Summer Shortlisting 2019: Best Non-Fiction!

I can’t wait any longer! Now that the Best First Book shortlist has been revealed, it is time to take a look at the Best Non-Fiction of 2019. Two of the books that were on the longlist were shortlisted for Best First Book, consequently, they are ineligible to be shortlisted in another category. So that leaves us with nine entries from which four will be selected to be on the 2019 shortlist for a “The Very Best!” Book Award.

The four titles that will move on to the shortlist are:

The range of non-fiction books this year was certainly broad: Lac Mégantic to poor houses to mental illness to the great outdoors of New Brunswick. The four shortlisted titles represent some of the best research and writing to come out of Atlantic Canada in the past year.

I must also acknowledge the generosity of the publishers and authors for supplying me with review copies throughout the year. They do this in exchange for a fair and independent review; other than a free copy of the book, I receive no other monetary compensation from either authors or publishers.

In early August, I will announce the Fiction shortlist!

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.