The Crwth Publishing Program has Grown
We now publish children’s books and fine art journals. We’ll post each book here as the cover art becomes available.
New Generator by dea Kearns
Pub Date: September 1, 2018
The cover art for this journal features an acrylic painting by dea Kearns. Inspired by a visit to northern Vancouver Island, this piece celebrates the perseverance of nature. The lush foliage beautifully contrasts with and enhances the rust on the machinery, depicting a world in which nature has the power to breathe new life into technology. This imagery is sure to resonate with anyone who has explored British Columbia, particularly Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
An artist of all sorts, dea Kearns’ go-to media are acrylics and pencil-and-ink. When painting, dea unabashedly dances to music befitting the desired movement and emotion in her piece. She is keen on illustrating kid’s books, writing comics, and painting murals or other large-scale images. She lives with her partner, two children, one dog, and one cat in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
Split: Wound That Separates by Sean Nattrass
Pub Date: September 1, 2018
The cover art on this journal uses one part of a diptych originally created for a show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The original work is a large-scale mixed-media piece that incorporates silkscreen dictionary definitions and found objects. The lined journal is printed and bound in Canada using a combination of PCW (post-consumer waste) and FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified material. Please note that the Crwth Press logo will not be featured on the cover of the final journal as it is intended to be a standalone art object.
Sean Nattrass is a visual artist whose work features art history dialogue and subtle social commentary. He has participated in numerous group shows including a two-person show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. His work can be found in private collections across the country and at the Maltwood Museum in Victoria, British Columbia. He lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
Isobel’s Stanley Cup by Kristin Butcher
Pub Date: October 1, 2018
More than anything, Isobel Harkness wants to play hockey with her older brothers. But it’s 1893, and a lot of people—including her father—think hockey is only for boys.
Ignoring her father’s wishes, Isobel helps her brothers train for an upcoming game. And she begins to shine on the ice. When she meets Isobel Stanley, one of the first women to play hockey, young Isobel gets some great advice.
When Isobel has a chance to skate in a big game with the best of the boys in her neighbourhood, she has to find a way around her father’s rules.
Inspired by true accounts of Isobel Stanley’s role in the history of hockey, Isobel’s Stanley Cup proves that hockey has always been a sport for girls.
Kristin Butcher has been writing books for children and young adults since 1997. Married to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ biggest fan, Kristin started watching hockey in self-defence. Somewhere along the line she got hooked and is now often the first one to turn on the game. To learn more about Kristin’s books, visit www.kristinbutcher.com.
Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon
by Karen Autio, illustrated by Loraine Kemp
Pub Date: October 15, 2018
In a hidden canyon in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations, and historical images and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing in one sheltered and sacred space, award-winning author Karen Autio gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America.
"Centering “Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon” around the image of the ponderosa pine speaks to what we often take for granted, our sense of place including the splendor of what has taken place before us as well as what will happen after. The stunning illustrations interwoven with the historical content breathe life into the people and place this book represents. The message of this story reminds us that the Okanagan is enriched with history, but it remains our responsibility to care for the land and each other to ensure the seeds of new generations are a reflection of the beauty that surrounds us all." – Jordan Coble, Wesbank First Nation member and Cultural and Operation Administrator, Sncəwips Heritage Museum
Karen Autio has long been intrigued by Wild Horse Canyon. The tales of syilx/Okanagan people trapping wild horses there piqued her interest. She started researching the history of the canyon and got hooked on exploring what had happened in the area over the past few centuries. When Karen imagined a ponderosa pine living in the canyon for more than two centuries, this book began to take shape. To learn more about Karen’s other books for young readers, visit www.karenautio.com
Loraine Kemp has loved being an artist since she was barely old enough to hold a pencil. Living in the Okanagan Valley all her life and observing her equine friends have given Loraine an edge for creating realistic renderings of her beloved home environment and its inhabitants. To learn more about Loraine’s artwork and writing, visit www.lorainekemp.com.