From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology About Cottage Life in Ontario

Edited by Jessica Outram and Ewa Krynski.

Picnicking on the rocks of Georgian Bay, relocating an outhouse in Muskoka, or catching tadpoles at Algonquin Park: From the Cottage Porch captures the spirit of cottage country in Ontario. Imagine the day unfolding from your favourite Adirondack chair on the porch. The anthology begins with the sounds of sunrise and moves through the dynamic and surprising events of morning, afternoon, evening and night at the cottage.

This beautiful anthology about the cottage features the talents of 31 outstanding writers from across Ontario. The 43 stories, memoirs and poems are organized using the passing of time at the cottage. From the dewey, crisp mornings filled with birdsong to long afternoons on the water to lively evenings spent around the campfire, the book moves from sunrise to sunset.

Available at Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg, Ontario. Over 600 copies sold!

Released: May 7, 2011

210 pages



Sunshine in a Jar Press

ISBN 978-0-9809444-1-9

The Writers

This cottage anthology includes: Bonnie Beldan-Thomson, Ken Bond, John Butcher, Tina Collett, Elaine Cruise Smith, Anne Louise Currie, James Dewar, Phyllis Diller Stewart, Paul Dobbs, Graham Ducker, Sacha Farrell, John Forrest, Alex Hamilton-Brown, Tiina Heathcock, Helene Iardas, Glenn Kletke, S.A. McCormick, Mary E. McIntyre, Patricia Miller, Jessica Outram, Vicki Pinkerton, Susan Lynn Reynolds, RhuBarb, Pat Skene, Bob Smith, D.A. Stark, Sheila Stewart, Heather Tucker, Lynn Vieira, Barbara Winter, Collette Yvonne.

The watercolour painting on the cover is by Livia Tsang.

Since 2011 this has been a popular cottage anthology:

  • From the Cottage Porch may still be available in independent stores in Uxbridge, Haliburton, Britt, Ottawa, Whitby
  • The books at Chapters Oshawa and Ajax are sold out. French River and Parry Sound are also sold out.
  • From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology was noted in the October 2011 issue of Cottage Life Magazine as a good read for fall. There was also a picture of the book’s cover!
  • Now in its second printing and nearly sold out.

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