A sometimes funny, sometimes sad novel about messing up and finding hope. “The Art of Salvage deals with classic themes — family, heredity, and the influence of the past upon the present. If this novel were a painting, it would be a prairie landscape with small human figures tenaciously present in the stark division between earth and sky — the flat horizon an emotional tightrope.” (Review by backofthebook.ca, Canada’s online magazine.)
The Art of Salvage is published by Coteau Books.
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“Leona Theis writes of the accidents of small rebellion, courage and kindness that have the power to change who we are.” (Sandra Birdsell)
The Occupations of Muriel Thompson won a CBC Literary Award for creative nonfiction. Muriel’s life is chronicled through a series of occupations, from amanuensis to terminal cancer patient. “Muriel Thompson” is a pseudonym for Phyllis Theis, the author’s mother. The second of Muriel’s occupations is lacemaker. Stitched to the cover of each copy of this hand-sewn, limited-edition chapbook is a lace floret from a larger piece made by Phyllis Theis in the 1960s. Illustrated by Kate Hodgson. Designed by Kate Hodgson and Leona Theis. Published by JackPine Press.