Forthcoming Works

Available late June 2019

Saturday, June 29
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Book Launch Big Bay North Keppel by Lynne Porter

at Edale, 504226 Grey County Road 1, Big Bay
Reading and autographing of this new book chronicling the families and buildings of Big Bay and North Keppel from the settlement era to the 1950s. Explore the gardens of Edale, a most remarkable site. A portion of the day's proceeds go to Wiarton Branch, Bruce County Public Library. Those who cannot attend but wish to purchase signed copies [$20], please contact or leave a message at 519-832-6025.





Big Bay North Keppel The Way It Was

With the same attention to detail as in her first book, OXENDEN The Way It Was, Lynne Porter


takes readers back to the early years along the shore of Colpoys Bay to Big Bay and North Keppel. In these pages, you will meet notable settlers, community leaders, and the children born here, many of whom left to seek their fortunes but returned in later years. .


Thanks to the community spirit that still prevails, Lynne has been able to include cherished family photographs and documents along with her own historically accurate drawings depicting some of the homes and commercial buildings long gone from the landscape.


Available late June 2019     108 pages quality softcover


ISBN 978-1-896922-71-3 C$20.00



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Birding Wetlands in Bruce nearby Grey

Wetlands provide habitat for many birds that migrate through or nest within Bruce County, Ontario, and nearby areas of Grey County.


Mike Pickup’s maps and driving directions enable visitors and residents to find the bird species in marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens, both near the Lake Huron shore and farther inland. Twelve tours and a checklist will give many pleasures to those who enjoy daytripping and recording the birds sighted. Mike shares his decades-long passion for birding through mentoring others, and in the pages of his books: Birding the Bruce Peninsula, Birding Saugeen Shore and MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Birding Southern Bruce County


Available Now     48 pages spiral-bound softcover


r ISBN 978-1-896922-70-6




Recent releases

Available May 2018



 walking home

Walking Home

by David W. Beverly-Foster

Walking home from Waterloo, Ontario, where he attended university, Dave Beverly-Foster followed the Grand River then traced the North Saugeen River. For twelve days, he trekked over 200 kilometres—on roads and rail trails, over bridges, through swamp, forest, and farmland, camping wherever he found shelter.


In this book, he reflects upon his experiences—earnest and absurd—and considers humans’ relationship with the land.
His photographs show the diverse rural terrain and the range of April weather he encountered.


240 pages including 8 pages of colour images.


ISBN 978-1-896922-69-0 quality soft cover $20.00




 unforgotten dream

unforgotten dream

by Judy Lowry

unforgotten dream
The Brucedale Press is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a poetry collection by Judy Lowry, a longtime writer and artist from Grey County. Titled unforgotten dream, the book presents many new works along with some previously published.


A free flowing collection, unforgotten dream offers one poem leading to another, not always smoothly, reminiscent of dissonant music. As is much of Lowry's work, this writing is personal and autobiographical, also concerning itself with the human condition. Social commentary and raw emotion stand side by side whether the poet looks back or contemplates the future .


ISBN 978-1-896922-63-8 softcover $15.00





OXENDEN The Way It Was

by Lynne Porter


OXENDEN The Way It Was
The tale of two villages that evolved into one community. 38 vignettes recall the early years of Native occupation, the settlers who displaced the original inhabitants, and the more recent families who enjoy the scenic setting. Winding through time, the stories and original drawings by the author depict buildings past and present.


Accounts of hardship and misery, hope and dreams show the profound connections among residents over a century and a half. OXENDEN The Way It Was concludes in the 1950s, as a new era changed everything.


ISBN 978-1-896922-67-6 In Canada $18.00 until 1 September, then $20.00
96 pages with four archival maps and forty-one detailed drawings.




Christmas Seasonings

Christmas Seasonings

Michael O'Neill offers 14 heart-warming short stories of ordinary people--past and present--as they anticipate and celebrate the meanings of Christmas.


Home for Christmas
The Visitors
Grandpa and the Kid
A Christmas Picture
A Midwinter's Dream
The Christmas Hitchhiker
The Christmas Card
A Christmas Homing Device
Christmas Kitchen
Christmas Clothes
Keeping the Nativity
Christmas Downtown

ISBN 978-1-896922-66-9 Large Print Edition $17.00



Birding Southern Bruce County

Birding Southern Bruce County

New from the author of Birding the Bruce Peninsula and Birding Saugeen Shores


Mike Pickup draws on decades of passionate birding to guide fourteen tours, taking you to the best places in southern Bruce County to spot birds in all seasons.


* Driving directions and maps.
* Colour photographs to help identify what you see
* Checklist to record your sightings.
* Spiral-bound for comfortable fit in pocket, backpack, or glove-box.


ISBN 978-1-896922-64 -5 64 pages $13.00
The Brucedale Press



Recent Releases



CORKY by M. Suzanne Sloan

CORKY—a dog who touches many lives—in a book that shows the redemptive power of human/animal connections.


The dog's present and past owners—an immigrant farmer, a boutique owner, and a tourist-lodge worker— can scarcely believe their Airedale is charged with killing a man. Will the bond between Corky and one of his humans save the day?


Please join us for the launch of CORKY on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Flesherton Arty Gallery.
22 Collingwood Street (Grey Road 4), Flesherton.


Quality softcover, 218 pages $20.00
ISBN 978-1-896922-62-1
The Brucedale Press



Skyhill Stories

Skyhill Stories

Skyhill Stories text and art by Lillian Burgess

What began as a simple desire on the part of Lillian Burgess and her husband to build a house and work the land turned into a decades-long relationship with a small piece of the earth they named Skyhill Farm. The slow process of shaping and in turn, being shaped by this farm, has given all beings who live there a home, a place where they truly belong.


Skyhill Stories offers a quilt-like piecing together of many years of observations. Some early readers have suggested this book is a love story...

The Brucedale Press invites you to join in celebrating the launch of Skyhill Stories by Lillian Burgess.
Sunday, December 6, 2-15 at Jest Arts in Durham, Ontario.


2-4 p.m. with reading, autographing, and light refreshments


A portion of the day's proceeds will support programs of the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council.



Fully illustrated in colour quality softcover

$45.00 in Canada
ISBN 978-1-896922-63-8

The Brucedale Press




Tooling Around

For further details about the book or to place orders, please contact

Tooling Around

Tooling Around with Michael O'Neill takes readers down into trenches, up ladders, and around a hilly farm in midwestern Ontario. One day in the barn, the next in a wet basement, Mike applies humour in all situations. Equally handy with pitchfork, pipe wrench, and pen, he spins tales of on-the-job challenges and family fun.

Meet his helper Lady Bertha, the heifers that almost got away, and the grandsons who want him to play in the tree house. You'll chuckle as you follow Mike into crawl spaces and attics. Ride with him as Big Zed tackles thistles and a not-quite-all-terrain vehicle gives him a few surprises.

Michael O'Neill's stories have appeared in the weekly Lucknow Sentinel, a pair of independently published books, and the collection Our Farmily Farm: stories from Bruce & Grey.

The Brucedale Press

$18.00 in Canada
ISBN 978-1-896922-61-4