In this insightful, moving, and often very funny collection, Laurie Lewis reflects on all that a long and at times difficult life has offered her, with an honesty that will knock you flat. From the mundane to the sublime, she allows nothing to escape notice … a further reveal – this time in poetic form – of her intelligence, her cheeky wit, and her incomparable vision.
–    Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked and Careen

$17 paper
Available at Novel Idea Books, 156 Princess Street | Kingston 613-546-9799 |  |


Laurie Lewis is a writer and publisher and an active member of the Kingston literary community. Her written work has been heard on CBC Radio and is widely published including in Queen’s Feminist Review, Queen’s Quarterly, the Toronto Quarterly, Vista, and the Globe and Mail. Her memoir Little Comrades (Porcupine’s Quill, 2011) was named one of the Globe’s Top 100 Books of the Year. Love, and All That Jazz was published in 2013. Laurie is a fellow of Graphic Designers of Canada and editor emerita of Vista, the publication of the Seniors Association in Kingston, Ontario.





  • From two Kingston poets, Meg Freer and Chantel Lavoie: Serve the Sorrowing World with Joy, an evocative illustrated collection of poems dedicated to the Sisters of Providence. Available at Novel Idea, Kingston.
  • Lost Boy from a Line of Heroes: a powerful memoir by writer and artist Gordon Miller on the long journey back from a childhood tragedy that altered his life forever. Contact at
  • A Distant Disturbance, an ebook mystery stretched between Canada and New Zealand, by fiction writer Maureen Garvie. Kindle edition available at
  • From sculptor John Boxtel, For All He Gave Me: how one man brought his family of 13 alive and well through World War II in the Netherlands. Available at Novel Idea, Kingston.

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Dr. Michael Hefferon's latest venture
into the world of medical myth


        Unintentional lessons in parenting                          Four friends and a daring sea rescue

Michael Hefferon / Of Plagues and Vampires 

Malcolm Gibson / Myopia: Growing Up White in Apartheid South Africa / sold out
Grier Owen/ The Horse Who Winked / sold out
John Boxtel / Beware of Black Spiders and Widows
Robert Garvie / Dances with Roofs


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Woodpecker Lane Press is a small publishing house on the St. Lawrence River, publishing both fiction and non-fiction titles by area writers or on topics of local interest. First established by Don McCallum, painter and musician, it continues under the direction of Maureen Garvie.