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 The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, June 2017

News

  •  A Culture's Catalyst Book Launch
    The May 13 celebration in Toronto of Wild Sage Press author Fannie Kahan's book A Culture's Catalyst was an energy-filled afternoon. Visit the WSP Events page for photos and details.
  • Moving on: saying farewell to people and places
    Wild Sage Press's fifth annual salon and sale on April 30, co-sponsored with Connaught Branch of Regina Public Library, was hugely enjoyed by its enthusiastic participants. Visit the WSP Events page for photos and details.
  • Surge in Dorothy McMoogle Facebook page followers
    For an unknown but welcome reason, the number of people liking the Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle Facebook page has recently jumped from a single digit to 97.
  • Blue Grama sighting
    On a  trip to Grasslands National Park earlier this month, Wild Sage Press visited Prairie Wind & Silver Sage gift shop/gallery in Val Marie, SK, and was pleased to see Blue Grama on the shelves!

This month's feature: Book Appreciation

One of the major reasons people become publishers is to contribute to the world of reading through wonderful books. Publishing is very challenging, and in particular for small publishers, definitely not lucrative (in many cases quite the opposite), so it is comments like the following that give me (the smallest of small publishers!) the motivation to keep going. This note was sent to Goldeye and Funnyfin's illustrator Sharon Kahan:

Your book, Goldeye and Funnyfin, has delighted four children in my family so far. Their parents have noted that the stories are very well written. I think the stories are fun, adventurous, educational, and a pleasure to read aloud. Your colourful illustrations clearly convey the characters’ actions and feelings. I am happy to have more copies to share the joy of this book. I hope that the children who receive these books will be like Goldeye and Funnyfin, always there for their friends. Fannie taught many valuable lessons through her stories. Your mother’s legacy continues.

Thank you to everyone over the past few years who has let me know how much you appreciate Wild Sage Press books. Here's to book appreciators everywhere!

with best wishes to all, 
Barbara

 Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Sabbatical.
  • Wild Sage Press has 210 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 211th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama 
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle 
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin 
    -- Tending the Tree of Life 
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (only 22 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press 
    -- Red Tuque Books 
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca 
    -- Indigo.ca 
    -- Blue Grama Facebook page
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, April 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Moving on: saying farewell to people and places
    -- Sunday, April 30, 2:00-4:00 pm, come & go or come & stay!
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina)
    Join a wonderful group of creative people (writers! artists! a musician!) - Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Heather Peat Hamm, and Wendy Winter - for readings, art and book displays, and thought-provoking conversation at Wild Sage Press's fifth annual salon and sale. Previous salons have been rich in intriguing insights, meaningful commentary, and questions to ponder. Everyone welcome. This event is co-sponsored by Connaught Branch of Regina Public Library and Wild Sage Press. See you soon!

This month's feature: Sabbatical

With all the major life events that have happened in the last few years, it seemed a good time to take a break. So, Wild Sage Press has been on sabbatical for the last few months! And its publisher (me) has taken the opportunity to spend three months with our new grandbaby Lauren, helping out with childcare. Although I haven't been publishing, I have still been on close terms with books. We joined the local library near our new temporary home, and I have been enjoying seeing all kinds of books I'd never heard of before. In addition to reading books myself, I am having a good time reading to Lauren (who judges books not by their covers but by their chewability!). I am very grateful to one of my friends who I think of as my reading mentor, who has introduced me to all sorts of fabulous authors. Somewhere in my semi-consciousness I am thinking of ideas for Wild Sage Press and looking forward to the upcoming salon and sale on April 30, which may be the end of the sabbatical. In the meantime, happy reading to everyone.
with best wishes to all, 
Barbara


Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Home-made Books.
  • Wild Sage Press has 206 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 207th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama 
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle 
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin 
    -- Tending the Tree of Life 
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 40 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press 
    -- Red Tuque Books 
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca 
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, November 2016

Upcoming Events

  • Four Friends Christmas Artisan Sale 
    -- Friday November 18 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and Saturday November 19 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    -- 840 Embassy Avenue, London, Ontario
    Join Goldeye and Funnyfin illustrator Sharon Kahan and three of her friends for this happy event. Available for viewing and buying: copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin, some of the original paintings reproduced in the book, and G & F art cards; fabric art and oil paintings; and refreshments! 
  • Moving on: saying farewell to people and places
    -- Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina)
    Join Cathedral area writer Brenda Niskala, publisher Barbara Kahan, and others for a thought-provoking conversation at Wild Sage Press's fifth annual salon and sale. Previous salons have been rich in intriguing insights, meaningful commentary, and questions to ponder. Everyone welcome. This event is co-sponsored by Regina Public Library's Connaught Branch and Wild Sage Press. 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • Grant. Huge thanks to Canada Council for recently awarded funding which will cover some of Wild Sage Press's marketing expenses. A wonderful help!!!

This month's feature: On the Move

Evan and I have moved, and therefore Wild Sage Press has moved as well. We're only two blocks away from our previous home, but it's still a major task. Not surprisingly, most of our boxes are filled with books. The second largest category of box-filled possessions is art. And of course there are all the Wild Sage files (credit union statements, paper samples, grant applications, and much more), packing materials (for shipping books), display materials (for events like the upcoming spring-time salon), equipment (in addition to computer and printer, things like paper-cutter and weigh scale), general office supplies (paper, paper clips, pens, scissors, rulers...). And then there are all the emotions - I'll be sorting those out for a long time! In general the prognosis is good - Wild Sage Press lives on, and Evan and I think we'll be happy in our new home. We are slightly closer to the creek I like to walk along, are only slightly further away from the library (a two minute walk instead of half a minute, and still have many of our friends nearby. All is well!
with best wishes to all, 
Barbara


Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Home-made Books.
  • Wild Sage Press has 206 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 207th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles:
    -- Blue Grama
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin
    -- Tending the Tree of Life
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 40 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- Red Tuque Books
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following:
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, September 2016

News from Wild Sage Press

  • Book sale! Until September 26, pay only 50% for Wild Sage Press titles (plus tax & shipping); and 50% off other Wild Sage Press delights such as the prints and cards. Visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books (or email or phone). 
  • Blue Grama sold out. All of Wild Sage Press's copies of the second printing are now spoken for! But copies are still available from author Heather Peat Hamm; visit her Blue Grama Facebook page. Three other Wild Sage titles are very close to being sold out: poetry books Watermarks and How to Be a River, and the memoir Tending the Tree of Life.

This Month's Feature: Home-made books 

This topic occurred to me as I was sorting through drawers full of papers that I had saved from our kids' childhoods. (We are downsizing - moving from a 2.5 story house to a bungalow.) I came across an illustrated "book" that our daughter, created when she was about 8 - a cover and a few interior pages with a bit of handwritten text and some black and white drawings, that we had photocopied and stapled together. And then yesterday I came across several copies of another example of a home-made book, also from the pre-computer era - a children's story I had written and illustrated in my 20s. I typed the original text on a typewriter, pasted drawings in the appropriate spots, coloured in every single drawing with water colours, punched three holes in the paper and inserted them into a carboardy tabbed "cover." Sometimes I make home-made books for birthday presents (once for a wedding present!), for example with hand-printed text, hand-painted drawings, cardboard/cloth covers, ribbon bindings. The image on one book cover I made was an embroidered "Tigger." (Embroidery is a lot of fun!) One of my favourite books to look through contains pages and pages of photos of handmade books, all wonderful in their very unique ways. My conclusion? I love reading books; I love making books; and I love books that other people have made! Home-made books can be simple or sophisticated and, however they turn out, the actual process of making them is a pleasure that I hope everyone gets to experience at least once in their lives.  
with best wishes to all, 
Barbara

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Mixing Reality and Imagination.
  • Wild Sage Press has 203 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 204th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama 
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle 
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin 
    -- Tending the Tree of Life 
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 40 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- Red Tuque Books 
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca 
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, July 2016

News from Wild Sage Press

  • LIbrary quilt. Talented quilter Heather Wood recently presented Wild Sage Press's publisher with an amazing quilt she created containing all Wild Sage titles, the publisher's own personal published and unpublished works, plus other special mementos such as photos of the publisher's family and her mother's recent book. The quilt is a magnificent example of combining words and art.The colours, the fabric, the stitching, the overall design, all come together to delight the viewer with a bookcase of treasures, literary and visual. You can see a photo of the quilt on WSP's July 29 Facebook post (459 people already reached!).

This Month's Feature: Wild Sage Press on Holiday 

Being publisher of Wild Sage Press is sometimes a very time consuming and intense experience, for example when nurturing a book along from the manuscript stage to published delight or working away at marketing and promotion. However, everyone needs a break, including publishers. Currently my break is visiting my not quite two month old grandbaby. Like grandmothers everywhere, when she stretches I "ooh" and when she sneezes I "ahhh"; when she waves her little fist I think "how precocious"; when she stares with her gorgeous slate blue eyes at someone's face or the wall or who knows what I coo "what a sweetie"; when she squawks and squirms until I start walking her around the house again I tell everyone "she's so adorable"; and when she smiles my heart melts all over again. I've already started reading her books - one of my favourites is Edgar Gets Ready for Bed (a take-off of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven), where the little raven Edgar is constantly saying "nevermore" when told to do things like have a bath. And the time will come quickly when she'll be old enough for me to read her Goldeye and Funnyfin and Dorothy McMoogle! Have a wonderful summer everyone.

with best wishes to all, 
Barbara

 

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Mixing Reality and Imagination.
  • Wild Sage Press has 201 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 202nd! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles:
    -- Blue Grama
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin
    -- Tending the Tree of Life
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- Red Tuque Books
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following:
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, June 2016

News from Wild Sage Press

 

  • New book from Wild Sage Press author Fannie Kahan. A Culture's Catalyst: Historical Encounters with Peyote and the Native American Church in Canada was published this spring by University of Manitoba Press
  • Marketing grant complete. All the activities funded 50% by a 20 month marketing grant are now complete. The grant supported marketing-related travel and events to Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, BC, within Saskatchewan, and to Britain. It also supported the hiring of a publicist, the creation of a number of Wild Sage Press You Tube videos and other promotional activities, and shipping costs. Many thanks to Creative Saskatchewan for the funding!  
  • Popular Facebook posting. 247 people were reached by WSP's June 21 Facebook post.

 

 

 

This Month's Feature: From Archives to Publication

So here is an amazing true story. In the 1960s, Fannie Kahan (my mother, author of Goldeye and Funnyfin, which contains some of the wonderful bedtime stories Fannie made up to tell her kids) completed a manuscript on the use of peyote in the Native American Church in Canada. She was unable to find a publisher, and the manuscript languished in the archives of megavitamin therapy researcher Abram Hoffer (who was also an LSD researcher). It was recently discovered by University of Saskatchewan professor Erika Dyck who recognized its historical value and found a publisher for it. (Thank you Erika!) The book (A Culture's Catalyst, University of Manitoba Press, 2016) "advocates for Indigenous legal, political and religious rights and offers important insights into how psychedelic researchers, who were themselves embattled in debates over the value of spirituality in medicine, interpreted the peyote ceremony..." 

I am part way through the book and impressed with my mother's skill in synthesizing diverse information and presenting it in a highly readable fashion. And I find myself moved by her descriptions of the oppression against Indigenous peoples, and inspired by her very obvious passion for social justice. 

I am looking forward to the rest of the book, some of which includes first hand accounts of taking peyote. 

And am thinking, maybe there's still hope for all my manuscripts dozing away in my filing cabinets!

with best wishes to all,
Barbara


Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Mixing Reality and Imagination.
  • Wild Sage Press has 200 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 201st! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles:
    -- Blue Grama
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin
    -- Tending the Tree of Life
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- Red Tuque Books
    -- SaskBooks    
    -- Amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following:
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, May 2016

News from Wild Sage Press

  • Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers silent auction. A number of people bid on the Wild Sage book basket at the silent auction fundraiser, in support of the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, on April 30. 
  • Canadian Authors for Indies Day. Wild Sage authors Bruce Rice (Dorothy McMoogle) and Heather Peat Hamm (Blue Grama) joined Bev Lundahl, Alison Lohans, Annette Bower, Alexandra Popoff, and Lisa Guenther, and musician Ken Hamm, at the readings/performances at SK Books & Collectibles in Regina on April 30. Watch the video!
  • We’re Already Home reading. The PVSS Drama Club hosted a fund raising play reading evening in support of the community's refugee project on April 22 in Armstrong, BC. After presenting a short reading of the play earlier in the school year the club decided they wanted to do a longer version in the spring. There has been a lot of valuable conversation about the Muslim and First Nations' cultures and religions as it relates to this play during rehearsals. Actors were: Megan McKinlay as Sila, Adam Winship as Jacob, Riley Woodin as Ali, Keira Millin as Aisha, Hannah Mellaart as Ruth, Josh Hanson as Roy and Sarah Weaver as Violet. 
  • Blue Grama theatre debut. Blue Grama was on stage as a prop in Toronto at the Alumnae Theatre Company's production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (April 8 - 23).
  • Kids’ Books Fun Time. Co-sponsored by Beth Jacob Synagogue and Wild Sage Press, the April 10 program included: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, read by award-winning Regina poet Bruce Rice; Elephants at the Airport, read by Regina’s Monster Cheese author Steve Wolfson; excerpts from Goldeye and Funnyfin, read by London, Ontario artist and musician Sharon Kahan; kid-friendly excerpts about growing up on a farm and attending a rural school from the memoir Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, read by his daughter Barbara Kahan; and a children’s activity, led by award-winning Regina artist Wendy Winter. The event was featured on Global TV news. 
  • Blue Grama 2nd edition. Huge thanks to Creative Saskatchewan, whose production grant allowed the publication of this popular poetry book with the gorgeous botanical illustrations! Creative Saskatchewan's support is very much appreciated. 

This month's feature: Mixing Reality and Imagination

It occurred to me, as I listened to my sister Sharon Kahan introduce her reading of a chapter of Goldeye and Funnyfin (the book she illustrated and our mother wrote) at the recent Wild Sage Press kids’ event that the books I relate to most combine features of reality and imagination. By reality I don’t necessarily mean facts, but some grounding in what real life is like, such as how people relate to each other and what motivates them. Imagination refers to something that takes us to a place where things are different from the familiar or a reconfiguring of the familiar into something unfamiliar. In other words – a combination of the known (reality) and the unknown (imagination). Goldeye and Funnyfin is a good example of this combination: fish who talk (the unknown!) and who also have emotional reactions to various that we the readers can all relate to (the known). Here is the part of Sharon’s introduction to a story about magical fish who go on adventures that led to this reflection:

"Looking back on it, all these fish were a little bit like the people in my family! In Goldeye and Funnyfin’s world, like in my family, people are sweet and kind, grumpy and overly sensitive, curious and scared at the same time. But just like in my own family, and maybe yours, if you’ve tried something new and it’s been a bit stressful, everything can be fixed by having a snack and a little rest."

with best wishes to all,
Barbara

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Mixing Reality and Imagination.
  • Wild Sage Press has 196 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 197th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama 
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin
    -- Tending the Tree of Life
    -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- Red Tuque Books 
    -- SaskBooks  
    -- Amazon.ca 
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; SK Books and Collectibles; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher.  

