Sunday, June 12, 2016

Launch of "Water Is..." Celebrates Our Connection with Water

Nancy Rowe blesses Mimico Creek (photo K. September)
On June 12th, Councillor Jim Tovey, Mississauga Nation Knowledge Keeper Nancy Rowe, and others helped Nina Munteanu celebrate the launch of her long-awaited book "Water Is..." with a water blessing of Mimico Creek and various water-engaging activities.

The environmental event "celebrated water and our connection with it" at Islington Golf Course in Etobicoke. The 75 people who attended also included the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Ecologos (WaterDocs), Rethink Sustainability Initiatives, poets, writers and artists.

In her powerful and compelling blessing, Nancy Rose said, "Water is life, water is healing, we owe
Water blessing (photo Kevin September)
everything to water." Despite the celebration, Mimico Creek's ironic reality was reflected in the ceremony: "You used to be able to drink this water," Rowe lamented as she used tap water for the water blessing ceremony.

Vince D'Elia of TRCA gave Mimico Creek a failed report card and spoke about the need to educate the public on water and watersheds. Given that Mimico Creek flows some 33 km within a 77 square km watershed that encompasses three jurisdictions (Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto); harmonizing efforts is no easy task.

Councillor Tovey stressed connection of individuals, communities, and jurisdictions to create awareness and action in re-wilding our watersheds and to foster beauty. He highlighted Mississauga's extensive planning and investment into these initiatives, saying that they are setting the precedent for all Canadian cities for sustainability planning.

Jim Tovey, Yasmin Glanville, Travis Belanger, Michelle Stone
(photo Kevin September)
Claire Lawson of LOWaterkeeper proclaimed that, "We are Lake Ontario," referring to us being 70% water and the constant circulation of water on the planet. She gave us the 6 steps to water leadership: 1) know your watermark; 2) orient yourself; 3) get out there; 4) know the rules; 5) participate; and 6) dedicate yourself. She told everyone why sharing your personal watermark was so important and urged participants to share their watermark--a personal story that connects you with a particular waterbody and event--to help promote meaning and protection of waterbodies around the world.

Ro Omrow, with Ecologos (WaterDocs) invited participants to sign a petition to make Toronto a Blue
Community. Initiated by the Council of Canadians, a Blue Community is one that:

  1. recognizes water as a human right
  2. bans the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events
  3. promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services

Local poets and artists read and showed their water-inspired poetry and art, among them Merridy Cox, John Ambury, Liana Di Marco and Tasnim Jivaji. 

A Water Action Station, where Nina's book was for sale, also featured a charity board (Pixl Press has agreed to donate a portion of book sales toward several water charities); and a pledge to Jacques Cousteau's Bill of Rights for Future Generations.

Nina with "Water Is..."
According to Councillor Tovey, Nina's book "Water Is..." bridges the gap from awareness to appreciation, connection and final action. "This book came from a lifetime's dedication to water, humanity and our environment since I was a little girl and felt the planet," Munteanu confided during a press conference in Etobocoke.

For more about the book and Nina Munteanu's writing process, go to TheMeaningOfWater.com. "Water Is..." can be purchased at most Amazon stores and good quality bookstores near you.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Worldwide Release of Nina Munteanu's "Water Is..."

In this fascinating meditation on water, internationally published limnologist Nina Munteanu draws inspiration from some of the world's greatest thinkers, artists and scientists, and a lifetime dedicated to water, into a spectacular gift for hydrophilics.

With a foreword by Emmi Itaranta, author of the award-winning Memory of Water, and input from scientists and futurists such as Bernd Kroeplin, Elmar C. Fuchs, Elisabet Sahtouris, Gerald Pollack, Theodor Schwenk, Rustum Roy, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Philip Ball, Emilio Del Guidice and others, Water Is... part history, part science and part philosophy, combines an intensely personal journey with scientific discovery to explore water's many identities.

Munteanu journeys from history to the latest in theory and bizarre knowledge; from water's ubiquity in space to the hardy tardigrades; and from Emoto's intention-invoked water crystals, the northern Ojibwa water spirits and the Kumbh Mela on the Ganges to the quantum properties of interfacial water. Water Is... the culmination of over twenty-five years of Munteanu's dedication to the study of water and her increasing realization of the great disparity between humanity's use, appreciation and understanding of this sacred resource.

"Water Is..." has been praised around the world."This book emotionally connected me with water," wrote Laura Fres of One Deep Sustainability, Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Kroeplin in Germany calls it "A sumptuous collection of treasures." The Mississauga News in Ontario praises the book and writes, "If you don't want to read all those other books on water, just read this one." German physicist Michael Jacobi writes, "What an astounding journey!" Evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris writes, "I am deeply grateful for this book by so highly qualified an author."

You can purchase "Water Is..." in most Amazon stores and a quality bookstore near you.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pixl Press at Literary Fest at Gladstone Hotel in Toronto

Melody Bar of the Gladstone Hotel
PIXL PRESS CANADA is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Small Press Literary Festival put on by the Toronto Indie Arts Market (TIAM) at the Gladstone Hotel on Sunday May 25th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

PIXL PRESS was recently featured by TIAM and you can read about us as a FEATURED VENDOR.

