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Beware the Gales of August covers

Beware the gales of August

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Three books explore Atlantic Canada’s epic battles with the elements Literature, like all art, is subject to that mysterious tide of interest we label Zeitgeist. This season has brought the publication of three non-fiction books that, in different ways, explore the devastating storms that rocked fishing communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and New England in the late 1920s: The August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing…

Vanishing landscapes

Vanishing landscapes

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Author John DeMont seeks big truths in the small stories The home page of John DeMont’s website—johndemont.ca—shows him as a toddler standing in a meadow on a plank of wood. He holds a stick and grins. It’s an image of a lost rural idyll, taken near Nova Scotia’s Mira River in Cape Breton, and you get a sense that the journalist and author has spent much…

Illustrating Excellence

Illustrating Excellence

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The Lillian Shepherd Award recognizes the region’s best children’s book illustrators Lillian Shepherd loved books. The former buyer for the once-iconic Book Room in Halifax took particular joy in illustrated children’s books and in locally produced books—so much so that one of Atlantic Canada’s most prestigious book industry awards now bears her name. The Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration was established in 2003…