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22 Jun
2020

Operation Vanished by Helen C. Escott wins a Silver Medal at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Operation Vanished by Helen C. Escott wins a Silver Medal at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards,

Flanker Press would like to congratulate Helen C. Escott. Her bestselling crime thriller Operation Vanished was awarded a Silver Medal – Best Regional Fiction at the 24th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the gala award ceremony in New York was cancelled and medals were issued by mail through publishers.

The 24th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards are conducted each year to honour the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of styles and subjects.

This year’s contest drew 4,750 entries, and medals went to independent authors and publishers in 44 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, 7 Canadian provinces and 15 countries overseas.

“A book is a lifeline that can help us through all kinds of difficulties,” says Jim Barnes, director of the Awards “These medal-winning books epitomize how we humans share our stories and help each other solve problems. Each new book you open offers the promise of a new day with new possibilities.”

Flanker Press would like to congratulate Helen C. Escott on this amazing achievement and we look forward to her August release of “In Search of Adventure: 70 Years of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador” and the September release of the “The Reckoning,” the much-anticipated conclusion of the Operation Wormwood series.

Helen C. Escott’s first novel, Operation Wormwood, was a top five finalist for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards, Best First Crime Novel, by the Crime Writers of Canada.

Both Operation Vanished and Operation Wormwood, published by Flanker Press, are available at: Costco, Chapters, and Coles. Also, online at indigo.ca Apple – iTunes, Nook – (Barnes & Noble), Amazon, and Kobo. National and international orders can be placed by calling 1-866-739-4420 ext. #22 or you can send e-mail eoldford@flankerpress.com

Operation Vanished Background:

Helen C. Escott continues her one-woman crime spree in the literary world with the release of Operation Vanished: A fictional investigation into missing and murdered females in the 1950s and why the cases were never solved.

In the 1950s, three young women in rural Newfoundland were sexually assaulted, beaten, and murdered. Their killers were never caught. During the same time period an eight-year-old girl disappeared. Her body was never found.

In 2018, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Major Crime Unit executed Operation Vanished, a special task force whose duty was to solve the historical murders of these women and the missing child.

RCMP Corporal Gail McNaughton has just transferred into the Major Crime Unit. As its newest investigator, she is given a stack of missing and murder files dating back to the 1950s. These crimes prove to be a challenge to investigate as most of the witnesses have died or have aged, memories have faded, scenes were not secured to today’s standards, and DNA testing was not available at the time. Corporal McNaughton befriends Larry Morgan, an expert on Newfoundland and Labrador history who is also the son of one of the murdered women. Together they put together a list of suspects and begin to dig up ghosts from the past. The investigation is hampered by the local belief in fairy culture and McNaughton’s own PTSD as she delves further into the details. She discovers that the files may be linked and sets out to prove her theory that a serial killer had been operating in rural Newfoundland and Labrador when these crimes were committed.

Escott says, “My main character, Cpl. Gail McNaughton was named after two of the most dedicated and honourable police officers I know: RCMP Staff Sergeant Gail Courtney and Inspector Chris McNaughton. These extraordinary women put their shoulder to the glass ceiling and shattered it for the rest of us. They rose through the ranks while becoming two of the best investigators I have ever worked with. I am extremely proud to call them my friends.”

While doing the research for this book, Escott says she reached out to several RCMP members who she had the honour of working with. “They were always extremely helpful with facts and details. We are so lucky to have two of the greatest police forces in the world right here in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. They are dedicated officers and civilians who do their best everyday".

Matthew LeDrew, a Newfoundland and Labrador bestselling author of several novels and the owner of Engen Books says, “Operation Vanished is the epitome of what an author can achieve with the knowledge and skill to back up their work. Expertly plotted and perfectly executed, Operation Vanished is the missing-persons thriller to end all missing-persons thrillers and a massive achievement for author Helen Escott.”

