Oatcakes and Courage (2013, Quattro) by Joyce Grant-Smith was the 2013 co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. It's 125 pages are filled with the tense, realistic story of a small ship (the Hector) of Scottish migrants bound for Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773. Synopsis Among the passengers is Anne Grant, who is escaping a marriage … Continue reading Oatcakes and Courage by Joyce Grant-Smith
Too Much on the Inside (2015, Quattro Books) is Danila Botha's first novel. Her previous work was a collection of short stories called Got No Secrets (Tightrope Books, 2010). Presently based in Toronto, she was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived in Israel and Halifax (where she wrote this book).
Lunenburg (2015, Vagrant Press) is a Canadian reprint of a UK novel previously released in 2000. It is a detective/mystery novel which originally begins in 1970 outside Lunenburg, but ends in Halifax in the year 2000. Keith Baker is a UK novelist and has written three other thrillers published by Headline in the UK. I … Continue reading Lunenburg by Keith Baker
I came across Valerie Sherrard's name when I performed an Internet search for "Miramichi Authors". Here, right in Miramichi was a well-published, short-listed author that had somehow flown under my radar. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Ms. Sherrard writes novels for middle graders and young adults. Being well out of that demographic, … Continue reading Driftwood by Valerie Sherrard
Seasons of Discontent (2015, Lion's Head Press) is Raymond Fraser’s thirteenth work of fiction by this prolific New Brunswick author. It could also be subtitled “The Continuing Adventures of Walt Macbride” since it features the recurring semi-autobiographical character Ray’s readers have met before in such novels as The Bannonbridge Musicians and In Another Life, just to … Continue reading Seasons of Discontent by Raymond Fraser
Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars This was my first experience reading an Alistair MacLeod story, but it won't be my last. It is somehow very satisfying to experience a well-written short story (hence the 5 stars). Somerset Maugham was a master at the genre, and so is Mr. McLeod … Continue reading Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod
Raymond Fraser's twelfth work of fiction is not a disappointment for his long-time readers. Released back in 2013 from Broken Jaw Press, I first tore through this book so fast that I decided to revisit it again since Mr. Fraser has a new book coming in April 2015. "Bliss" contains 26 short stories, some of … Continue reading Bliss and Other Stories by Raymond Fraser
Amazing read. I had started to read this book back when it came out in my high school years, but I rashly dismissed it as a children's story (which, on the surface it is) and didn't really care to read about talking rabbits. (Animal Farm is another matter; I rather enjoyed it.) This is an … Continue reading Watership Down by Richard Adams