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Beware the Gales of August covers
#74 Holiday 2013/Features

Beware the gales of August

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 Schooners in the North Atlantic, 1926 and 1927 (Nimbus Publishing); The Gale of 1929 (Flanker Press); and Thursday’s Storm: The August Gale of 1927… Keep Reading

A man of many (well-chosen) words, john DeMont.
#75 Spring 2014/Features

Vanishing landscapes

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 of his working life chasing that moment. His latest book, A Good Day’s Work: In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada (Doubleday Canada), explores the… Keep Reading

Lillian Shepherd
#75 Spring 2014/Features

Illustrating Excellence

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 by publishers’ representatives and booksellers who wanted to memorialize Lillian’s dedication to the book industry, her ability to put clients and authors at ease,… Keep Reading

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