“Unearthing the Unsung Gems”

James M. FisherHello! The primary purpose of The Miramichi Reader is to highlight Atlantic Canadian authors as well as books of interest to all Canadians, coast to coast. I strive to support the smaller publishing houses as well as self-published authors when possible. There is a wealth of talent out there and they often fly under the radar of the mainstream media outlets. As one author so eloquently put it: I work to “unearth the unsung gems.” I also try to avoid spoilers and plot twist reveals, but in reviewing a particular type of novel, it is inevitable that something will slip out! I do try and post a warning if I think I may be giving too much away.

Allan Hudson’s Southbranch Scribbler published an interview with me there in October of 2018. You can read it here: http://allanhudson.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-miramichi-reader-with-james-fisher.html


  • “[…] it [the review] captured what, as a writer, I was aiming for. That doesn’t often happen! You seem to review a book for what it is, not what you’d prefer it to be.” Lorri Neilsen Glenn, author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women.

Daniel Heath Justice, author of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter.

  • “…you wrote a beautiful, fair review.” Genevieve Graham, author of Come From Away.
  • “Thanks so much for the thorough and thoughtful review of Quarry! You captured the impact the quarry has on Caitlin so well.” Catherine Graham, author of Quarry
  • “I can’t thank you enough! You are the first reviewer who really gets the structure of the novel, and I’m so pleased!” Karen Smythe, author of This Side of Sad.
  • “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the Miramichi Reader for this amazing review–the kindest, most thoughtful review I’ve ever had.” Carol Bruneau, author of A Bird on Every Tree
  • “I’m very thankful for the review of Gravitational Fields in the Miramichi Reader. As a self-published author, I’m well aware of the barriers that need to be overcome to spread the word about my book, and this attention is like oxygen to a writer’s lungs.” – Harry Rajchgot, author.
  • “I would like to recognize the support the Miramichi Reader gives to Atlantic Canadian authors simply by giving their books a chance!” – Ian McKinley, author of Harbinger, Book 1 of Northern Fire
  • “I am writing to thank you for your review of A Beckoning War a number of months back. It is an in-depth and thoughtful review, one of the best responses I’ve received for the book so far.” – Matthew Murphy, author of A Beckoning War
  • “Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I especially appreciate your thoughtful look at the other aspects of the book beyond the relationship itself.” – Diane Schoemperlen, author of This is Not My Life
  • “Thank you so much for your kind review of my book, Only by Blood. I was delighted by your in-depth analysis and thorough understanding of the themes in my novel. You really “got” it!”- Renate Krakauer, author of Only by Blood
  • “Thank you for the lovely review. As a first time author, I appreciate it very much. The moment I read it, I felt that all the effort and sacrifice (not just mine, but my family’s too) which went into the book seemed worth the while.” –Pratap Reddy, author of Weather Permitting and Other Stories

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