“To put this in perspective,” Escott says, “In 1929, the Supreme Court of Canada finally ruled that women were ‘persons’ under the law. My mother was born in 1927 and for the first two years of her life she wasn’t considered a person.

” She says she wrote this book to shine a spotlight on missing children and women and says, “No matter what year they went missing, they should never be forgotten. Thank you to the women who protested in the streets, made phone calls to elected officials, and who fought for the rights of every women who came after them. It is because of you that myself and my daughter are now considered ‘persons’ under the law.”

05 Jun
2020

On This Day Virtual Book Launch

Please join us for the official On-Line Virtual Launch of, On This Day, by Dale Jarvis, on Wednesday, June 10, at 8:00 pm.

The launch will take place, via Facebook Live, on his author page. Visit the author page and click on "interested", if you plan to attend.

NOTE: This book will be available in e-book format only, as of June 8, 2020. Paperback edition to be released on August 5, 2020.

Copies of the book can be pre-orderd on-line at flankerpress.com.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24.

30 Apr
2020

Flanker Press providing Curbside Pick-up

Effective Friday, May 1, Flanker Press will be offering curbside pick-up for orders at our office location at Unit # 1 - 1243 Kenmount Road, Paradise.

This service will be available Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. To ensure we are maintaining social distancing, we ask that you call the office, upon arrival in the parking lot, and wait in your vehicle until the staff arrive at the door with your package. 

23 Apr
2020

Tom Moore On-Line Reading

Tom Moore, in conjunction with his publisher Flanker Press, will be hosting an on-line reading series from his novel, The Sign on My Father's House and other stories he has created, on Facebook Live, starting on Wednesday, April 29.

The dates for the on-line reading series are:

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday. May 27, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 10. 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

On February 27, 2020, Tom Moore, best selling author of The Sign on My Father's House, won the NL Reads 2020 award at the AC Hunter Library.

NL READS is a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador books, authors and readers. It is a provincial “Battle of the Books,” inspired by CBC’s popular annual literary event Canada Reads. Over four months, four new local books competed for the title of Newfoundland and Labrador’s “must-read” book of the year, as determined by the reading public of our province. Thanks to a generous sponsor, since 2019 the author of the winning title also receives a cash prize: the Margaret Duley Award.

06 Apr
2020

The Liars On-Line Book Launch

Please join us for the official On-Line Launch of, The Liars, by Ida Linehan Young, on Wednesday, May 6, at 8:00 pm.

The launch will take place, via Facebook Live, on her author page. Visit the author page and click on "interested", if you plan to attend.

Ida will be answering questions after the reading. Signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase on-line at flankerpress.com.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24.

06 Apr
2020

The Woman in the Attic On-Line Book Launch

Please join us for the official On-Line Launch of, The Woman in the Attic , on Wednesday, April 29, at 8:00 pm.

The launch will take place, via Facebook Live, on her author page. Visit the author page and click on "interested", if you plan to attend.

Emily will be answering questions after the reading. Signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase on-line at flankerpress.com.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24.

24 Mar
2020

Message from Flanker Press and The Cranford's

“On behalf of the entire Flanker Press team, we would like to remind you that our Flanker Press office is closed to the general public, BUT, while working from home, our staff are still accessible during regular business hours via phone, email and our Flanker Press social media platforms.

We will continue to monitor incoming orders/shipments to maintain availability of our books.

Please take care and don’t forget – Social Distancing is 6 feet and lets all not forget to wash our hands”.

Garry, Jerry and Margo Cranford

17 Mar
2020

Flanker Press - Covid 19 - Statement

Flanker Press - COVID-19 Statement

At this time Flanker Press has postponed any book/author launches or signings until future notice.

Here at Flanker Press our customer and client wellbeing is the priority during this time.

