Five Rivers Publishing

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Five Rivers Publishing is an independent micro-publisher of fiction and non-fiction, giving voice to new and established Canadian authors. Five Rivers is committed to bringing publishing back to uncompromising personal editors where it belongs, rather than focus-group marketing. We publish real books by real authors for real readers.

We employ print-on-demand technologies as part of responsible management of environmental and financial resources: by printing only the books required, rather than warehousing thousands, we save trees, energy and capital expenditures, while reducing pollution. We also produce eBooks as part of that mandate.

Five Rivers is committed to producing quality books that have benefited from the scrutiny of a good editor, with attention to layout and cover design. We work closely with our authors throughout the process. And we are very aggressive in our marketing, ensuring both our authors and our titles receive the best possible exposure in the global marketplace.

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A Time and a Place
Pre-release—available October 1, 2017. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,600. Language: English. Published by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Barnabus’s nephew is behaving oddly. Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous.
Avians
Pre-release—available August 1, 2017. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 116,460. Language: English. Published by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.
Diamonds in Black Sand
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,950. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Iain dreams of sailing beyond the treacherous Barrier Reefs to the tumultuous Wildesea, to become an Outsider like his father before him.
A Poisoned Prayer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,030. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
En garde! Paris, in the 1680s. Dashing swordsmen compete for the favours of licentious women, and magic—God's Blessing—is strong enough that prayers really are answered.
Cat's Gambit
Series: The Empire of Kaz. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,980. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 2 of The Empire of Kaz, Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.
Big Buttes Book: Annotated Dyets Dry Dinner (1599), by Henry Buttes, with Elizabethan Recipes
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,560. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » History, Nonfiction » History » Medieval
For those who like to experiment with cooking and want to have some historical fun playing in the kitchen or at the campfire, this book is for you.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Series: The Prime Ministers of Canada. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,060. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Biography, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Trudeau was confident that his informed opinions were good for all Canadians. Not everyone agreed. Suspending civil liberties with the War Measures Act wasn't even his most controversial decision, at least, not to those who are still stuttering mad about his National Energy Program or White Paper on Indian Affairs.
The Tattooed Queen
Series: The Tattooed Witch. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 132,740. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In this last book of The Tattooed Witch trilogy, Miriam, Joachín, and Alonso finally reach the New World. Here, their destinies are larger than any of them could have dreamed. They also learn a hard truth–the fulfilment of love is not without its sacrifice.
A Still and Bitter Grave
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,070. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
He’d dreamed of flying since childhood, and the dream had sustained him. But when that dream turned to a nightmare of a broken airplane smashing into rocks and water, he began to wonder if the dream was his own…or was it someone else’s memory? And if so, whose?
Cat's Pawn
Series: The Empire of Kaz. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,390. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Kazi Empire is slowly, inexorably, expanding up the arm of the Galaxy. Only the Oriani see the danger, and only Ambassador Talan recognizes the need to include humans in the alliance to oppose the Kaz. Unfortunately, in the chess of interstellar diplomacy, humans make terrible pawns.
The Great Sky
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,640. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
The first time Piper Preach died he was ten years old. But the Anishnaabe spirits thought otherwise.
Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains
Series: Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 120,380. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 2 contains four scripts with some of the greatest villains from the world’s best playwright.
Eocene Station
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,610. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
K. N. ‘Cannon’ Ball and his superstar wife, Tempest, are running for their lives. Cannon has exposed a fraud so huge even heads of government are implicated and determined to keep Cannon from ever testifying. Nowhere is safe, so they step out of time to a research station fifty million years in the past.
The Mermaid's Tale
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 118,330. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered
A Town Called Forget
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,060. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Longlisted for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour A tender and often hilarious debut novel from Alberta writer, C.P. Hoff
Hawk
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,460. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Hyw yearns to join his father in serving the charismatic Llywelyn, Prince of Wales. If only Hyw dared tell anyone of his ability to scout through the eyes of a hawk, it might help secure his place in the royal guard. Cat, his sister, longs to inherit the magical ability that runs through her mother's line. If only she could see her future, now that she is 13 and promised to a boy she barely rememb
Tower in the Crooked Wood
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,190. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
They were stolen in the dark to work for a night and a day, building a tower for the wizard Krummholz on faraway Copper Island, in a place where the trees grow twisted in a poisoned bog.
