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The Workhorsery Acquires Pitouie by Derek Winkler

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The Workhorsery Acquires Pitouie by Derek Winkler

Toronto’s Derek Winkler is the latest author to have his work acquired by The Workhorsery publishing company. Winkler’s debut novel, Pitouie, is set to be released later this fall.

The following is a note from our friends at The Workhorsery:

The Workhorsery is pleased to announced its acquisition of the rights to publish Pitouie, the debut novel from Toronto’s Derek Winkler.

Pitouie is the story of Otis Wilson, lone writer for the trade publication Waste Insight, enroute to the South Pacific island and quasi-dictatorship of Pitouie. Planning to find fame and writerly glory in exposing a scheme to turn this tropical paradise into a massive toxic waste dump, he finds himself face-to-face with an armed rebel movement and wondering what Pitouie has to do with the events in an Inuit village 35 years ago.

“When I got the manuscript from Derek, I couldn’t put it down,” said acquisitions editor Naoko Takahashi.“Pitouie is exactly what we’ve been after for The Workhorsery’s second publication: fun and crazy in all the right ways, with something real to say.”

At just 11 months old, The Workhorsery is possibly Canada’s youngest fiction press. The Workhorsery’s mandate is to publish wild, bold, imaginative Canadian fiction that is actually fun to read. Their debut offering, Jocelyne Allen’s You and the Pirates was a surprise hit and a finalist in both the 2009 Expozine Alternative Press Awards and the 2010 National Post’s Canada Also Reads competition.

“For a while, I didn't think I'd be able to find a Canadian press willing to publish Pitouie,” said Winkler. “It seems like the established presses in this country just aren't interested in novels that don't follow a certain set of conventions. It was like trying to fit a tesseract-shaped peg into a round hole. When I read that The Workhorsery had been founded specifically to publish books that are not typical Canadian novels, I knew my atypical Canadian novel could find a place there. I'd like to thank the staff of The Workhorsery for existing.”

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