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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Girl on the Run by B.R. Myers

Although Young Adult (YA) novels are not my preferred genre, I do like to read and review them from time to time. Generally speaking, I have enjoyed reading the ones I have reviewed. Girl in the Run (2015, Nimbus) is by no means an unsatisfactory read, but it is definitely written for the female teen audience. In fact, a few chapters in, I was getting annoyed by all the ‘hot guy’ references and talk of kissing dreamy guys.… Continue reading

The Rick Revelle Interview

was by sheer happenstance that I came across Rick Revelle and his two historical novels: I am Algonquin and Algonquin Springs (2013 and 2015, Dundurn Press). I was in Kingston (Ontario) visiting family when an article in that day’s edition of the Kingston Whig-Standard about a man who had written some “books about Indians” was brought to my attention. Intrigued, I read the article and was quite impressed at the meticulous research Mr Revelle had performed to in order to make his novels about early First Nations people as realistic as possible.… Continue reading

Algonquin Quest Series Books One and Two by Rick Revelle

Kingston (Ontario) area author Rick Revelle has authored two books now in his Algonquin Quest series, I am Algonquin (2013, Dundurn Press) and Algonquin Spring (2015, Dundurn Press). While they are in the Young Adult (YA) genre, they are very mature in tone, and I was totally engrossed in them. In fact, by the middle of Book One, I was greatly anticipating Book Two which I had waiting on the shelf.… Continue reading

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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Travel Is So Broadening by Wasela Hiyate

Newfoundland author Sharon Bala stated in a recent post at Atlantic Books Today: “Short stories are an endangered species. Valiant publishers still print collections. And those collections punch above their weight when it comes to awards.”

While this particular collection may not be punching above its weight, Wasela Hiyate’s Travel Is So Broadening (2015, Quattro) is a good assemblage of nine short stories, all having something to do with the aspect of travel, and not necessarily travel for tourism’s sake.… Continue reading

The Memory Chair by Susan White

I must admit to a certain guilty pleasure that comes from reading and reviewing Young Adult (YA) novels. First of all, they are an ‘easy’ read; the stories are often straightforward, devoid of gratuitous sex, profanity and violence (in most cases) and the author’s message is clear. Secondly, it makes me see things through the eyes of a young person, often taking me back in time to my own adolescent years.… Continue reading

The Valerie Sherrard Interview

Miramichi New Brunswick author Valerie Sherrard has written more than a dozen novels for young people, including Counting Back from Nine, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and The Glory Wind. Her work has also been shortlisted for numerous Canadian awards, including the Ann Connor Brimer, Red Maple, and Snow Willow Awards. Valerie’s most recent novel is Random Acts.

Miramichi Reader: Valerie, please tell us a bit of your background.… Continue reading