Watershed was released on May 1, 2020 and is available at:
Shelf Life Books (1302 – 4th Street SW Calgary AB)
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Also available at your local bookstore or click:
Watershed on the Bestseller Lists
May 3/21: Watershed was further shortlisted as one of the five books for Airdrie Reads, a "Canada Reads" style bookcompetition this summer. Watershed will be championed by volunteering devotee and finalist for Mrs. Galaxy Airdrie 2021 Sarika Mehta.
Apr 20/21: Watershed was the one work of fiction chosen by READ Alberta for their list of eight books for Earth Day that "insightfully speak to environmental issues"
Apr 20/21: Watershed was one of 10 Alberta books shortlisted for Airdrie Reads, which will conduct a "Canada Reads" style competition in August
Sept 12/20: #3 for fiction in the Calgary Herald
Sept 11/20: #8 for fiction by Book Publishers Association of Alberta
June 27/20: #9 for fiction in the Calgary Herald
May 23/20: #1 for fiction in Calgary in the Calgary Herald
May 17/20: #5 for fiction in Alberta on Book Publishers Association of Alberta
April 25/20: #2 for fiction in Calgary in the Calgary Herald
April 19/20: #6 for fiction in Alberta on Book Publishers Association of Alberta
April 12/20: #2 in Alberta on Book Publishers Association of Alberta
May 30/21 at 4 pm: Doreen will participate in the panel discussion "Writing in Your Backyard" at the Writer's Guild of Alberta Conference: click here for conference info.
Feb. 16/21: Doreen appeared in AltSpace for a reading and Q&A: click here to view event info.
Dec 1/20: The Airdrie Public Library hosted Doreen for an author reading and Q & A.
Nov 19/20: Taleo Project Services Inc. organized an online corporate book club discussion of Watershed with Doreen as featured guest.
Oct 3/20: Doreen appeared on a panel at the Victoria Festival of Authors (VFA) with Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs), Zsuzsi Gartner (The Beguiling) and Mallory Tater (The Birth Yard): click here.
Sept 24/20: Doreen appeared at a live event in Medicine Hat hosted by the Medicine Hat Public Library during Alberta Culture Days. She also sat down with organizer Amanda Leduc for a reading and a chat: click here.
Sept 10/20: Doreen participated in a panel discussion at Word on the Street Toronto entitled "Worlds of Tomorrow" along with Kerri Sakamoto and Michael Christie, hosted by Hal Wake
Sept/Oct 2020: Watershed was picked as the second book in the Alberta Reads Book Club hosted by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta
Aug 21/20: Author Chat with Word on the Street Toronto
July 9/20: The Calgary Public Library hosted a "Books & Ideas" webinar where Doreen joined renowned scientist Bob Sandford for a discussion entitled "Our Vanishing Glaciers." To view, click here.
Spring 2020: Watershed was part of the Draw the Word Spring Book Challenge sponsored by the Writers' Trust of Canada. For info, click here.
June 30/20: Writer's Guild of Alberta Online Reading Series. For info, click here.
June 12/20: The Book Publishers Association of Alberta shortlisted Watershed for the new "Alberta Reads Book Club"
April 30/20: Watershed was featured in Launchpad, an initiative of 49th Shelf. Check it out here.
April 28/20: Watershed was featured on NAC #CanadaPerforms. To watch, click here.
April 26/20: Eco-fiction site Dragonfly.eco connected with Watershed here.
Author Talk hosted by Medicine Hat Public Library
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 pm
Place: Kin Coulee Band Shelter
Doreen read from Watershed, answered participants' questions and shared a few songs about Alberta.
Official Online Launch co-hosted by Doreen Vanderstoop and Freehand Books
Date: April 26, 2020
To watch: Click here
Warburg, AB... (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Place: Warburg Seniors Centre (5020 52 Street)
Time: 12 pm (lunch served)
Edmonton...(Postponed due to COVID-19)
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020
Place: Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue)
Time: 2 pm
High River, AB...(Postponed due to COVID-19)
Date: Friday, May 8
Place: High River Library (909 1 St SW)
Time: 4 pm
Pincher Creek, AB...(Postponed due to COVID-19)
Date: Saturday, May 9
Place: Allied Arts Council (696 Kettles Street)
Time: 2 pm
Red Deer, AB...(Postponed due to COVID-19)
Date: Friday, June 19
Place: Sunworks Living (4913 Gaetz Ave)
Time: 7 pm
It is 2058, and the glaciers are gone. A catastrophic drought has hit the prairies. Willa Van Bruggen is desperately trying to keep her family goat farm afloat, hoping against hope that the new water pipeline arrives before the bill collectors do.
Willa’s son, Daniel, goes to work for the pipeline corporation instead of returning to help the family business. When Daniel reveals long-concealed secrets about his grandfather’s death, Willa’s world truly shatters. She’s losing everything she values most: her farm, her son, her understanding of the past
— and even her grip on reality itself.
Vividly illustrating the human cost of climate change, Watershed is a page-turner of a novel about forgiveness, adaptation, and family bonds.
June 2020: Prairie Books Now featured an article on Watershed in their Spring/Summer 2020 issue: click here to read.
May 5/20: CBC.ca named Watershed one of the 12 Canadian books they can't wait to read: click here for more info.
May 4/20: Doreen had the pleasure of a lit chat with Doug Dirks of CBC's The Homestretch in Calgary: click here to listen.
April 24/20: Check out the article by Eric Volmers in the Calgary Herald: click here.
April 17/20: The Globe and Mail Spring Books Review named Watershed one of 16 best new reads in fiction: click here.
Praise for Watershed
Mar. 11/21: Anne Logan reviewed Watershed on her "I've Read This" blog: click here.
Feb. 24/21: Watershed was reviewed by Sara Carroll of the zine The New Southern Fugitives: click here.
Feb. 4/21: Watershed was reviewed by Consumed By Ink: click here.
June 12/20: Author Gordon Jones reviewed Watershed on his website: click here.
"I just finished Watershed. I loved it. I must say it has made me extremely grateful for the water in my kitchen tap, and the sight of the canal outside our window. I learned a lot, enjoyed the read, the story was gripping, the editing was good (I hate badly edited books!), and the characters appealing. Well done! and thank you for a story that raises our awareness of climate change."
SALLY WOODHEAD, Ottawa, ON
"This finely crafted cli-fI novel is not just about the preciousness of water in a warming world. It is about watersheds in our relationships with one another and our relations with the places in which we live. It is about the courage and resourcefulness that we need to possess when hope begins to evaporate in hot winds that scorch a drying, dying land. It is about memory, devotion, family loyalty and the choices we have to make at each of those watershed moments in our lives in which we find everything around us has changed. It is also, however, about turns of fate and how even the most intractable problems can resolve themselves in unexpectedly positive ways. Read it!"
BOB SANDFORD, Chair, Water & Climate Security, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment & Health
“I absolutely adored Watershed!” JEN SLOANE, Brampton Library
“Doreen Vanderstoop takes us into a future that feels more likely every day. The Van Bruggen family could be any of us, forced to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Watershed is a timely, beautifully rendered and prescient work.”
ANN ERIKSSON author of The Performance
“Riveting... Watershed is the best kind of futuristic fiction, the kind that becomes grass-roots reality as we read.”
WAYNE GRADY author of Up From Freedom
“Vanderstoop’s dystopian novel marries love of place, the power of human relationships and the hard reality of climate change.”
KEVIN VAN TIGHEM author of Our Place
“This is us with just a few more decades on the Doomsday Clock. A future too well imagined, too likeable and plausible, to disown.”
FRED STENSON author of Who by Fire
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