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, April 2016

Upcoming Events 

  • Kids’ Books Fun Time 
    -- Sunday April 10, 2-3 pm, 4715 McTavish Street (Beth Jacob Synagogue), Regina 
    -- co-sponsored by Wild Sage Press and Beth Jacob Synagogue 
    The young at heart of any age are all welcome! The afternoon's program will include: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, read by award-winning Regina poet Bruce Rice; Elephants at the Airport, read by Regina’s Monster Cheese author Steve Wolfson; excerpts from Goldeye and Funnyfin, read by London, Ontario artist and musician Sharon Kahan; kid-friendly excerpts about growing up on a farm and attending a rural school from the memoir Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, read by his daughter Barbara Kahan; and a children’s activity, led by award-winning Regina artist Wendy Winter. Browse through a selection of books and view the art. Refreshments will be served! 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • YouTube Videos. Two  Wild Sage videos have been shortened for easier viewing pleasure! Watch: 
    -- Story Behind Dorothy McMoogle: Brenda Niskala interviews author Bruce Rice (just over 4 minutes)  
    -- Kid Fun with Goldeye and Funnyfin: Molly Moss and children Ca'Sandra Watson Maxie, Mya Schell, Malina Handford, and Mia Zagoricnik have fun talking about sea creatures and their search for the Magnificent Fish (just over 8 minutes)
  • Blue Grama in Ontario. Blue Grama author Heather Peat Hamm read and performed in Ontario March 25 (in Newmarket) and March 26 (King City). Her art was on display. Visit the Blue Grama Photo Gallery to see photos.
  • Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers silent auction. Some of Wild Sage Press's books will be available at the silent auction, part of the upcoming fundraiser, Jabula, in support of the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, on Saturday April 30, 2016. Visit their site for more details.
  • Advertising. Wild Sage Press is experimenting with FaceBook advertising! All part of the learning curve. 

This month's feature: Being Eclectic, a Publishing Dilemma

As a writer, I often found myself trying to figure out which publishers would be a good fit for my manuscripts. Now that I'm a publisher, I have a different preoccupation: which manuscripts will be a good fit for my press?

When I first started Wild Sage Press, my set of criteria was simple: I had to feel passionate about the book, the book had to be extremely well written, and the author had to be someone who works well collaboratively. Style, genre, subject matter, geography - these were all secondary considerations. As a result, since the first Wild Sage Press launch in 2012, I have published an eclectic assortment of books, including three poetry books (one with gorgeous botanical illustrations), two children's books, one play, and one memoir. 

I am passionate about each and every one of these books, for different reasons. Blue Grama, How to Be a River, and Watermarks are wonderful examples of story-telling poetry that speaks right to the heart - accessible and engaging, even to people who don't usually read or like poetry. Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle incites me to bursts of happy creative energy, and the second children's book, Goldeye and Funnyfin, makes me smile and want an adventure of my own where I find unlikely friends. I hugely admire how the thought-provoking play We're Already Home uses whimsy and humour to bring vividly to life (on the page and on the stage) the challenges inherent in people of different backgrounds getting along. The most recent book - the memoir Tending the Tree of Life - is an amazing read: a charmingly told story, with intriguing vignettes about love and war, advocacy and LSD, and insights into a remarkable character. 

Eclecticism, however, is a challenge for a small publisher. Each particular kind of book requires a unique knowledge set regarding appropriate book reviewers, sales outlets, media, contests… A history journal doesn't care about a children's book; a children's book store won't carry an adult poetry book. In addition to doing most of the publishing tasks myself (with the help of some supportive volunteers and a few consultants) - editing, design decisions, grant applications, bookkeeping, inventory control, promotion - having to seek out completely different audiences for each different kind of book adds to the workload and makes life that much more complicated.

Ultimately, though, I love all sorts of books. I'm an eclectic reader, so it's not a surprise that I've become an eclectic publisher. How to decide? Could I choose children's books over poetry? Poetry over plays? Are memoirs the way to go? Or maybe it is just fine to be eclectic. I'll keep you posted.

with best wishes to all,
Barbara
p.s. A shorter version of the above feature was first published in Red Tuque Books' Fall 2015 catalogue.

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Choosing Venues.
  • Wild Sage Press has 197 likes on its Facebook page. Be the 198th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama 
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle 
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin 
    -- Tending the Tree of Life -- We're Already Home
  • Wild Sage Press has a Wild Sage Press YouTube Channel
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from: 
    -- Wild Sage Press  
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers  
    -- Red Tuque Books  
    -- SaskBooks     
    -- Amazon.ca 
    -- Indigo.ca 
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery 
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, March 2016

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Grama artwork 
    -- until March 14, at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery, Esterhazy
    Some of Heather Peat Hamm's original drawings from Blue Grama will be on display, as well as other art by Heather.
  • Blue Grama in Ontario 
    -- Friday March 25, 3-5 pm, at Covernotes Tea and Coffe House, 222 Main St. S, Newmarket 
    -- Saturday March 26, 7:30 pm, 14550 Dufferin St., King City
    At both events: reading, music and artwork courtesy of author Heather Peat Hamm (who always gives a fabulous performance!). 
  • Kids’ Books Fun Time 
    -- Sunday April 10, 2-3 pm, Beth Jacob Synagogue, 4715 McTavish Street, Regina 
    -- co-sponsored by Wild Sage Press and Beth Jacob Synagogue 
    The young at heart of any age are all welcome! The afternoon's program will include: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, read by award-winning Regina poet Bruce Rice; Elephants at the Airport, read by Regina’s Monster Cheese author Steve Wolfson; excerpts from Goldeye and Funnyfin, read by London, Ontario artist and musician Sharon Kahan; kid-friendly excerpts about growing up on a farm and attending a rural school from the memoir Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, read by his daughter Barbara Kahan; and a children’s activity, led by award-winning Regina artist Wendy Winter. Browse through a selection of books and view the art. Refreshments will be served!

News from Wild Sage Press

  • Blue Grama reprint. The second printing of Blue Grama is now available! 
  • Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers donation. Wild Sage Press is one of the sponsors of Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers' upcoming fundraiser, Jabula, in support of the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, on Saturday April 30, 2016. Visit http://grandmothers4grandmothersregina.com/ for more details.

 

This month's feature: Choosing Venues

I mentioned to someone that the upcoming children's book event will be at Beth Jacob Synagogue here in Regina and was asked, "Why there?" Thinking about the question made me realize that the reasons for my venue choices when I am organizing a Wild Sage Press event combine personal, social and practical aspects. For example:

  • Remembering in words and brush strokes (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#salon), Wild Sage Press's fourth annual salon and sale, was held November 2015 at Connaught Library (Regina). Connaught Library is by far the most frequent venue for WSP events. On a personal level, Connaught Library has been like my second home for three decades as I am often there for various and assorted reasons (because I love to read being a major one!), and the staff are wonderful. On a social level, they have been excellent to partner with on programs. On a practical level, I live only half a block a way, many WSP supporters live nearby, the staff are extremely helpful, the cost is either non-existent (when an event is co-sponsored by the library and WSP) or negligible (when an event is sponsored by WSP alone), and co-sponsored events are promoted through the library system in addition to other methods.
  • Books and Art (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#fortq) was held August 2015 at the Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts in Fort Qu'Appelle. On a personal level: I love the valley. My father grew up on a farm near Fort Qu'Appelle so the area is familiar to me from childhood. In recent years our family has sometimes rented a nearby cottage (at Katepwa Lake) from friends. Sometimes we go for a daytrip to enjoy the town and nearby Lebret and the hills. Also on a personal level, I have known the person who was my initial contact at the QVCA for many years and it was good to work with her on this event. On a social level, the QVCA is a non-profit whose motivation is to support culture, an aim I agree with! On a practical level, Fort Qu'Appelle is less than an hour a way, the space is lovely, and the cost is reasonable.
  • Kids' Book Launch (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#tlaunch) was held November 2013 at Trinity St. Paul's church in Toronto. On a personal level, I often walked by Trinity St. Paul's when I lived in Toronto, and on my many visits back, so it is a very familiar sight. On a social level, I like how they emphasize justice and the arts. On a practical level, it is very close to a subway stop so easy to get to, the staff are very helpful, the space pleasant, and the cost very affordable.
  • Kids’ Books Fun Time is the event that will be held at Regina's Beth Jacob Synagogue in April. My parents were members of Beth Jacob for many years and so there is a strong personal connection, plus I know and very much like some of the current members. On a social level, Beth Jacob is community-minded and it is a pleasure to work together with them to plan a community event. On a practical level, the space is lovely, and, as it is a collaborative event, there will be no cost to WSP. Plus, it is in a different part of the city than Connaught Library, so maybe new people will attend!

I could give many more examples, but these three give some idea of how my brain works when I am thinking of venues!

with best wishes to all, 
Barbara

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is WSP Accounting at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/wsp-accounting
  • Wild Sage Press has 197 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 198th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama: https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle: https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin: https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life: https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home: https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press has a YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

with best wishes to all, 
Barbara

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, February 2016

Upcoming Events

  • Wild Sage event
    -- either April 9 or 10 in Regina, details to be announced
    Goldeye and Funnyfin illustrator Sharon Kahan will read from her children's book; the program might also feature other Wild Sage titles and authors. Check http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events for updated information.
  • Blue Grama artwork 
    -- January 23- March 14, 2016, at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery, Esterhazy
    Some of Heather Peat Hamm's original drawings from Blue Grama will be on display, as well as other art by Heather.

 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • Blue Grama reprint. Wild Sage Press has received a grant to reprint Blue Grama. Over 500 copies of Blue Grama have been sold, an excellent showing for a book of poetry. (Of course, Blue Grama includes much more than its wonderful story-telling poetry - gorgeous botanical illustrations! songs! a downloadable mini-album! and even a bit of prose...) 
  • We're Already Home event: On February 7, in Armstrong, BC, highschool students did a dramatic reading of three scenes from We're Already Home at a community meeting organized by the local refugee sponsor group. Co-author Lorna Tureski provided an introduction. Read more details at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#yearfive.
  • Tending the Tree of Life item of interest: In his memoir, Irwin Kahan talks about his involvement in the original LSD research way, way back when. Now - "LSD research making a comeback"! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/lsd-research-making-a-comeback-says-u-of-s-historian-1.3452920

 

This month's feature: Oops

So. Blue Grama is all sold out and I'm thinking, "second edition, yes!" When the limited editions of How to Be a River and Watermarks sold out, I got new ISBNs (the number that identifies each book) for them, new CIP (Cataloguing in Publication) data, and stuck "A Wild Sage second edition" on the covers. Being a creature of habit, when I had no more copies left of Blue Grama, I got a new ISBN number for it, and applied for and received new CIP data for a second edition. I also contacted the designer and the printer about printing a second edition - and heard back from both of them that maybe it was really a reprint and not a second edition. Uh oh. Turns out they were right. While the original poetry books had significant changes from first printing to second - totally different covers and bindings (handbound versus perfect bound) - the second printing of Blue Grama would have the same cover, same binding, same illustrations, same poems and songs... Sure enough, after a phone call with ISBN and a lengthy email corresondence with a very kind CIP person who also had discussions with ISBN, it turns out I was indeed planning a reprint, not a second edition. Which meant - no new ISBN and no new CIP data. Huge embarrassment on my part. Everything got straightened out in the end, though, and I am a slightly wiser publisher. 

with best wishes to all, especially to ISBN and CIP for all their help,
Barbara

 

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is WSP Accounting at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/wsp-accounting
  • Wild Sage Press has 195 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 196th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama: https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle: https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin: https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life: https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home: https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press has a YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release (and has fewer than 50 books left).
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, January 2016 

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Grama concert appearance
    -- January 23, 2016, 8 pm, Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery, 420 Main Street, Esterhazy, phone 306-745-2800
    Heather Peat Hamm will open the second set of Ken Hamm's concert with poetry and songs from Blue Grama.
  • Blue Grama artwork 
    -- January 23- March 14, 2016, at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery, Esterhazy
    Some of Heather Peat Hamm's original drawings from Blue Grama will be on display, as well as other art by Heather.

 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • November 8 salon and sale: The work putting this event together was worth it. The topic, "remembering in words and brush strokes," provoked a fascinating conversation among a stellar group of featured guests and people who dropped by. For details and photos visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#salon. Huge thanks to everyone who participated!
  • More ads: A Wild Sage Press ad for Tending the Tree of Life recently appeared in Saskatchewan History and an ad for four WSP titles appeared in Prairie Books Now. 
  • Blue Grama Drive-by Reading Tour: Heather Peat Hamm read her poetry throughout BC in November. The evocative poems made all the transplanted prairie folk homesick! Only a few copies are left of Blue Grama

This month's feature: WSP Accounting

A friend asked me a while ago about the nature of my accounting activities for Wild Sage Press. That started me thinking about what actually is involved, and I thought others might be interested as well. The accounting for WSP is partly related to sales - the fun part! - and a lot, unfortunately, related to expenses. Some of my accounting work is due to bureaucratic requirements, either Wild Sage Press's (a bureaucracy of one!) or for external groups. Examples of WSP accounting include:

  • tracking stock: updating data about which books are out where, and occasionally trying to figure out why my figures don't match the figures of the places which are carrying the books
  • balancing the cheque book: the hours I spend over a few missing pennies!
  • calculating royalties where applicable. 

Examples of the accounting work I do for the bureaucratic requirements of others include: 

  • doing an itemized accounting for the grants I have received (some are very complicated)
  • filing GST and PST annual statements, which are challenging because I have form-phobia (if only there were a vaccination for that)
  • filing income tax 
  • reporting to Access Copyright. 

In general, I enter every financial transaction, whether it's a sale, grant money or an expense into an Excel spreadsheet. The sales might have occurred through the WSP website via PayPal, in-person sales through me at events, sales through the various places the books are on consignment, and mail orders from wholesalers (which usually take a month or may to pay). The expenses range from advertising fees and membership in SaskBooks to postage for shipping books and office supplies such as paper and envelopes, in addition of course to production costs for the books (editing, design, printing). And lots more...

When it goes well it's quite satisfying, getting everything in order. When there are glitches, it's hair-tearing time... But usually I get there in the end!

with all my best wishes for a fabulous 2016,
Barbara

 

Current Status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is In the Tradition of the Salon at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/tradition-salon-and-thoughts-remembering
  • Wild Sage Press has 186 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 187th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama at https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle at https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin at https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life at https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home at https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, December 2015 

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Grama January event 
    -- details to be announced!

