• 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

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    The end of the year is good for at least three things: 1) Reading new books, 2) celebrating the holidays (by reading) and 3) looking back at the year that was. I’d say looking back fondly but if you’ve seen the internet you know it was a year many can’t wait to see in the rearview.

    At Atlantic Books Today it was a year of significant change as we reinvented ourselves and our major publications, while maintaining our usual volume of online output. This list of the ‘most popular’ posts (as evidenced by readers’ clicks) showcases the wide variety of content found here at AtlanticBooksToday.ca. So while you may have come across some of these articles, recipes, interviews and more, now is the time to catch up on any you’ve missed below before we charge into 2017.

    Thank You, North Preston

    Katie Ingram looks at the creation of Shauntay Grant’s first children’s book, Up Home, and the collaborative process with illustrator Susan Tooke.

    Being An Artist

    Lee Thompson’s Q&A with “overnight success” Kerry Lee Powell on her debut short story collection, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush.

    Women in Publishing

    Todd MacLean’s profile of Nimbus Publishing’s Heather Bryan and the influence of women in publishing.

    Moncton Writer’s Trip and Just Jen

    Chris Benjamin’s Q&As with Jason Murray, about his forthcoming book on indie rockers Eric’s Trip and Jen Powley, about her forthcoming memoir, were part of a series on King’s MFA grads with publishing deals.

    An Ode to Indies

    Jon Tattrie’s love letter to three of the many small, independent publishers behind the hundreds of books our region produces annually.

    A Growing Concern

    Todd MacLean’s Q&A with PEI author Jackie MacKay on her book Butterflies in My Belly and the rising prevalence of childhood anxiety.

    National Aboriginal Day

    A special list for National Aboriginal Day, June 21, listing some of the many great books by Indigenous writers in Atlantic Canada.

    Antigonish Goes International

    Journalist Heather Brimicombe looks at the Coady Institute in Nova Scotia, which was cited by author Augusta Dwyer in her book, The Anatomy of Giving, as a rare example of hands-on, bottom-up world aid work.

    Broken Books

    Denise Flint tells the story behind the St. John’s indie bookstore.


  • Chris Benjamin is the managing editor of Atlantic Books Today. He is also the author of three award-winning, critically-acclaimed books: Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School; Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada and Drive-by Saviours; as well as several short stories in anthologies and journals.

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