Winnipeg, May 5, 2016—The winner of the 2016 Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards is Turnstone Press author Martha Brooks for her poignant memoir, Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance.
In a series of daily love letters written to her husband Brian over the year following his death from brain cancer, Martha learns how to embrace her grief and reconnect with life.
“We are sadly negligent as a society in not recognizing the simple yet profound notion that loss through death can touch us in ways that heal,” says Governor General Award winner Martha Brooks. “Sitting with grief is a sacred and transforming experience that, rather than weakening us, strengthens our humanity.”
Funny, shattering, and uplifting, Letters to Brian wrestles with the crucial question of how to continue a lifelong romance once your lover is gone.
Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Letters to Brian is her first book for adult readers. She lives in Winnipeg.
Founded in a Winnipeg pub in 1976 to publish chapbooks by Manitoba poets, Turnstone Press has become one of the most highly regarded book publishers in western Canada, publishing not only poetry but also fiction, literary criticism and non-fiction. In 1998 Turnstone Press launched Ravenstone Books, an imprint dedicated to mysteries, thrillers, and noir fiction. Turnstone Press is committed to our literary and cultural role in Manitoba and Canada and our mandate reflects this. We publish only Canadian authors or landed immigrants, we strive to publish a significant number of new writers, to publish in a variety of genres, and to publish 50 per cent Manitoba writers and/or books with Manitoba content.
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