Dektet Review in Globe and Mail
Apparently, if you say enough negative things about your local newspaper’s weekend book section, someone from said book section will eventually hire you to write for them. Evidence for this new law of Newtonian physics lies in my review of the ten titles from Calgary-based Frontenac House’s Spring “Dektet” catalogue, which appeared in Saturday’s Globe and Mail.
Admittedly, I don’t read the Globe and Mail’s Books Section, so I missed it. But now here it is, in electronic glory. In brief: 1. There’s not a lot of point to publishing 10 books if you can’t successfully market and distribute your usual four, not that this is necessarily your fault. 2. That being said, the point of being a small press is to foster good books, and there are good books here that deserve the chance Frontenac has given them. 3. To my eye, the good books in Frontenac’s Dektet were: Keith Garebian’s Children of Ararat, Douglas Burnet Smith’s Learning to Count, and especially Nikki Reimer’s [sic]. All come Vox recommended. Here’s the whole review.