 News from Wild Sage Press

  • November 8 salon and sale: The work putting this event together was worth it. The topic, "remembering in words and brush strokes," provoked a fascinating conversation among a stellar group of featured guests and people who dropped by. For details and photos visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#salon. Huge thanks to everyone who participated!
  • More ads: A Wild Sage Press ad for Tending the Tree of Life recently appeared in Saskatchewan History and an ad for four WSP titles appeared in Prairie Books Now. 
  • Blue Grama Drive-by Reading Tour: Heather Peat Hamm read her poetry throughout BC in November. The evocative poems made all the transplanted prairie folk homesick! Only a few copies are left of Blue Grama

 This month's feature: A WSP Riddle

Question: What do an exotic fruit, water, a prairie grass, and a tree, have in common?
Answer:    Wild Sage Press books! i.e.:

  • exotic fruit: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
  • water: Watermarks, How to be a River, and Goldeye and Funnyfin (who swim through the ocean)
  • a prairie grass: Blue Grama
  • a tree: Tending the Tree of Life and We're Already Home (where a tree plays a role)

This theme of the natural world in WSP titles popped into my head the other day. I've been concerned about the eclectic nature of WSP books (poetry, children's books, a memoir, a play) and now to my great relief I've found something they have in common: nature! In addition, of course, to great writing and great art and all round exquisiteness. Another worry crossed off my list! 

Hope you all have a worry-free joyous holiday season. 

with all my best wishes for a fabulous 2016,|
Barbara

 

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is In the Tradition of the Salon at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/tradition-salon-and-thoughts-remembering
  • Wild Sage Press has 184 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 185th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama at https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle at https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin at https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life at https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home at https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, November 2015

Upcoming Events

  • Drive-By Reading Tour - BC
    Blue Grama author Heather Peat Hamm joins musician Ken Hamm on stage:
    -- Nov. 4, St. Michael's Church Hall, Chemainus, for more information phone (250) 324-1900
    -- Nov. 6, 7 pm, Hornby Island Community Hall, Hornby Island 
    -- Nov. 7. The Hive, Gabriola Island
    -- Nov. 8, 1:30 pm, House Concert, Mill Bay, for more information phone (250) 743-0214
    -- Nov. 8, 7 pm, #10 Buttertubs Drive, Nanaimo
    -- Nov. 13, The Dream Cafe, Penticton, for more information phone (250) 490-9012
  • Remembering in words and brush strokes - Regina
    - Sunday, November 8, 1-4 pm, come and go or come and stay (readings and conversations 2:00-3:30)
    - Connaught Library, 13th & Elphinstone
    Wild Sage Press's fourth annual salon and sale! The afternoon's program: readings, thought-provoking discussions on how remembering influences literary and visual art, and browsing for the perfect gift among Wild Sage books and other delights and the art of Wendy Winter. This year's featured guests: 
    -- Brenda Niskala, author of the poetry book How to Be a River (only a few copies left!). Her other books include the short story collection For the Love of Strangers, the novella Of All the Ways to Die, and poetry collection Ambergris Moon
    -- Bruce Rice, an award-winning author, most recently of The Trouble with Beauty (Saskatchewan Book Awards Poetry Prize). He has written a number of other books, including the children's book Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle.
    -- Wendy Winter, recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Arts and Learning. She is a well-loved artist who has illustrated two books, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Tending the Tree of Life.
    Publisher Barbara Kahan will also participate, with a reading from her father Irwin Kahan's memoir Tending the Tree of Life (an account of life from a Jewish farming community to cutting-edge psychiatric research!). 

 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • I'm deeply saddened to let you know that Arnie Hayashi, author (along with Terry Jordan and Lorna Tureski) of the play We're Already Home, passed away on October 4, 2015, in Vernon, BC. Arnie spent over twenty-five years working as an advocate of First Nations across Canada and was a key contributor in the design and negotiation of the First Nations Land Management Act. He was a husband, father and grandfather who was on the national board of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada. Arnie will be deeply missed. Even in my short acquaintance with Arnie I could tell he was a person of great integrity and commitment, with a good sense of humour as well. You can see Arnie in conversation with Lorna Tureski at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_rZ3NpFkM. 
  • A review of Laura Burkhart's Watermarks, by Eric Greenway, is now available for viewing at http://reviews.skbooks.com/watermarks/.
  • A Wild Sage Press ad for We're Already Home recently appeared in Quill and Quire. Thanks to  LM Publication Services for the design work and to Creative Saskatchewan for the funding. More ads to come...

This month's feature: Happy Birthday WSP

 

How does one figure out the birth date of a publisher? Feeling lazy, I thought, "a happy birthday feature will be short and easy." Ha! Because then I spent the whole morning searching through records trying to figure out when exactly Wild Sage Press's birthday is. When I first registered the name? Well, no - nothing happened for a couple of years after that, all that existed of WSP was the registration and my intention to make the press a reality one day. Was it in January 2012 when I recruited manuscripts from WSP's first two authors and started the process of finding editors and a designer and a technical person? Was it May 28 2012 when I opened an official WSP email account, June 8 2012 when I signed up with a website server and my technical person started working on the website? June 27 2012 when WSP's ISBN prefix was approved or July 16 2012 when I received the gorgeously designed logo from the designer? I have finally decided all these events were part of WSP's gestation period, and its actual birthday is August 21, 2012, when I sent a group email to publicly announce Wild Sage Press's existence. 

It appears I have missed WSP's third birthday by two months and two weeks but better late than never as they say - Happy Belated Birthday WSP! In the last three years and a bit there are many landmarks to celebrate, including the publication of seven titles (several of which are nearly out of print). As I looked through photos this morning I found myself smiling a lot at the wonderful moments caught by the camera - binding the first two books by hand; the enthusiastic audience at the first launch; readings at the Vertigo Series and Words in the Park and in Toronto and Saskatoon and Fort Qu'Appelle as well as in Regina. And so many more. And then there were all the names and faces that popped up in emails and in Facebook and on the website - so many extremely generous people who have gone out of their way to support WSP. Thank you everyone! And if you are hearing a faint sound in the background, that's me singing Happy Birthday WSP (hopefully not too offkey) - feel free to join in! 

very best to all of you,
Barbara

 

Current status

  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is In the Tradition of the Salon at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/tradition-salon-and-thoughts-remembering
  • Wild Sage Press has 180 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 181st! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama at https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle at https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin at https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life at https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home at https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Winnipeg and Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

 The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, October 2015

Upcoming Events

Remembering in words and brush strokes - Regina
- Sunday, November 8, 1-4 pm, come and go or come and stay!
- Connaught Library, 13th & Elphinstone
Conversations with authors Brenda Niskala and Bruce Rice, artist Wendy Winter, and publisher Barbara Kahan. Hear the readings, view the art, participate in thought-provoking discussions. Wild Sage Press's fourth annual salon and sale! 

News from Wild Sage Press

  • A blog about the life of Tending the Tree of Life author Irwin Kahan was posted on the Orthomolecular Health website at http://ow.ly/SThVO on Oct. 1.
  • Books & Art in Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, August 29, was a huge success, featuring the art of Wendy Winter and readings from Prairie authors Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Heather Peat Hamm, and Barbara Kahan. See more details at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#fortq, and the article "Wild Sage Reading Draws Crowd" in the Fort Times article at http://forttimes.com/author/robyntocker/page/2/ (scroll down to the second story on the page).
  • Wild Sage Press ads have now appeared in Quill and Quire (for Dorothy McMoogle and Goldeye and Funnyfin), LRC (We're Already Home) and Red Tuque Books Catalogue (all Wild Sage Press titles). Thanks to  LM Publication Services for the design work and to Creative Saskatchewan for the funding. More ads to come!

 This month's feature: In the Tradition of the Salon

"You're organizing a salon!" was author Brenda Niskala's response in 2012 to my suggestion of a Wild Sage Press afternoon of stimulating conversation. I blinked, and thought, "She's right." While the word "salon" conjured images of women in long dresses and men definitely not in blue jeans or shorts conversing intensely on deeply meaningful topics in some wealthy person's drawing room furnished with antiques (that is, antiques now, contemporary a few centuries ago), I realized that there's no reason why we couldn't enjoy the modern-day equivalent. And here I am, inviting all of you to WSP's fourth annual salon and sale. For the fourth year in a row it will take place at Connaught Library, which is not the private living space we typically think of for salons, but has been like my second home for the last 30 years. The previous three WSP salons have been wonderful and I fully expect this one will be as well - the pleasure of a social gathering of lovely people combined with thought-provoking discussions, and some entertainment. (No piano-forte or harp playing, but perhaps a reading or two.) 

This year's theme, "remembering," popped into my head a week ago, probably because I've been spending so much time with memories of my father Irwin Kahan who died a few months ago, and who in his memoir Tending the Tree of Life spends a lot of time reminiscing about his past experiences. Then I realized that many works of art, such as poems and paintings, are sparked by memories, even if they evolve into something unexpected on the page or the canvas. 

Today I was reminded of another facet of remembering when I received an email from a friend currently staying in an apartment in Rome that Evan and I had stayed in a few years ago, in a lively area that we very much enjoyed - a great market nearby, wonderful restaurants, the Leonardo da Vinci museum a short walk away - and the synagogue just down the street, a remnant of the Jewish ghetto whose inhabitants were devastated during World War II. My friend wrote about the history of the building we had stayed in, how many of the residents ended up dying in concentration camps or as the result of other violent acts, and I told myself not to forget the dark side of history: in order to honour the sufferers; to understand how the past shapes the present; to prevent further darkness. 

Of course, remembering isn't only about remembering painful things, it's about remembering joy because joy shapes us as well. And even when life is grim, joyful memories bring light, and may set us on a path to more joy. It was Evan's and my 40th wedding anniversary yesterday, and it felt very good indeed to reminisce about the happy times of our life together.

It occurs to me that all this focus on remembering is probably not very "zen," which in my limited understanding is more about focusing on the present - I think I'll raise that as a question at the upcoming WSP salon!

In closing, here's a quote I found in my internet search on salons in the article "Salon Gatherings Make a Comeback" by Cari Guittard, Sept. 15, 2014, on the 7x7 website at http://www.7x7.com/arts-culture/salon-gatherings-make-comeback:

"In many ways, by attending or hosting a salon, we’re honoring the traditional (but not yet lost) art of conversation that has shaped discourse and history for generations."  

Hope to see you November 8 at Connaught Library, anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm! 

very best to all of you,
Barbara

Current status
The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Blooper Near Misses at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/blooper-near-misses

  • Wild Sage Press has 178 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 179th! You can also "like" the Facebook pages of individual WSP titles: 
    -- Blue Grama at https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook?fref=ts
    -- Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle at https://www.facebook.com/Dorothy-McMoogle-with-Kumquat-and-Bugle-781151985314737/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Goldeye and Funnyfin at https://www.facebook.com/Goldeye-and-Funnyfin-950598724953374/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- Tending the Tree of Life at https://www.facebook.com/Tending-the-Tree-of-Life-852413381488095/timeline/?ref=hl
    -- We're Already Home at https://www.facebook.com/Were-Already-Home-604577379645786/timeline/
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Winnipeg and Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, August 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Books & Art - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK
    -- Saturday August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
    -- Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406 - 4th Street
    Come and go or come and stay! Enjoy the art of Wendy Winter and readings from Prairie authors Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Heather Peat Hamm, and Barbara Kahan.
         At 2:00 pm, for kids and the young at heart: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, Goldeye and Funnyfin, and a kid-friendly activity. 
        At 2:30 pm, poetry and memoir: Blue Grama, How to Be a RiverTending the Tree of Life
  • Art from the Attic - Regina
    -- Saturday September 26, 2015, 10 am - 4 pm
    -- Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 - 13th Avenue
    New and recycled art sale, sponsored by Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Regina, proceeds to support the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in sub-Saharan Africa. Look for two original paintings by Tending the Tree of Life author Irwin Kahan, and Wild Sage Press prints Dorothy McMoogle by Wendy Winter and Wild Sage by Caitlin Mullan.

News from Wild Sage Press
  • A Lives Lived article on Tending the Tree of Life author Irwin Kahan was published in The Globe and Mail on August 7, 2015. It is online at  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/lives-lived-irwin-kahan-96/article25858794/.
  • "Tending the Tree of Life a memoir" - a Read My Book feature by Irwin Kahan - was published posthumously in QC (Regina Leader-Post) and Bridges (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix) on July 29, 2015. The essay is online at http://www.leaderpost.com/qc/Tending+Tree+Life+memoir/11249528/story.html.
  • Wild Sage Press ads are set to go, thanks to excellent design work by LM Publication Services, funding from Creative Saskatchewan, and helpful feedback from many WSP supporters. Watch for the ads this fall in Quill and Quire (two issues), LRC (Literary Review of Canada), Canadian Children's Books News, Prairie Books Now, Saskatchewan History, and Red Tuque Books Catalogue. One ad was published last week in the Fort Qu'Appelle Times. Also available for distribution are Wild Sage Press catalogues.
  • Only 29% of copies remain of Tending the Tree of Life (newest release, launched six months ago). The percentages of copies remaining for other Wild Sage titles are: How to Be a River at 5%Blue Grama at 8%Watermarks at 9%, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle at 48%Goldeye and Funnyfin at 53%, and We're Already Home at 56%.

This month's feature: Blooper Near Misses 
 
The possibility for bloopers in publishing are numerous. Luckily Wild Sage Press has avoided some of the worst possibilities, such as misspelling an author's name (this has actually happened!). But it's been a close call on occasion. I owe a huge thank you to Larry Mader for recently catching two typos that would have made me extremely unhappy if they'd made it to the print stage: the wrong phone number in the Wild Sage Press catalogue and the wrong price for one of the books in a forthcoming ad. One of the errors which made it through (my fault entirely, even though I read the copy ten million times) was a missing parenthesis. Not good, but not as bad as it could be! (nowhere near as cataclysmic as the wrong phone number would have been...) The most surprising blooper was the time a librarian contacted me to say that she had received the book the library had ordered but its cover was on upside down. I mailed her a new copy (with its cover on the right way), and ever after check every book before shipping it off - quality control! - which is lucky as I found another book (a different title though) with the same problem, so into the recycling bin it went. It's amazing how easy it is to make errors. Reading through this edition of The Breeze I've already had to correct several! Here's to the ever vigilant eagle eye in publishing. 
 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 
 
Current status
 

 

  •  The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is A Publisher's Personal Life at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/hopes-publisher
  • Wild Sage Press has 176 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 176th!
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw.
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Winnipeg and Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, July 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events

Books & Art - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK
-- Saturday August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
-- Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406 - 4th Street
Come and go or come and stay! Enjoy the art of Wendy Winter and readings from Prairie authors Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Heather Peat Hamm, and Barbara Kahan.
     At 2 pm, for kids and the young at heart: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, Goldeye and Funnyfin, and tentatively a kid-friendly activity. 
    At 2:30 pm, poetry and memoir: Blue Grama, How to Be a River, Tending the Tree of Life

News from Wild Sage Press

New grant received: Creative Saskatchewan has awarded Wild Sage Press a marketing grant, to advertise in a variety of publications. As always, many thanks to Creative Saskatchewan!

