Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


War and love

September 30th, 2022

Janie Chang has completed her fourth historical fiction novel, The Porcelain Moon: A Novel of France, the Great War, and Forbidden Love (William Morrow/HarperCollins $27.99) due out February, 2023. Set in France, 1918 a young Chinese woman, Pauline Deng, runs away from her uncle’s home in Paris to evade a marriage being arranged for her in Shanghai. Pauline ends up lodging in the home of Camille Roussel, who is planning her own escape — from an abusive marriage as well as the end a love affair that can no longer continue. The two women become friends although Pauline soon uncovers a perilous secret that Camille has been hiding from her. As their dangerous situation escalates, the two women are forced to make a terrible decision that will bind them together for the rest of their lives. Set against the little-known history of the 140,000 Chinese workers brought to Europe as non-combatant labor during WWI, The Porcelain Moon is a tale of forbidden love, identity and belonging, and what we are willing to risk for freedom. Vancouver-based Chang is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. 9780063072862

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