Publications

Rebekkah Adams

Glass Houses: Saving Feminist Anti-Violence Agencies from Self-Destruction

Glass Houses coverWritten by Rebekkah Adams, Published by Fernwood Books for release spring 2008.

Critical analysis examining why women’s anti-violence agencies implode and the roots of the dysfunction bred within the internal dynamics and current structures. This book is designed to incite creative discussion, debate, and creation of new healthy feminist models designed to support this unique field of work.

For more information or to order a copy, download the .pdf order form here

Front Porch Mannequins

Glass Houses coverWritten by Rebekkah Adams, Published by Fernwood Publishing 2009.

Nana Underhill’s intoxicated plan to run Lily over with her car seemed like a good idea at the time. Having slept with Lily’s husband, she needed to ease her guilt with an act of kindness—however bizarre. The accident would bring Lily’s husband racing to the scene and back into Lily’s affections.

But when Mark fails to show up as planned, the staged accident backfires and Nana has to pull Lily from a pool of blood and take her to hospital herself. Then Daryl, the husband of their eccentric friend Alice—who spends afternoons sitting on the front porch with her mannequin Delane—finds a severed hand in the middle of a rural Ontario highway. He scrapes it off the road with a snow brush and puts it in a cereal box for safekeeping.

Who the severed hand belongs to is only the first challenge for small town detective Harris Cool. Why the hand was severed in the first place sends him on a chilling journey into the complexities of one woman’s tortured past. Only when Cool confronts his own demons—and when Lily’s crazy mother Carol reveals hers—do Nana and Lily come to the startling truth about their own fractious relationship.

Take a look at Rebekkah’s website to read an excerpt from her new book “The Truth About Why I Lie”

Ebook Downloads of Front Porch Manequins can be found here

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Bonita Johnson de Matteis

All of these great books are published by the Ginger Press in Owen Sound, ON

Going North: The Story of Geraldine’s Great Great Grandfather

Written and Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis, Published by the Ginger Press

The true story of James Willson’s escape from slavery to Welland, Ontario in the 1800′s. Some of his descendants, including his great great granddaughter, author Bonita Geraldine Johnson deMatteis, eventually moved to Owen Sound which is the northern terminus of the Underground Railroad. Going North was written to honour the courage and vision of James Willson.

Threads: Piecing Together the Underground Railroad

Written & Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis, Published by the Ginger Press

When she was growing up, the author/illustrator Bonita Johnson de Matteis recalls that the patches, rags and leftover fabrics were called “goods” by her Grandmother. Raised by her Gramma, Bonita and her siblings were like these lost pieces of fabric… a unique blend of threads sewn into a heroic family legacy of free slaves and courageous Europeans.

This story is a thread from Gramma Susan (Earls) Johnson Wilson to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Lady of the Cat

Written by Brian Barrie, Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis, Published by the Ginger Press

This story was born from the bed-time curiosity of our children: “Dad, how did the stars come to live in the night sky? What are the Northern Lights?” And so I told them. As Talya, Morgan and Alexa grew, the “tellings” grew. After an inspiring visit to the caves at Lascaux, the story changed shape again. And of course, Bonita’s remarkable paintings have added more layers than I thought possible. Now Talya, Morgan and Alexa will be able to share this telling of The Lady of the Cat with their children. And that’s how life and nature should be – a repeating of mystery, discovery and magic.
- Brian Barry, February 2009

The Neighbour That Wasn’t

Written by Brian Barrie, Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis

Available at the Ginger Press, Owen Sound
Stealing Christmas

Written by Richard Thomas, Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis
Available through The Ginger Press, Owen Sound

Stealing Christmas first appeared as a six-part newspaper serial in the days leading up to Christmas, 2006. Readers of the Owen Sound Sun Times anxiously awaited their newspapers each day to find out how young D.B. Murphy was going to resolve the trouble he was in. And he was in big trouble – with his dad, his friend, the bank and the law.

Richard J. Thomas – author of six mystery books featuring sleuth D.B. Murphy – has written this exciting adventure story for younger readers. As in his other novels, the details of life in early Owen Sound are historically accurate, but the people and their problems are fictional.

The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train Written by Richard Thomas, Illustrated by Bonita Johnson de Matteis
Available through The Ginger Press, Owen Sound

The Christmas Train first appreared as an exciting five part newspaper serial in the days between Christmas and New Year’s 2007 in The Owen Sound Sun Times.
In this sotry, D.D. Murphy, who is young and in love, needs to catch some robbers and fin his friend before anything happens.

Author Richard J. Thomas has written this adventure near Owen Sound in 1900, for younger readers. As with his many other books, the history is accurate and the mystery is fictional.

Lest We Forget Lest We Forget

Written and Designed by Bonita Johnson de Matteis

 

Articles

What is expressive art and play therapy?
Written by Rebekkah Adams and Bonita Johnson de Matteis