The Adventures of Ivor
Series: The Adventures of Ivor. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 84,490. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
At sixteen, Ivor of Bracken is too young to be a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but he has strong legs and a fine memory, so he can serve his lord as a runner, carrying messages. That sounds safe enough, except that this is Dark Age Scotland. Dangerous outlaws and sinister old gods still roam the glens. Fortunately Ivor is a survivor―but sometimes only just!
Beyond Media Literacy: New Paradigms in Media Education
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,740. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / science & technology
This handbook is for anyone interested in breaking away from the antiquated models of media literacy that are promoted in school curriculums everywhere. It attempts to flip the script by explaining that young people may have more to teach us about media literacy than we do them.
The Eye of Strife
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,390. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sword fights and romance, miracles and mystery, treachery and sly humour....
Type2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,860. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
With more and more people who refuse to follow Typology's rules being Ended, thirteen year old Sophie and other members of the Group know time is running out to make society aware of just how evil The Association of Psychologists truly is. The Group seeks help from the Tens, a band of men who have been secretly fighting against The Association's twisted use of Myers-Briggs personality typing since
Shakespeare for Slackers: Macbeth
Series: Shakespeare for Slackers. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,280. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Plays » Shakespeare
You know, back in the day, Shakespeare wasn't considered elite. Oh sure, his plays were performed for royalty, but they were actually written for tradesmen, shopkeepers, average Joes, anybody who could pay a penny for a ticket. Mostly he wrote plays for the common man, using the language of the times. Times have changed.
Hunter's Daughter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,910. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Northern Quebec, 1964: Mountie Jack McLain, baffled by a series of unsolved murders, knows the latest case will make or break his career.
King Kwong: Larry Kwong, the China Clipper Who Broke the NHL Colour Barrier
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,450. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
Who broke the colour barrier in the NHL? A man whose professional hockey career statistics include leading the senior leagues for scoring and for low penalty minutes – and a single shift on the ice in an NHL game.
Lester B. Pearson
Series: The Prime Ministers of Canada, Book 14. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,460. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Reference
Canada’s 14th Prime Minister was a statement in contrasts. He was an academic, and an athlete. He was a politician who hated politics. He had powerful friends throughout the world – and he was an everyman who preferred the quiet solitude of home and hearth, and intimate gatherings with friends. He spoke with a lisp and favoured bow ties. And yet when he spoke, the entire world listened.
Sword and Shadow, Book 6: The Rune Blades of Celi
Series: Rune Blades of Celi. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 112,600. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
For generations, the bold Celae have lived in exile, banished from their enchanted isle of Celi by the Somber Riders, whose leader, a dark sorcerer, cast an evil spell no trespasser can survive.
Shakespeare for Slackers: Hamlet
Series: Shakespeare for Slackers. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,800. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Plays » Shakespeare
This is Shakespeare translated, retold, vandalized, brutalized, and outright demolished to suit the language of the times.
King of Shadows
Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 5. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 100,590. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
For generations, the Somber Riders have ruled the Calae lands. But this spring brings more than green buds, crying lambs, and sparkling burns. It brings new promise.
A Touch of Poison
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,820. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gwenwyn is the most miserable princess ever, and for good reason.
The Runner and the Kelpie
Series: The Adventures of Ivor, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,790. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When the wyrd-woman warned Ivor he was going to meet a monster, he didn’t believe her.
The Tattooed Seer
Series: The Tattooed Witch, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 103,370. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
As she flees across Esbaña for a port to the New World, Miriam finds being the matriarch of her people, the magical Diaphani, almost as difficult as being hunted by the Inquisition.
Shakespeare for Slackers: Romeo and Juliet
Series: Shakespeare for Slackers, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,800. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Plays » Shakespeare, Plays » Canadian
You know, back in the day, Shakespeare wasn't considered elite. Oh sure, his plays were performed for royalty, but they were actually written for tradesmen, shopkeepers, average Joes, anybody who could pay a penny for a ticket. Mostly he wrote plays for the common man, using the language of the times.