  • Website upgrade complete: Wild Sage Press's website was recently revised thanks to a grant from Creative Saskatchewan (thank you again!). Thanks also go to Sean Sunley, who provided the expertise. New features include The Wild Sage Breeze sign-up form (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/about); a publisher's corner (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/about#publisher); and a Resources page for teachers, parents, book club members, and other readers who want resources to help them use Wild Sage Press books as opportunities for learning (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/resources). There was also some redesigning and streamlining. Visit the website (http://www.wildsagepress.biz) and let me know what you think, feedback welcome! 
  • Wild Sage Press highlighted: Creative Saskatchewan has featured Wild Sage Press on its website as an example of a publisher using Creative Saskatchewan grants to achieve greater sustainability. Visit http://www.creativesask.ca/success_stories/details/publishing-on-the-prairies.html.
  • Tending the Tree of Life reading: On June 29 in Regina, at the Vertigo Series season finale, hosted by Tara Dawn Solheim, Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan read from her father's memoir Tending the Tree of Life. Cassidy McFadzean and Lorna Crozier read from their new poetry books, and Flo Mounier and Troy Bleich provided the music. Visit Shelley Banks' Latitude Drifts http://latitudedrifts.blogspot.ca/ to see photos, Devin Pacholik's We Went to a Death Metal Poetry Reading for his take of the evening http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/we-went-to-a-death-metal-poetry-reading, and the Vertigo Series website for bios  http://vertigoseries.com/upcomin/. 
  • Radio interview: on June 24, Vertigo Series' Tara Dawn Solheim, poet Cassidy McFadzean, and Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan were interviewed by host Jeanne Alexander on CJTR radio's Words on Air program. The interview included Cassidy reading from her new book Hacker Packer and Barbara reading from the memoir Tending the Tree of Life. 

This month's feature: Adventures in Advertising

When I was just out of university I applied for a job with an advertising company. In the interview the employer informed me that they did a lot of work for a particular political party, and asked if that would that be a problem. I said, "I could never do work for that party!" I didn't get the job (just a compliment about my creative promise), but all this time later I am finally having my advertising "moment" thanks to Creative Saskatchewan's recent marketing grant which will pay 50 percent of advertising costs. 

Paid advertising is a huge developmental step in Wild Sage's growth - previously, except for ads in Read Saskatchewan, all of the press's promotional efforts have been of the no-cost kind. The advice I have been receiving, though, is that paid advertising in the right forum is critical to letting people know about the books. I am feeling hopeful, along the lines of, "let the world know about the wonderful titles WSP has and the world will buy!" Although final credit for the ads will go to wonderful designer Larry Mader (LM Publication Services), I have been having fun making up the first rough drafts to send him - deciding which books to advertise where, which quotes to use, what information can be left out, how much copy can be squeezed into a finite amount of space, the colour scheme... I seem to spend an awful lot of time wondering about things like whether to use "PB" or "paperback" and where to put the price, and even more time with my ruler trying to figure out if I've gone over the space allotment. And then I daydream some more about the worl buying and all is well!

I have been fortunate to receive helpful feedback from a number of people - friends, family, authors, publication advertising managers. In no particular order huge thanks to Evan, Debora, Liz, Jerry, Sharon, Bruce, Alison, Michael, and Carlene. As important as the actual suggestions is everyone's enthusiastic support for Wild Sage's efforts. That's what keeps me going! 

In next month's Breeze I'll let you know where to look for the ads. 

Very best to all of you,
Barbara

Current status
  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Hopes of a Publisher at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/hopes-publisher
  • Wild Sage Press has 175 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 176th!
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress.
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Winnipeg and Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
    The books are also available from some libraries.
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher.

The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, June 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Vertigo Series - Regina SK
    -- Monday June 29, 7:30 pm
    -- Crave Restaurant + Wine Bar (1925 Victoria Avenue)
    Hear Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan read from her father's memoir Tending the Tree of Life. Also on the program: Lorna Crozier, Cassidy McFadzean, and Flo Mounier and Special Guests! 

  • Wild Sage Press Presents - Fort Qu'Appelle
    -- Saturday August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
    -- Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406 - 4th Street
    Come and go or come and stay! Enjoy the art of Wendy Winter and readings from Wild Sage Press books.
         At 2 pm: for kids and the young at heart! Bruce Rice will read fromDorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle, and Barbara Kahan will read from Goldeye and Funnyfin. Bruce may also tell us another story and play his harmonica!
         2:30 pm: hear Brenda Niskala read from How to Be a River, Barbara Kahan from Tending the Tree of Life, and, tentatively, Heather Peat Hamm from Blue Grama

News from Wild Sage Press
  • Authors honoured: 
    -- Congratulations to Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle author Bruce Rice, who won the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award at the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards for his book The Trouble with Beauty.
    -- Tending the Tree of Life author Irwin Kahan was posthumously inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame at the International Schizophrenia Foundation conference in April 2015.
    --  Goldeye and Funnyfin author Fannie Kahan will (posthumously) have her book A Culture’s Catalyst: An Historical Encounter with Peyote and the Native American Church in Canada published in 2016 by University of Manitoba Press.
  • Books nearly sold out: Wild Sage Press has only limited numbers of copies left of Blue Grama (92% of books gone), How to Be a River (93% of books gone), and Watermarks (91% of books gone).

This month's feature: A Publisher's Personal Life
 
I woke up this morning with a million things that I need to do for Wild Sage Press flashing through my brain:
  • Put out the June edition of The Wild Sage Breeze! (because June is more than half over) 
  • Update the accounts! (otherwise I might forget some of the details) 
  • Check upcoming deadlines for ad submissions! (would hate to miss any) 
  • Work on the "publisher's corner" part of the Wild Sage website revision! (needs to be done in a week) 
  • Figure out what to read for upcoming June 29 Vertigo reading! (I need lots of time to practice) 
  • And the 999,995 other things clamouring for my attention, telling me how negligent I have been to have left them so long...
But a publisher also has a personal life, so in a few minutes I will head off for a walk with a friend, looking for peonies to admire. (It's a wonderful time here in Regina, with so many flowers blooming.) I also have to make a dentist appointment (which I should have done a while ago but kept getting sidetracked with the above mentioned list of a million Wild Sage Press tasks to do), finalize some details for Evan's and my upcoming trip to the Maritimes to holiday with our kids (how did we end up in three separate countries?), scan photos for my mother's forthcoming book (on peyote!), and do some strength training exercises (which sadly I haven't done for a very long time but every day am hopeful I'll start again). I will also read the newspaper and finish the current book I am reading, make (and eat) a meal or two, write an email to a friend in China.
 
My publishing and my personal lives tend to get mixed up so in a sense I have presented a false dichotomy here. When I prepare for a reading from Tending the Tree of Life, is that publishing or personal? (Both - because I published the memoir, and because the author was my father!) Is meeting with a Wild Sage author personal or publishing? (Both - because often the discussion is as much about non-book topics as it is about the book!} In my "personal" time I am often thinking or talking about Wild Sage Press, and my "publishing" decisions and activities are strongly influenced by my life experiences and perspectives. In the same spirit as they say "the personal is political" I'd have to say "the publishing is personal" - especially as my publishing is motivated primarily by my passion for books, it's definitely way more than a job to me.
 
That`s my philosophical offering of the moment, and now it`s on to the rest of my day and that very long list...
 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 
 
Current status
  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Hopes of a Publisher at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/hopes-publisher
  • Wild Sage Press has 172 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 173rd!
  • Wild Sage Press`s YouTube Channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw
  • Wild Sage Press is on Twitter: @WildSagePress.
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/bookstore/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available in person from the following: 
    -- in Winnipeg and Saskatoon: McNally Robinson Booksellers 
    -- in Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- elsewhere: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie, SK), NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton, SK); Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
    The books are also available from some libraries.
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher.

 
The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, May 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Cathedral Village Arts Festival Get Lit Cabaret - Regina SK
    -- Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 (program start), 9:30 pm (Heather Peat Hamm)
    -- 
    The Artesian, 2627 13th Avenue
    The Music in Poetry: author Heather Peat Hamm will read her poetry and perform her songs from Blue Grama
     
  • Vertigo Series - Regina SK
    -- Monday June 29, 7:30 pm
    -- Crave Restaurant + Wine Bar (1925 Victoria Avenue)
    Hear Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan read from her father's memoir Tending the Tree of Life! Lorna Crozier will also be on the program. 

  • Wild Sage Press Celebrates - Fort Qu'Appelle SK
    -- details to be announced
News from Wild Sage Press
  • farewell to an author: Tending the Tree of Life author Irwin Kahan slipped away, at the age of 96, in Toronto on April 9. Publisher-daughter Barbara Kahan was by his side. To see some "in memorium" comments, go to http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/tree#inmemorium. More will be added as time goes on.
  • new book review:
    -- Tending the Tree of Lifeby Bill Robertson, in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix - click on second page of http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Harsh+truths+residential+school/10964037/story.html 
  • international tour: How to Be a River author Brenda Niskala flies off in June to promote Wild Sage Press titles - Montreal first, then England. Bon voyage!
  • best photos: a photo of Tending the Tree of Life author and publisher was featured in the "Week's Best Photos (Feb. 19-26) - Regina Leader-Post" - Go to top row of photo gallery, click on fifth photo from left at http://www.leaderpost.com/…/Week+Best+P…/10848478/story.html
  • Tending the Tree of Life update: this limited edition memoir, by Irwin Kahan, is proving popular; six weeks after its launch, only half of the 200 copies printed remain. Feedback has been extremely positive. It is available in Regina at Traditions (on 13 Ave.) and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop, and in Saskatoon at McNally Robinson Booksellers. It is also available from numerous online sites.

This month's feature: Hopes of a Publisher
 
My publishing hopes are vital to the continued existence of Wild Sage Press. The minute I lose all hope for WSP is the minute I will start laying it to rest. (I hope that will not be for a long time!) 
 
I have many transitional hopes which vary from week to week, month to month. One week my hopes focus on the mundane - that I will be able to catch up on the accounts and correspondence; the next week they might be a bit more weighty, for example that I will come up with some creative marketing ideas. One month I am busy hoping I get the grant I applied for, another I am hoping a recently launched book will get lots of reviews. 
 
Two of my constant daily hopes are that tons of people will (a) buy WSP books (because WSP needs the income!), and (b) fall in love with them (whether the books are borrowed or purchased). A third daily hope is that I continue to become a more knowledgeable and skilled publisher. 
 
My overarching hope is that every book I publish will be powerfully "true" in content and exquisite in production.
 
Here's hoping!
 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 
 
Current status
  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is It Takes a Community to Grow a Book at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/it-takes-community-grow-book
  • Wild Sage Press has 169 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 170th!
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Indigo.ca http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/products-page/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available from the following: 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon
    -- in Regina: 
    MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- other parts of Saskatchewan: Refresh Wellness Bistro (Weyburn); NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton); The Pearl (Carlyle)
    -- elsewhere: 
    Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
    The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, March 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events

 

  • Vertigo Series - Regina SK
    -- Monday June 29, 7:30 pm
    -- Crave Restaurant + Wine Bar (1925 Victoria Avenue)
    Hear Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan read from her father's memoir Tending the Tree of Life! Lornia Crozier will also be on the program. 

 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • new release: The memoir Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, illustrated by award-winning artist Wendy Winter, was launched March 2 at Pine Villa in Toronto. It is now available for purchase and distribution. 76 copies (out of a limited edition run of 200 copies) are already spoken for. See more at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/tree
  • newspaper article:The Regina Leader-Post featured an interview with Wild Sage Press's publisher, focusing on Irwin Kahan's life. To see the article, by Ashley Martin, and a short video, visithttp://www.leaderpost.com/touch/news/regina/Kahan+life+advocacy+documented+memoir/10849112/story.html?rel=815153
  • new grant: Creative Saskatchewan has awarded Wild Sage Press a grant to update its website. Suggestions welcome!
  • new book reviews:
    -- Tending the Tree of Life at http://wp.me/p4wHS1-zF - by Jessia Bickford 
    -- We're Already Home at http://wp.me/p4wHS1-A9 - by Shelley A. Leedahl 
  • new sales outlets: Coles and Chapters in Regina
  • new distributor: Red Tuque Books
  • challenging task completed: Data for Wild Sage Press titles are now entered into the ONIX database, through BiblioShare. It took months, I tell you, months! But the effort should be well worth it. For example, WSP books can now be featured with the 49th Shelf http://49thshelf.com/
  • recent events: Heather Peat Hamm read from her book Blue Grama at the Vertigo Series on February 9 in Regina and at the 28th Annual Stegner House Dinner on february 28 in Eastend, SK.
  • books close to being out of print: Watermarks (8 copies left),How to Be a River (17 copies left), Blue Grama (63 copies left).

This month's feature: It takes a community to grow a book
 
Most people are familiar with the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child." The same concept applies to books. Rare is the book that is conceived, written, rewritten, edited, designed, printed, marketed, and distributed by only one person, with no input from other people. Every Wild Sage Press title has a backstory populated with talented and generous people who, with the vision of a book leaping from a shelf into the welcoming arms of booklovers everywhere, spend time and energy to make the vision come true. Central, of course, are the writers and/or artists who generate the raw material on which the book is based. But just as no man/woman is an island, neither is an author or illustrator. Most have people in their lives who support their creative process, from providing feedback to encouragement. And then there are those who turn a manuscript - whether a file on a computer or a pile of paper - into an actual published book. Editors help writers nurture the writing until it's as good as it can be, designers draw on their internal creative resources to create a setting that highlights the words and/or art to best advantage, printers bring their technical expertise to make sure the print is clear and the pages aren't wrinkled and the colours are true, the publisher researches and coordinates and agonizes over tough decisions on a myriad of details. We can't forget the paper producers, the binders, the delivery people. Neither can we forget all the book- and publishing-related organizations out there who do essential work such as looking after ISBNs and CIP (cataloguing in publication) data and collecting and disseminating important information and conducting research and promoting supportive policies and... Funders and donors and book buyers are also hugely important because finances, as in almost every area of life, are a necessity. And of course there are the websight designers and publicists and marketers and distributors and media people and booksellers who help get the books from their boxes onto shelves where they can leap into the arms of the readers whose names are being called...  So many individuals and groups contribute to birthing a book and then ensuring it has a long and happy life - it definitely takes a community to grow a book. 
 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 
 
Current status
  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Tending the Tree of LIfe at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog/tending-tree-life
  • Wild Sage Press has 169 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 170th!
  • Tending the Tree of Life is Wild Sage Press's newest release.
  • One or more Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books
    -- AbeBooks http://www.abebooks.com
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- Laird Books http://www.lairdbooks.com
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
    -- Red Tuque Books http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/products-page/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available from the following: 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon
    -- in Regina: Coles; Chapters; 
    MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; The Paper Umbrella; Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
    -- other parts of Saskatchewan: Refresh Wellness Bistro (Weyburn); NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton); The Pearl (Carlyle)
    -- elsewhere: 
    Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
    The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

Wild Sage Press news & features, January 2015
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Vertigo Series - Regina SK
    -- Monday February 9, 7:30 pm
    -- Crave Restaurant + Wine Bar (
    1925 Victoria Avenue)
    Hear author and illustrator Heather Peat Hamm read from her book Blue Grama!

