Have you heard of All Lit Up? It's a website and resource for discerning readers looking for quirky Canadian writing from Indie publishers. You can browse and buy books and trawl through their blog for recommendations and reviews and updates on literary festivals.
All Lit Up just featured Racket. The blog post is funny and spot on. Some choice excerpts:
"Racket is one of those books you can judge by its cover."
"And if a Newfoundlander in Fort Mac is waiting for a bucket of salt beef to come off the luggage carousel, there’s a good chance he’s also waiting for a bag of Purity’s hardtack."
"But there is also something saucy and self-aware about the cover of Racket, an anthology of short stories that claims to introduce new Newfoundland writing. Saucy, because the Purity brand stands for tradition while the stories here are contemporary. They are written in Newfoundland and they are fresh off the press, but they make no attempt to capture ‘Newfoundland’ as we have understood it in the past."