The Runner and the Saint
Series: The Adventures of Ivor, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,860. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Earl Malcolm has reason to fear the ferocious Northmen raiders of the Western Isles are going to attack the land of Alba, so he sends Ivor on a desperate mission with a chest of silver to buy them off.
Cloudbearer's Shadow
Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 106,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gareth is the youngest and the last of the unfortunate lords of Skai. Called home from a lonely exile, he finds his father fallen into shadow. And worse.
The Legend of Sarah
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
At fourteen, Sarah is an accomplished pickpocket and knows all the backstreets and boltholes of Monn. She steers clear of Brother Parker and his Church of True Faith, knows better than to enter the Inn of The Honest Keeper, and avoids the attentions of Butch, the Miller's son, as best she can.
Broken Blade
Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 106,820. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A kidnapped Princess and a clanless man share a terrible secret--the dark powers of Maedun are preparing a new assault on the shinning Isle of Celi.
Out of Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,620. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Two boys meet across time and impossibilities, brought together to face an ancient evil from Anishnabe folklore, and in doing so forge a friendship that defies time.
Wasps at the Speed of Sound
Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,210. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Derryl Murphy's first collection is back: There are eleven stories in this collection, ten of them gathered together for the first time and one making its debut in these pages.
A Quiet Place
Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,060. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
A Quiet Place, marks a distinct development in Schnarr's very aggressive style, yet demonstrates a growing subtlety into the psychological over the physical.
The Runner and the Wizard
Series: The Adventures of Ivor, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,670. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Young Ivor dreams of being a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but until he can grow a beard he's limited to being a runner, carrying messages for their lord, Thane Carrak.
Black Wine
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,370. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Crawford Award, and Prix Aurora Award. An old woman hangs in a cage; a young woman slaves on a rich lord's estate. How does a woman discover and assert her identity in a primeval, barbaric world? From slave dens to merchant cities to isolated mountains, Candas Jane Dorsey's novel is a powerful exploration of gender, identity, and freedom.
Indigo Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,670. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Marrula Tamara, once Empress of Worlds, has been exiled for treachery to a planet called Strand. She has one great treasure: the engineered horse Raj’azul. In his blood lies the secret of her immortality…and the seed of her downfall.
The Tattooed Witch
Series: The Tattooed Witch, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,960. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Miriam Medina and her father are accused by the Inquisition of murdering a high priest, Miriam knows justice is impossible. Their accuser, the Grand Inquisitor, is in fact, the real murderer. Miriam's only hope is to resort to her long dead mother's magical legacy: the resurrection of the dead through a magical tattoo.
Western King: Book 2, The Rune Blades of Celi
Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 120,450. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The wanderer Red Kian has ruled Skai as Regent, but now it is time for him to step down. War clouds are gathering. Maedun sorcerers have taken the continent, and Saesnesi raiders are pillaging the islands.
Type
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 86,270. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
North American society becomes structured around the tenets of Typology, with governments replaced by The Association of Psychologists. With social order seemingly regained, what could go possibly wrong?
Shakespeare for Reader's Theatre, Volume 1: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream
Series: Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 63,350. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Plays » Shakespeare
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre is a Readers’ Theatre collection of three of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays in abridged form.
Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
Imagine being a 14 year-old boy who takes a classmate on a bike ride one spring evening. In the days to follow, the classmate is found dead and you stand accused of rape and murder.
John Lennon: Music, Myth and Madness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
Arguably the most famous musician of all time, John Lennon was enormously successful when it came to selling records and filling concert halls, but a failure in certain aspects of his private life.
Things Falling Apart
Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 109,540. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 24, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
In this collection of 21 short stories, J.W. Schnarr writes very much in the tradition of classic greats such as Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant, but with a completely modern, fresh voice.
Kingmaker's Sword
Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,360. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An updated re-print of Ann Marston's Book 1 of the much beloved Rune Blades of Celi series.
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