 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • The memoir Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, illustrated by award-winning artist Wendy Winter, is now at the printer. To order in advance (39 copies spoken for already!), go to http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#tree.
  • Wild Sage Press now has a YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXy1igoqGKwtLLVP32fAqw. Its seven videos feature: a Goldeye and Funnyfin language lesson (with Molly Moss and four children); Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle's editor Brenda Niskala interviewing author Bruce Rice; one with Blue Grama author Heather Peat Hamm reading/performing and one with naturalist Trevor Herriot interviewing Heather; an introduction of We're Already Home by co-author Lorna Tureski, a conversation between Lorna Tureski and fellow co-author Arnie Hayashi, and a dramatic reading of one of the play's scenes (with Lorna, Nathan Coppens and Emily Kutarna).
  • Blue Grama has its own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlueGramabook, administered by its author Heather Peat Hamm.
  • More than half the copies of Blue Grama are gone, only three months after its launch!
  • The November Vernon BC launch of We're Already Home (see photos at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#vernonlaunch) was a huge success! Congratulations to authors Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi. 
  • Words, Music & Art, featuring author and musician Heather Peat Hamm and artist Wendy Winter, in Regina in December, was great fun. (See photos at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#wma.) 

This month's feature: Tending the Tree of Life
 
Tending the Tree of Life is particularly special to me because it's the memoir of my father Irwin Kahan. He had a dramatic life - growing up on a farm during the "dirty thirties" in the Jewish community near Lipton, Saskatchewan; enlisting in the RCAF during World War II; part of the Saskatchewan team that conducted cutting edge psychiatric research (investigations into "megavitamin therapy" and experiments with LSD) during the 1950s. For the rest of his work life he was a dedicated champion for people with schizophrenia and their families, fighting hard to have them treated with the same respect other members of society receive, and to alleviate their suffering and improve their quality of life. The people who have read the book in pre-publication form have enjoyed reading it, finding his writing style (really his spoken style - the memoir is based on informal interviews I did with Dad over a number of years, and then edited) "charming," many of them noting they gained insights into parts of history that they didn't know much about. What I love best about the book is how Dad's character shines through - his sense of humour, quirkiness, optimism, desire to help other people, adventurousness, pleasure in the small and big things in life (from food to family)... The book will be published this March as a limited edition of 200 copies. It will include photos, letters and fabulous illustrations by Wendy Winter. For more information aboutTending the Tree of Life visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/tree - and revisit the page occasionally as new material will be added over the coming weeks!
 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 
 
Current status
  • The most recent Wild Sage Press blog is Books Against Stereotyping!at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/node/58.
  • Wild Sage Press has 167 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 168th!
  • Blue Grama and We're Already Home are Wild Sage Press's newest releases. 
  • Tending the Tree of Life is forthcoming in spring 2015.
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy
    -- Laird Books http://www.lairdbooks.com
    -- AbeBooks http://www.abebooks.com
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
    -- SaskBooks http://www.skbooks.com/products-page/
  • Selected Wild Sage titles are available from: McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon; The Paper Umbrella (Regina); MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); Refresh Wellness Bistro (Weyburn SK); NewHope Pharmacy (Stoughton SK); The Pearl (Carlyle SK); and Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). The books are available from some libraries. 
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) carries the three Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards and the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina) carries the Dorothy McMoogle print. All Wild Sage Press "other delights" (prints, art cards, collector cards) are available directly from the publisher. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, November 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events

 

  • We're Already Home Launch - Vernon BC
    -- Saturday November 22nd, 2:00-5:00 pm
    -- Japanese Cultural Centre (4895 Bella Vista Road)

    See a scene from the play! Meet authors Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi!
    Thank you to co-sponsors Vernon Buddhist Temple and the Vernon Immigrant Services Society.
  • Blue Grama performance - Lantzville BC
    -- Wednesday December 3
    -- 7329 Millard (for details about time call (250) 390-4592)
    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from her illustrated book Blue Grama
  • Words, Music & Art - Regina
    -- Saturday December 6, 1:30-4:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)

    Poetry, music, art display and discussion - with Blue Grama author and illustrator Heather Peat Hamm at 2 pm and Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle artist Wendy Winter at 3 pm. Wild Sage Press books and other delights will be available for browsing and purchasing. Take advantage of the "buy five & get one free" offer!

News from Wild Sage Press
  • Wild Sage Press has received two new grants from Creative Saskatchewan! One is to publish the memoir Tending the Tree of Life, and the other is for marketing.
  • Blue Grama was on the best seller list for the week of Nov. 9 at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson Booksellers and for the week of Nov. 16 at MRB in Saskatoon!
  • The Carlyle Observer published an interview with Blue Grama author Heather Peat Hamm ("Poet of the Prairie: Forget's Heather Peat Hamm Releases First Book" by Lynne Bell, October 31, 2014); go to http://www.carlyleobserver.com/article/20141031/CARLYLE0101/310319986/-1/carlyle/poet-of-the-prairie-forgets-heather-peat-hamm-releases-first-book
  • CBC Radio interviewed Sana Mohammed about We're Already Home (Sana was a consultant for the play); to hear it, go to http://www.cbc.ca/daybreaksouth/ - then scroll down until you see "Vernon Play: We're Already Home" on the right - well worth listening to!
  • The Vernon Morning Star published an article about We're Already Home ("Writers turn play into book" by Cara Brady, Nov. 20, 2014); go to http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/283416081.html
  • The Wild Sage Press launch in Regina (thank you Connaught Branch Regina Public Library!) was, once again, a huge success with lots of people and lots of fun. The Blue Gramaperformances in Forget SK, Stoughton SK, and Carlyle SK, and at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon (thank you MRB!), have also been enthusiastically received.

This month's feature: Getting the Word Out
 
Want to help Wild Sage Press get the word out about (in my unbiased opinion!) its fabulous books? Here's my list.
  • Request the books from your local library. If the library buys one, everyone gets to read it for free! I love libraries.
  • The books are now listed on Amazon and Indigo, and at least one of the books is on GoodReads (hopefully more will be soon) - write a review or give a rating.
  • Word of mouth is very effective - if you like one or more Wild Sage titles, let other people know! 
  • And let them know where they can get the books:
    -- online or at physical outlets (see list below under section Current Status or go tohttp://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#othersales
    -- at Wild Sage events such as the upcoming Dec. 6 Words, Music & Art (Connaught Library, 1:30-4:00 pm)
  • Finally (although I'll probably think of other suggestions later, like the middle of the night...), let Wild Sage Press know which books you like and why, and I'll post your comments on the website (and/or Facebook/Twitter).
  • Oops, another "finally" - let Wild Sage Press know if you think of any other opportunities for showcasing/selling the books. 
Very best to all of you,
Barbara
 

Current status
  • Wild Sage Press has 162 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 163rd!
  • Blue Grama and We're Already Home are Wild Sage Press's newest releases. 
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online from:
    -- Wild Sage Press http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy
    -- Laird Books http://www.lairdbooks.com
    -- AbeBooks http://www.abebooks.com
    -- Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca
  • All Wild Sage titles are also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). Selected titles are available from: The Paper Umbrella (Regina); MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); and Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). The books are available from some libraries. 

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, October 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Wild Sage Press Fall Launch - Regina. Celebrate WSP's new titles!
    -- Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)
    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from Blue Grama. Watch a scene from the play We're Already Home by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi. This launch is co-sponsored with Regina Public Library, Connaught Branch. 
  • Blue Grama performance - Winnipeg
    -- Tuesday November 4, 7:30 pm
    -- Travel Alcove, McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park Mall, 1120 Grant Avenue)

    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from her gorgeously illustrated book Blue Grama
  • Blue Grama performance - Saskatoon
    -- Thursday November 13, 7:00 pm 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers (3130 8th Street East)

    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from her gorgeously illustrated book Blue Grama.
  • We're Already Home Launch - Vernon BC
    -- Saturday November 22nd, 2:00-5:00 pm
    -- Japanese Cultural Centre (4895 Bella Vista Road)

    Meet the authors! 
  • Words, Music & Art - Regina
    -- Saturday December 6, 1:30-4:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)

    Poetry readings, musical performances, art display and discussion - with Blue Grama author and illustrator Heather Peat Hamm, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle artist Wendy Winter, and mother and daughter duo Brenda Niskala (How to Be a River author) and Aidan Niskala. Wild Sage Press books and other delights will be available for browsing and purchasing. 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • The Observer, Carlyle Saskatchewan's weekly newspaper, has interviewedBlue Grama author Heather Peat Hamm. The interview will be available in print and online sometime next week. Watch for a link on the WSP website!
  • We're Already Home is now printed. One of the authors commented, "Got the books today and they look great! I like the fonts and their uses, the ink, the gloss, the words." A second author wrote, "they look terrific! I fell asleep spooning one last night...The cover is really vibrant..." Many positive comments have also been received about Blue Grama's design.
  • WSP is in the process of figuring out how to get on ONIX (ONline Information Exchange - electronic records of books for libraries, book stores, wholesalers...); huge thanks to Tom Richardson of BookNet Canada and Heather Nickel of Your Nickel's Worth Publishing for helping me to sort this all out.
  • Online options to buy Wild Sage books now include: Laird Books /www.lairdbooks.comAbeBooks www.abebooks.com, and Amazon.cawww.amazon.ca
  • The MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop, Traditions Hand Craft Gallery, and The Paper Umbrella (all in Regina) will carry Blue Grama when it is released in November.
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon will carry Blue Grama andWe're Already Home
  • Traditions Hand Craft Gallery (Regina) is now carrying the Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards.

This month's feature: On your mark, get set - launch!!!
 
Wild Sage Press is busy preparing for its third Regina launch on November 2, 2 pm. Regina Public Library, Connaught Branch has generously agreed to partner with Wild Sage again; they are providing the location (Connaught Library), the drinks, and publicity through their publications. WSP is providing the food and the entertainment, and of course the books and other delights... The afternoon will be lively, with poetry and music from wonderful musician, artist, poet and ecologist Heather Peat Hamm (Blue Grama author). And it will be a real treat to watch a scene performed from the play We're Already Home. There's nothing like live theatre! All three authors of the play will fly in from BC for the event, which will make the launch very special indeed. 
 
When I think about the upcoming launch I get tingles of anticipation. A book launch celebrates the birth of something that usually has taken way more than nine months to gestate, and is almost always a collaboration of many people - the authors of course, but also editors, other readers who give feedback along the way, designers, the publisher, people who give moral support. There is indeed a lot to celebrate. An uplifting feeling of hope accompanies the celebration of the newly born book - hope that the book will be read, enjoyed, discussed, a positive force for change. In addition to celebration and hope, an important aspect of a launch is the sense of community, people coming together to toast creativity and hard work, to visit with each other, to feel that sense of belonging that arises from a shared experience. 
 
Each of WSP's previous launches have been high energy celebratory hopeful events with a strong community feeling and I'm sure the third one will be as well!
 

Current status

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, September 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Wild Sage Press Fall Launch - Regina. Celebrate WSP's new titles!
    -- Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)
    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from Blue Grama. Watch a scene from the play We're Already Home by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi. This launch is co-sponsored with Regina Public Library, Connaught Branch. 
  • Blue Grama performance - Winnipeg
    -- Tuesday November 4, 7:30 pm
    -- Travel Alcove, McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park Mall, 1120 Grant Avenue)

    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from her gorgeously illustrated book Blue Grama
  • Blue Grama performance - Saskatoon
    -- Thursday November 13, 7:00 pm 
    -- McNally Robinson Booksellers (3130 8th Street East)

    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from her gorgeously illustrated book Blue Grama.
  • Words, Music & Art - Regina
    -- Saturday December 6, 1:30-4:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)

    Poetry readings, musical performances, art display and discussion - with Blue Grama author and illustrator Heather Peat Hamm, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle artist Wendy Winter, and mother and daughter duo Brenda Niskala (How to Be a River author) and Aidan Niskala. Wild Sage Press books and other delights will be available for browsing and purchasing. 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • Publishing progress
    -- Advance copies of Blue Grama are being mailed out to potential reviewers.
    -- Printer proofs for We're Already Home have been approved - printing will start soon.
  • New on the website
    -- the blog How to Read a Poem at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/node/54
    -- photos of the Words in the Park event at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#wordsinpark and photos of the Moose Jaw Library children's program at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#moosejaw.
  • Recent events
    -- Dorothy McMoogle author Bruce Rice was interviewed on CTV Regina's Morning Show on August 19. 
    -- Words in the Park (organized by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild) on August 20 featured Connaught Library's Goldeye and Funnyfin puppet show and readings of  Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin. A couple of daycares attended as well as other children and adults - despite the rain!
    -- Moose Jaw Public Library presented a children's program on September 20 featuring Bruce Rice with Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Barbara Kahan with Goldeye and Funnyfin.


This month's feature: Blue Grama Buzz
 
Comments are starting to come in about Blue Grama - and they're all on the enthusiastic side!  Following are the written ones received so far.
  • from Trevor Herriot (author and naturalist)
    "If you are like me and love prairie, Blue Grama will go right to your heart. Shooting stars, Baltic Rush, and Broom Rape are all interleaved with glimpses of Stan Rogers, Edward Abbey, and an old Malibu. Heather has given us songs for a grassland life, each crafted and illustrated lovingly out of a desire to gently urge us toward sanity in a time where so many are madly exploiting the gifts of the prairie without thought for tomorrow. Her voice is a welcome balm for souls afraid that the petro-state will have the last word in this land. There will be other words and they will sound much like these ones."
  • from Stella Leiterman (excerpt from her email to author Heather Peat Hamm)
    "So much of your writing brings me back to my early life on the prairie. Your passages are beautifully descriptive....and your sketches are lessons in biology...I could mention so many examples of triggered memories...for example, "Canoe on a Slough"....we were always excited to go swimming in the slough on my Aunt's farm near Bromhead...never heard of a lake!!!
         "And words like "beside the old railroad bed"...I used to run across the field to meet Dad when he came home from work at the railroad....his job was to fly a small plane along the railway, checking for trouble....and on the field I would see small cactus plants, topped by a rose-like flower...I can't put into words, the emotions I felt, over and over, while reading your book."
  • from Marcia Eames-Sheavly (senior lecturer at Cornell University, illustrator)
    "Such a powerful love of place in this book - Heather's sensitivity regarding her treasured prairie is nearly palpable, gently leaning out toward you from every word and fondly rendered image."
  • from David Carpenter (author)
    "I have sometimes surmised that our poets on the prairies write about the Earth, give being to the voiceless rocks, creatures and plants, because these wordless entities are in great need of advocacy. This may be true, but when I read the poems of Heather Peat Hamm, I am tempted to believe that these mute entities are not voiceless and without being; that they are knowable to those who bring their best attention to the rocks and grasses, the snakes and insects, be they ever so lowly and wild. Line after line, Heather reminds us how utterly important they are. God bless the grass, sings Pete Seeger to generations of his followers. Let me add, God bless the poets who listen to the grass."
  • from Justin Dittrick (to see the full review, not just this excerpt, go to http://reviews.skbooks.com/?p=2049)
    "The collection’s greatest triumph might be that it metaphorically couples the hardships, pathos, joys, and raptures experienced by the land’s people with penetrating insight into that which perseveres among them, the creatures and plants that share the conditions of life, wondrously unique, yet familiar, in their adaptive movements."
 

