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Pitouie Blog Tour & Contest

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Pitouie Blog Tour & Contest

Toronto novelist Derek Winkler's two-week blog tour kicks off today on The National Post's The Afterword and wraps up on November 26 on Open Book (the full tour schedule is posted below). Derek's novel, Pitouie, is published by The Workhorsery.

The Workhorsery and Open Book are giving away a fantastic Pitouie prize pack consisting of a copy of Pitouie, a limited-edition Workhorsery cloth book cover, a super-limited edition Workhorsery tote bag and a signed copy of The Workhorsery's debut novel, You and the Pirates. To enter the contest, send an email to with the subject line "Pitouie" and the title of one of Derek's blog posts during his two week tour. The contest closes on November 26.


More details from our friends at The Workhorsery:

In celebration of the release of his debut novel Pitouie, Toronto novelist Derek Winkler will bravely set forth on a tour of Canadian literary web logs (also known as "blogs"). From November 15 to November 26, Mr. Winkler will make appearances on blogs from one end of the country to another without actually leaving his apartment!

"A small literary press such as ours lacks the wherewithal to send our authors on extravagant promotional junkets," said Todd Ferguson of The Workhorsery. "But by using the Internet, which is a series of tubes and wires, we can launch Derek Winkler into the blogosphere in a manner probably similar to the plot of the movie Tron."

"The Internet is my second home," said Mr. Winkler. "I was there when you needed to know Unix just to check your email. I remember the very first blog ever. I may, if pressed, address the question, 'Why the hell publish a paper book, then?' during this tour."

Mr. Winkler will first land at The National Post’s The Afterword, where he will establish a base camp from November 15–19. He will then blast off to The Book Mine Set on November 20, before entering the atmosphere of Books Under Skin November 21. He will then make contact with the unknown world of Hoodie Ripper on November 22, following that up with a journey to rob mclennan’s blog on November 23. After making contact with Books on the Radio on November 24, Derek will enter into orbit with Maisonneuve Magazine on November 25, which should give him enough momentum to finally touch down at Open Book: Toronto on November 26.

"Pitouie is gonna hit the cyber-fan in this whirlwind tour of some places where people sometimes go to waste time at work or maybe just to get away from perving it up on Orkut or MySpace or whatever,” Sean Cranbury of the blog/radio show Books on the Radio commented. “Personally, I'm looking forward to it!”

In Pitouie, a tropical paradise in the South Pacific about to be auctioned-off as a toxic waste dump is tied to obscure events at a military radar station and neighbouring Inuit village on the edge of the Arctic Ocean thirty-five years ago. It takes veteran garbage reporter Otis Wilson to uncover the link, along the way stumbling across a possible rebel uprising, possible environmental catastrophe, and possibly something strange and unprecedented in the history of industrial byproduct storage.

Since launching in 2009, The Workhorsery has devoted itself to publishing only the most imaginative, exciting and outlandish of non-traumatizing Canadian fiction. Their inaugural release, Jocelyne Allen’s You and the Pirates, received much acclaim and was a finalist for both The National Post’s 2010 Canada Also Reads competition and for the Expozine Alternative Press Awards.

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