New Book from Richard Kalsi

Ex-Capital Cooking president Richard Kalsi has published a novel, the “The Stove-Junker” under what I believe to be his true name S.K. Kalsi.

Is it filled with the Sex, Murder, Espionage, International mayhem that we have come to expect from our beloved industry?
Note:  No attempt was made by to reach LG for comment.

Buy it today on Amazon

I’ll try to get the press release to include here.

Congratulations Richard.

The Press Release

Katherine Boland, Little Feather Books
347-685-4240 |

“Powerful themes jostle one another in this book: the yearning for freedom, the need for self-actualization, failure to love, good versus evil… A deep book [that] will trouble you long after you have read it… Great on so many levels… So well crafted.”
—Nanette Tredoux, Psychologist and Educator

Part elegy, part history, part existential ghost tale, The Stove-Junker is a harrowing, lyrical meditation on loss, heartbreak, and the power of memory.

In his powerful debut novel, S.K. Kalsi has crafted a haunting tale of unvarnished self-examination, as experienced through the story’s central character, Somerset Garden, the stove-junker.

In the winter of 2012, 79-year-old Somerset travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania, to renovate his dilapidated house. Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, the long-ago disappearance of his rebellious son, and angry at God and at himself, Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life.

While a blizzard barrels down from the north and “Armageddon” draws near, Somerset discovers an unnamed boy squatting on the property, a strange child who forces him to confront his past. As he unearths objects in the house that had been lost or discarded among the debris, Somerset remembers his father’s cruelty and the accident that cost him his brother’s life; he revisits the itinerant wandering of his youth, tethered to a troubled mother; he mourns the loss of his wife and ponders the decades-long absence of his son—all of whom are caught in the grip of Luzerne County’s ancient history of violence.

Author, Cynthia Ceilán, says of Kalsi and his work, “Here’s a writer who is going to give Cormac McCarthy a run for his money. The Stove-Junker is the kind of story that grabs you by the lapels and sears itself into your soul. The language and imagery are exquisite. Such a rare gem of literary brilliance.”
That Kalsi’s work has been influenced by poets, musicians, and philosophers is clearly evidenced in his mastery of evocative language, and his ability to reveal the souls of loners and atheists, iconoclasts and dreamers, and people turned inward by obsession, broken by love, and crippled by heartbreak.

The Stove-Junker, to be published by Little Feather Books, is scheduled for release in April 2015.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: S.K. Kalsi holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, a BFA in Creative Writing from Long Beach State, and a diploma in Screenwriting from UCLA. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, Glint Literary Journal, and The Criterion, among others. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Napa, California, with his wife, son, and two dogs.

Little Feather Books

Fiction | Literature

PB Trade: $16.95

ePub: $2.99

Kindle: $2.99

Release Date:
April 21, 2015

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