David A. Poulsen – a new teen/adult novel … and an unusual launch

I’ve known David Poulsen for more years than either of us would care to admit! I was his sales rep when he published his humorous adult novel, Don’t Fence Me In, with Red Deer College Press during the Dennis Johnson days … We both miraculously survived that time – life in the book biz was always sketchy for both authors and sales reps whenever DJ was involved … and David has since gone on to successfully write and publish many more books, both for adults and teens, as well as continue his career as a Professional Rodeo Announcer. He has been a guest on Reading Recommendations several times and is back now to tell us about his new novel and a special event organized to launch it.

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And Then The Sky Exploded
by David A. Poulsen
Published by Dundurn Press
Genre: Teen/Adult novel

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends … somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there’s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

But maybe, just maybe … they’re wrong.

Where to Purchase:
Dundurn Press

From David:
Anybody can have a book launch in Toronto or Calgary but it’s not every day that Ponteix, Saskatchewan hosts a national book launch. I’m so excited that that is exactly what is happening in this cool town of 700 people. We’ll be launching my newest teen/young adult novel tomorrow evening (the 24th) in the high school gymnasium with a beef on a bun dinner at 5:30 pm and the reading/signing to follow.at 6:30 The community had gotten behind School Principal Chad Striker who has taken the lead in putting this together and even folks from neighbouring communities are planning to come–which is the way they do things in Saskatchewan (you may have heard of the Saskatchewan Roughriders)…so if even a tiny bit of that kind of community spirit is in play tomorrow night, it will be a wonderful evening. So if any of my Saskatchewan friends are near enough to pop by or even if you’ve never met me but would like to experience a book launch, rural Saskatchewan-style, stop by the Ponteix School tomorrow. Should be a very cool evening.

And … here’s what happened!

14859824_10210324401324303_8309112972153405390_o The National Book Launch of And Then the Sky Exploded in Ponteix, Saskatchewan on Monday night was not just a hugely successful literary event–it was one of the best “writer-days” of my life. Yes, we sold a whack of books but more importantly, I was overwhelmed by the friendship, the kindness and the generosity of the people of Ponteix and neighbouring communities. The tireless effort of Principal Chad Striker, the School Council and so many others in putting on the supper and launch/book signing is something I won’t ever forget. Ponteix, you will always have a special place in my heart. Now my tour of schools in amazing Saskatchewan continues. 14633540_10210324402084322_657186659943310621_o

David A. Poulsen – update on the re-release of a novel

David A. Poulsen has been featured on Reading Recommendations several times now: first in Feb. 2014 with a new novel; second in Oct. 2014 with an update on a new novel; third in Oct. 2015 when he recommended a new book by Ted Barris in Authors Recommending Authors. Now David is back to tell us the great news that one of his earlier-written novels that had gone out of print is being re-released by Dundurn Press. But we’ve also just received the terrific news that David was named Douglas Lake Cowboy of the Year! Congratulations, David!

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Numbers
by David A. Poulsen
Published by: Dundurn Press
Genre: YA Fiction

Just when Andy starts to feel like he finally belongs, can he stand up to the person he trusted the most?

Fifteen-year-old Andy Crockett wouldn’t call himself the luckiest kid on Earth. His brother got all the looks and all the smarts. And at school, he doesn’t fit with any of the groups — the goths, the athletes, or the brains. Even those misfits, The Six, aren’t exactly welcoming him.

But with a new school year starting, Andy thinks his luck may be changing. Parkerville isn’t the coolest school, but at least Mr. Retzlaff, his tenth-grade social studies teacher, is cool. His class is actually good from day one. Covering World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust, Mr. R. urges students to question everything they see and hear. It’s the one class Andy wants to ace, if only to make Mr. R. proud. But before long, he starts to realize that Mr. R.’s version of history doesn’t quite match everyone else’s, and that succeeding in this class may cost more than he’s willing to pay.

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was short-listed for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.

Dundurn Press lists where Numbers is available to be purchased in both print and eBook.
David also reports: It’s available at Barnes and Noble throughout the US and, of course, good bookstores across Canada–Chapters, McNally-Robinson and your independent booksellers. It’s available in book and ebook formats and can be found online–Chapters, Amazon etc.

 

David Poulsen Recommends Ted Barris

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Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited
by Ted Barris

Genre: Canadian History

Barris chronicles the history of the vessels that traversed the waters of the western Canadian plains by bringing to life the voices of those on board and on shore whose lives revolved around those prairie steamboats.

ted_barrisWhy I recommend this book: Painstakingly researched and compellingly written by one of Canada’s most important historians.

David Poulsen’s review of Fire Canoe:
Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days
Review by David A. Poulsen

Fire Canoe—Another Barris Literary Treasure

Ted Barris’s recently released Fire Canoe (Dundurn, Toronto) confirms once again the writer’s position as one of Canada’s pre-eminent purveyors of our nation’s history. In the tradition of Pierre Burton (and others), Barris once again combines exhaustive research, compelling story-telling with his clear love of this country’s stories to create a thoroughly readable look at the largely forgotten story of the steamboats of the Canadian prairie waterways.

