Books for Children from Newfoundland & Labrador 2019 (Part Two): Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

Running the Goat Books & Broadsides is a micro-press specializing in letterpress-printed and fine trade books, chapbooks and broadsides by some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest writers, and I’ve put off writing about them long enough. For the past few months, the kind folks at Running the Goat have been sending me the most astounding books for children and young people. As with most (if not all) books for children, it is difficult to review them other than commenting on the quality, the illustrations and so on.… Continue reading

Books for Children from Newfoundland & Labrador 2019 (Part One)

Occasionally I get children’s books sent to me and I tend to put them aside until I get several of them, for how does one review a book consisting of pictures with a little text, or a child’s first chapbook? All the books that follow are from two of Newfoundland & Labrador’s independent publishers: Breakwater Books and Flanker Press. (I’ll post a separate article soon on books I’ve received from Running the Goat Books.) All are colourful, well-illustrated and of exceptional quality.… Continue reading

Melba’s Wash by Reesa Steinman Brotherton

Grand Manan Island is part of the province of New Brunswick and has a population of just over 2,000 (as of 2016). It is also the setting for Melba’s Wash by Reesa Steinman Brotherton, who was born in New Brunswick, and whose own story slightly follows that of Esther, the main protagonist.

It’s difficult to summarize the storyline of Melba’s Wash. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think of Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart: both have similar plots, spanning generations and various settings, and with a mirthful undertone for what is a dramatic story full of poverty, teen pregnancies, more pregnancies, deaths and secrets, lots of secrets.… Continue reading

Summer Shortlisting 2019: Best Fiction!

What a reading year it has been! I actually tried to read less this year, in an attempt to concentrate more on reading books more deliberately hoping to write a better review. I’m not sure how successful that was, but by being more “choosy” about what I read (and the books I select and agree to read) I was able to concentrate more fully on some great titles from 2018/2019.… Continue reading

The Denis Coupal Interview

Denis Coupal is the author of Blindshot, a thriller set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Published by Linda Leith Publishing, it is Denis’ debut novel. Denis was gracious enough to take time from his schedule to talk about Blindshot, writing screenplays, his favourite books and much more!

Miramichi Reader: Tell us about your background, education, employment, etc.

Thank you for this kind invitation to discuss my writing with The Miramichi Reader.… Continue reading