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Barrie author to release book offering perspective amidst pandemic’s second straight summer

Bruce Meyer's 'The Hours: Stories from a Pandemic' comprised of six short stories set throughout various crises in history
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Barrie author and poet Dr. Bruce Meyer is set to release a new book titled The Hours.


The Hours is comprised of six short stories set throughout various crises in history, which are united by their focus on the perseverance and courage that humankind has repeatedly shown in the face of struggle.

Bruce Meyer draws on experience and clear sighted research to paint the picture of a nurse struggling in the ICU when the COVID-19 pandemic broke, as well as a former WWII soldier overcoming his deafness to find love, and an immigrant gardener tending a rich, though unhappily married woman’s garden in the midst of the devastating 1918 heat wave.

Through his characters and their unique stories, Meyer tenderly demonstrates the passion and vitality at the very core of the human spirit.

Bruce Meyer is a professor at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont., as well as the town’s inaugural poet laureate. Meyer has published over fifty books of poetry and short fiction to great success, and has been the recipient of various literary awards including the E.J. Pratt Gold Medal for Poetry (twice). The Hours: Stories from a Pandemic marks the author’s first publication with AOS Publishing, a relatively new independent publisher out of Montreal.

The book’s cover art was designed by Montreal artists Michael Pecile and Joey Cournoyer, and embodies AOS’ mission to make books beautiful. The Hours will be AOS Publishing’s second release of the year, after the release of Karaline Alessia’s book of poetry Love and Other Anxieties in January. The book is available for pre-order at