Ken Rivard

I first met Ken Rivard when I was working at Books n Books in Calgary during the early 80s and he was a newly published poet launching his collection, Kiss Me Down to Size. Here we are, 10 published books, 30 years later, and I am pleased to be promoting Ken’s first novel, Motherwild on Reading Recommendations.

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Motherwild (published by Thistledown Press) – literary novel

Quick description: : Motherwild is an unvarnished journey of the struggle to survive on a violent and dangerous yet loving Montreal working-class street. Mostly set over the course of a year beginning in December, 1959, Joey Cantell faces the personal confusion of growing up while attempting to navigate a difficult relationship with his quick-witted, strong-willed alcoholic ma and a burgeoning attraction to Celine Lesage, the girl living downstairs in the apartment block who bears a puzzling likeness to his mother and who holds Joey enthralled with her own wild ways.

Quote from back cover of Motherwild: “In his 10th book, Ken Rivard shows himself to be a real pro at capturing the realities of working-class humanity. Motherwild is a work of beauty, a coming-of-age story and the eventual healing of a mother-son relationship. Rivard’s writing is honest, refreshing, startling, imaginative and gets the reader emotionally involved. Motherwild is a really good read!” ~ W.P. Kinsella

Ken Rivard and Lori Hahnel will be launching both their new novels on Thurs. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., in Calgary at Shelf Life Books. (Lori was previously featured on Reading Recommendations on Oct. 2, 2014.)


Brief biography:
Born and raised in Montreal, Ken Rivard has been living in Calgary since the summer of 1976. He is the author of 10 books (short fiction, poetry, children’s literature, literary novel). His books have been finalists for The Writers Guild of Alberta Book Awards including The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Ken’s writing has appeared in dozens of national and regional publications and on the CBC and he has presented many successful writing workshops across Canada. He has worked as the Writer-In-Residence for both The Calgary Public Library and The Writers Guild of Alberta. Ken has served on book award juries for both Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2005, Ken was nominated for the inaugural Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

Links to buy Ken’s book:
Thistledown Press

Ken’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Just finished a new collection of short, short fiction (one-page stories) and am hard at work on a new novel.

Ken’s reading recommendation:
Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

Lori Hahnel

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? After You’ve Gone – adult novel

Quick description: After You’ve Gone is the story of two generations of musicians, a jazz grandmother and a punk granddaughter, who each struggle with balancing life, love, and art in their respective eras.

And if you happen to be in the Calgary area …

Thistledown Press and Lori Hahnel invite you to the launch of Lori’s new novel, After You’ve Gone

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
7 – 8:30 PM
Memorial Park Library
Lower Level, 1221 – 2 St. SW
Calgary, AB

Join us for reading, refreshments and musical guests
Hope to see you there!
Copies of Lori’s books will be available to purchase from Owl’s Nest Books!

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Brief biography:
Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, and a story collection, Nothing Sacred, which was shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been published in over thirty publications across North America and in the UK, including The Fiddlehead, Joyland and Prairie Fire, as well as being produced for CBC Radio. She teaches at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Links to buy Lori’s book:
Amazon – paperback
Chapters/Indigo – paperback
Thistledown Press

Lori’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Currently marketing another short story collection and working on the first draft of a new novel.

Lori’s reading recommendation:
I’ve read three of Alice Hoffman’s novels lately and really enjoyed them.