Pale Surface



March 26, 2009


The Pale Surface of Things is a finalist for the Montaigne Medal

Winnipeg-based publisher HOPEACE PRESS has received word that The Pale Surface of Things is a finalist for the 2009 Montaigne Medal, which is a new award given as a part of the annual Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards are given annually to books from independent presses that are felt to best reflect the spirit of Eric Hoffer’s work. Last year they added the Montaigne Medal, announcing that it is given to:

    the most thought-provoking titles—books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, René Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietasche, Jean-Jacques Roussea, and Eric Hoffer.

The winner of the Montaigne Medal will be announced later this month.

Set on the Greek island of Crete, The Pale Surface of Things follows Douglas, a young archaeologist who lands in a traditional Cretan village and becomes the focus of a blood-feud dating back to when the Nazis were there, in World War II. Families have inherited shame and rage from those bad days, and the new priest must bring their secrets to light to begin the process of healing. Greek law, village traditions, and the Orthodox church teach Douglas lessons of shame, terror, gratitude, forgiveness, and ultimately, accountability.

The Pale Surface of Things has won a number of awards in Multicultural Fiction, including golds from USA BookNews Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, and Next Generation Indies Awards. It was a finalist awards from Nautilus Book Awards and the Beach Book Festival Awards. Pale Surface placed second in the overall Fiction Grand Prize from Next Generation Indies Awards.  Janey Bennett’s novel, published by Hopeace Press, also won a gold medal award from Publishers West for best use of environmental materials, for their use of 100 % post-consumer recycled paper and vegetable inks.

Click here to learn more about the Eric Hoffer Award and specifically the Montaigne Medal.

Contact information: For information regarding interviews or discussion with the author, please email .

The book is available through Ingram, Baker and Taylor and Partners/West in the US, and is distributed in Canada by Steller Press.

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The Pale Surface of Things

by Janey Bennett

Hopeace Press, Canada
337 p., trade paper, 6 x 9
ISBN 978-0-9734007-2-4 
$21.95 US & CAN


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