Current status
  • Advance orders are now being accepted for Blue Grama and We're Already Home
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges for books purchased through the website at full-price or 20% discount. Wild Sage titles are also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). In addition, selected titles are available from: The Paper Umbrella (Regina); MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); and Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). The books are available from some libraries. 
  • Wild Sage Press has 157 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 158th!
The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, August 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Interview. TV time!
    -- Tuesday, August 19, 7:50 am
    -- CTV Regina's Morning Show
    Author Bruce Rice and publisher Barbara Kahan will talk about the next day's children's literature event.

  • Words in the Park. A lunch hour of children's literature! 
    -- Wednesday August 20, noon to 12:45 pm
    -- Victoria Park (downtown Regina), north east corner (in case of rain: Regina Public Library upstairs mezzanine, across from the park on 12th & Lorne)
    Enjoy Connaught Library's Goldeye and Funnyfin puppet show! Spend time with Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and its author Bruce RiceThis event is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Connaught Branch Library, and Wild Sage Press. Wild Sage Press books and other delights will be available for browsing and buying. 

  • Children's Program. A half hour of children's literature!
    -- Saturday September 20, 2:30 pm
    -- Moose Jaw Public Library, 
    Children’s Program Room (461 Langdon Cres., Moose Jaw)
    Hear author Bruce Rice read 
    Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle! Hear Wild Sage Press publisher Barbara Kahan read a couple of chapters from Goldeye and Funnyfin!

  • Wild Sage Press Fall Launch. Celebrate WSP's new titles!
    -- Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina)
    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from Blue Grama. Watch a scene from the play We're Already Home by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi. This launch is co-sponsored by Regina Public Library, Connaught Branch, and Wild Sage Press. Refreshments will be served!

 

News from Wild Sage Press
 

This month's feature: We're Already Home
 
We're Already Home will accompanying Blue Grama at this fall's launch. We're Already Home is a two-act play by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski, and Arnie Hayashi, with funding gratefully received from Creative Saskatchewan (who have also provided funding for Blue Grama). I fell in love with this play because of the characters, who are wonderfully quirky, vivid and "alive" (even Violet who is sometimes 2,000 years old). The play has a theme of inclusivity and openness to people who are different from us (and yet, as we discover, surprisingly similar). The situations in the play do not feel at all contrived; rather we can easily imagine them happening in real life. Although the play deals with serious issues of cross-cultural relationships, there are touches of humour and whimsy - a wonderful combination. 
 
For those of you who might wonder why I decided to publish a play (as if poetry wasn't hard enough to sell!) - because I love plays. There is nothing like live theatre. I also enjoy reading plays to myself and over the years have read many, from Chekhov's The Three Sisters to Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge. I highly recommend the experience. Another favourite experience dates back to the time when my husband Evan and I lived in Toronto and we got together on a regular basis with our friend Gwen to read plays together, each of us taking a different part. I particularly remember Arthur Miller's The Crucible, very powerful. A few years ago I took a playwrighting class, and although the plays I wrote weren't by any means brilliant, I did develop a greater understanding and appreciation of this art form. What can I say, I'm a huge fan!  
 
Like the best of plays, We're Already Home has the twin virtues of depth and drama. My hope is that it will be performed for many audiences who will enjoy it as much as the first audience (last year in Vernon BC). I also hope that people will read the play as they would a novel or book of poetry (or maybe read it together with friends). When I first received the manuscript, I was engaged as soon I started to read it. Without being aware of time passing, I laughed, I frowned, I lifted my eyebrows in surprise, I nodded my head. I was right there with the Gibbons and the Ahmeds. And that's why I decided to publish We're Already Home.
 



Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges for books purchased through the website at full-price or 20% discount. Wild Sage titles are also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). In addition, selected titles are available from: The Paper Umbrella (Regina); MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); McNally Robinson (Saskatoon); and Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). The books are available from some libraries. 
  • Wild Sage Press has 155 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 156th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is Conflicting Desires and Realities for Book Pricing at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, July 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Words in the Park. A lunch hour of children's literature! 
    -- Wednesday August 20, noon to 12:45 pm
    -- Victoria Park (downtown Regina), north east corner
    Enjoy Connaught Library's Goldeye and Funnyfin puppet show! Spend time with Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugleas read by its editor Brenda Niskala! This event is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Connaught Branch Library, and Wild Sage Press. Wild Sage Press books and other delights will be available for browsing and buying. 
  • Wild Sage Press Fall Launch. Celebrate WSP's new titles!
    -- Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm
    -- Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina)
    Hear author Heather Peat Hamm read poems and sing songs from Blue Grama. Watch a scene from the play We're Already Home by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski and Arnie Hayashi. This launch is co-sponsored by Regina Public Library, Connaught Branch, and Wild Sage Press. Refreshments will be served!

 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • Grant received: from Creative Saskatchewan, to publish We're Already Home, by Terry Jordan, Lorna Tureski, and Arnie Hayashi. We're Already Home, a fabulous play with a cast of quirky and engaging characters, entertains and touches us as it portrays the humour, tension and surprising gifts arising from cultural differences among neighbours.
  • New on the website: a short presentation describing the process of publishing a book, using Goldeye and Funnyfin as an example. To view the visuals and the companion guide, go to http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/goldeyefunnyfin#gfpublishing
  • Blue Grama final proofs nearly complete: last thorough eye-straining word-by-word scrutinizing process currently underway!
  • New reviews: of Goldeye and Funnyfin and Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle in Resource Links, Volume 19, Number 4.
 

This month's feature: What Does a Publisher Do Anyway
 
Recently I attended SaskBooks' board meeting in Craik (Saskatchewan) where one of the discussion topics was the low profile of publishers. Most people can list a favourite author or two, but how many can list a favourite publisher? (Except for Wild Sage Press's loyal fans of course!) If asked, "What does an author do?" the immediate response would be, "Write!" without having to add "books, stories, articles, poems..." because that is well understood by everyone. Asked "What does a publisher do?" the answer would be something like, "Uh...publish?" followed by an uncertain silence. The explanation does not come trippingly off the tongue... 
 
To partly fill the gap in the general understanding of publishing, here is a brief list of a publisher`s activities. A huge variation exists in style, philosophy, approach and emphasis among publishers so details will vary considerably, but here are the broad strokes of what a publisher does in order to produce, market and distribute a book (for hard copies that is, e-books are a somewhat different story):
  • Select a manuscript that fits with the publisher`s criteria (e.g. regarding content, intended audience). 
  • Edit the manuscript, either in-house or by contracting with a free-lance editor.
  • Apply for an ISBN (a unique identifier for each book) and Cataloguing in Publication data (for the use of libraries and book sellers).
  • Design the book (e.g. what will the cover look like, what fonts will be used for the interior text, what size will the pages be), either in-house or by contracting with a free-lance designer.
  • Make other decisions such as how many copies to print, what kind of paper to use, whether to use illustrations, to print in black and white or full colour, how to bind the book, how to distribute the book (e.g. through a wholesaler or in-house).
  • Find a printer to print the book.
  • Attend to all the administrative tasks such as bill paying, making bank deposits, accounting, keeping track of inventory, composing letters of agreement, ensuring business licenses and other legal requirements are up to date, maintaining the website, email correspondence, requesting quotes, applying for grants...
  • Try to limit the amount of time spent worrying (e.g. will deadlines be met, were any typos overlooked in the manuscript`s proofs, was anything major forgotten, will anyone buy the book...). 
  • Find funding to pay all the costs involved in producing, marketing and distributing the book.
  • Market the book (e.g. find sales outlets; generate publicity such as interviews, reviews and Facebook posts; organize events such as launches and readings).
  • Hope that everyone loves the book as much as the publisher does!
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). In addition, selected titles are available from: The Paper Umbrella (Regina); MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); McNally Robinson (Saskatoon); and Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). The books are also available from some libraries. 
  • Wild Sage Press has 153 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 154th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is A Month in the Life of a Publisherat http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, May 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Artistic License Book Display. Wild Sage Press books, along with books from other publishers, will be available for browsing and buying at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
    -- Saturday May 24, 10 am-3:30 pm
    -- SaskBooks/SWG booth in front of Dessart Sweets (3036-13th Ave. Regina)

 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • WSP children's titles (Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin) are now available at Parentbooks in Toronto (121 Harbord St.).
  • LittleGrass (poetry and songs with a bit of prose and lots of botanical illustrations) has a new title - Blue Grama. Author and artist Heather Peat Hamm has completed the cover image,the editing process is nearly done, illustrations/field notes are being finalized. And - Creative Saskatchewan awarded Wild Sage Press a grant to publish it!
  • Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin were reviewed in CM, Volume XX,  Number 28, March 21, 2014. Each book received a "recommended" rating. 
  • Goldeye and Funnyfin was recently featured in an SPG Book Review by Alison Hayford (April 3, 2014): "There’s something about this simple story and its delicate watercolour illustrations that catches and holds the attention of young children..."
  • Publisher Barbara Kahan is now serving as treasurer on the board of SaskBooks (previously the Saskatchewan Publishers Group).

This month's feature: A Cathedral Village Publisher

Thinking about Saturday's book display at the annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival (in Regina), I've realized what strong ties Wild Sage Press has to Cathedral Village. Not only have I lived in the Cathedral area for the past 30 years on 20 block Elphinstone St. (and where I live that's where Wild Sage Press lives!), all of the authors and illustrators of WSP books published to date either currently live here or have lived here. Three live within a four block radius of me: Brenda Niskala (How to Be a River) and Bruce Rice 
and Wendy Winter (Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle). Laura Burkhart (Watermarks) currently enjoys life in Hawai`i but for a number of years her home was within walking distance of me. My father Irwin and mother Fannie (author of Goldeye and Funnyfin) also lived in Cathedral area in the basement suite of my grandparents' house on 22 block Rae when I was two years old and my brother was a few months old. (I still remember riding my kiddie car down the stairs to the basement, having decided that there wasn't any reason why it wouldn't work. As they say, experience is the best teacher...) My sister Sharon Kahan (illustrator of Goldeye and Funnyfin) also lived for a time in Cathedral area, on Rae St., when she was a music student at the University of Regina. (Sharon now paints and plays the flute in London Ontario.)  
 
Cathedral Village, where Holy Rosary Cathedral's two spires dominate the skyscape, is a wonderful neighbourhood, one of the oldest areas in Regina. There are lots of lovely old trees, Wascana Creek with its bike/walking path, boutiquey shops along 13th Avenue, great restaurants, and amazing people. Best of all - it feels like a real community, with an active community association, a jewel of a branch library (my second home), schools, a grocery store, and events like the Arts Festival. It's well situated for people like me who like to walk, being fairly central, for example only a 15 minute walk to downtown. When we moved here a few decades ago partly it was because we couldn't afford to live anywhere else (prices have increased since then!). Now we live here because we love it. There's lots of creativity in the air, the perfect place to dream about, read, and publish books.
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from McNally Robinson (3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon) and SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). In addition: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin are available from Parentbooks (121 Harbord St., Toronto) and The Paper Umbrella (Regina);  Dorothy McMoogle books and prints are available from the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop (Regina); and Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). Some of the books are available from libraries. 
  • Wild Sage Press has 148 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 149th!

 

The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, February 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Book Signing! Author Bruce Rice will sign copies of his children's book Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle:
    -- Saturday March 15, 1:00-2:00 pm
    -- McNally Robinson Books in Saskatoon (3130 - 8th Street East)

  • An Evening with Bruce Rice and Dave Carpenter: Big kid and little kid fun:  the story-in-rhyme of Dorothy McMoogle who loves kumquats & her bugle, with the added bonus of harmonica and banjo jamming:
    -- Saturday March 15, 7:00 pm
    -- d'Lish by Tish Cafe in Saskatoon (702A 14th St. East)

 

News from Wild Sage Press
  • One of Wild Sage Press's fall 2014 releases will be LittleGrass - poems, songs, prose, botanical illustrations and field notes portraying Heather Peat Hamm’s prairie experience! Watch for more details.

This month's feature: Preparing a Book for Publication

I am wildly excited about the forthcoming title LittleGrass by Heather Peat Hamm. While I can all but taste it in my imagination, it will take many more hours and much hard work until we can actually hold it in our hands, and then get it into the hands of readers across Canada and beyond. To begin with were the initial conversations between Heather and myself, shaping the vision - both in content and physical format. Then came reviewing several drafts - Heather has been very busy revising. Now the manuscript is with its editor (Bruce Rice) who will engage in conversation with Heather about the book and how to move it even closer to its vision. In the meantime, I have applied for funding for it, and requested printing quotes from a number of printers. In addition to being immersed in the editing process, Heather will soon start her botanical illustrations to accompany the text. Once the text and illustrations are complete, the designer and typographer will step in to do their magic. When the proofs are complete (and checked and doublechecked), off to the printer they go. In the meantime, preparations for the launch and marketing activities will be ongoing. I will keep you posted!
 
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from McNally Robinson (3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon) and SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK). In addition: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin are available from The Paper Umbrella (Regina);  Dorothy McMoogle books and prints are available from the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; and Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). Some of the books are available from libraries. 
  • Children's books spoken for: 187 copies of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (Bruce Rice and Wendy Winter) and 194 copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin (Fannie Kahan and Sharon Kahan)
  • Wild Sage Press has 133 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 134th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is "Reflecting on Book Covers" http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, January 2014
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Watch for details of the upcoming book signing at McNally Robinson Books in March!

