In episode 3, we continue our look at the Best of 2021 books with audio clips from Ian Colford and Rachel Fernandes. Also, an interview with James was conducted by Jessica Robichaud and our Patreon campaign with an Atlantic Books Today incentive.
For episode 2 of 2022, I continue with a look at the “Best of 2021” lists, with contributed audio files from Alison Manley and Ian Colford talking about their choices in the best fiction, non-fiction and poetry categories. I also have a ‘live’ interview with my friend and colleague Jessica Robichaud about her favourite books growing up.
In the first episode of 2022, James discusses the reasons for the transition from “The Very Best!” Book Awards to the more inclusive year-end “Best of 2021” posts. Also, a look at his three favourite fiction and non-fiction reads of 2021.
- Best Fiction of 2021
- Best Poetry of 2021
- Best Non-Fiction of 2021
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In this episode, I discuss three recent books I have read that deal with living in Indigenous sovereignty, and a quick look at some upcoming reads.
Waswanipi by Jean-Yves Soucy (Baraka Books)
The Laughing People: A Tribute to my Innu Friends by Serge Bouchard (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Living in Indigenous Sovereignty by Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara with Gladys Rowe (Fernwood Publishing)
In episode 6, I discuss the popularity of memoirs and speak with two authors, Marjorie Simmins and Joanne Gallant about the memoir-writing process.
In Episode 5, I talk about stopping (“could not finish”) vs. finishing a book you are not enjoying, and a peek at what gems are coming up in the next newsletter.
Links in this episode:
- Alison Manley’s reviews at TMR: https://miramichireader.ca/author/alison-manley/
- The Blue Moth Motel (Breakwater Books)
- The Shaytan Bride (Dundurn Press)
- Subscribe to the TMR Newsletter: https://miramichireader.ca/subscribe/
- Support TMR at Patreon!
In this episode, I talk about children and reading, an excellent (and affordable) way to support TMR, and what to look forward to in the next newsletter.
Welcome to the Christmas Edition of I Read Somewhere That! Filled with fascinating facts about books and Christmas, lots of recommendations and a tribute to Luciana Ricciutelli, always in our hearts.
In this episode, James talks about The Miramichi Reader’s “flash fiction” site, MiramichiFlash.ca as well as the new second edition of Brenda J. Thompson’s “A Wholesome Horror: Poor Houses of Nova Scotia” and what’s in the next issue of the TMR Newsletter out on Monday.
Links in the podcast:
- Subscribe to The Miramichi Reader Newsletter
- SSP Publications (sspub.ca)
- The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards
- A Wholesome Horror: Poorhouses in Nova Scotia by Brenda J. Thompson (First edition)
At long last, it looks as if we finally have a podcast to share with you, our faithful readers. Now you can listen to CanLit news items, book reviews and other goings-on around TMR. There is no set schedule, but we do plan to have at least a weekly look at the upcoming posts in our newsletter. You can find the podcast at Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcast platforms. We look forward to having you follow our podcast!
This week I give a shout out to authors Nate Hendley (The Beatle Bandit, Dundurn), Terri Favro (The Sisters Sputnik, ECW). Plus: do you suffer from abibliophobia, what’s the world’s smallest book, how much did the world’s most expensive book cost, how many books can you get from one tree, how Mills and Boon paved a crazy highway to romance, how long does it take to write a novel, which are the three most read books in the world, which is the most banned book as well as how many books are there in the world. Plus: I shine a spotlight on two fabulous artists, Fish Jones and John Bladen Bentley and I reveal ambitious plans for December!
Much ado about reviews and reviewers in this podcast! Question for reviewers: hard copy or PDF okay? The Twitterverse casts its vote! Goodreads are reviewing their reviewers – yay and it’s about time! A great newsletter you should sign up for, a motivational quote, is life the spinning wheel of death and top tips from Instagram on how to write great horror! Don’t miss out!
What do the readers love? I bring you some of the most popular book genres in 2021. But does writing in popular genres actually matters that much? Should you follow trends? Should you write children’s books, romance, horror or inspirational books? Plus, how to be a successful, popular author and are people sick of reading about death? Should we all be trying to write the next Ted Lasso? Do you have emotional maturity? Do you have radical empathy? Can therapy and meditation help you become a better writer?
Lots of great info this week! How to grow your writerly pumpkin patch this fall! Plus, an exclusive chat with wonderful author Linwood Barclay, as well as can you plot your book using an online template? I’ll share the skinny about an amazing writer, D.J. McIntosh, who did just that! Plus, a crucial tip from a top agent about what to focus on in the book world!
Why did you buy the last book you did? And how can you use that knowledge to sell your own book (or buy your next book!). Plus, I chat about a fabulous writing collective, The Mesdames of Mayhem. Plus, what are The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful People and The Five Rules of Book Reviewing? I look at the good, the bad and the ugly – all shall be revealed! Also, are we heading for a paper shortage and how will this impact the book publishing industry? Lots of great news in this episode!