her time between Vancouver and Toronto. The protagonist of If I Knew I'd Tell You has to deal with intense feelings of separation and loss after the traumatic death of her husband.


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