Stories from the Porch: New Short Fiction told in Small-Town Voices

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When it comes to small towns, Teresa Brown knows what she's talking about. After all, this award-winning author and playwright makes her home in a tiny community, the thriving, proud village of Baden, just west of Kitchener-Waterloo in southern Ontario. The author grew up in Baden -- and knows life in a small town like the back of her hand.

Brown has put her first-hand knowledge of village life to charming use in her latest published work, entitled Stories from the Porch. It's a collection of light-hearted yet often poignant short stories, set in the fictional Ontario community of Baeburg. The stories are most often told in the first person: the small-town newspaper reporter at the town-hall meeting; the mill worker with stories to tell about the Maple Leaf Hotel; the funeral director with a sometimes inappropriate
sense of humour.

What makes the collection work is the sheer authenticity of the characters and their stories. Stories from the Porch is a collection of entirely believable tales, an honest, humour-filled reflection of a small town and the funny, warm people who happen to live there. These are fictional characters, of course, but readers will quickly come to appreciate that they know these people. Stories from the Porch has a delightful ring of respectful authenticity -- and that's what makes the book such an engaging -- and at times quirky -- read.

Author Brown is a multi-talented writer. In addition to her work as an author and playwright, she also writes for the Baden Outlook community paper and has had her work published in a number of national and provincial publications. She has also been honoured a number of times in the regional Dorothy Shoemaker literary competition and took a silver medal in a 2005 shortstory competition sponsored by the Waterloo Region Record.

Brown's plays have been produced for radio and for local theatre organizations; her most recent play, The Fire Inside, was produced this spring for the southern Ontario based Elmira Theatre Company.

There are 12 short stories in Stories from the Porch. One of them, The Mouse Game, is already in publication. Two others, Back and Forth and The Ground People, have been honoured with regional literary awards. And the rest? Rest assured that every single one of these 12 tales is a winner, and every one is a guarantee of time well spent.

Stories from the Porch
by Teresa Brown
ISBN: 9780981218007
$15.99
For more information visit: http://www.teresamariebrown.com

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