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.…

Atlantic Canada’s Greatest Storms by Dan Soucoup

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “the wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear.” Atlantic Canada’s Greatest Storms, by Dan Soucoup, delivers for those who wish to put the drama and tragedy of weather-induced disasters on the east coast into a historical perspective.

Soucoup’s publisher, Nimbus, describes the bookseller and publisher as “the author of numerous historical books about the Maritimes, including Failures and Fiascos, A Short History of Halifax, Railways of New Brunswick, and Know New Brunswick.…

Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Myth and The Man by Charlie Rhinedress

Rhindress takes his reader on a Canadian coast to coast journey as we travel with this drifter man, Stompin’ Tom Connors. Through the research and details of this book, I met the man Tom Connors and the character Stompin’ Tom Connors. After finishing the book I reflected on how strong this man was in the courage of his conviction to stay true to Canada, the country he was so proud of.…

Malagash by Joey Comeau

(The following is an excerpt from a review written by Naomi MacKinnon at Consumed by Ink. It is reproduced here in part with her kind permission.)

Malagash is a gem of a book. And I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend it to.

The title of the book refers to the community where the story is set. Malagash is located along the north shore of Nova Scotia and is one of those places you can easily pass through without knowing you are there.…

The Fiddlehead No.272 Summer 2017

The “all fiction” issue of The Fiddlehead literary journal is packed with an amazing amount of short stories and reviews by authors from all over Canada. I have been working my way through it and I have hit several standout stories: Mrs Flood was Here by Sam Shelstad about a woman trapped in her car by a wolf.  Another is Mandrill in Repose by Richard Cumyn, an established master of the short story and novella.…

The 2016 Winners of “The Very Best” Book Awards

It took a lot of deliberation, but here are seven of “The Very Best” books I have read in the 2015-2016 reading ‘season’ (September 2015 to mid-September 2016, in which I completed reading 80+ books).

It was easy to pick a clear winner in the Young Adult category (simply because I don’t get the opportunity to read that many YA titles): Prisoner of Warren by Andreas Oertel, published by Nimbus.…

Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey

Whether it’s racking up international awards or attracting tourists to the east coast in droves, the world has taken notice of Atlantic Canada’s wine. The Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada (Nimbus, 2016) is the definitive guide to region, through the blueberry-wine empire of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the isolated terroir of Prince Edward Island, the lush river vineyards of New Brunswick, and the rich coastal and valley wines of Nova Scotia.…

Dancing in a Jar by Adele Poynter

Life in the small Newfoundland village of St. Lawrence was not easy in the early 1930’s. The town was still recovering from the tsunami that hit there in 1929. The disaster killed 28 people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. It was the most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and, making matters worse, occurred at the beginning of a worldwide depression.…

Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey by Janet Maybee

Aftershock, a 2015 book published by Nimbus is an essential read for those interested in the Halifax Explosion of December 6th, 1917. It was on this date that one of the biggest explosions up to that time in North America occurred in Halifax harbour killing thousands and leaving many more injured and scarred for life. However, as the author states in the preface: “This is not a Halifax Explosion report.

Grist by Linda Little

Back in High School English class, we had to read Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God, which I did enjoy reading, although looking back it might have been too mature a book for teenagers to study in depth. At any rate, any book with a strong and overburdened female living back in the late 1800s/early 1900s is fated to be compared with her beleaguered Manawaka heroines.…

Two History Titles of Note from Nimbus

I recently had the pleasure of reading two titles from Nimbus Publishing:

  • Failures and Fiascos by Dan Soucoup
  • New Brunswick’s Early Roads by Ronald Rees

Each of these books will appeal to the Atlantic Canada armchair historian and are handy as a reference work in themselves.

The first book, Failures and Fiascos, is subtitled “Atlantic Canada’s Biggest Boondoggles” and is full of good ideas poorly executed, crazy ideas impossible to execute, bad deals, deals that should not have been made and so on.…

War at Sea by Ken Smith

Seventy years. Yes, it has been 70 years – practically an entire generation – since the end of WWII and, as well, the end of the Battle of the Atlantic. A battle that started just a few hours after the declaration of war in 1939 and ran until the cessation of hostilities in 1945, thus making it the longest-running battle of WWII.…

Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918 edited by Ross Hebb

This is a real gem of a book and one that any Canadian interested in WWI would enjoy to read; Maritimers especially since all the letters are from soldiers (and a nurse) from Atlantic Canada. Ross Hebb has done a masterful job of editing, collecting and categorizing quite a number of private letters donated by family members to create this insightful, at times entertaining and thoughtful book.…