Many book-ish sites this time of year take time to reflect back on some of the standout reads from the past year. Here is my list of recommended reads of 2017. I can recommend them all with out hesitation. (Books that won a 2017 “Very Best!” Book Award are marked with an * asterisk.… Continue reading
The following is from a Goose Lane news release and is provided for informational purposes.
A major publication celebrating the work of one of Canada’s most renowned poets.
Alden Nowlan (1933-1983) once wrote of a desire to leave behind “one poem, one story / that will tell what it was like / to be alive.” In an abundance of memorable poems, he fulfilled this desire with candour and subtlety, emotion and humour, sympathy and truth-telling.… Continue reading
Laurie Blackwood Pike, a.k.a. Grandpa Pike, is the author of Grandpa Pike’s Outhouse Reader (2017, Flanker Press). Grandpa Pike grew up out in the country in Newfoundland, and later in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, when outhouses were common and reading material took the form of old Eaton’s catalogues or the Family Herald.… Continue reading
I have added a new category: Beach Reads which contains titles from the past two years that, while suitable to be read anytime, anywhere are particularly suited for your vacation reading pleasure. While they are primarily fiction novels, but there are some lighter non-fiction works in there as well.… Continue reading
The Galleon literary journal’s stated mission is to “showcase both up-and-coming and established authors, with a focus on Atlantic Canadian authors”. It is edited by Lee D. Thompson.
This is the fifth volume, and it has just been released. Edition V has 160 pages of short stories, poetry and book reviews from 22 Atlantic Canadian authors and poets. … Continue reading
Whether it’s racking up international awards or attracting tourists to the east coast in droves, the world has taken notice of Atlantic Canada’s wine. The Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada (Nimbus, 2016) is the definitive guide to region, through the blueberry-wine empire of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the isolated terroir of Prince Edward Island, the lush river vineyards of New Brunswick, and the rich coastal and valley wines of Nova Scotia.… Continue reading
The publishing industry is looking forward to Spring 2016 with their new catalogues. A quick look through a few of them has me anticipating some great reads for this year.
I have attempted to collect them all in one place for convenience.… Continue reading
We have a saying up here in the Miramichi: “the very best” (but you have to run all three words together to say it correctly). Typically, it comes in response to “how are you?” or “how’s the family?” and so on.… Continue reading
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.… Continue reading
This is not a review as such, more of a news item, but one that I feel is important to let folks know about. A Rewording Life is the brainchild of writer and educator (and Moncton, New Brunswick native) Sheryl Gordon whose mother was a victim of dementia.… Continue reading
Check out their new location at 1 Allen St. Douglastown (behind Northumberland Square Mall, formerly Sky-Tech and T&R Sports). They have a spacious, uncluttered, and well-stocked site now.
This week I received two novels in the Formac Fiction Treasure series: Under Sealed Orders by H.A. Cody and A Changed Heart by May Agnes Fleming.
Formac’s site explains the need for reprinting these all-but-forgotten classics from Canada’s past:
Though little known today, from 1860 to 1940 Canadian novelists from the Maritime provinces were writing highly successful books which were widely read in Canada, the US, and Britain.… Continue reading