Karen Emilson

  • Historical Fiction

    Asta's quest begins in 1906 along
    the shores of Lake Manitoba

  • An emotional, slow-burning story of family love and sacrifice, of secrets revealed and promises broken.

  • ". . . characters like Asta are unforgettable and readers will so naturally feel drawn to her world."
    - DIVINE ZAPE, Readers' Favorite

  • Available in Stores and Online Now!

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Welcome to my part of the world, where the coffee pot is always on. Sit down and relax for a while. Read a bit and feel free to send me a message or comment on the posts. I always enjoy hearing from readers and look forward to seeing you at one of my upcoming events.

Praise for Be Still the Water

  • “With insight and finesse, the author tells a slow but satisfying story that is as engaging as it is devastating.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Be Still the Water is a simple but beautiful and intricate story about family, a reflection on love, life, tragedy, friendship and death. With its realistic storyline, it has the charm to make any reader wonder whether this is fiction at all, along with its unforgettable characters.”


    - LIT AMRI, Readers’ Favorite
  • “Emilson’s prose deftly exposes the intricacies of familial and romantic love, as complicated relationships flourish throughout.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “I loved the language, the vivid descriptions, the occasional bursts of wisdom, and the compelling characters. Karen Emilson has won my interest in her work and she skillfully establishes herself as an expert in the historical fiction genre.”

    - ARYA FOMONYUY, Readers’ Favorite

  • “ . . . this is not a novel just for the Icelandic ethnic community. The characters come to life, their stories, while ethnic and Canadian, are universal. We follow Asta in her quest to find her sister but we also follow the lives of the many characters who make up the community as they search out both opportunity and love in a new land.”

    - W.D. VALGARDSON, author of The Girl with the Botticelli Face

Featured Posts

Celebrating the Past Twenty Years

Celebrating the Past Twenty Years


The date was November 29th, 1996. It was a snowy, Friday night during Ashern’s annual “Midnight Madness” that Where Children Run was launched at my little print shop on Main Street. The moment David and Dennis Pischke opened a box and lifted out the first copy is unforgettable; how people came in droves, bought books and […]

Art that Inspires

Art that Inspires

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                  Portage la Prairie artist, Linda Hanneson, displayed her artwork at this year’s Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference. The painting in the top left of the photo “Ribbons of Gold” was voted the People’s Choice Award winner this past July at The Bay Downtown Winnipeg’s 8th Annual Rural […]

In Search of the Milk Calendar

In Search of the Milk Calendar

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When Mom passed away, I returned home from her funeral with an extra suitcase filled with momentos. One  was the 2012 calendar that hung on her wall and for a reason I don’t fully understand, I couldn’t leave it behind. I am one of those fussy calendar people who looks forward to browsing the pop-up […]

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