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 JewishFiction.net

I have found the various writing communities in Canada to be very supportive of each other, and JewishFiction.net 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.…

Free Copies of The Madrigal by Dian Day

Author Dian Day is, while supplies last, giving away copies of her latest book, The Madrigal for free. Ms. Day is an excellent author of Canadian literary fiction. Her two books, The Clock of Heaven and most recently, The Madrigal, are two of my personal favourites.

Earlier today, I received this email which Ms. Day sent out to select Canadian bloggers:

As some of you will know, my partner and I had a difficult year in 2019, and several attempts at touring with my most recent novel, The Madrigal, had to be cancelled.

Announcing The Updated Miramichi Reader Website

(The following message was released today to The Miramichi Reader Newsletter subscribers as a “Special Edition”. If you haven’t yet subscribed, I encourage you to do so. Aside from special editions, the Newsletter is a weekly email that you will receive early Monday morning in your inbox containing links and brief excerpts from all the posts of the previous week. You may unsubscribe at any time.)…

Bill Arnott’s Beat – National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month: NPM2020

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme, A World of Poetry.

A world of poetry. This, I understand. Being witness to stomped-verse haka in Waitangi, the lyrical thrum of Outback didgeridoo, breathy sax in a wet London underpass, red slashed characters on a mud wall in Hebei, tanka blurred through joss smoke in Kyoto, rantings of a street poet in Times Square, the guttural slur of a Greenlandic hymn, and a master’s spoken-word reverberating on old timber, sibilant sea hissing through cracked glass.…

Introducing The Abrupt Edge with Chris Banks

Before I let Chris speak, I wish to introduce not only him as The Miramichi Reader’s new Poetry Editor, but his new column, The Abrupt Edge as well. It will be a regular feature here at TMR and will feature poetry, poetry news and whatever else Chris wants to tell you about. Welcome, Chris!

late American poet Stanley Plumly once wrote an essay called ‘The Abrupt Edge” in his terrific book of essays Argument & Song.…

Bill Arnott’s Beat: World Poetry

was making my way across town. Town being Vancouver, BC. We have to say that as there’s another one, a perfectly pleasant American one, its pleasantness being its proximity to Vancouver, BC. I was to be the guest on World Poetry Café, an unassuming FM radio program with a shockingly large listenership – one-hundred-thirty-three countries, at last count. When I arrived at the station, Victor, the venerable sound man, said in a Barry White basso profundo, “We just got Sweden.…

Announcing The Miramichi Reader’s First Ever Book Giveaway!

I should qualify that header title with the words “multi-book” giveaway, as I have given away a book here and there in the distant past. This time, however, I have several east coast publishers onboard: New Brunswick’s Goose Lane Editions, Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing and Newfoundland’s Breakwater Books. How can you win a free book, you ask?

The Procedure

Entering to win a free book is easy.…

Bill Arnott’s Beat – A Literary Rooftop Garden

Canada’s literary scene teems with talent, from neophytes to award-laden laureates. Writers of every facet share and converge in person, print, online and on airwaves. This is not a list of reading groups or events. It’s subjective, personal experience – people and places where prose, poetry and lyrics are created and performed. Join me as we explore western Canada’s creative lit scene from the ground up, bedrock-solid yet perpetually in motion.…

What’s New & Upcoming at The Miramichi Reader in 2020

goodbye to 2019 is a little easier when there’s much to look forward to regarding the literary scene from my perspective here in Atlantic Canada. In this post, I’m going to highlight a few books, some I am currently reading and others that are near or at the top of my TBR list. There are also some interviews to look forward to, as well as new releases.…

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.…