Turnstone Press is proud to announce that Barker by Wayne Tefs has made the long shortlist for the 2015 ReLit Award. Presented annually for works published by Canadian independent presses, the prestigious award recognizes excellence in short fiction, novels, and poetry.
About Barker : Harlan always knew he was special, that he was different from other folk. He figured he’d found his calling when he joined the carnival. People were drawn to the sound of his voice from far and wide, even in the middle of the dried-up depression-era prairies. But the carnie life wasn’t quite right for Harlan, and so he kept looking, searching for the time when all eyes would be on him, and he would be the main attraction. When Harlan finally gets his moment in the sun, he realizes that sometimes we arrive in places we never thought we’d go.
Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. He has edited a number of anthologies and published eight novels and a work of non-fiction. His novel Moon Lake received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in 2000 and his novel Be Wolf won the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.
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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