News

2020

  • Three years ago, I wrote a Statement of Solidarity. This still stands. #blacklivesmatter
  • MWP will not be doing a summer reading program anymore. The press is on its last legs, with the last of its author contracts ending in 2022. We’re very busy with our own writing over at Dragonfly.eco and Dragonfly Pub. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook for more news about our current projects and authors. Moving forward, we are donating to the ecology centre in Nova Scotia.
  • Both our imprints are now registered businesses in Nova Scotia!
  • Moon Willow Press and Dragonfly Pub are getting settled in our new home in Nova Scotia. We’re in the process of transferring the press registrations to a new province.
  • Great news for author Ron Melchiore: He’s got a new book out with a new publisher and, in early May, updated thoughts about his new home in Nova Scotia at Mother Earth News.
  • It’s happening! Moon Willow Press and Dragonfly Pub are moving to Halifax the week of March 16th, after a pit stop to visit family and friends along the way!
  • So happy to announce that I, under pen name Clara Hume, am moving to Halifax in early spring, which has pushed my two novels back to 2021 and beyond. However, I’ll be publishing my next book, Bird Song: A Novella, this fall.
  • With the opening of Dragonfly Pub, we will no longer be donating to tree-planting. We’ve changed our donations based on book sales to the Ecology Action Centre, which is a member-based environmental charity in Nova Scotia taking leadership on critical issues from biodiversity to climate change to environmental justice.
  • Announcing that Marissa Slaven’s Code Blue is being acquired by a new publisher this year. More news to come later!

2019

  • In 2019, our tree-planting tally increases to 1,691 trees planted since the opening of Moon Willow Press, donated mostly from sales during the Summer Reading Program.
  • In July, we make an official announcement about Moon Willow Press closing.
  • Marissa Slaven’s novel Code Blue is one of the subjects of Kristine Aga’s (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) interesting Master’s paper: When Ludology and Narratology Meet: A Comparative Analysis of an Ecofictional Video Game and an Ecofictional Book.
  • Moon Willow Press announces the 2019 Summer Reading Program.
  • Our Earth Day event on April 20 at Western Sky Books was a lot of fun!
  • The Earth Day event I teased about last year has been planned for Saturday, April 20, at Western Sky Books. Click here for more information.
  • Richard Bell wrote a cool review of Ron Melchiore reading at the Musquodoboit Public Library last year. See the Eastern Shore Cooperator.
  • Up the River, being published by our imprint Dragonfly Publishing, has new concept art for the final cover. This ecofiction novel comes out in 2020.
  • Our big project, Eco-fiction.com, has been migrated to the Dragonfly.eco domain.
  • 350.org sent us a cool certificate in February for donating proceeds from the Winds of Change anthology.
  • We started out the year with a database problem, so thank you for being patient as we’ve gone about fixing the technical difficulties. If you see any more issues, please let us know!