Fire Canoe—the name came from the First Nations people, some of whom were terrified at the noise and sight of the wondrous vessels while others were employed to pilot them through often tricky waters. The ships themselves were the very definition of multi-taskers and their stories leap off the pages of Barris’s book. The vessels played important roles in war (The Riel Rebellion), in transporting the goods needed for a growing west , in dredging for gold at river’s bottom and in providing fun, not only for those who toiled on the ships but those on shore as well. But perhaps, most of all, the steamboats were home to a cast of characters–rascals, builders, villains and heroes and Barris, as he does so well, has them leaping off the pages and into our hearts.

One of those characters, Jimmy Soles (his father had rafted his family over six hundred miles from Medicine Hat to Prince Albert) eventually became part of the crew of the Hudson Bay Company’s stern-wheeler, the Saskatchewan.
“We danced at every place we stopped downriver—The Pas, Cumberland, Chemahawin, Cedar Lake—if we were going to be there overnight, we had
a dance. . . . The Indians called them fiddle dances,” mused Soles, who called
at all the dances “especially if I knew I didn’t have to get up ’til about noon
the next day. . . . Oh those square-dances. . . . The first trip I made with the Saskatchewan, we had a dance at Cumberland and there was an Indian fellow
playin’ the fiddle. He had a fiddle alright, and a willow bent with horse hair on it.
And he only could play the one tune, ‘Little Brown Jug.’ We danced to that all night.”

Ted Barris has become one of the most important and gifted chroniclers of Canada’s often fascinating and sadly, just-as-often forgotten past. Barris is doing all he can to remedy that unfortunate reality, and Fire Canoe is another feather in his well-decorated cap.

Links to purchase Ted’s book:
Dundurn Press

DavidPoulsen Guest reviewer’s latest title or project: Serpents Rising, Dundurn, October, 2014

David A. Poulsen has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Feb. 2014 and Oct. 2014.

David A. Poulsen – a new novel update

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Serpents Rising
A Cullen and Cobb Mystery

David A. Poulsen

In 2005, journalist Adam Cullen’s wife, Donna, is killed by an arsonist. In desperation after police, fire department, and insurance investigators all give up trying to find the culprit, Cullen hires private detective Mike Cobb, but he, too, is stymied. Seven years later, Cobb re-enters Cullen’s life. A search for a crack-addicted teenage runaway is tangled up with Calgary’s most ruthless criminal organization — and a possible lead on Donna’s killer.
The parallel investigations take the two onto Calgary’s meanest streets, populated by a vicious biker gang, a silky-smooth pedophile, and an assortment of people who aren’t at all what they seem.

As they weave their way through long-buried secrets, Cullen and Cobb will come face-to-face with a cruelty they could never have expected … and a killer about to strike again.

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor. The author of more than 20 books, David spends time each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. His young adult novel Numbers was awarded the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.

Where to purchase David’s book:
Dundurn Press

David A. Poulsen was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Feb. 2014.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Old Man — crossover Teen (YA) / Adult

Quick description: Nate Huffman has a five-point self-improvement plan for the summer that will not only make him smarter, stronger and better looking, but will almost guarantee him a shot at Jen Wertz.

But just as the long awaited summer vacation is about to arrive, Nate`s plans are unexpectedly shelved–for the most unlikely of reasons–the reappearance of his estranged father who ran off with a nineteen year-old dental hygienist when Nate was five. And not only is the old man back, he’s got this goofy idea about some road trip the two of them are going to take.

Nate finds himself heading off in a pickup with a sixty-two year-old man he can’t stand. But that’s just the beginning. Nate’s dad wants to reconnect with his son–and more than that he wants Nate to really know him, to understand him.

And the way Larry Huffman has chosen to make this happen is to take his son into his own past, a past that has as its centerpiece, the Vietnam War.

As the two eventually struggle their way through the jungle of the A Shau Valley, the old man relives the horror of the battle that changed him forever.

Nate undergoes changes of his own–at first a grudging acceptance of this man who has been a stranger in his life…and eventually something more–something that goes far beyond what either of them expected.

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Brief biography:
David A. Poulsen’s writing career began in earnest when his story The Welcomin’ won the 1984 Alberta Culture Short Story Competition. Now the author of more than 20 books, many for middle readers and young adults, David is one of Canada’s most sought after guest author/presenters in schools. David’s teen/young adult novel Numbers was awarded the Sakura Medal (selected by English speaking high school students in Japan as their favourite novel of the year). David toured schools in Japan and Korea in October of 2011. He recently completed his Masters degree in Creative Writing at UBC and was the 2012-13 Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.

Links to buy David’s book:
Website
Amazon Worldwide – eBooks and print
Kobo – eBook

David’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
(I read this book in 2013 and wrote a review of it on Goodreads. smt)

What are you working on now?
I am working on the final edit for my first adult mystery, Serpents Rising, coming from Dundurn Books in the fall of 2014.

David’s reading recommendation:
I recently enjoyed a superb period mystery, The Alienist, by Caleb Carr.