Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide: Spotlight on Art, Music, and Poetry Books

Gift ideas for the art lovers on your list, from our Book Lovers' Holiday Gift Guide!

Gift ideas for the art lovers on your list, from our Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide!

 

 

Art

Christmas with Maud Lewis
Lance Woolaver and Bob Brooks
Goose Lane Editions

Maud Lewis has become one of Canada’s favourite folk artists, and her buoyant winter pictures are among her most beloved. Full of Christmas spirit and joy, this delightful hardcover edition is the perfect holiday gift!

 

IKWE Honouring Women: An Indigenous Art Colouring Book for Adults and Children  
Jackie Traverse
Roseway Publishing

IKWE is a new colouring book by Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse. The stunning images celebrate the spiritual and ceremonial aspects of women and their important role as water protectors.

 

Ned Pratt: One Wave
Goose Lane Editions

The first ever book on Ned Pratt’s photography, this beautifully designed edition charts a decade of Pratt’s breathtaking vision, presenting Newfoundland’s landscapes as you’ve never seen them before.

 

Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island 
John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches
Acorn Press

For anyone interested in photography or just looking for the most beautiful sites on PEI, this new book by an award-winning photographer team is the perfect gift.

 

The Creative City of Saint John
Edited by Gwendolyn Davies, Peter LaRocque, and Christl Verduyn
Formac Publishing

An extensively illustrated account of a wide range of creators and creative work–writing, painting, natural history scholarship, filmmaking–which are part of Saint John’s colourful history.

 

The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John
John Leroux
Goose Lane Editions

Architectural and social historian John Leroux presents 75 black-and-white photographs drawn from MacEachern’s exceptional archive, documenting a lost city and the effect of urban renewal on its neighbourhoods and residents.

 

Music

Play it Like you Sing it 
Barry W. Shears
Bradan Press

The Gaelic bagpipe traditions of Nova Socita in a groundbreaking 2-volume collection of history, culture, images, and 249 dance tunes. A must-have for pipers and fiddlers!

 

Put Your Hand in my Hand: The Spiritual and Musical Connections of Catherine and Gene MacLellan
Harvey Sawlor
Nimbus Publishing

Biographer Harvey Sawlor paints an intimate portrait of one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters.

 

Poetry

150+: Canada’s History in Poetry 
Edited by Judy Gaudet
Acorn Press

This collection of poems tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets’ responses to them.

Aubade
Edited by E. Alex Pierce
Boularderie Island Press

A unique anthology featuring over 20 NS writers who explore the aubade—the passing of night and return of day where lovers part, reflect or regret. Their comings and goings often observed from the shadows.

 

Jeopardy 
Richard Lemm
Acorn Press

Award-winning author and poet Lemm masterfully blends his narrative poetic style with wit and wisdom in this new collection of poetry.

 

Ràithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking
Lewis MacKinnon
Bradan Press

MacKinnon’s fourth Gaelic-English bilingual poetry collection features translations of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi and original poems celebrating Nova Scotia’s Celtic seasons. Paperback or audio with Persian & Celtic music.

The Lost Words 
Robert MacFarlane
House of Anansi

From bestselling Landmarks author Robert MacFarlane and acclaimed artist and author Jackie Morris, a beautiful collection of poems and illustrations to help readers rediscover the magic of the world.

 

 

See more gift ideas in our Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide! View it online here or pick it up at your local bookstore or library.

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Chantelle Rideout is a writer and teacher living in Dartmouth, NS. She also works as an administrative assistant at the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

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