News from Wild Sage Press
  • A very positive review of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugleby Jessica Bickford has just been released. To view, visit http://reviews.skbooks.com/?p=1929
  • Greg Hluska and Stacey Lolacher have joined the Wild Sage community to help publicize Wild Sage Press books and other delights. They are both wonderful people, and very enthusastic about Wild Sage and its various delights. Welcome to Greg and Stacey!
  • Jeanne Alexander interviewed Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle author Bruce Rice for  CJTR Radio on January 8. The interview is available at www.cjtr.ca
  • Bruce Rice read Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and other poems and Barbara Kahan read a couple of stories from Goldeye and Funnyfin for the Vertigo Series on January 20 in Regina. It was a lovely high energy event. For more details and photos visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#vertigo2.   

This month's feature: Wild Sage Children's Books in the Classroom

First and foremost, Wild Sage Press's children's books are about having a pleasurable reading experience - losing oneself in a different world, getting to know new characters, being carried along with the rhythm of the language, absorbing the details of the illustrations. In the classroom context, Wild Sage's recent children's books are ideal for encouraging children to read - the stories are energetic, engaging, and non-didactic. 
 
As with the best books, both Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin are also great springboards for readers to learn more about themselves, their relationships, and the world in general. For example, Dorothy McMoogle is not just about how one girl manages to make life less boring and grey. It's about tapping into our personal and collective creativity, about being true to oneself, about living life with joy. In addition, the book is filled with exotic things like kumquats and gnus that are fun to learn about.
 
Goldeye and Funnyfin is much more than a humorous story about two fish searching for the mysterious Magnificent Fish - it's about what it means to be brave, what it means to be a friend, what are the best ways to solve problems. As Roseanne Copithorn of the Regina Early Learning Centre wrote, "Long before emotional intelligence and conflict resolution became buzz words, Fannie [author of Goldeye and Funnyfin] understood that a good story was the best way to teach her children about how to accept themselves and get along with others." And of course there are all those other creatures to learn about, like sword fish and whales and octopuses. 
 
Conversation points - lists of questions to use with children - are available athttp://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/dorothy#conversation (for Dorothy McMoogle) and http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/goldeyefunnyfin#conversation (for Goldeye and Funnyfin).
 
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from McNally Robinson (3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon), SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK) and the Artful Dodger gift shop (1621-11th Ave., Regina). In addition: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin are available from The Paper Umbrella (Regina);  Dorothy McMoogle books and prints are available from the MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; and Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). Some of the books are available from libraries. 
  • Children's books spoken for: 194 copies of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (Bruce Rice and Wendy Winter) and 200 copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin (Fannie Kahan and Sharon Kahan)
  • Poetry remaining: 20 copies of How to Be a River (Brenda Niskala) and 3 copies of Watermarks (Laura Burkhart) 
  • Prints remaining: 7 Dorothy McMoogle, 19 Wild Sage, 18 Good in yellow, 47 In Both Languages
  • Collector cards remaining: 16 Dorothy McMoogle, 25 Goldeye and Funnyfin, 5 How to Be a River, 5 Watermarks 
  • Wild Sage Press has 107 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 108th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is "Little David/Davida Amongst the Giants" http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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 The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news & features, December 2013
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Words & Art, Sat. Dec. 14, 1-4 pm, Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina): An afternoon of browsing and conversation! On display and available for purchase - Wild Sage Press books and other delights, at a holiday gift price of 10% off. Also available for browsing and purchase - the art of award-winning artist Wendy Winter. Throughout the afternoon - conversations with the creators of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle - author Bruce Rice, illustrator Wendy Winter, and editor Brenda Niskala. (See times at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#words.)
  • Bruce Rice Interview, Wed. Jan. 8, 9:30 am, CJTR Radio 91.3 FM: Jeanne Alexander will interview Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle author Bruce Rice. The interview will also be available on 806 SasktelMax, 341 Access7, and www.cjtr.ca.      
  • Vertigo Series, Mon. Jan. 20: Bruce Rice will read Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and other poems, and Barbara Kahan will read from Goldeye and Funnyfin - time and location to be announced.


News from Wild Sage Press
  • Bruce Rice's December readings of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle went well Dec. 3 in Prince Albert at John M. Cuelenaere Library, a preschool, and Vickers School Library. 
  • More places are carrying one or more of Wild Sage's books and/or other delights! Most recently: McNally Robinson bookstore (Saskatoon), Paper Umbrella (Regina), Palliser Regional Library, MacKenzie Art Gallery Shop. 
  • Shelly Banks' blog Latitude Drifts has a feature on Wild Sage Press's recent Regina launch (http://latitudedrifts.blogspot.ca/).

This month's feature: Illustrations in Children's Books

So many different kinds of illustrations in children's books! In the "olden" days black and white illustrations were most common; these days, most are in colour. The occasional exception, though, shows how dramatic black and white can be, with its own power and charm. As with colour versus black and white photos, it all depends on the content, style and quality.
 
The medium of chiildren's book illustrations varies widely, from watercolours to acrylic. One of my favourites are the books of Barbara Reid, with her fabulous Plasticine illustrations. 
 
While in the past illustrations were always done by hand, more and more these days illustrations are computer generated, a much speedier process. Done well, both methods can produce wonderful results.
 
Regardless of method, medium or colour, the best illustrations enrich the text - they do not faithfully reproduce the words but add new details and new dimensions or perspectives. 
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from McNally Robinson (3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon), SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK) and The Analog (1621-11th Ave., Regina). In addition: Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin are available from The Paper Umbrella (Regina);  Dorothy McMoogle books and prints are available from MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop; and Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). Some of the books are available from libraries. 
  • Children's books spoken for: 180 copies of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (Bruce Rice and Wendy Winter) and 188 copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin (Fannie Kahan and Sharon Kahan)
  • Poetry remaining: 23 copies of How to Be a River (Brenda Niskala) and 3 copies of Watermarks (Laura Burkhart) 
  • Prints remaining: 7 Dorothy McMoogle, 19 Wild Sage, 18 Good in yellow, 47 In Both Languages
  • Collector cards remaining: 17 Dorothy McMoogle, 25 Goldeye and Funnyfin, 3 How to Be a River, 3 Watermarks 
  • Wild Sage Press has 107 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 108th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is "Marketing marketing marketing..." http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, November 2013
 
 
Upcoming Events
  • Watch for details of Dorothy McMoogle and Goldeye and Funnyfin reading at the Vertigo series in January 2014!


News from Wild Sage Press
  • The Nov. 2 Toronto launch and Nov. 3 Regina launch were both huge successes! Readings, a puppet show, wonderful refreshments, crafts tables, lots of people having fun, and many books sold. (For more details, see Launched! at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.)
  • Both children's books (Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin) are now available from Regina Public Library.
  • Newly available from Wild Sage Press are more Wild Sage Other Delightshttp://www.wildsagepress.biz/otherdelights:  two new series of collector cards (Dorothy McMoogle and Goldeye and Funnyfin); Dorothy McMoogle print; and threeGoldeye and Funnyfin art cards.
  • New on the website: photos of the Toronto launch (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#tlaunch) and photos of the Regina launch (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#rlaunch). 

This month's feature: Suggesting Books to Libraries

Wild Sage Press is a huge supporter of libraries. One of the reasons, among many, is that libraries make books accessible to people who may not have the money to buy books (or who have enough money to buy some books but not nearly as many as they like to read in a year!). Borrowing books helps authors (who receive some compensation from Public Lending Right), libraries (like other organizations, they rely in part on usage statistics to make the case for receiving operating funds), publishers (revenue from library sales is extremely helpful!), and of course the readers who borrow the books. 
 
Not all books are available from libraries, however, sometimes because the libraries are unaware of the books existence, and sometimes because they are unsure of a book's quality or public interest in reading it. A couple of ways that libraries find out about books, their likely quality, and their possible appeal to readers, are through reviews and library patron requests. 
 
If there is a book you would like to borrow through your local library but can't find it listed, don't hesitate to recommend that they purchase it. Libraries are interested in what their patrons are interested in, and generally are happy to consider suggestions. It is possible to make book suggestions online for many libraries. For example:
And, of course, asking a librarian in person is always an option! If your library doesn't want to buy the suggested book, another possibility is to request the book on interlibrary loan. Happy library book reading!!!
 

Current status
  • All Wild Sage books are available for purchase online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buyOrders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. They are also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK) and The Analog (1621-11th Ave., Regina). In addition, Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). Some of the books are available from libraries. 
  • Children's books spoken for: 137 copies of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (Bruce Rice and Wendy Winter) and 151 copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin (Fannie Kahan and Sharon Kahan)
  • Poetry remaining: 29 copies of How to Be a River (Brenda Niskala) and 8 copies ofWatermarks (Laura Burkhart) 
  • Prints remaining: 14 Dorothy McMoogle, 20 Wild Sage, 17 Good in yellow, 46 In Both Languages
  • Collector cards remaining: 17 Dorothy McMoogle, 25 Goldeye and Funnyfin, 3 How to Be a River, 3 Watermarks 
  • Wild Sage Press has 105 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 106th!
  • The most recent Wild Sage blog is "Launched!" http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog.

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, October 2013
 
 
Upcoming Events


Wild Sage Press launches two children's
 books!!!

Battle boring grey with Dorothy McMoogle and search for the Magnificent Fish with Goldeye and Funnyfin.
Refreshments! Kid-friendly activities! Everyone welcome!
  • Toronto launch: Sat. Nov. 2, 2 pm, Trinity St. Paul's (427 Bloor St. West). Enjoy kumquat and fish crafts activities. Meet watercolour artist Sharon Kahan. To access poster: http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#tlaunch
  • Regina launch: Sun. Nov. 3, 2 pm, Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone), in partnership with Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library. Puppet show and sea shell craft. Meet award-winning author Bruce Rice and award-winning artist Wendy Winter. To access poster: http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#rlaunch
About the two books to be launched:
  • Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle: Written by Bruce Rice, illustrated by Wendy Winter. A story in rhyme to brighten the gloomiest day! An ode to creativity and being true to yourself, and having fun while you're at it. 
    http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books#dorothy 
  • Goldeye and Funnyfin: Written by Fannie Kahan, illustrated by Sharon Kahan. Swim through the ocean with Octavia the Octopus and other quirky underwater creatures. A chuckle-full chapter book about friendship and adventure. 
    http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books#goldfun


News from Wild Sage Press
  • Orders are now being accepted for Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#dorothy) and Goldeye and Funnyfin (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#goldfun)! $25.00 each plus applicable taxes. Orders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. (Alternatively - request from your local library!)
  • Two new sets of collector cards - the Dorothy McMoogle and Goldeye and Funnyfin series - will be printed this week. Also soon available: a Dorothy McMoogle print and three Goldeye and Funnyfin art cards.
  • New on the website: photo of Regina Public Library staff Diana Cook and Kaiti Webb preparing for the November 3 Regina launch at Connaught Library. To view go to http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#rlaunch.
  • Dorothy McMoogle books have now arrived (looking gorgeous!) and Goldeye and Funnyfinbooks are on their way!

This month's feature: Feedback on New Children's Books

Below is a sample of comments received to date on the forthcoming Wild Sage Press children's books. 
 
Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle
  • Robert Currie (Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, 2007-2010): "Holy Kumquat, but this book is fun: the rhymes and rhythms of Bruce Rice perfectly matched with the art of Wendy Winter."
  • Alison Lohans (award-winning author): "In lively nonsense verse that juxtaposes sound and images in entertaining ways, young Dorothy McMoogle battles the dreary dullness of her street..."
Goldeye and Funnyfin
  • Warren James (Regina Public Library): "These tales of fishy friendship, with a school of undersea characters, will be sure to hook young readers."
  • Jaime Traynor (KidsFirst Regina): "What a treasure! Delightful stories, gorgeous illustrations, great for reading with kids of any age."
  • Brenda Niskala (SaskBooks): "Goldeye and Funnyfin are delightful…reminiscent of the Frog and Toad series, which I loved."

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Wild Sage Press news & features, September 2013
 
 
Upcoming Events


Wild Sage Press will launch two children's
 books this fall - for ages 4 to 8 and the young at heart. 

Refreshments! Kid-friendly activities! Everyone welcome!
  • Toronto launch: Sat. Nov. 2, 2 pm, Trinity St. Paul's (427 Bloor St. West)
  • Regina launch: Sun. Nov. 3, 2 pm, Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)
About the two books to be launched:
Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle: written by Bruce Rice, illustrated by Wendy Winter, edited by Brenda Niskala, designed by LM Publication Services Ltd. Dorothy McMoogle’s orange kumquats conquer boring grey - a story in rhyme to brighten the gloomiest day! An ode to creativity and being true to yourself, and having fun while you're at it. http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books#dorothy

Goldeye and Funnyfin: written by Fannie Kahan, illustrated by Sharon Kahan, edited by Heather Nickel, designed by Your Nickel's Worth Publishing. Swim through the ocean in search of the Magnificent Fish with Octavia the Octopus and other quirky underwater creatures. A chuckle-full chapter book about friendship and adventure! http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books#goldfun


News from Wild Sage Press
  • Payment buttons are now up on the website for pre-ordering copies of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#dorothy) and copies of Goldeye and Funnyfin (http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#goldfun)! Cost for one copy of each is $25.00 plus applicable taxes. Orders of five or more books receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges. (Alternatively - request from your local library!)
  • Files for both books are now at the printers. The artwork for both books is absolutely fabulous!
  • The most popular Facebook posting to date is the cover of Goldeye and Funnyfin (posted September 16/13, viewed by 495 people).
  • New on the website: for each of the forthcoming books, material now includes reasons to read the book, an excerpt, conversation points, author and illustrator bios, and questions and answers with the authors and illustrators. Also included is a section with photographs of the model for the illustrations of Dorothy McMoogle posing along with the corresponding illustration! http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/dorothy#model

This month's feature: What I Just Learned about CIP

CIP stands for Cataloguing in Publication. Included on the copyright page, CIP data provides information for libraries and bookstores. I have now applied for CIP data for six books. In this latest round, I learned something new - that the author's birth year is not always included in the CIP record. 
 
If a CIP record is being made for a first-time author, the birth year will be included (if it is available and the author agrees). For previously published authors, if the birth year has been included in previous records, it will be for each succeeding record. However - if the birth year was not included in the first record, it won't be included in succeeding records, to maintain consistency. Thank you CIP staff for taking the time to explain this to me! (And of course for all the important work you do!!!) 


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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, August 2013
 
Upcoming Events
Wild Sage Press will launch Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle as well as Goldeye and Funnyfin this fall.
  • Toronto launch: Sat. Nov. 2, 2 pm, Trinity St. Paul's (427 Bloor St. West)
  • Regina launch: Sun. Nov. 3, 2 pm, Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone)

News from Wild Sage Press
  • The Grants to Publishers Fund has awarded Wild Sage Press a grant for the production of Goldeye and Funnyfin. This grants program is funded through an agreement between the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Saskatchewan Ministry for Parks, Culture and Sports, and is administered by the Saskatchewan Publishers Group.
  • The second editions of How to Be a River and Watermarks are now available online at http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#river or phone 306-565-0080 or email wildsage@wildsagepress.biz. Cost for one copy of each is $15.00 plus applicable taxes. Orders of five or more receive a 20% discount. No shipping/handling charges.
  • The above titles are now also available from SaskBooks (2045 11th Ave., Regina, SK); in addition, Watermarks is available from Pura Vida Gallery (North Kohala on the Big Island). 
  • The three most popular Facebook postings to date are: photo of Sharon Kahan's illustration preparation for Goldeye and Funnyfin(August 7/13, viewed by 379 people); announcement of audio recording of Laura Burkhart reading her poem "In Both Languages" (May 8/13, viewed by 194 people); posting about payment button for Watermarks being up on website (July 2/13, viewed by 175 people).

