Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Coming in December: Christmas Stalkings
Christmas Stalkings, Ten Tales of Literary Spirits -- featuring stories by local legends Todd Pettigrew, Ken Chisholm, Scott Sharplin and Jenn Tubrett!
In the spring of 2016, Chris Thomson of the McConnell library, approached Third Person Press about whether we’d be interested in looking at this collection of stories that were originally written to be told at Gaudy Night fundraising celebrations over the last several years.
At the time we were technically open only to novel submissions, but when we heard who had authored these stories we were definitely interested in reading them. It took very little time for us to know that this was an unusually clever, cohesive, and unique set of stories—ones that celebrate not only Christmas and ghosts, but also literature, illustrious writers, libraries, history, books, humour and word play. How could we resist?
There is something special about stories told in the oral tradition. A freshness in the approach. An immediate intimacy that the written word can sometimes leave behind. The stories in this volume were first written down, of course, but the writers knew they would be presenting them aloud, and as a result, they each reflect the relationship with an audience they were entertaining.
Third Person Press had great fun pulling it together (including a spirited cover designed by Sherry and ghostly interior illustrations by Nancy). We see Christmas Stalkings becoming a classic, not only to Cape Bretoners, but also to those off-Island who have yet to fully discover the prodigious talent that thrives here.
A Gaudy Night Book Launch party is scheduled for December 7th at the McConnell Library in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Stay tuned for more information.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copies.
Related: High Spirits, Robertson Davies