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Author Celebrations: Awards, Reviews and In-The-News!

We love seeing our Tellwell authors crushing it! From top award wins, to featured interviews, to rave reviews – we’re offering a huge congratulations to our authors for these terrific accomplishments! 


Madalsa and Zuivere’s intergenerational poetry collection Get Lost Dirty Covid-19! won the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Poetry Book! Described by IndieReader as engaging, emotive and enormously relevant, this poetry collection comes from a mother-daughter duo, providing the perspective of two different generations on this world-changing subject.

The book features nine COVID-19 themes with heart-touching poems relating to the isolation and pain we all felt in early 2020, to the bright and optimistic hope we feel now as we enter the new, vaccinated world. 

Popular Montreal talk-show host Tommy Schnurmacher’s life-changing memoir Makeup Tips from Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved my Mother’s Life has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category!

In this charming memoir, Tommy shares the story of growing up with his mother, Olga – a fearless, unpredictable woman who was a prisoner of Auschwitz. With a passing parade of stars like John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor and Crystal Nacht, and an eccentric cast of supporting characters, this memoir is at once witty and moving.

Finalists will be announced July 16, 2021! Good luck, Tommy!

A mixture of science fiction and mystery, the intriguing coming of age story The Perpetual Now by Toronto author Jerome Bourgault was named a finalist for the First Horizon Award, a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, and received an honourable mention in the Commercial Fiction category with the US Review of Books

The Perpetual Now follows Justin Lambert, an introverted, biracial twelve year old, who makes a feisty new friend, Billie. Except, Billie isn’t human. When Justin and his father stumble upon evidence that could get his mother’s murder case re-opened, Justin will find out how strong his friendship really is. 


Neena Paul’s romantic self-help guide DIL: deeply in love received a 4/5 star review from IndieReader!

“Considering the vast market of books that exist about how to fall and remain madly, deeply, truly in love, Neena Paul’s slender self-help volume DIL DEEPLY IN LOVE–which focuses mainly on learning to connect with oneself–is a breath of fresh, interactive air.” – C.S. Holmes for IndieReader

You can read the full review here

The incredibly powerful collection of stories Healing Hearts: Shatterproof received a 5/5 star review from IndieReader! Compiled by Jeanine LeBlanc on behalf of the Facebook Group of the same name, Healing Hearts: Shatterproof features firsthand accounts of true-life tales of personal tragedy.

“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart restoring, HEALING HEARTS: Shatterproof, Jeanine LeBlanc’s courageous compilation of firsthand accounts about surviving life’s hardest knocks, is a masterpiece that intimately explores challenges–including loss, poverty, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, mental illness, identity, self-worth, and addiction–effectively covering vast ground via 108 succinct pages.” – C.S. Holmes for IndieReader

You can read the full review here.

A combination of love story and spy thriller Nuclear Power Nuclear Games by Helen Heung received a 4/5 star review from IndieReader! This 1950s story follows two scientists who are caught up in a high stakes nuclear arms race that drastically alters the course of both their lives.

“NUCLEAR POWER NUCLEAR GAME is a smart, taut, action-packed thriller with a strong and clever female protagonist.” – Lisa Butts

You can read the full review here.


Edmonton children’s author Vincent Michael dela Luna and his educating children’s book Izzy is Me: Adventures in Autism was featured on CityNews Edmonton! 

In the interview, Vincent discusses how the book was inspired by his two wonderful children, Izzy and Nic, who both have autism. Vincent wrote Izzy is Me to help teach classmates why Izzy, who is nonverbal, acts the way that she does, and what people with autism experience.

You can watch the interview here.

Mystery writer Ian Kent and his latest novel, Vengeance, were featured in the Delta-Optimist! The latest novel in his Jake Prescott series, Vengeance follows Prescott in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, stuck in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an enemy from his past, mixed in with street gangs, drug cartels and Interpol.

You can read the full article here.

Author Debbie Samson was interviewed on the CBC Radio Show Labrador Morning with Janice Goudie to discuss her memoir A Recipe for C-PTSD & PNES: A True Story of Determination & Hope. Debbie’s book isn’t even out yet and she’s already generating awareness for Complex PTSD.

You can listen to the interview here.

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