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New to Walmart


Now Available at Walmart online!


Michael Adubato's Missing the Exit,

Anna Blauveldt's The Leavetaking


...are now all available at Walmart online!


Boasting the photography of Mick Howard (Missing the Exit), the award-winning Angela Holmyard Photography (The Symbiot), and John Wenzel (The Leavetaking), and featuring local Ottawa models, the award-winning Mary Elin Moore (The Symbiot), and Claudine Vivian (The Leavetaking).

 

by Michael Adubado

Michael Adubato, being a man of many talents and experiences, perceives the world through a compassionate and undeceived lens. Writing in vers libre, the common language of his work justifies more than a single reading. Abubato's free verse poems are mostly lighter and observatory in tone, but can range from harsh objectivity to darker humour. Having travelled extensively, a notebook his companion, he brings these experiences to his literary endeavours. Born and raised in New Jersey, this American poet now resides in Belgium.

"In these poems, Adubato takes his readers on a journey around neighborhoods and across continents. Over meals with friends made throughout his travels, and through the sights and sounds he encounters as he explores destinations brand new and familiar, these poems stir all of our senses and encourage us to embark on our own excursions at home or abroad. This eclectic collection turns our negative response to "Missing the Exit" into one of the highlights of the trip."

--Lynne McEniry, poet and author of some other wet landscape

"MICHAEL ADUBATO's poems are those of the intelligent, alert poet who experiences and perceives the world around him with a compassionate and undeceived sensibility. As a former soldier, engaged in enabling the armed forces of different countries to communicate with each other in a common language his poems can range from harsh observation, to military black humour. However, most of the poems are lighter in tone than these two quotations with John Ashbery, the Beats, Charles Bukowski, Robert Frost, Frank O'Hara and Patti Smith registering stylistically in well-written free verse which bears reading more than once. They have been culled from Adubato's notebook kept during his travels and sometimes there are lines that remain in the mind through their disturbing originality."

-- James Sytherland-Smith, poet and author of The River and the Black Cat.

 

(Book 1 of The Symbiot-Trilogy)

Celebrating The Symbiot's 30th anniversary since its inception, this special edition is available! The Symbiot: 30th Anniversary, The Nadia Edition will include, for the first time in print, books 1 and 2 (The Symbiot and The Hunt: Symbiosys) in this volume!

"One man's musical passion leads on a temporal hunt through a Lovecraftian world on a collision course with extinction! Reminiscent with Guy de Maupassant's The Horla" 'Seph Sayers, Blogger & Book Reviewer "Devoted music enthusiast and accomplished pianist, Lorne S. Gibbons, realizes the grim truth regarding a long lost and forbidden music as an evil entity is unleashed which threatens all existing life of Earth. As a crescendo of unknowable forces prepare to wipe out anyone in their way, Lorne and Veronica begin a race against complete annihilation. With little reinforcements, Lorne and Veronica have to fight against the god-aspiring creature to avoid further bloodshed. However, when godly power collides with humanity, the results are devastating." Joshua Hubley

"In the Symbiot, Weatherall has created a spine chilling tale reminiscent of the style of Stephen King"

“Lovecraftian atmosphere and themes at their best. Michel Weatherall is a master of this style of horror - he’ll keep you up all night reading, then for days just thinking about it.”

Cover Model: Mary Elin Moore Hair and Make-up Artist: Fatima Abeduljalil Original photograph by Angela Holmyard Used with permission and courtesy from Angela Holmyard Photography ©2018, all rights reserved. Photo editing: Michel Weatherall

 

by Anna Blauveldt

A successful author. Her lifelong friends. A luxurious birthday weekend at a posh resort. The perfect setting to make memories they can cherish forever. At least, that was the plan.

But all is not right with Molly, a terminally ill woman in a less-than-fulfilling marriage who celebrates her 65th birthday with three old college classmates. During their getaway, closely held secrets in their interwoven backstories – an affair, an accidental death, an addicted daughter, and, of course, Molly's illness – are finally revealed, with consequences for their friendships. And in the end, long after she returns to the reality of daily life, Molly must come to terms with her own mortality and the world she will leave in her wake.

"The Leavetaking" is about betrayal and forgiveness, courage and compassion. Most of all, it is about forging one's own path to serenity and helping others to find theirs.

 

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