Bruce Hunter Recommends Cecelia Frey

Cecelia-Frey2Book title and author: Moments of Joy by Cecelia Frey

What genre is it? Literary Fiction

Quick description: Manfred Weiszl is dying of cancer in Toronto. His last wish is to see his son Rupert who he’s not seen for sixteen years. Manfred’s sister Pauline, the housekeeper Marie (and her boyfriend Steve) and Manfred’s deceased wife Gertrude all play roles in the dramatic story of a family coping with death, marriage breakup, gender identity and living.


Review in The Miramichi Reader: Moments of Joy by Cecelia Frey
Article in Calgary Herald: Calgary author Cecelia Frey tackles death, family strife and the transcendence of joy in new novel by Eric Volmers
From WestWord Magazine: The Life: Cecelia Frey by J.Jill Robinson

Why I recommend this book:
I’ve enjoyed the emotional honesty and artistic integrity of the poetry, short stories and novels of Cecelia Frey for more than 25 years. Her latest work, Moments of Joy, is the culmination of a lifetime of solid writing and hard-won wisdom. This book bravely and wisely, takes on sexuality, aging, death and dying, family and love, with considerable aplomb.

Links for people to buy it:
Inanna Publications

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My current projects are a new volume of poetry, working title The Recipe for Water, and a sequel to my novel, In the Bear’s House (Oolichan Books, 2009). Bruce Hunter has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations.

Bruce Hunter

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Poetry: Two O’Clock Creek – Poems New and Selected (Oolichan Books, 2010). Novel: In the Bear’s House (Oolichan Books, 2009).


Quick description: Winner – 2011 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Two O’Clock Creek brings together the best of Bruce Hunter’s previous books of poetry as well as exciting new work of a life-long poet.

Winner – 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Canadian Rockies Award. In the Bear’s House is the story of a young mother who sends her deaf son to live with relatives in the wilderness of Alberta’s Kootenay Plains where he undergoes a profound change.


Brief biography:
Bruce Hunter is the author of seven books: a novel, a short story collection, Country Music Country (Thistledown Press, 1996) and five books of poetry including Two O’Clock Creek. Deafened as an infant, Bruce taught for 25 years at Seneca College in Toronto and is now active in organizing events for writers and persons with disabilities.

Links to buy Bruce’s book:
Oolichan Books – Free shipping!
Amazon – In the Bear’s House and Two O’Clock Creek

Bruce’s promo links:
brucehunter55 (at)

Interviews: With Joan Shillington for Freefall Magazine
With Adam Pottle at Brick Books

What are you working on now?
My current projects are a new volume of poetry, working title The Recipe for Water, and a sequel to my novel In the Bear’s House (Oolichan Books, 2009).

Bruce’s reading recommendation:
Moments of Joy by Cecilia Frey and Yes. by Rosemary Griebel.

Michael Fay

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Healer. A long form story, published by IslandShorts

Quick description: In 1957, Danny is struck down with rheumatic fever and discovers a strange and frightening world on the children’s ward of the hospital. During months of recuperation his powers of observation are heightened and ultimately the time spent alone teaches him not only about survival, but about becoming the “big boy” the nurses constantly urge him to be, as he learns to accept the inevitable tragedies of life that surround us all.


Brief biography: J. Michael Fay studied creative writing with W. O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and Richard Ford. He worked as a freelance writer in the early eighties and was twice elected President of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. He was founder of the Alexandra Writer’s Centre in Calgary and founding co-chair of CanCopy, the precursor of Access Copyright. He has written five plays, including the award-winning Never Such Innocence Again. He is married to Dr. Fay Martin and lives in Minden, Ontario. He is concentrating on long form stories at the moment.

Links to buy Michael’s book:
eBook available from:
Amazon Worldwide
Overdrive (for libraries)

Michael’s promo links:
IslandShorts for a list of all Michael’s eBooks

What are you working on now? I’m working on a long form story set in 1963, as the main character enters and leaves a Roman Catholic seminary.

Michael’s reading recommendation: Bruce Hunter’s majestic In The Bear’s House, probes deeply into the lives of a working class family in Calgary