The Money Shot by Glenn Deir

Ever since anchorman Peter Mansbridge (CBC’s The National) announced his plans to retire, the search has been on for a replacement. I propose that Sebastian Hunter the male protagonist (and more often than not, antagonist) of Glenn Deir’s irreverent novel The Money Shot (2016, Breakwater Books) be given a ‘shot’ at the top job.… Continue reading

Redemption Songs by Jon Tattrie

Redemption Songs won a 2017 The Very Best! Book Award for Non-Fiction.

What do Nova Scotia, Black leader Marcus Garvey, and Rastafarian musician Bob Marley have in common? Very little, you might think until Jon Tattrie weaves some literary and historical magic to make it all seamlessly fit together in Redemption Songs (2016, Pottersfield Press), a treatise against racism and the false “colouring” of humans.… Continue reading

Art Love Forgery by Carolyn Morgan

Newfoundlander Carolyn Morgan has published her first novel, Art Love Forgery (2016, Flanker Press) and fans of historical fiction and romance will certainly appreciate this fine book. It is based on a singular incident in nineteenth-century colonial Newfoundland history when Polish artist (and convicted forger) Alexander Pindikowsky was tasked with beautifying some of St.… Continue reading

Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon

It’s not very often you get to review two books covering the same topic practically back-to-back. Such is the case this month (October) with the coverage of the Dennis Oland trial. Dennis Oland was convicted of second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his father millionaire Richard Oland in 2011.… Continue reading

Jack and the Magnificent Ugly Stick by Jack Goudie

How much fun can you have with just one rubber boot? When one of his Grandmother’s pink rubber boots goes missing, Jack and his grandmother are forced to cancel their fishing trip. A disappointed Jack soon finds a tall piece of driftwood and with the help of a few of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated musicians (The Once, The Fortunate Ones and Matthew Hornell), it turns out that everyone gets to have a lot of fun! … Continue reading

The 2016 Winners of “The Very Best” Book Awards

It took a lot of deliberation, but here are seven of “The Very Best” books I have read in the 2015-2016 reading ‘season’ (September 2015 to mid-September 2016, in which I completed reading 80+ books).

It was easy to pick a clear winner in the Young Adult category (simply because I don’t get the opportunity to read that many YA titles): Prisoner of Warren by Andreas Oertel, published by Nimbus.… Continue reading