Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bats or Swallows

Teri Vlassopoulos, a friend from creative writing class, a young talented writer, has always impressed me with her clear, authentic, and intimate voice when relating stories about her generation's coming of age. Bats or Swallows, her first collection of short stories has been shortlisted for the ReLit Awards. I'm so thrilled for her and wish her luck.

She was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

Here's a write-up on Bats or Swallows and an interview with Teri by the same writer.

The book can be purchased at

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Rainbow Catcher

I would like to introduce you to my friend Chrisly Cheung, and her collection of short stories titled The Rainbow Catcher. Chris and I have dreamt together about writing and I was thrilled for her that her dream finally came true. She asked me to write a blurb on the back cover, and I gladly did. Her stories are very touching. Vivid details about life in Mauritius act as backdrop to the deeper meaning of each story.

"I met Chris in secondary school and was charmed by her fresh, childlike way of seeing things. Our lives took divergent paths, but our friendship survived through our shared passion for writing. Chrisly's depth of thoughts and feelings, and empathy for others are very much present in her collection of short stories. Her narratives explore relationships, innocent at times, yet complicated, with fate and spirituality weaving in their mystery, shaking our common beliefs, and challenging us to open up to another dimension where illusion and truth have no boundaries."

You can purchase the book at locations mentioned on her website and online at