Jane Bow

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Cally’s Way, an historical self-discovery novel.

Quick description: Set in Crete, Cally’s Way interweaves the 2002 story of Cally, a 25-year old business graduate, with the World War II story of Callisto, her grandmother, who was a runner in the Cretan Resistance.

Cally’s mother was born on Crete but has always refused to talk about it. Now she has died, leaving one instruction: that before she starts her first job, Cally should visit her mother’s homeland. On Crete’s south coast she meets Oliver, a reticent, very attractive U.S. Army deserter, and a night of love awakens feelings Cally has never known. Then, waiting for her plane in Athens airport, she learns from a television report that the company she is about to work for is killing people with water pollution. These two events demolish Cally’s fragile equilibrium, setting her on a new, uncharted path, back in Crete, that strips her of ambition, illusions, of even her clothes before leading to deep love, a horrific family discovery, and a future she never would have imagined.

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Brief biography:
Jane Bow grew up in Canada, the United States, Spain, England, Czechoslovakia and Cuba. The daughter of Canadian diplomats, she cut her educational teeth at the Lycee Francais de Madrid and England’s Roedean School, both dark, Dickensian institutions. Spending formative years in Spain and behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War has given Jane the sensibilities found in her fiction. Canadian university degrees in history, literature and journalism, and a lifetime of exploring human nature and the world’s cultures have added perspectives Jane uses, along with her love of the English language, to weave her stories. Her first novel, Dead And Living, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award, and selected for a Carleton University course in 2002. The Oak Island Affair, her second novel and a 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist, has just been re-published by Iguana Books. Jane has also published short fiction and non-fiction. She lives on the edge of a forest in Peterborough, Ontario, and spends time each year in Crete, where Cally’s Way is set.

Links to buy Jane’s book:
Cally’s Way is available in print and as an ebook at all online retailers.
Amazon – eBook and paperback
Chapters/Indigo – paperback
Kobo – eBook
Barnes & Noble – paperback
Iguana Books

Jane’s promo links:
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What are you working on now?
This Little Wild Bouquet is an historical love story/thriller set in Cold War Prague

Jane’s reading recommendation:
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior
A.S. Byatt, The Children’s Book
Donna Tart, The Goldfinch

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Caravaggio’s Dagger (Iguana, Toronto, 2013) – poetry

Quick description: Many come to evil, yet some still search for a better way to be.

Exemplified by the art of Caravaggio, this work inquires: what, then, is a pursuit of right action?

Caravaggio, the murderous, brilliant 16th-century painter, depicted the decapitation of John the Baptist at the moment the act is botched: jugular severed, head attached, the saint in agony—a rendering of humanity’s predilections placed above the altar of the Maltese co-cathedral of the military Knights of Saint John.

The chapbook version was a finalist for the Sharon Drummond Chapbook Prize, Calgary, Alberta, 2013.

Many of this book’s poems have previously been published in established Canadian literary periodicals such as Canadian Literature, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, Nashwaak Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Malahat Review, Qwerty, WordWorks, and Windsor Review, as well as in well-regarded periodicals that have ceased publication, such as Ala, Colorado Quarterly, Quarry, and The Far Point.

Caravaggio’s Dagger is structured as six taxonomies or sections, and contains 83 poems. Taxonomy in this instance refers to division into ordered group or categories. The opening taxonomy, “Pyre of the Accidental Butterfly,” deals with instances of war and social disruption. The second taxonomy, “In the North of the Afternoon,” with the perplexities and vexations of personal life. Taxonomy Three, “At the Widening of the Narrows,” of the intrusion of death into these perplexities. Taxonomy Four, “The Waterways of Avalon,” of approaches to what is gone and past. Taxonomy Five, “Confluence of the Tributaries,” a synthesis of how to recognize what is worthwhile and of beauty in this decay of time. And, the sixth and last taxonomy, “Caravaggio’s Dagger,” with how the artistry of place can assist in an awareness of the inexorability of war and social disruption.

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Brief biography:
Hendrik Slegtenhorst has published Caravaggio’s Dagger (Iguana, Toronto, 2013) and over 100 works in established publications. He is a past co-chair of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, past president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, and a past director of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. He has held executive positions in government, heritage, and post-secondary education. His cultural website may be found here. He lives in Vancouver.

Links to buy Hendrik’s book:
Iguana Books – eBook and print
Amazon Canada – eBook and print
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and Print
Indigo – eBook

Hendrik’s promo links:
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What are you working on now?
Covenant, my second book of poetry, was completed in March 2015. My third book of poetry, Constellations of Desire, is in progress.

Hendrik’s reading recommendation:
Di Brandt, Now You Care