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Richard Rudnicki-Susan Tooke
#73 Fall 2013/Features

Seeing the big picture

Do children’s picture book illustrators get the recognition (and the respect) they deserve? Susan Tooke and Richard Rudnicki are established visual artists who live in Halifax. Among the married couple’s many areas of specialization is illustrating picture books—something they both consider as valuable as their other types of work. But they say that not everybody is on the same page. “Richard and I have noticed that very often illustration is marginalized,” says Tooke. She points to proposed changes to the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGs) for Children’s Literature. The changes… Keep Reading

Inspired Reading with author Mark Anthony Jarman

Here’s what’s on author and UNB professor Mark Anthony Jarman’s summer radar Douglas Glover and Robert Gibbs read recently at Molly’s Café in Fredericton, giving the festive full house a taste of two impressive new books. Douglas Glover sampled Savage Love (Goose Lane Editions), and it was a frenetic performance, funny and anxious, sexual and driven by language. I heard Doug read stories earlier this year (he is just finishing up as UNB’s writer in residence) and I look forward to knowing the whole collection; reviews of Savage Love have… Keep Reading

Stephen Kimber
#73 Fall 2013/Features

Adventures in espionage

Stephen Kimber finds himself on the trail of the Cuban Five Stephen Kimber—journalist, author, editor, broadcaster, teacher, traveller—was just back from more than a week in Venezuela, promoting his new book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (Fernwood Publishing, 2013). He should have been tired. Actually, he should have been bone-muscle-sinew weary. Maybe he was, but to speak with him you’d never have known. He was as I’ve found him, as a friend and colleague, for decades: consummately animated, indefatigably engaged and damnably chipper.… Keep Reading

#73 Fall 2013/Features

Room with a view

Author and publisher Lesley Choyce’s workspace offers an escape from the real world—but a window that frames the ocean view is essential   Drive east, through the city, over a bridge, through another city, suburbia and around a lot of bends, and suddenly the crashing waves of Lawrencetown Beach look ready to smash the windshield. The surfers love it, so it’s no surprise Atlantic CanLit icon Lesley Choyce lives nearby. “I’m on Leslie Road. No kidding,” he says. The pale blue house in East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, looks like it… Keep Reading

#75 Spring 2014/Features

Take a (literary) hike

Atlantic Canada’s trails expert walks us through the awe-inspiring settings of some of the region’s newest books Atlantic Canada’s distinctive natural environment has shaped a unique people— and has unmistakably influenced its literature. Whether rugged Atlantic coastline, or gentle, pastoral farmland, our landscapes become characters as vivid and alive as the people who inhabit our books. Indeed, it is often Atlantic Canada’s terrain that is the dominant element; human lives are shaped by the rhythm of nature’s caprice. So what could be more illuminating than travelling throughout the region, visiting… Keep Reading

Past Dartmouth Book Award winnering books including titles by Stephen Kimber, Lesley Choyce, Silver Donald Cameron and Ann-Marie MacDonald.
#75 Spring 2014/Features

The Dartmouth Book Awards: 25 years and counting

The Dartmouth Book Awards honour the region’s best writers “Toronto had one. Ottawa had one. Why not a book award in Dartmouth?” That was the question Paul Robinson asked himself 27 years ago—and Robinson, an arts supporter and passionate community advocate, is not the type to let a good idea go unrealized. To that end, he set about to bring allies and sponsors on board, and in 1989, the Dartmouth Book Award was launched. “You’ve got to understand the literary landscape at the time,” says Robinson over a cup of… Keep Reading

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

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