Demetra Angelis Foustanellas Recommends Rosemary Nixon

Are-You-Ready-to-Be-Lucky-CoverAre You Ready to be Lucky?
by Rosemary Nixon
Publisher: Freehand Books, Calgary

Literary fiction

Quick description:
Are You Ready to Be Lucky? If so, meet Roslyn, a spirited divorcée eager for new beginnings. Meet Duncan, a British conman with a penchant for collecting ex-wives. Meet Floyd, a hard-living contractor who can fix anyone’s house but his own. Irritating, vulnerable, hopeful, they ricochet off one another, trailing a mess of family and friends, all of them trying to beat the odds and find happiness. With razor-sharp wit, Rosemary Nixon takes on the chaos and absurdity of friendship, marriage, divorce, and betrayal—and the heart-pounding, breathtaking, always astonishing complexities of luck and love. Read an excerpt.


Why I recommend this book:
Rosemary is an accomplished author and inspiring teacher. I found her novel Are You Ready to Be Lucky? witty, charming and delightfully entertaining. The characters were incredibly realistic as were the settings, a story one can relate to.

More reviews for Rosemary’s writing:
“Hilarious, charging, gorgeous. There is so much to admire in a Rosemary Nixon story it’s hard to know where to begin.”- Lisa Moore, author of Caught and February
“The characters of Are You Ready to Be Lucky? fumble hopelessly toward what they think they want. They get hurt, and hurt again. But deftly, tenderly, Nixon makes pileups of disappointments shine like broken glass in sand.” – National Post

“Rosemary Nixon says exactly what needs to be said… Are You Ready to Be Lucky? is a novel that looks like a short story collection and tastes like a volume of haiku.” – Telegraph-Journal

Praise for Rosemary Nixon
“Nixon’s style is fiercely observant, and her stories work together to convince us that the world is a crystal, held up to the light be a relentless storyteller.” – University of Toronto Quarterly

“Reader, be humble. You are about to read greatness. You are about to read a story that lifts our mortal lives into lamentation and wisdom and rapture and love.” – Robert Kroetsch

Links for people to buy it:
Freehand Books
Bookstores across Canada

Join Rosemary Nixon’s Writing Away Workshop on Samos Island, Greece!

Workshop dates July 2-16, 2015

A Fantastic Opportunity: A 14 Day Writing Adventure on the Greek Island of Samos.

Are travel and writing your passions? Writing Away is a small-group adventure-workshop for writers and aspiring writers held on the Greek Island of Samos, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, a verdant landscape with lovely villages and footpaths for nature lovers.

Five consecutive days of invigorating morning classes before taking two days for travel, reflection, writing, and/or rest — singly or in groups — whatever people wish — before resuming classes for another 5 days. This 14 day get-away includes accommodation in a quaint, sea-side hotel – the Anema By-the-Sea Guest House (hotel apartments) in Karlovasi
– 3 hour morning writing instruction, indoor or out (we can even choose to hold some classes in the country garden in the village of Leka, transportation provided) with discussions, exercises, critiquing, and feedback from a professional writer, followed by ample free time afternoons and evenings for reflective writing (quiet spots available in your room, around the pool, etc), individual and group exploration of Samos where informal writing discussions can, if we wish, continue. Optional day excursions are available weekends, for example, to the island of Patmos, to Kusadasi, Turkey along with the ancient site of Biblical Ephesos. We will take the last day off to breathe in this lovely island and say goodbye to Greece.

Rosemary is a highly-respected freelance editor, and has edited the stories, poetry, non-fiction, and novels of many Canadian writers, working closely with writers on style, language, and form. She has worked for years as a freelance consultant for the Calgary Board of Education, teaching teachers how to teach writing creatively to their students, then worked extensively in their classrooms. She has taught classes for years at the University of Calgary, Chinook College, as well as three summers at Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan. Rosemary also teaches private classes, fine-tuning each to the particular group’s needs. She delights in ensuring that each participant, no matter what his/her level, is a better writer by the session’s end. Combine this level of expertise with the beauty of the Island of Samos, Greece, and you have a splendid match.

This is Rosemary’s third workshop in Greece. For more details, view Rosemary’s website.

toula 3 Guest reviewer’s latest title
Secrets in a Jewellery Box, by Demetra Angelis Foustanellas, portrays the life of Elly, a single mother of Greek extraction, born and raised in a small Canadian town. It is a story about family, relationships, friendship and traditions. The story begins and ends in Elly’s adulthood but travels back to her adolescence and short-lived teen marriage to a Greek immigrant. Customs and values observed in Hellenic, minority communities outside of Greece are woven into the story embracing the often clashing perceptions between native and expatriate Greeks.

Demetra Foustanellas was born in Ottawa, Canada, to Greek immigrant parents in 1957. At the age of thirty-one, she relocated to her ancestral home of Greece with her husband and two children. Foustanellas spent the following years observing and researching her own heritage, as well as that of her familial country. Her insight and research are documented within her debut novel, Secrets in a Jewellery Box, a project inspired by experiences extracted from both worlds: the diaspora and Greece. Demetra was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in August, 2014.