Galleon V Literary Journal, Lee D. Thompson, Editor

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.  Included is a clever short story from Miramichi’s own Jamie Gibbs.… Continue reading

Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey

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

Spring 2016 Catalogues

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. Each link below will open a PDF file. More links will be added as catalogues from other publishing houses become available.

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The Miramichi Reader “The Very Best” Awards for 2015

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. I thought it would make a great award title for the best books that the Miramichi Reader has reviewed here over the past year (and since it is solely based on my opinion, it is trustworthy).… Continue reading

Atlantic Books for the Holidays

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:

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A Rewording Life by Sheryl Gordon

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. As she states on her website:

How do you piece together a thousand coruscant sentences into a cohesive story – a story meant to raise money for dementia?

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Formac’s Fiction Treasures Series

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