Invitation to launch of Art Joyce’s novel

Joyce to tour new novel Mountain Blues

You are invited to join author Sean Arthur Joyce on tour for a reading from his new novel, Mountain Blues. The novel has been compared to Stephen Leacock’s classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Joyce will do a spring tour of the East and West Kootenays, with a featured launch in Calgary May 31. He will also be one of the featured authors at this year’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, BC, July 12–15 (
Mountain Blues is the story of a small village in the Valhalla Mountains that must struggle to save its emergency ward from government cutbacks. When reporter Roy Breen arrives in the village of Eldorado after 15 years working at a big city newspaper, burnt out and ready for a slower pace of life, he is soon pitched into the town’s crisis. He must decide whether to blur the lines between objective observer and activist, knowing that closure of the village’s ER could mean the end of the community. Along the way he meets the many eccentric yet loveable characters that inhabit Eldorado, each with their own take on how to save the hospital. It’s that rare creature—an activist story that’s fun!
Joyce drew on nearly 30 years’ experience as a freelance journalist and a lifetime Kootenay resident to craft the story. His experience as a poet also figures strongly in the prose. Canadian poetry icon and author Gary Geddes writes: “Joyce brings a unique toolbox of writing skills to bear in Mountain Blues that makes for crisp, lyrical prose, an engaging narrative, memorable characters, including an emotionally articulate cat, and a lightness of touch that is as surprising as it is delightful.”
Nelson author Brian D’Eon gave Mountain Blues a strongly favourable review. “Joyce cannot hide the love he has for his characters. He loves not just their strengths but their flaws, their best intentions, their sweet humanity.” D’Eon compares the novel to the popular 1990s sitcom Northern Exposure, a great compliment. Read the full review here:
NeWest Press has launched the careers of many prominent Western Canadian authors, including Rudy Wiebe, Angie Abdou, and many others. Founded in 1977, NeWest Press is one of Canada’s first independent literary publishing houses. NeWest publishes literary fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as a line of mystery novels, with a particular interest in books by Western Canadian authors.
Joyce will host book launches at the following locations in the West Kootenay: Nelson Public Library, Thursday, May 24, 7 pm; Bosun Hall, New Denver, Friday, May 25, 7 pm; Nakusp Public Library, Saturday, May 26, 7 pm; Slocan Community Library, with author Agnes Toews-Andrews launching her book, A Return to the Divine Feminine: The Goddess, Sunday, May 27, 1 pm. The Langham will host the Kaslo launch on Sunday, June 10, at 3 pm.
The novel will also be launched at Shelf Life Books in Calgary—one of the city’s premier independent bookstores—on May 31 at 7 pm.
This will be followed by an East Kootenay tour at the following locations: Creston Public Library, Monday, June 4, 7 pm: Centre 64, Kimberley, Tuesday, June 5, 7 pm, with an author meet-and-greet at the Kimberley Public Library from 3–5 pm; Invermere Public Library, Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm; Golden Public Library, Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm.
A fall tour is in the works.
Hope to see you at one of these events! The novel was released May 15. To order the book visit the NeWest Press website at, your local independent bookstore, Chapters, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

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