This month's feature: Children's Literature Fall 2013
Wild Sage Press's two fall titles are suitable for children age's four to eight - and the young at heart! 
  • Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle is written by Bruce Rice and illustrated by Wendy Winter. Dorothy McMoogle’s orange kumquats conquer boring grey - a story in rhyme to brighten the gloomiest day! When I first read this manuscript I smiled all the way through it. The happy feeling it gave me remained for a long time after. Here's to creative kids and lively fun! 
  • Goldeye and Funnyfin, written by Fannie Kahan and illustrated by Sharon Kahan. Swim through the ocean in search of the Magnificent Fish with various underwater creatures, finding friendship and adventure along the way! I love these stories as much now as I did when I was a little girl, for their humour and quirky characters and lively action. The current blog gives more background ("All in the Family" http://www.wildsagepress.biz/node/31). 

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Wild Sage Press news & features, May 2013
 
Upcoming Event

Music & Poetry - a potent combination! 
Hear virtuoso acoustic guitarist Ken Hamm play two sets of his electrifying traditional roots and blues music and enjoy a poetic interlude with story-telling poet Brenda Niskala reading from her powerful and riveting book How to Be a River:
-- Thursday, June 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7pm). 
-- At a home in the Hillsdale area of Regina.
-- Seating is limited. RSVP to Mary at m.mcnutt@sasktel.net to reserve a spot.
-- Admission is $20.00.  
-- CDs and books will be on sale during intermission (cash or cheque only).
-- For more information about the performers: www. kenhamm.com andhttp://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/how_to_be_a_river#author.

 
News from Wild Sage Press
  • The second edition of How to Be a River is now available. Order online at  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy#river or phone or email. Cost is $15.00 plus applicable shipping/handling charges and taxes. Orders of five or more receive a 20% discount.
  • The second edition of Watermarks will be available in a few weeks.
  • Wild Sage Press will launch this fall Goldeye and Funnyfin, an early reader chapter book written by Fannie Kahan and illustrated by Sharon Kahan, and more. Details forthcoming!
  • Now on the website for your listening pleasure: A recording http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/watermarks#lbread of Watermark's author Laura Burkhart reading her poem "In Both Languages" (featured on the limited edition print by the same name http://www.wildsagepress.biz/otherdelights#languages
 
This month's feature: The Supportive Saskatchewan Publishing Community

This month I want to say thank you to members of Saskatchewan's publishing community: Nik Burton (Coteau Books), Heather Nickel (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing), Jackie Lay (University of Regina Press), Paul Wilson (Hagios Press) and the Saskatchewan Publisher's Group (Brenda Niskala, Jillian Bell, and Daniel Parr). All of them have been very generous in sharing their publishing wisdom and expertise with me. My questions have been wide-ranging, for example regarding paper choices, marketing practices and design issues, and I have learned an enormous amount from their answers, which often have involved extremely detailed emails and lengthy conversations. I am hugely grateful!

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The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news & features, February 2013
 
 
News from Wild Sage Press
This month's feature: naming the press

Some people have wondered why the press is called "Wild Sage." Below are the publisher's associations for "wild" and "sage" listed under the website's question and answer section:

 

Wild: free to breathe, move, sing, feel, create...

 

Sage: spare kind of beauty, wisdom, scent of nature, diversity of type, seeds of growth, joins sky and earth...

To the publisher, the name "Wild Sage" represents a combination of sensory input, thought, emotion and creativity shaped into works of art that expand our realm of being.

 
Current status
  • Wild Sage books (Watermarks and How to Be a River) are available from the University of Saskatchewan Library, Palliser Region Library, and Regina Public Library. Watermarks is also available from the North Kohala Library.
  • 2/100 copies of Watermarks are all that remain. No copies are left of How to Be a River.
  • Remaining copies of limited edition prints: 44/75 In Both Languages; 37/75 Good in yellow; Wild Sage 21/25 
  • 20 sets of Watermarks collector cards and 9 sets of How to Be a River collector cards remain.
  • Wild Sage Press has 39 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 40th!
  • Plans are under way for the fall 2013 releases.
 
 
The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news in brief, January 2013
 
 
News from Wild Sage Press
  • How to Be a River by Brenda Niskala is now sold out!
  • "Introducing Wild Sage Press" was the banner article for the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of the Village Voice: News from the Cathedral Area Community Association. It includes a photo by Shelley Banks of authors Brenda Niskala and Laura Burkhart.
 
This month's feature: conversation points
 
  • The Wild Sage Press website lists "conversation points" for each of its two books. These questions are ideal for focusing book club discussions, or as an aid to exploring the poetry yourself or with friends.
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Example of Watermarks conversation point: Which poems are playful? What about them amuses you? (Visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/watermarks#conversation  for more questions.)
  • -- Example of How to Be a River conversation point: 
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How does your family compare to the family highlighted in the last section? (Visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/books/how_to_be_a_river#conversation for more questions.)
 
 
Current status
  • Wild Sage books are available from the University of Saskatchewan Library, Palliser Region Library, and Regina Public Library.
  • 4/100 copies of Watermarks are all that remain. No copies are left of How to Be a River.
  • Remaining copies of broadsides (combined art and poetry): 46/75 In Both Languages and 38/75 Good in yellow
  • Remaining copies of Wild Sage print: 21/25 
  • 21 sets of Watermarks collector cards and 10 sets of How to Be a River collector cards remain.
  • Wild Sage Press has 38 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 39th!
 
The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news in brief, December 2012
 
News from Wild Sage Press
This month's feature: broadsides
  • People have been curious about the Wild Sage Press broadsides (In Both Languages with art by Julia Rooney and poetry by Laura Burkhart and Good in yellowwith art by Jayde Goodon and poetry by Brenda Niskala). The two most frequent questions are: what is a broadside? and, what does one do with a broadside?
  • Modern day broadsides stem from the original tradition of posting in public places 
  •  
large sheets of paper with political opinions, or  advertising events such as plays. It eventually became popular to put poetry on broadsides. Wild Sage Press broadsides are very suitable for framing as the art is amazing (as is the poetry!). Or, they could be tacked on a bulletin board, hung on a door, or glued on a hoarding to provide some urban art! Or for collectors (they are after all limited editions) stored in a drawer for occasional viewing pleasure...
 
Current status
  • Wild Sage books are available, or will be shortly, in the University of Saskatchewan Library and Regina Public Library.
  • 19/100 copies of Watermarks and 5/100 copies of How to Be a River are all that remain.
  • Remaining copies of broadsides (combined art and poetry): 46/75 In Both Languages and 38/75 Good in yellow
  • Remaining copies of Wild Sage print: 22/25 
  • Wild Sage Press now has 38 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). Be the 39th!
Request
  • Feel free to send comments about Watermarks or How to Be a River to Wild Sage Press at this email address for posting on the website.

Upcoming events
  • December 12: 1-2:30 pm at Boomtown Drums, 1801 Retallack St., Regina: mini-workshop with Wild Sage Press author Brenda Niskala to open your inner poet and a "Gentle Djembe" drum session with drummer Joanne Crofford. Refreshments provided. Browse through the top 30 Saskatchewan books for 2012. To pre-register, email Joanne: joannec@sasktel.net. Cost is $5 at time of event.
 
Past events
visit http://www.wildsagepress.biz/events for more details of the events listed below, including photos.
  • The Dec. 1 salon and sale at Regina's Connaught Library was a wonderful mix of community and creativity. 
  • The Hawaiian launch of Watermarks on November 26 was standing room only!
  • Brenda Niskala and Coby Stephenson braved the highways to read at Shelf Life Books in Calgary on November 24.
 
The Wild Sage Breeze
Wild Sage Press news in brief, November 2012
 
Upcoming events
  • December 1: Everyone is invited to an afternoon of browsing and conversation at Connaught Library (13th & Elphinstone, Regina) on Saturday December 1, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fabulous gift ideas for sale will include pottery by Anne McLellan, STONEWENCH  Handcrafted Jewellery by Maria Hendrika, books and other delights from Wild Sage Press, and drums from Boomtown Drums. The program will include discussions about pottery, jewellery, poetry and drumming. For more details see the attached poster. Hope to see you December 1!
  • November 26: The Hawaiian launch of Watermarks will take place at the North Kohala Library on Nov. 26, at 6:30 pm. Laura Burkhart and other members of the Inkwells will read from their work. Refreshments will be served. Available for sale will be Watermarks, the Watermarks series of collector cards, and the Watermarks limited edition broadside.
  • November 24: Brenda Niskala will read from How to Be a River and Coby Stephenson will read from her book of short stories Violet Quesnel (Thistledown 2012), at 2:00 pm, Saturday November 24th, at Shelf Life Books (4th Street & 13th Avenue SW, Calgary).

New from Wild Sage Press
  • Wild Sage Press is delighted to introduce two limited edition poetry broadsides (75 copies of each). One includes a poem from Watermarks by Laura Burkhart and art work by Julia Rooney, the second includes a poem from How to Be a River by Brenda Niskala and art work by Jayde Goodon. Each is printed on 11"x17" cover stock. Cost is $20 for one plus applicable taxes and shipping/handling charges as required. For more information or to order contact Wild Sage Press. Both broadsides will be available at the December 1 event mentioned above.
  • Also available at the December 1 event will be a limited edition print (25 copies) called "Wild Sage" based on a drawing by Caitlin Mullan, printed on 11"x17" cover stock. Cost is the same as for the broadsides. 

Current status
  • 24/100 copies of Watermarks and 8/100 copies of How to Be a River are all that remain.
  • Both series of collector cards are in their second printing. One series is based on Watermarks and the other on How to Be a River. Each set consists of six cards, 2.5"x3.5" with a full colour image on one side and author bio or poem excerpt on the other side. Cost is $5.00 plus applicable taxes and shipping/handling charges as required. To purchase, contact Wild Sage Press or attend the December 1 event. 
  • Wild Sage Press now has 33 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). 
  • Wild Sage Press @WildSagePress now has six followers on Twitter.  

Request
  • Because Wild Sage Press's first two titles are nearly sold out, it would be wonderful to have them in libraries so more people could enjoy them. If you love libraries, as Wild Sage Press's publisher does, ask your library to stock a copy and direct them to the Wild Sage Press website www.wildsagepress.biz for information about the books and how to order.

Past events
  • Wild Sage Press's inaugural launch (Oct. 17 in Regina), in partnership with Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library, was fabulous. The evening opened with the folk band the Seven Seas, followed by readings from Laura Burkhart (author of Watermarks) and Brenda Niskala (author of How to Be a River), and ended with  refreshments, visiting and book buying. There was standing room only and the place was filled with enthusiasm and good spirits. For photos, visit the websitehttp://www.wildsagepress.biz/events#past or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress
  • Brenda Niskala and two other poets were on stage at the Vertigo Reading Series on October 30 in Regina. It was a lovely evening with fine poetry and the music of Yana.

 

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Wild Sage Press news in brief, October 2012

  • Wild Sage Press's inaugural launch (Oct. 17 at Connaught Library, 13th & Elphinstone, Regina), in partnership with Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library, is shaping up nicely. Doors open at 7:15 pm for those who have pre-paid or reserved their books. People in general are invited to arrive at 7:30 and the program will start a few minutes after that. The evening will open with the folk band the Seven Seas, followed by readings by Laura Burkhart (author of Watermarks) and Brenda Niskala (author of How to Be a River), and end with  refreshments. It sounds like there will be a full house!
  • Wild Sage Press is delighted to announce that two series of trading cards and a limited edition poster are currently being designed and printed, and will be available at the launch for purchase along with the books. (Note that payment options at the launch will be cheque or cash only.) 
  • 63 copies of Watermarks are now spoken for and 46 copies of How to Be a River (out of a print run of 100 copies for each).
  • Orders have been received from Canada, the US and Britain, and include an order from a wholesaler and a standing order from a university.
  • The last nine days have been a bookbinding extravaganza. A number of people have joined the bookbinding team - three quarters of the books (150) are now completely bound. Everyone has found it to be an addictive activity! And fun, and meditative, and social... And we have certainly learned a lot about how to put a book together from scratch.
  • Wild Sage Press now has 27 likes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress). 
  • Wild Sage Press on Twitter - @WildSagePress - now has five followers.  
  • Note a correction to the time of the Hawaiian launch of Watermarks: it will take place at the North Kohala Library on Nov. 26, at 6:30 pm, not the 7:00 pm that was previously reported.

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The Wild Sage Breeze

Wild Sage Press news in brief, September 2012

  • Wild Sage Press is a new Regina-based publisher whose first two titles, to be released this October, are Watermarks (poetry by Laura Burkhart) and How to Be a River (poetry by Brenda Niskala). For more information about the press, the books, or the authors, go to www.wildsagepress.biz.
  • The band Seven Seas will perform at Wild Sage Press's inaugural launch (Oct. 17, 7:30 pm, Connaught Library, 13th & Elphinstone, Regina)! Everyone is invited to attend and hear fabulous music and fabulous poetry - and to enjoy the refreshments generously provided by Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library.
  • Payment options at the launch will be cheque or cash only. 
  • Advance orders will be accepted until the day before the launch (go to http://www.wildsagepress.biz/buy for more information). Wild Sage Press will absorb GST costs for books purchased in advance of the launch. (Credit card payment is available through the website.)
  • 34 copies of Watermarks are now spoken for, and 41 copies of How to Be a River (out of a print run of 100 copies for each).
  • The printed copies are expected tomorrow; if all goes well, hand binding will begin on Saturday.
  • Wild Sage Press has gratefully received its first financial donation, from Lisa Brownstone.
  • Wild Sage Press is now on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/WildSagePress. Feel free to "like" the page! (The more "likes" the better.)
  • Wild Sage Press on Twitter - @WildSagePress - has three followers. Become the fourth! 
  • The Hawaiian launch of Watermarks will take place Nov. 26, 7:00 pm, at the North Kohala Library. Brenda Niskala will read from How to Be a River for the Vertigo Reading Series on Oct. 30, 7:30 pm, Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave., Regina.
  • Wild Sage Press now has four blog entries on its website (go to  http://www.wildsagepress.biz/blog). 
  • Information about Wild Sage Press titles has now gone out to Saskatchewan media and libraries.

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