Join us for the online book launch party for Bob Stallworthy’s Impact Statement!

With the physical launch delayed for an unreasonably long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are launching online. On June 24 at 7:00 PM Calgary time we will be hosting a Zoom launch event. Bob will read from the book, and will take questions from participants afterward.

Please click the link to go to the registration page for this event.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Frontenac House has launch events planned in March and April for Borderlands by Mark Vitaris, Impact Statement by Bob Stallworthy, and the poet laureate project YYC POP by Sheri-D Wilson. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing instability caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to postpone these launches indefinitely, as our venue has cancelled all events.

We will be reevaluating our event calendar at the end of April, and are keeping our collective fingers crossed that this situation has settled down favourably by then. Our hope is that we will be able to launch these titles in the fall, if not sooner.

To all our authors, friends, and patrons, we wish you all well as we work our way through this.
Wash your hands, people!

Frontenac Stands With You

Since 2000, we have endeavoured to publish literary works from authors who come from all walks of life. We have published authors of colour, Indigenous authors, LGBTQ+ authors, academics, and street writers. We try to make a space for new writers who might otherwise be unable to find a venue, and we take pride in our many authors who have returned to us for a second, third and even fourth book. We take even more pleasure when our authors receive accolades in the form of awards and positive reviews.

Frontenac will not publish hate or discriminatory writing, and we strongly condemn the bigotry and racism we see rising around us. We stand in solidarity with those who fight racism and intolerance wherever it may be found. In these very trying times we all must stand up and make our voices heard. Not just people of colour, or LGBTQ+ people, or young people, we ALL have to Just. Say. No More.

Neil Petrunia, Terry Davies, & Micheline Maylor

Sheri-D Wilson named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Sheri-D was named “… for her contributions as a spoken word artist and for her leadership in the community.” 

For more details, see https://www.gg.ca/en/media/news/2019/governor-general-announces-120-new-appointments-order-canada

Natalie Meisner is to be Calgary’s next Poet Laureate

Natalie follows in the footsteps of two other Frontenac House authors, Micheline Maylor and Sheri-D Wilson as Calgary’s Poet Laureate. We congratulate her on this honour, and know she’ll do an excellent job. For more information, visit https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/resources/calgary-poet-laureate/

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb shortlisted – twice!

Sharanpal Ruprai’s Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. For more details, see https://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/current-finalists/

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is also shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry in the Manitoba Book Awards this year. For more details, see https://manitobabookawards.com/index.php/en/

Upcoming Launches

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Impact Statement Launch

Calgary Memorial Park Library

1221 2 Street Southwest
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1N8

April 15, 6:30 PM
Salon Room

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Borderlands Launch

Calgary Memorial Park Library

1221 2 Street Southwest
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1N8

March 26, 6:30 PM
Salon Room

Recent Releases

A Love Letter to Emily C

By Sheri-D Wilson A Love Letter to Emily C explores the life, times and milestones of Canadian icon and artist Emily Carr.  Humorous and moving, this play is a dialogue between Carr and her monkey Woo, as Carr unravels her life. Fall in love with the making of...

This Was Our Valley

By Shirlee Smith Matheson and Earl K. Pollon This Was Our Valley was a phenomenal success when first released in 1989, winning the Alberta Culture Nonfiction prize as well as the Silver medal for the Roderick-Haig Brown BC Books award. This Was Our Valley brought to...
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Common Brown House Moths

By Laura Zacharin In Common Brown House Moths, poems step back from the hurry, blur and ordinariness to take a closer look at the the hazards of daily life . From her work as a doctor and  everyday family life, first time author, Laura Zacharin considers themes of...

Waterline Immersion

By Conrad Scott Diversely interwoven with threads from the Norse creation myth, to colonial Contact with North America, to personal stories about his grandparents, Conrad Scott's Waterline Immersion asks the fundamental question of what it means to understand a place....

Baddie One Shoe

By Natalie Meisner You know that voice in your head that cuts through it? Does the ill-advised thing in the name of hard won fun? The friend who finishes the bottle with you that needs finishing, stays till closing, holds your hair out of the way if needed? The Tough...

