If I Had an Old House on the East Coast by Wanda Baxter & Kat Frick Miller

This hardcover “giftbook” from Nimbus Publishing is perfect for someone who has purchased an older home out here on the East Coast. It is quite whimsical in the text as well as in the perfect little watercolour images throughout the book. There is also some practical advice too: getting rid of (or learning to live with) ghosts, decorating, gardening, making preserves and more. Here are some sample images I took from the book.

Wanda Baxter lives on an old farmstead in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, with her long-time partner, Randy, and two happy cats. When she bought an old farmhouse in 2005 her father asked, “Why in the world would you buy an old house?”; sometimes she wonders. Built in 1783, the old house is an endless project – in need of a lot of work like replacement of lights and hardwood stairs remodeling – but it is also magical. Wanda has a Master’s degree in English (with Creative Writing) and Environmental Design and works as an environmental consultant. She is a long-time member of the band Cut, Split and Delivered and she feels honored to have had the chance to work with Kat Frick Miller on this book.

Kat Frick Miller is an artist and freelance illustrator originally from Brampton, Ontario. She received a BFA in Visual Art from NSCAD University in 2009. Her work reveals a deep connection to place, exploring local architecture, social history, and the objects, spaces, and practices that constitute rural life. She can be found on the beach, on the farm, or on the wharf soaking up the whimsy of her adopted home of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. For more of her work, visit katfrickmiller.com.

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James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began TMR in 2015, realizing that there was a genuine need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio and other media sites. James works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.

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