All Very Best! Winners and Nominees

Winners of “The Very Best!” Book Awards for 2021

The Miramichi Reader's "The Very Best!" Book Awards are all new for 2021. Four categories, four winners and four honourable…

1 year ago

Announcing “The Very Best!” Book Awards Longlist for 2021!

The Miramichi Reader's popular "The Very Best!" Book Awards ("the Vee-Bahs") are very different for 2021. To simplify things, we…

2 years ago

All of the 2020 Winners of “The Very Best!” Book Awards!

Another great reading year is now behind us here at The Miramichi Reader. So many good books on the complete…

2 years ago

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…

2 years ago

Waiting for the Small Ship of Desire by Allan Cooper

I don't often read poetry, but when I do, I like it to be moderately straightforward and logical, able to…

2 years ago

Skin House by Michael Blouin

Skin House got me with this line on its back cover: “Skin House is a story about two guys who…

3 years ago

Winter Road by Wayne Curtis

Winter Road is the newest collection of Wayne Curtis' fictional short stories and is a continuation of his 2017 collection,…

3 years ago

Narrow Cradle: Poems by Wade Kearley

In Narrow Cradle, Wade Kearley explores the midlife encounter with mortality and the ways we strive to resist, deny, cheat,…

3 years ago

A Song From Faraway by Deni Ellis Béchard

A "Story-Producing Story" In James Wood's essay "Serious Noticing" he makes this keen observation about fictional stories: "...one definition of…

3 years ago

Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley by Chad Norman

What if the lady -- Jane Austen's contemporary --who conceived the world's most intriguing modern monster (Doc Frankenstein's creature) --…

3 years ago

Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough

In Dominoes at the Crossroads Kaie Kellough maps an alternate nation--one populated by Caribbean Canadians who hopscotch across the country.…

3 years ago

The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From A Changing Sea by Laura Trethewey

How the ocean has changed in those fifty years when I first saw pictures of submarines, diving bells and giant…

3 years ago

Lightness by Fanie Demeule, trans. by Anita Anand

According to one source, 90% of all anorexics are females. They lose a few pounds but are still not satisfied.…

3 years ago

Like Rum-Drunk Angels by Tyler Enfield

Francis Blackstone is a fourteen-year-old gunslinger with a heart of gold. He’s fallen for the governor's daughter and resolves to…

3 years ago

Silver Linings: Stories of Gratitude, Resiliency, and Growth Through Adversity by Janice Landry

Silver Linings author Janice Landry asks the very tough question, "What are you the most grateful for?" to fifteen inspiring…

3 years ago

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