2018

  • Note that Annis Pratt’s The Battle for the Black Fen is now out in a 2nd edition, with a revised cover! The Kindle version went live in October, and the print version is going live in December 2018.
  • This year’s tree-planting donations culminates in the planting of 1,587 trees since Moon Willow Press opened. In honor of the passing of Ross Millar, 2018.
  • Back to the Garden went on sale October 16! See below for the Dragonfly link.
  • Back to the Garden, from our new imprint Dragonfly Publishing, is available for pre-order!
  • If you’re in Halifax during Word on the Street, stop by and say hello to Ron Melchiore, author of Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. Saturday, September 15, 2018.
  • Moon Willow Press announces its partnership with Stormbird Press and eventual closure.
  • To celebrate Eco-fiction.com’s (sister project) 5th anniversary, we’ve announced a free giveaway until August 31st of Winds of Change: Short Stories about Our Climate.
  • Early planning with author Marissa Slaven for Vancouver Earth Day 2019 celebrations and panel, “Climate Change and Storytelling” at local bookstore! Stay tuned for more.
  • Dragonfly Publishing is MWP’s new imprint, offering the publisher’s own upcoming titles.
  • Moon Willow Press announces the 2018 Summer Reading Program. Read books, contribute to tree-planting, learn more about global eco-fiction, and find freebie ebooks this summer!
  • Marissa Slaven is launching Code Blue Saturday, May 26th, at the the Carnegie Gallery, in Dundas, ON, at 1:30 and on Sunday, May 27th, at the Royal Botanica Gardens in Toronto, ON, from 1:30 to 3:30 – free admission, door prizes, book sales and signing, royalties to Ecojustice.ca.
  • Jim Schaefer, author of Two Houses of Oikos, has an article today in the Globe and Mail titled “All people, not just experts, must ensure the conservation of Earth’s vast biodiversity”.
  • Marissa Slaven’s Code Blue is out on Earth Day and, until then, is available for pre-order.
  • Ron Melchiore to participate in an author reading at Musquodoboit Library, in Nova Scotia, on Saturday, February 17th from 12:00 to1:30.
  • Marissa Slaven, author of the upcoming Code Blue (now available for preorder!), will be donating a partial amount of her royalties to Ecojustice.
  • Click here for Eco-fiction.com’s interview with author Marissa Slaven.

2017

  • Annis Pratt’s newest title, The Battle for the Black Fen, has been entered into a Goodreads Book Giveaway. You have until November 24th to enter!
  • Our donations in 2017 bring our tree-planting up to 1,387 trees with another donation to a memorial forest in honor of Dad. This year we also donated to Rainforest Action Network’s Conflict Palm Oil campaign. Note that donations do not infer organizational endorsement to their donators.
  • Submissions on hold.
  • Annis Pratt’s The Battle for the Black Fen has a new book give-away at Goodreads, going from November 2 – 24th, just in time for the holidays!
  • Ron Melchiore has a talk at the Antigonish Public Library on Thursday night, October 12th starting at 7:00 pm. His talk will be focused on my winter thru hike of the 2100+ mile long Appalachian Trail.
  • Marissa Slaven’s Code Blue gets a wonderful review by Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review.
  • Some of our authors’ Facebooks: Ron Melchiore, Annis Pratt, The Mysterious Frog, Marissa Slaven, Tom Hibbard
  • We are offering Marissa Slaven’s Code Blue as a free PDF or epub copy for reviewing. Email editor@moonwillowpress.com for more information.
  • Annis Pratt’s The Battle for the Black Fen is published! The Summer Reading Program ends on September 8 and we’ll offer a free Kindle download that day.
  • We’re really excited to be publishing Annis Pratt’s final volume of Infinite Games and recently received a map of the fantasy world. Check our gallery!
  • Moon Willow Press announces that our novel Back to the Garden will published as a new edition in early 2018 for the launch of the Wild Mountain series. Part II of the series, To the Waters and the Wild, is slated to come out a year later, in 2019.
  • We are thrilled to announce our first YA novel, Code Blue, by Marissa Slaven–slated for spring 2018.
  • We’re announcing our Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1 – September 8. The kickoff on June 1st coincides with Green Merchants, A 2-week giveaway from 20 environmental authors exploring the natural world. Three of our books from various authors are included in the line-up!
  • Thanks to the Midwest Book Review for covering Donelle Dreese’s Cave Walker. “Perhaps its greatest force is its lyrical language, which deftly captures Gillian’s ability to confront change, sorrow, and a journey in which “I had not arrived in time to save anyone.” Read full review here.
  • MWP’s owner will take part in the Earth Day Panel at the West Vancouver Library, from 2:00 – 3:30, April 22, 2017. The discussion is “Storytelling and Climate Change”. We will also take part in Vancouver’s March for Science at 10:00 that morning.
  • The publisher has issued a Statement of Solidarity, standing and marching for human rights as well as scientific integrity.
  • Green Reads: Excerpts is our newest project; we are working with authors and publishers to freely promote environmental or nature writing in the form of fiction, nonfiction, prose, and graphic novels. Please see the site for submission requirements. Note that this is now the Dragonfly Library.

2016