Sunday, February 1, 2015


Get the inside scoop behind Tucson Jo and many of Carol Matas' other books in these fascinating interviews:

on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

on Jewish Books for Kids with author/blogger Barbara Bietz

on The Whole Megillah by author/historian Barbara Krasner

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


New imprint garners National Jewish Award nomination.

January 20th, 2015, From BC

Although Manitoban Carol Matas has more than forty titles, she turned to her friend Morri Mostow on Gabriola Island to produce Tucson Jo.

Tucson Jo by Carol Matas is inspired by the first Jewish mayor of Tucson.
Although Carol Matas had a track record for writing award-winning stories pertaining to Jews and the holocaust for children and young adults, mainstream commercial publishers rejected her manuscript for a book inspired by the life and times of the first Jewish mayor of Tucson named Charles Strauss. That’s when she turned to former Reader’s Digest writer Morri Mostow to publish her novel for middle grade readers, Tucson Jo (Fictive Press, 2014), set in the Territory of Arizona in 1882.

Mostow’s fledgling imprint for e-books operates from Gabriola Island in B.C.

Morri Mostow at lauch for Tucson Jo.
"Morri offered to publish the book because she believed in it and loved the story,” Matas has recalled. “For me, choosing to publish with Fictive Press was a huge departure, since Fictive is a small digital print-on-demand publisher and therefore that meant an entirely new business model for me. Once we’d agreed on a contract and made it all official, we went to work. Morri pushed me on some story points—and here I thought I might get off easy because she was my friend but it was quite the opposite. That’s when I suddenly rewrote the entire back half of the book and it all came together. Or so we thought. Morri, of course, did the heavy lifting re the publishing, the cover, the review mailings, etc. But all decisions were made together. When we finally saw the final version we were really happy with the result, although we were unsure how this experiment would work out.”

Much to the surprise and delight of both Matas and Mostow, Matas subsequently became the only Canadian author nominated in the category for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for the 2014 National Jewish Book Awards in its 64th year of competitions. The National Jewish Book Awards are sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, based in New York City. It is touted as the longest-running program of its kind in North America... FULL STORY

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Tucson Jo's cover has a new addition  a finalist's seal from the prestigious National Jewish Book Awards.

We are thrilled and proud that Carol Matas's newest Fictive Press book has joined the ranks of the very best of Jewish literature for children.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tucson Jo Makes Holiday Gift Pick List

The Winnipeg Free Press has just featured Tucson Jo, Carol Matas's newest historical for Middle Grades, on its list of holiday gift options for young readers.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Standing Room Only at Launch for "Running: The Alex Decoteau Story" by Charlotte Cameron

Over 120 people filled the Gabriola library to overflowing
for the launch of Running: The Alex Decoteau Story, on Nov. 8/14.
Actors Aleksandra Brzozowski & Drew Stanisland,
as "Annie Jackson" and "Alex Decoteau,"
read several scenes from the play.

Playwright & author Charlotte Cameron signs copies of
Running: The Alex Decoteau Story

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Charlotte Cameron's Play "Running: The Alex Decoteau Story" in the Local News

Running: The Alex Decoteau Story by Charlotte Cameron was launched at the Gabriola Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Saturday, November 8, at 1 p.m.

This event made the local news this week:

Sounder News

The Nanaimo Daily News

The Nanaimo Bulletin

Monday, October 13, 2014

Successful Joint Matas-Brask Book Launch

Authors Carol Matas and Per Brask with Fictive Press
Publisher Morri Mostow (middle) at
Joint Matas-Brask book launch, Oct. 1, 2014, at
McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg
I am still on a high after the successful launch of the newest Fictive Press titles by Winnipeg literary couple Carol Matas and Per Brask, on October 1 at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Both books deal with Jewish themes though they couldn't be more different. Carol's book, Tucson Jo, inspired by the first Jewish mayor of Tucson, Arizona, is a fast-paced historical novel for middle grades that tackles serious moral issues.

Per Brask, Marianne Olsen, Morri Mostow, Carol Matas at Joint Matas-Brask book launch, Oct. 1, 2014, at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg
Per Brask, Marianne Olsen, head of the Simonsen Foundation,
Morri Mostow, Carol Matas
Per's book, a translation of Andreas Simonsen's Foundational Thoughts in Judaism, is an excellent introduction to Judaism. This book is also the first English-language translation of a work by this Jewish-Danish philosopher and thinker. To mark that momentous occasion, Marianne Olsen, the head of the foundation that promotes Simonsen's work, flew in from Denmark to attend the launch. Marianne gave a very moving presentation and talked about her friendship with the late Simonsen.