The Robert Carr Interview

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Robert Carr fled the Communist regime at the age of twenty-four through Bulgaria and Turkey. After relatively brief stays in France, where he was granted refugee status, and then Israel, he settled in Canada. Trained as an engineer – a bachelor’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto – Robert worked in the aerospace field for many years.

The Emily Taylor Smith Interview

Emily Taylor Smith grew up in Salisbury, New Brunswick, taking her first wooded hikes in the southeastern part of the province and learning about nature from her father, an avid writer, gardener and trapper. She developed a love of long-distance coastal hiking as a young woman and has now walked the coastal roads of all three Maritime provinces: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the Gaspé peninsula.

Bill Arnott’s Artist Showcase: Ian Thomas Shaw

Welcome back to the Showcase, meeting artists and authors through relaxed Q&A with a bonus Quirky Question because that’s how we roll! Today it’s a privilege to welcome acclaimed author Ian Thomas Shaw. Although we live across the country from each other, I had the pleasure of meeting Ian on a book signing tour, when …

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Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Camilla Downs

Camilla Downs is a bestselling author, indie publisher, mentor, and mom. Nature and life experiences are a constant source of inspiration for her writing. She enjoys living a minimalist lifestyle, practicing meditation and mindfulness, reading, going for walks, and capturing nature’s essence with photographs. Camilla is the founde

Bill Arnott’s Showcase Interviews: Patricia Sandberg

Let’s meet award-winning author Patricia Sandberg, a tireless member of the Canadian Authors Association, which is where we met, at a boisterous Vancouver get-together. Q. Please tell us about yourself. A. I grew up on the banks of Lake Athabasca, at a mine producing uranium for the Cold War. Residents said, “it was the best …

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The Fred Groves Interview

Author and journalist Fred Groves tackles gender disparity in Canadian politics. Highlighting women who have climbed the ranks as Federal Opposition leaders and Cabinet Ministers as well as those who are relative newcomers to Canada’s political scene, the book questions why, after over 100 years of voting rights, so few women end up in positions …

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The Kathleen Peacock Interview

Back in 2016, when The Miramichi Reader was barely a year old, I interviewed Kathleen Peacock who was then working as a publicist for New Brunswick’s Goose Lane Editions. It was through her that I would request review copies and book cover images, etc. Fast-forward to 2020 and Kathleen, who is no longer a publicist, …

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The Terri Favro Interview

Terri Favro is the author of three novels: Sputnik’s Children (a Globe100, Quill & Quire Book of the Year and CBC Books Top 10 book for 2017, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award and longlisted for 2020 CBC Canada Reads), Once Upon A Time in West Toronto, and The Proxy Bride (winner of the Quattro-Ken Klonsky Novella Award) . Her popular science book is Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation.