Must-Have New Brunswick Books of 2020*

Of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories, New Brunswick’s population sits near the middle at #8, just behind Nova Scotia and ahead of PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador. Yet, despite its small population (well under 800,000), there is a wealth of good books either being written by authors based in New Brunswick or books about the “picture province” some even are published here.…

Here is the Canada Reads 2021 longlist (CBC Books)

2020 was a year like no other. As we start 2021 and look forward to the 20th edition of Canada Reads, we are reminded that books can be a safe place to go when times are tough. Whether you’re reading to escape your daily cares, to explore new perspectives or simply to lift your spirits, these stories of perseverance, discovery and resilience will transport you across Canada, around the world and to worlds beyond.  …

The Top 10 Bestselling Canadian Books of 2020

CBC Books is counting down the top 10 bestselling Canadian titles of 2020, using data from close to 300 independent Canadian bookstores, courtesy of Bookmanager. Interestingly, the #9 and #8 books were reviewed right here at TMR, both by Ian Colford:

Read the rest of the CBC article here:

Majority of Borrowed Books Across Ontario Libraries in 2020 Weren’t Published This Year

In a year dominated by a global pandemic and American politics, some might find it fitting that the library book most likely to be checked out across Ontario was a hopeful memoir written by the former first lady of the United States.

Michelle Obama’s Becoming appeared on the top 10 list of most-borrowed books for eight of the 10 library systems CBC News surveyed from across the province.…

The Miramichi Reader’s Top 10 Posts of 2020

Is it possible to do any kind of review of 2020 without mentioning Covid-19? Pretty much impossible it would seem. Nevertheless, the purchasing and reading of books rated high on the list of things to do while isolated. People had more time on their hands and hence turned to activities they could do at home, such as reading, home improvements, hobbies and pets.…

Luciana Ricciutelli 1958-2020

The Miramichi Reader is saddened to announce that Luciana Ricciutelli, Editor-in-Chief of Inanna Publications of Toronto has passed away. She and Inanna were such vital supporters of TMR while it was in its infancy. She, along with their extraordinary publicist, Renee Knapp, kept a constant flow of new releases coming our way over the years. It was through them that I was introduced to such remarkable authors as Lisa de Nikolits, Carole Giangrande, Valerie Mills-Milde, Anita Kushwaha, Sonia Saikely and many, many others.…

The Hush Sisters Blog Tour and Giveaway

You can read our review of The Hush Sisters here.

The Hush Sisters
by Gerard Collins
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Sissy and Ava Hush are estranged, middle-aged sisters with little in common beyond their upbringing in a peculiar manor in downtown St. John’s. With both parents now dead, the siblings must decide what to do with the old house they’ve inherited.

Winter 2020 #ReadAtlantic Giveaway!

We at TMR think it is time for an early winter giveaway of four great titles from #ReadAtlantic publishers. These four titles represent three different publishers: Pottersfield Press, Breakwater Books and Nimbus Publishing. There is a novel, a collection of poetry, a short story collection and a non-fiction title. Something for everyone, to give or keep for yourself!

A prize pack worth over $80.00!

Wiebke von Carolsfeld Novel Optioned For Film Production

(Some content borrowed from an LLP news release).
MONTREAL – Linda Leith Publishing is thrilled to announce the signing of an option agreement with Jeremy Podeswa/Rebelfilms for the motion picture adaptation rights to Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s critically acclaimed first novel, Claremont.

“A very convincing and a very gratifying read. A laudable first book.”

James M. Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

Longlisted for the 2020 The Miramichi Reader Best First Fiction award and hailed by critics and readers alike, Claremont is the gripping story of one family’s journey through grief and towards healing.…

TMR’s Recommended Reads for 2020/2021 Part I

Since the most recent “The Very Best!” Book Awards were announced in September 2020, the TMR team of Contributors have been reading and reviewing full-tilt for the 2020/2021 reading year. November is an ideal time to take stock of what has been accomplished thus far before the busy year-end activities start to take time from our already full schedules. So, I polled our contributors regarding the books they have reviewed and recommend.…

The Little Teal Lighthouse

In the Fall 2020 edition of Atlantic Books Today there was an editorial by Alex Liot, the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association in which he stated, in part:

“We know that the desire to read a local book is now higher than ever. That knowledge presents a unique opportunity to figure out how we can better connect readers to Atlantic books.…

Talking to Dr. Nora Gold About the Tenth Anniversary of

I have found the various writing communities in Canada to be very supportive of each other, and certainly fills an important niche in this country. Jewish Fiction .net is the online literary journal that was founded by Dr. Nora Gold, who continues to act as editor-in-chief to this day. Dr. Gold is also a published author herself, with 2016’s The Dead Man (Inanna Publications) being her most recent.…

September is World Alzheimer’s Month/The Smallest Objective by Sharon Kirsch

The Smallest Objective is a story about the decline of a parent, and of the author’s reflection on this passage in life; as the narrator struggles with her mother’s failing memory, unexpected secrets come into focus and a layered legacy of willed forgetfulness is uncovered.

World Alzheimer’s Day is on September 21. Along with Alzheimer’s, many themes in The Smallest Objective reflect the current climate.…

National Poetry Month 2020 Giveaway!

2020 is National Poetry Month and The Miramichi Reader has been putting out poetry and poetry news & reviews like never before, thanks to Bill Arnott, our West Coast Editor and Chris Banks, our Poetry editor. Now, we would like to give away some new collections of poetry. There is a bundle of three titles, two from Silver Bow Publishing, Rithumus Aeternam and Rainforest in Russet and one from ECW Press, which is Midlife Action Figure, Chris Banks’ latest collection of poems.…

Neither King Nor Country by Alan Kay (From The Picton Gazette)

[The following article appeared in The Picton Gazette on July 15, 2019. I am reproducing the full article as a favour to the author. While I haven’t read the book myself, it does come with some great recommendations, which are posted after the article ends. ~James]

Loyalist connection leads American author to Prince Edward County

A highly decorated high school history teacher from the United States paid a visit to the heart of Loyalist country earlier this month.…