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 Book Awards 2020

As the Atlantic Book Awards have announced their shortlist, I thought it would be interesting to see how many we’ve been able to review here at The Miramichi Reader. Not as many as I have thought! Generally speaking, we can only review the books we are sent (and there are a lot of those) so we always seem to miss out on some great titles.…

The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

I like book awards that are relevant; based on what the informed book reader enjoys. I say informed, because a lot of people may purchase a book based on what a celebrity or another semi-famous personality or media site says, but I think the best people to suggest books are your local librarian, independent book store owners and employees (I love it when a store has “staff picks”) and independent book review sites like The Miramichi Reader, for instance.…

Best New Brunswick Reads of 2018

Looking back on all the books I reviewed in 2018, there were plenty of good ones that came out of New Brunswick.

Before I get to highlighting just a few of them, I would like to mention how unhappy I was at the hearing of the passing of Raymond Fraser in 2018. He will leave a definite void in the East Coast writing scene, but he leaves behind a legacy of enjoyable reading and poetry as well.…

The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic by Rachel Bryant

How does one describe such a well-researched and well-written book as Rachel Bryant’s The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic (2017, WLU Press)? I find I must borrow words and phrases from a more scholarly source:

“This book shines new light on settler colonialism and Indigenous resurgence, historic and contemporary, through sharp analyses of some influential but lesser-discussed writers.”

Reviews of Books on the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the Atlantic Book Awards have been announced, and since The Miramichi Reader has reviews of seven of them (plus one children’s book), I thought it might be helpful to provide links to the reviews for the various nominees. The books that have been reviewed here will have links embedded in them and will open in a new window.…

Peninsula Sinking by David Huebert

(The following review is reproduced in part by the kind permission of Naomi MacKinnon of the Consumed by Ink book review blog. – James)

at the cover of this book. It couldn’t be more stunning. With stories to match. Peninsula Sinking is David Huebert‘s first short story collection. He has won the CBC Short Story Prize, the Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize, and the Walrus Poetry Prize, and is the author of one poetry collection We Are No Longer the Smart Kids in Class (which I haven’t read).…