Book Launch: Seraphim Editions fall authors, Thur Sept 8 at 6 pm

Thursday September 8 at 6:00 pm, free. Canadian publisher Seraphim Editions ( launches four new books for the fall of 2011 with readings by the authors. [Note the early start. There is a country music concert starting at 9 pm.] Authors are: Jean-Rae Baxter (Scattered Light), Rob Ritchie (In a Company of Fiddlers), Michael Nelson (Drowned, They Said: A Metis History), J.S. Porter (Lightness and Soul: Musings on Eight Jewish Writers)

Scattered Light – A collection of short stories by award-winning author Jean Rae Baxter, these sometimes dark tales are psychologically complex and expertly crafted … sure to keep the reader turning the pages with rapt attention.

In a Company of Fiddlers – This brilliant second novel by writer/ composer Rob Ritchie tells the story about an emerging singer and a troubled love affair. Once again Ritchie employs his skill at shifting the action back and forth through time, elegantly moving this haunting tale towards a surprising climax.

Drowned, They Said: A Metis History – Following a visit to his grandfather’s grave, Michael Nelson searches for the true circumstances behind Bernhard Anders’ death. In this very personal account, Nelson explores his Metis family history.

Lightness and Soul: Musings on Eight Jewish Writers – Books – and by extension, reading – exercise the imagination and can change lives. J. S. Porter explores this thesis in the context of community, zeroing in on eight Jewish writers.

About the Authors

Jean Rae Baxter is a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde. When she isn’t writing noir fiction, she is developing stories for young adults – her work in both genres undoubtedly influenced by her years as a high school English teacher.

Rob Ritchie is probably best known from his days as the piano player with the Canadian folk-roots powerhouse Tanglefoot. His performing credentials extend back to the early 1990s when he wrote, produced and toured musical theatre throughout Ontario. He has also penned three stage plays and a short story collection. His first novel, Orphans of Winter, was published by Seraphim Editions in September 2006.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Michael Nelson is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he studied Psychology and English Literature. Drowned, They Said is his first book.

A poet and prolific essayist, J. S. Porter has contributed thought-provoking articles to most of the major Canadian journals and magazines including Canadian Literature, The Antigonish Review, Brick, the Literary Review of Canada, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post, as well as international publications. The author of four books, he currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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