Against Forgetting

By Keith Garebian A delve into the personal history of a man affected by the Armenian genocide and the ways he makes Canada home. The poetic lines and strong emotional tug of the book outline the long lasting effects of trauma and what it means to remake a home....

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb

By Sharanpal Ruprai Poems masquerading as recipes, poems masquerading as survival guides, poems simmered in love, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a humorous collection of poems. Ruprai’s second collection is infused with intense sexuality, racial tensions, and questions...

Rooster, Dog, Crow

By Jim Nason   In a world where upside-down politics dovetails with the carnivalesque, a love triangle unfolds between a belligerent Rooster, a happy-go-lucky meth-addicted Dog, and a gender-fluid Crow.  Nason’s sixth poetry collection goes to the extremes of the...

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots

A poem by Basma Kavanagh   This book length poem comprises three major interwoven threads: Ahli, an auto/biographical thread about my Lebanese heritage; Astura, a grim tale linking climate change and the oppression of women, and Ana, a reflection on identity,...

Night Flying

By Laurie Fuhr   These poems capture the ways of the great Canadian military brat, vanishing points, flights, and gothic perceptions. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry, these poems contain the rhythm of a musician and the eye of a...

News

Basma Kavanagh is on the shortlist for the Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society has shortlisted Basma Kavanagh's latest book, Ruba'iyat for the Time of Apricots, for this year's J.M. Abraham Poetry Award. Basma will be reading on Tuesday, June 4 at the Kentville Library, in Kentville.  The awards Gala will be held...

Bob Stallworthy is awarded the Golden Pen Award

The Alberta Writers Guild has awarded Bob the 2019 Golden Pen Award, a lifetime achievement award that he richly deserves. Bob has been a great friend to Frontenac House. We have been proud to publish three of his books of poetry; From a Call Box, Optics, and Things...

Rooster, Dog, Crow is on the 2019 Raymond Souster Award Longlist

Congratulations to Jim Nason for landing on this prestigious shortlist! http://poets.ca/2019/04/01/2019-book-awards-longlist-announcement/

Quartet 2021 Call For Submissions

The call for submissions for Quartet 2021 is now open, and will close on April 30, 2020. Once this call closes, all manuscripts will be reviewed by our acquisitions editors and a short-list will be produced. This list will be further evaluated and the final titles...

Jim Nason interviewed on Rob McClennan’s blog

Visit Rob's blog to read the interview with Jim Nason, author of Rooster, Dog, Crow, which is launching in Calgary on November 26 at the new Public Library. https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2018/11/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_3.html

Awards

Basma Kavanagh is on the shortlist for the Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society has shortlisted Basma Kavanagh's latest book, Ruba'iyat for the Time of Apricots, for this year's J.M. Abraham Poetry Award. Basma will be reading on Tuesday, June 4 at the Kentville Library, in Kentville.  The awards Gala will be held...

Bob Stallworthy is awarded the Golden Pen Award

The Alberta Writers Guild has awarded Bob the 2019 Golden Pen Award, a lifetime achievement award that he richly deserves. Bob has been a great friend to Frontenac House. We have been proud to publish three of his books of poetry; From a Call Box, Optics, and Things...

Rooster, Dog, Crow is on the 2019 Raymond Souster Award Longlist

Congratulations to Jim Nason for landing on this prestigious shortlist! http://poets.ca/2019/04/01/2019-book-awards-longlist-announcement/

Billy-Ray Belcourt wins the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize Winner Announced!  

Billy-Ray Belcourt is shortlisted for the Griffin Award!

Billy-Ray's accolades just keep coming. 2018 Griffin Awards shortlist

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Alberta is turning out fresh, grade-A poetic voices, thanks to the efforts of Calgary publisher Frontenac House.

Sonnet L’Abbe,
Globe and Mail

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Frontenac House’s Quartet series is one of the best things happening in Canadian poetry.

Calgary Herald

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Frontenac House has established itself as one of Canada’s finest poetry presses.

Rajinderpal S. Pal,
This Magazine

Frontenac House gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. We would also like to thank the Government of Alberta Multimedia Development Fund for their support of our publishing program.

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