PIXL PRESS is described as a small press in British Columbia that features works in the environment, nature, science and science fiction & fantasy.

Cheryl Kirby, co-founder of TIAM
Pixl Press and Vancouver/Toronto author and ecologist Nina Munteanu will showcase her latest eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy works (which examine the role of evolution and humanity in the context of Nature and technology). Nina teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College and her guidebooks on how to write (used in colleges and universities throughout North America and Europe) will also be available for sale.

We will be featuring the complete Splintered Universe Trilogy with the recent release of Metaverse this past March.

We will also showcase Toronto author and editor Merridy Cox's latest book on animal care, a charming annotated book on Edwardian pet care: "Edwardian Annotated Pets and How to Keep Them: Part 1 Beasts".


Admission: Pay What You Can with proceeds donated to to the Children's Book Bank.


Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (Ballroom and 2nd Floor Gallery) admission pwyc





Sunday, May 4, 2014

Third Book in Nina Munteanu's Space Thriller Trilogy Now Out!



Pixl Press is pleased to announce the release of Metaverse, Book 3 of The Splintered Universe Trilogy.  The entire trilogy is now available in print and digital formats through Toronto's premier science fiction bookstore Bakka Phoenix Books, Chapters-Indigo (Canada), Barnes & Noble (United States) and Amazon (the world).

Nina with Vali and Costi Gurgu
Nina celebrated the completion and release of  Metaverse in an exclusive launch party April 24th in The Beaches, Toronto.  Several guests joined Nina and two other authors to celebrate local talent.  Celebrated Romanian author and graphic artist Costi Gurgu, who created Aurora-finalist covers for the trilogy and his wife, Vali Gurgu, who modeled as Rhea Hawke, also made an appearance.

Metaverse concludes the metaphysical journey of detective Rhea Hawke, a complex heroine on a quest of justice in a shape-shifting universe of intrigue and paradox.  Rhea Hawke's unlawful quest throws her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspriacy and self-discovery.  The Splintered Universe is a high-paced thriller with a mystery of cosmic proportions that explores the nature of the universe and the human psyche through paranormal phenomena such as multi-dimensionality, clairvoyance, quantum entanglement, morphic resonance and synchronicity.

The three books of The Splintered Universe Trilogy include: Outer Diverse, Inner Diverse, and Metaverse.  You can buy them in print and digital formats at a major book retailer near you.  You can also get Outer Diverse and Inner Diverse as audiobooks, narrated by Dawn Harvey, through Audible.com.  Discussions are underway to make Metaverse available as an audiobook soon, so the entire trilogy can be heard as well as seen.

For more about the trilogy and how to purchase an autographed box set, visit www.ninamunteanu.com and this site in the near futhre.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nina Munteanu's Natural Selection Compared to Niven's Tales of Known Space

Nina with friend Siko on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Nina Munteanu's short story collection Natural Selection (Pixl Press, 2013), about the evolution of humanity, received high praise recently from David Merchant, English Instructor at Louisiana Tec University.

In his review on Amazon.com, Merchant compared Munteanu's collection of nine interconnected stories to Niven's Tales of Known Space. Niven's collection of  thirteen interconnected stories range from the 20th Century to the 31st and trace Humanity's expansion and colonization throughout the galaxy.

"Like Larry Niven's Tales of Known Space, many of the stories in [Nina's] collection involve the same universe.  Nina's stories tease you, though. I want to know more about this universe of hers. My goodness, but she can write. I just love her writing, her characterizations, her ability to draw you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful writer. I highly recommend anything she writes."

"By the way," Merchant adds, "she writes books on how to write fiction. Those are also well written."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Read the Scintillating Conclusion of The Splintered Universe Trilogy

Nina's much anticipated third book of her Splintered Universe Trilogy is now out!

In Metaverse (Pixl Press), the third and final book of The Splintered Universe Trilogy (Starfire World Syndicate), renegade Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke travels back to Earth to convince an eccentric mystic to help her defend humanity from an impending Vos attack. Of course, things don't go as planned for Rhea in her unlawful quest. She finds herself trapped in a deception that promises to change her and her two worlds forever.

Metaverse was released in print form March 10th, 2014 and is available on Amazon and other quality bookstores. The Kindle version of Metaverse was released by Pixl Press for download on April 12, 2014.




Cover Art by Aurora-finalist Costi Gurgu

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Natural Selection by Nina Munteanu Eligible for Aurora Award

Nina Munteanu's short story collection about evolution Natural Selection is eligible for an Aurora Award.

Described by Canadian editor and author Steve Stanton as a "fine showcase of gritty and powerful short fiction" in which "the author envisions a bleak future of warfare and scarcity as she entertains some interesting ideas from the fringe of science."

The Aurora Award is given by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association to works deemed the best for that year. Publications in 2013 will be awarded this year.  Nominations are open until April 12th for any Canadian wishing to celebrate excellence in Canadian science fiction and fantasy literature.


Find out how to nominate your favourite works in this genre by going to the Prix Aurora Award website or visit them on Facebook.

You can read five of Nina's short stories, which appear in the collection, in various online venues:

The Arc of Time
A Butterfly in Peking
Julia's Gift
Mark of a Genius
Neither Here Nor There