Frontenac is upgrading our website!

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic and the subsequent change to all of our business models, we have been busily reworking our website to include the ability to sell our titles directly, online. We’re still working out final details, but we plan on offering significant reductions on shipping cost to you. 

We are also adding author bio pages, so if you are one of our authors and think we might need an updated bio from you, please email neil@frontenachouse.com

Keep checking in, as we hope to have this exciting upgrade ready go live within a couple of weeks. 

YYC POP ONLINE LAUNCH EVENT

YYC POP will be launching online in a live Zoom Gala event, spread over two days.
September 26-27.

Saturday
September 26
2-5 PM

Featuring readings by:
Sheri-D Wilson, Micheline Maylor, Erin Mouré, Sherry Schwartz, Michael Wahba, Clint White, Sophie Gowsell, Vivian Hansen, Natalie Meisner, Calvin Becker, Yvonne Trainer, Matt Blais, Cort Bulloch, Dale Lee Kwong, Josephine LoRe, Shannon Maguire, Ethan Collister, Rosemary Griebel, Carol MacKay, Brenda Johnson, Daniel Igbinosun, Mary Vlooswyk, Faye Reineberg Holt, A lot of Poetry, Pamela Medland, Erin Dingle, Yaiza Lopez Garcia San Roman, Danielle Paul, Madelaine Caritas Longman, Margaret Chandler, Richard Heyman, Dawn Bryan, Xam Eitsirhc, Kirk Miles

Saturday Meeting ID: 810 7145 9002
Passcode: 384928

Sunday
September 27
2-5 PM

Featuring readings by:
Sheri-D Wilson, Yvonne Trainer, Weyman Chan, Jenny Wong, Mohamad Kebbewar, Crystal MacKenzie, Shirlee Matheson, David Eso, Andrew Guilbert, Adrienne Adams, Heather Ramsay, Beth Everest, Doris Daley, Carrie Phillips Kieser, Gisele Villeneuve, Aritha van Herk, Joan Shillington, Catherine Welburn (Cassy), Karen Gallagher-Burt, Ryan Hurl, Audrey Lane Cockett, Diana Hayes, Vanessa Urschel, Lori D. Roadhouse, Anne Sorbie, Sebastien Wen, Michelle Owusu, Sandra Sutter

Sunday Meeting ID: 822 5014 9674
Passcode: 776697

Quartet 2020 online launch!

We will be launching Quartet 2020 on October 22, time TBA. We’ll be putting up a registration page soon. Join authors Alex Williamson, Joan Shillington, Lisa Richter, and Tyler B. Perry as they launch their new titles.

Quartet 2020 online launch!

We will be launching Quartet 2020 on October 22, time TBA. We’ll be putting up a registration page soon. Join authors Alex Williamson, Joan Shillington, Lisa Richter, and Tyler B. Perry as they launch their new titles.

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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

Bob Stallworthy interview and reading

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fHOq65yWGw
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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

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YYC POP – Poetic Portraits of People

By Sheri-D Wilson If a city is characterized by the people who live there, as Calgary transforms, it is important to acknowledge who we are as we grow and change. With this idea in mind, we asked the community to write about someone who represents or captures the...
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Impact Statement

By Bob StallworthyImpact Statement is a book of transitions.Transitions that are brought about by a catastrophic health situation. Transitions in life brought on by facing the potential for death and dying to happen at any time; being desperate enough to ask for help...
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Borderlands

By Mark Vitaris The book is a photographic discourse on the country that straddles the forty-ninth parallel from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the grasslands of Saskatchewan and to the western Dakotas. It depicts the land metaphorically as a river of...

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...

A Brush With Depth: The Art of Rick Sealock

By Rick Sealock and Christina VesterProduction details are not yet finalized, so the above information may change. Rick Sealock has been creating wild and wacky illustrations for clients as varied as Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, Natural Health...
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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....

News

Bob Stallworthy interview and reading

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fHOq65yWGw

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...

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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