You can still SHOP on line at

www.flankerpress.com

call 1-800-739-4420 ext. 22 (Toll Free Canada & US)

or

e-mail: sales@flankerpress.com

17 Mar
2020

Flanker Press Update re: Office Closure & COVID-19

To protect our employees and customers, due to the COVID-19 situation, the Flanker Press Office will be closed to all outside visitors. Please call the office at

709 739 4477 ext # 22

if you wish to order a book, arrange a delivery or have any questions.

You can also place your order

online

www.flankerpress.com

&

e-mail

sales@flankerpress.com

04 Mar
2020

Celebration at Chapters for NL Reads 2020 winning author Tom Moore

On February 27, 2020, Tom Moore, best selling author of The Sign on My Father's House, won the NL Reads 2020 award at the AC Hunter Library.

NL READS is a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador books, authors and readers. It is a provincial “Battle of the Books,” inspired by CBC’s popular annual literary event Canada Reads. Over four months, four new local books competed for the title of Newfoundland and Labrador’s “must-read” book of the year, as determined by the reading public of our province. Thanks to a generous sponsor, since 2019 the author of the winning title also receives a cash prize: the Margaret Duley Award.

To celebrate this success, please join Flanker Press on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm at Chapters - St. John's ( 70 Kenmount Road) to celebrate with Tom Moore and his family and friends.

The book will be available for purchase and Tom will be doing a reading from his book. He will also be available to sign copies.

There will be light refreshments. For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 22.

29 Oct
2019

Brigus - Past Glory, Present Splendour Book Launch

Please join us for the official launch of, Brigus - Past Glory, Present Splendour by John Northway Leamon in St. John's at Chapters on Friday, November 22, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The book will be available for purchase and there will be light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24 ( toll free 1 866 739 4420 ext 24 ).

11 Sep
2019

The Place Book Launch

Please join us for the official launch of, The Place, by Gary Collins, in St. John's at Chapters on Wednesday, October 2, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The book will be available for purchase and the author will be doing a reading. Gary will also be available to sign copies of his book. There will be light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24 ( toll free 1 866 739 4420 ext 24 ).

11 Sep
2019

Man and Dog Book Launch

Please join us for the official launch of, Man and Dog, by Justin Barbour, in St. John's at Chapters on Wednesday, October 16, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The book will be available for purchase and the author will be doing a reading. Justin will also be available to sign copies of his book. There will be light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24 ( toll free 1 866 739 4420 ext 24 ).

04 Sep
2019

The Heart's Obsession Book Launch

RESCHEDULED

Due to construction issues, The Heart's Obsession Launch has been resscheduled to Friday, September 6, 2019 at Chapters St. John's from 7-9pm. 

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Please join us for the official launch of, The Heart's Obsession, by Tonia Evans Cianciulli & Calvin D. Evans, in St. John's at Chapters on Wednesday, September 4, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The book will be available for purchase. The authors will also be available to sign copies of the book. There will be light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24 ( toll free 1 866 739 4420 ext 24 ).

22 Aug
2019

Saku's Great Newfoundland Adventure Book Launch

Please join us for the official launch of, Saku's Great Newfoundland Adventure, written by Marie-Beth Wright and Illustrated by Corey Majeau, in St. John's at Chapters on Wednesday, September 25, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The book will be available for purchase and the author will be doing a reading. Marie-Beth will also be available to sign copies of her book. There will be light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709 739 4477 ext. 24 ( toll free 1 866 739 4420 ext 24 ).

About Flanker Press
Turning pages since 1994

Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.

The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.

Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.

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04 Jul, 2020
Ida Linehan Young Signing in Centreville-Wareham-Trinity
08 Jul, 2020
Tom Moore On-Line Reading of The Sign on My Father's House
15 Jul, 2020
Tom Moore On-Line Reading of The Sign on My Father's House

News
22 Jun, 2020
Operation Vanished by Helen C. Escott wins a Silver Medal at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards
05 Jun, 2020
On This Day Virtual Book Launch
30 Apr, 2020
Flanker Press providing Curbside Pick-up

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.