Katherine Govier – update on a new novel

Katherine Govier was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Jan. 2014 and again in May 2014. She’s back now to tell us about a new novel that is being released today!


The Three Sisters Bar & Hotel
by Katherine Govier
Published by Harper Collins Canada

A landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada’s most accomplished writers, author of The Ghost Brush and Fables of Brunswick Avenue

Gateway, Alberta, 1911. The coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies has brought a parade of newcomers to the heavenly Bow Valley: climbers, coal miners, artists, scientists, runaway aristocrats and remittance men. Among the latter is the poacher Herbie Wishart, who arrived on a one-way ticket and has reinvented himself as a trail guide and teller of tall tales.

Herbie becomes outfitter for a fossil-hunting expedition headed by a prominent Washington, D.C., archaeologist. Rumours say that the findings of the secrecy-shrouded Hodgson expedition, as it comes to be known, could overturn all previous knowledge about early life forms. Brought along to help in the quarry for the summer are Hodgson’s adult children, mopey Humphrey and the captivating Isabel, with whom Herbie strikes up a campside alliance. But when an early snowstorm hits and trailside grudges come to a head, the expedition mysteriously disappears. The tragedy threatens to stain the Rocky Mountain park’s reputation just as its newly elected government overseers begin to sell the pristine Canadian wilderness to the world. Despite all efforts from that year on to solve, or bury, the mystery, the disappearance will haunt Gateway, and define the futures of Herbie Wishart and his stubbornly female descendants.

The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is at once sweeping and intimate, and bursting with heart, wit and larger-than-life characters who rival the Rocky Mountain landscape for sheer brio. Katherine Govier proves she is one of Canada’s master storytellers with this new novel, which is a groundbreaking portrait of Western Canada’s past, with all its contradictions and complexities, an intimate story of romance and family, and a tantalizing historical and prehistorical mystery.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Ghost Brush is a recent novel, and Hearts of Flame, also a novel, was recently re-released in a 20th Anniversary eBook edition with a new introduction from Iguana Books.

Quick description: The Ghost Brush is the story of Oei, the daughter of the great 19th century printmaker Hokusai, and the unacknowledged creator of many works attributed to him. It’s the story of a father and his gifted daughter, their devotion and rivalry as they lived and worked together until his death at 90. It has been published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and will appear in translation in Spain, Quebec, and Japan.

Hearts of Flame is a portrait of a city and a generation at a crossroads, and looks at old friends and lovers, anew.


Brief biography:
The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs. In 1989, with teacher Trevor Owen, she helped found Writers in Electronic Residence. Today she is the founder and Director of The Shoe Project working to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women.

Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She won Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for the Trillium Prize.

Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore, Alberta, with her partner, a food and wine publisher, and their dog, Jasper. She holds a black belt in classical martial arts and loves skiing and hiking in the Rockies.

Links to buy Katherine’s book:
The Ghost Brush – eBook and Paperback
Hearts of Flame – eBook

Katherine’s promo links:
The Ghost Brush Website

What are you working on now?
A novel set in the past century in a fictional Rocky Mountain town called Gateway where coalminers mingle with runaway aristocrats.

Here’s an update from Katherine that appeared recently on Reading Recommendations about the publication of a new book published in May, titled Half for You and Half for Me.

Katherine’s reading recommendation:
I am reading Country Girl, A Memoir, by Edna O-Brien.