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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…