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PitouieSo I suppose I should have started with this post. Like I said, I’m new to the whole blogging thing. My name is Derek Winkler and I’ve written a novel called Pitouie. It’s just been published by The Workhorsery. See that picture there? That’s my book, on a shelf, in a book store. Pretty cool, huh?

It’s the story of a bored hack reporter who works for a trade magazine that covers the waste management industry. One day, out of a clear blue inbox, he gets an invitation to cover a business conference on Federated Pitouie, an itty-bitty island in the South Pacific Ocean. The government of the island has decided to raise some cash by auctioning-off the use of its volcano as a hazardous waste dump to the highest corporate bidder. Would he like to write about it? Why not? It’s not every day you get to witness something so kinky on a national scale.

He goes. He dusts off ancient, barely remembered journalistic procedures and attempts to work the story. He finds that things on Pitouie are even stranger than he expected them to be, and that events on the island are somehow tied to obscure matters that took place in an Inuit village on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in 1973.

This is a book aimed at a few very specific demographic sectors. It will appeal primarily to certain groups of Inuit who live in and around the delta of the Mackenzie River. It is also precisely targeted at the residents of the South Pacific island archipelago reaching from New Zealand to Hawaii. Tertiarily, it may keep the scant attention of guys in their thirties who feel they’ve wasted the best years of their lives. It may give them hope.







One Comment

  1. Derek, hello, it’s great to make your acquaintance. I just thought I’d pop my head in to say how much I enjoyed your guest post on the National Post website.

    I’d love to visit the splendidly named island of Pitouie one day, but I cannot find it on Wikipedia. You’re right, Wikipedia just cannot be trusted!

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