Cod took the gold metal for Best Regional Non-fiction today, in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
The “IPPY” Awards have a mandate of “Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing.” This year’s medal-winning books came from “44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands; 7 Canadian provinces; and 5 countries overseas. These books come not only from diverse locations, but also diverse personalities and viewpoints. [The winners] represent the cutting-edge of independent thinking and expression.”
“Like many great books, Happiness of Fish is a novel about a man trying to make sense of his world. But what sets this book apart from most of its kind is Armstrong’s magnificent style of writing and refreshing new approach to such a book. He is insightful without being melodramatic, which is harder than it sounds, and he writes in a hilarious tone, yet this is still quality literary fiction. Like you’d expect for a novel like this, he is embittered and self-deprecating, but in such a funny and readable way. It’s the kind of book you laugh out loud at as you nod along in agreement…This is indeed a story of “middle-aged dithering,” and it really is quite funny and witty. But what I really want to stress here, wit, humor and thematic speculations aside, is that Fred Armstrong is a great writer, and an original writer. The litmus test for a writer, in my eyes, is how well he or she can capture something in words. He passes this test at least once a page….Fred Armstrong’s writing is like nicotine and fireworks married in a synergistic bliss. Most people will enjoy this for its lighthearted and humorous surface value, and deeper readers will marvel in the greater subsurface connotations.”
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“All her narration has a compelling dream-like quality about it…thanks to Beckels’ musical prose…[her] powerful and haunting prose breathes singular life into a shadowy historical figure. She combines vivid description with hazy recall. As Marguerite remains unsure what is real and what is not – and what is the spiritual world – so do we, as readers…You won’t want to interrupt your reading to cook supper, drive kids to school or do whatever other mundane chores…”
– Northeast Avalon Times, May 2008
“Beckel’s novels are drenched in history, or, more specifically, herstories. She writes of women in imperiled times…Silence of Stone is the imagined narrative of Marguerite de Roberval, marooned on the Isle of Demons for many months in the 16th century…The woman who was set ashore was not the same woman who was rescued hundreds of days later. This novel is the story of the cauldron, the crucible that reshaped her, physically, mentally and emotionally…All this is described with immediacy and conviction – the slime of meat going off, the firing punch of the unfamiliar gun, the bitterness of the local flora. The research deftly underplays the narrative, which is succinct, graphic and lyrical.”
– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram, May 18/08
“From Anchor to Author: NTV’s Glen Carter creates web of intrigue in his debut novel, Angels of Maradona…you can sense the journalistic experience from the author throughout the novel…there are interesting characters, shady deals, and fast-paced action throughout…[it] is definitely a page-turner.”
– Kevin Kelly, The Newfoundland Herald, May 04/08.
“Glen Carter has matered his debut novel like a pro. With true-to-life accounts, gripping suspense, action packed story-telling, you will wonder if everything in it is really fiction. The characters are so real, the setting is vividly described and this fast-paced novel is sure to capture your attention…Carter is sure to become an award-winning novelist.”
– Cindy Bauer, BookPleasures.com, May14/08
“Employing his decades of experience as a veteran journalist, Carter has written a very sophisticated thriller…that stands shoulder to shoulder with best-selling thrillers published by any of the mass-market publishers.”
– Harold Walters, The Packet, May 26/08