Announcing the Complete 2020 “The Very Best!” Book Awards Shortlist!

The 2020 reading year was a little different this year at The Miramichi Reader. For the first part of the year, it contained reviews written by myself with the occasional guest post. Then, at the beginning of 2020, I made the major decision to expand the scope of the site beyond Eastern Canada, but in order to accomplish this, I would need more contributors.…

Atlantic Book Awards 2020

As the Atlantic Book Awards have announced their shortlist, I thought it would be interesting to see how many we’ve been able to review here at The Miramichi Reader. Not as many as I have thought! Generally speaking, we can only review the books we are sent (and there are a lot of those) so we always seem to miss out on some great titles.…

Top Ten Posts for 2019

it is almost the end of 2019 (and another decade slips away), I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the most popular posts here at The Miramichi Reader for 2019. While many 2018 posts continued to be popular in 2019, the following ten posts were all posted in 2019. Included are author interviews, short story collections, poetry, fiction and nonfiction selections which just happens to cover all the major categories here.…

Announcing the 2019 “The Very Best!” Book Award Winners!

It is time to announce the 2019 winners of The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards! It was another great year of reading, and some very good books written by new and established authors found their way into my hands. For 2019, I decided to streamline the awards a bit. There will only one book in each category that will receive an award (except in the case of a tie, which did happen this year.…

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!”

The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

I like book awards that are relevant; based on what the informed book reader enjoys. I say informed, because a lot of people may purchase a book based on what a celebrity or another semi-famous personality or media site says, but I think the best people to suggest books are your local librarian, independent book store owners and employees (I love it when a store has “staff picks”) and independent book review sites like The Miramichi Reader, for instance.…

The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Books of 2018!

It is time to announce the winners of the 2018 “The Very Best!” Book Awards! For the first time, I have chosen to restrict the awards to three categories: Best First Book (fiction or non-fiction), Best Fiction, and Best Non-Fiction. I have also chosen to award a small gift to the “notable achievement” books in each category.

It was difficult to choose six books from this year’s shortlist.…

Announcing the 2018 Shortlist for “The Very Best!” Book Awards!

September is almost here and it is time to announce the shortlist for “The Very Best!” Book Awards. This year, to simplify things, I have narrowed down the categories to three:

  • Fiction (Novel or Short Fiction)
  • Non-Fiction
  • First Book (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

clean suds logoAlso, this year, for the first time, I have a small, but unique, award to give each winner: a “soap book” which is a bar of handmade soap encased in a specially designed book cover!…

2018 IPPY Awards for Canadian Titles

IPPY Awards, or the Independent Publisher Book Awards are presented to the year’s best titles published in these important and growing divisions of independent publishing (including self-publishing). It was reaffirming to see a few of the titles I had reviewed awarded. It means that the books that I liked or resonated with me are something experienced by others as well. I enjoy promoting independent publishers and the authors whose books they undertake to bring to a wider audience.…

Reviews from the 2017 New Brunswick Book Awards Short List

books from the 2017 New Brunswick Book Awards have been reviewed here at The Miramichi Reader: Wayne Curtis’ Homecoming and Jan Wong’s Apron Strings. Both are worthy contenders in their respective categories. I have also reviewed Rachel Bryant’s The Homing Place which is a very insightful book of early Indigenous and Settler literature. Links to the above reviews can be found below.…