Yes, Le Guin likes it: Dr. Sarah Tolmie’s first novel


stone boatmen

It’s not due out to April, but I’ve been itching to share this good news. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tolmie!–JLH

Aqueduct Press is pleased to announce the release of The Stone Boatmen, a debut novel by Sarah Tolmie, a medievalist at the University of Waterloo, in April 2014. The Stone Boatmen evolved out of Tolmie’s fascination with the fourteenth-century visionary poem, Piers Plowman, which she has also explored in the media of virtual reality and dance.  Her novel weaves a tale of three cities, separated by oceans, lost to one another long ago: the first, the city of rituals, of ceremonies; the second, the city of words, of poetry; and the third, the city of the golden birds, of dreams. In their harbors stand the stone boatmen, pointing outward toward the unknown. Now the birds are fostering a new-found relationship of the three cities of the ancestors, and the voyages of the ship Aphelion and its crew are beginning to rebuild the links.

Ursula Le Guin declares of The Stone Boatmen: “Certain imaginative novels never best-sell, yet remain alive, a singular treasure to each new generation that finds them — books such as Islandia, The Worm Ouroboros, Gormenghast. The Stone Boatmen has the makings of one of these quiet classics. It is lucid yet complex. Its strangeness fascinates, captivates. To read it is to find yourself in a country a long, long way from home, taken on a unforeseeable journey — and when it’s over, you wish you were still there.”

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2 responses to “Yes, Le Guin likes it: Dr. Sarah Tolmie’s first novel

  1. April–the timing is ideal for slipping onto the top of many a post-semester summer reading pile, methinks. Congratulations to Dr. Tolmie, possibly the only academic ever to analyze, virtualize, fictionalize and dance Piers Plowman.

  2. Pingback: Reading by Dr. Sarah Tolmie |

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