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Adam Ells, Mackenzie Nolan, and Eve Morton featured in 'A TOAST TO HOPE.'

A Toast to Hope is launching at Quadrangle this Friday (March 1st 2024) at 6PM! Join the Facebook event!

Engen Books and Quadrangle are proud to reveal the next three authors to be featured in A TOAST TO HOPE, the collaboration anthology featuring stories by and about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Quadrangle’s mission is to create a community centre for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, a space that is a resource for building community resilience and connection, and that provides supports for existing initiatives of our 2SLGBTQAI+ community. As a registered charity, both working toward having a community centre, and taking up projects like this one contribute to Quad’s vision of contributing to sustainable, positive, community connections. All profits from this collection will go towards that goal.

The title of this year's collection will be A TOAST TO HOPE: Stories at the Centre of Us. It was named for one of the three stories blind-selected that were written by Lisa Timpf. Stories were selected by Ailsa Craig, Sulaimon Giwa, AJ Ryan, and, Sarah Thompson.

Engen is proud to announce that Adam Ells will join the collection. Hailing from British Columbia, Adam has been featured in Hermine Annual with "Palm Trees in Prince George" and Plenitude Magazine with "The Other Tenant," and has had the honour of winning the The Fiddlehead short fiction prize. They bring with them their short story 'Seeing Through Rain,' and when asked about its inclusion, said "I am so excited to be part of a collection that features queer authors and queer stories and does the important work of showcasing queer literature."

Engen is proud to announce that future rising-star Mackenzie Nolan's first published work will debut in this collection. Originally from Port de Grave and currently residing in St. John's, Nolan "loves Virginia Woolf, sitting by the water, and creating fictional people to give fictional problems to." Brilliant. When asked how she feels about being included in the collection, Nolan said "I'm so honoured and excited to be a part of this collection! It's a dream come true and I'm so excited to share my story."

Finally, Eve Morton is a novelist from Ontario whose current bibliography includes "Survival: A Novel," "The Serenity Nearby" and "Home Fries." She was longlisted for the Canadian Sunburst awards with previous work. She brings with her her story 'The Christmas Ghost.'

Interested parties can click here to order A Toast to Hope: Stories at the Centre of Us from Engen Books. All profit from the collection goes toward Quadrangle's community efforts.

A Toast to Hope: Stories at the Centre of Us features fifteen stories from amazing 2SLGBTQIA+ authors.

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