Books make great gifts, but how to choose which ones for the book lovers on your list? Atlantic Books Today can help you with their annual Atlantic Books for the Holidays reading guide. Choosing one (or two or three) of the 121 selections from this year’s guide will ensure that you will be purchasing an interesting book for them. The guide is available in bookstores, cafés and libraries around the region, or for download at http://atlanticbookstoday.ca/hrg15/
Many Titles Reviewed Here
There are actually over a dozen titles in the guide that have been reviewed here at the Miramichi Reader over the past few months:
- Curtis Mainville’s description of wartime Queens County N.B in Till the Boys Come Home
- David Goss’s St. John Facts and Folklore
- The Lost Wilderness: Rediscovering W.F. Ganong’s New Brunswick by Nicholas Guitard
- Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman
- Wake the Stone Man by Carol McDougall
- What Kills Good Men by David Hood
- Limerence by John Tattrie
- and at least five others, plus a couple of other titles that I have read and haven’t published reviews of as yet, all of which I can recommend.
Illustrated Books a Highlight
Prominent in this year’s guide are books rich with illustration, art and photography. The portrayals are as diverse as the authors themselves. Consider Christopher Pratt: The Places I Go, featuring his paintings of the last decade inspired by travel across Newfoundland. Take a different journey with photographer Len Wagg’s Then and Now: Following in the Footsteps of Nova Scotia Photographer Wallace MacAskill; or artist Emma FitzGerald’s Hand Drawn Halifax, colourful sketches of the city’s buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods & residents. Or for children there is Peter’s Dream, a hauntingly beautiful pairing of the lyrics of singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant and the paintings of renowned artist Karen Gallant.
Perfect choices for the outdoor person
Our hiking friend Michael Haynes offers walking guides to Prince Edward Island and mainland Nova Scotia, and Todd Boland provides us with Wildflowers of New Brunswick: A Field Guide. For the beachcomber, Teri Hall gives us A Sea Glass Journey, with pages of beautiful colour photos of these jewels of the sea; and Beaches of Nova Scotia by Allan Billard and Donna Barnett featuring the province’s most beautiful beaches. There is also a fascinating geological history of Nova Scotia as told through Geology of Nova Scotia: Field Guide by Martha Hickman Hild and Sandra Barr.
Regional History a Perennial Favourite
Always of keen interest, regional history is prolific in this year’s Guide. For a different perspective, explore Eastern Canada’s railway heritage with Rails to the Atlantic by Ron Brown, or James W. Macnutt’s Building for Justice: The Historic Courthouses of the Maritimes. And there is the aforementioned The Lost Wilderness: Rediscovering W.F. Ganong’s New Brunswick by Nicholas Guitard.
Keeping up with Technology
A new feature in this year’s Atlantic Books for the Holidays is the identification of thirty titles available on Shelfie, an app that allows book owners access to e-versions of their titles for free. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download Shelfie and claim your digital editions today.
From spiritual essays to Michael de Adder’s signature humour, from Craig Flinn’s latest culinary offering, to letters home from the war, this year’s Atlantic Books for the Holidays reading guide gives readers a truly eclectic selection of everything that makes Atlantic Canada what it is: mystery, humour, heritage, nature, reflection, art and most of all, story-telling at its best. Enjoy!