Features

A writer’s press: Behind the scenes with Goose Lane Editions

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Canada’s oldest independent publishing company celebrates its humble beginnings 60 years ago by going back to where it all began, with a chapbook In 1954, Fred Cogswell, a faculty member at the University of New Brunswick and editor of the university’s literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, responded to the death of literary publications by founding Fiddlehead Poetry Books. The fledgling publisher’s initial work, a mimeographed and stapled…

New kids on the children’s book publishing block

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Readers often forget that behind every book, there are hours of research, countless drafts, and plenty of marketing meetings. But the whole thing can be just as surprising for new authors and publishers. Recently, Atlantic Books Today spoke with two first-time authors and a new publisher to find what it’s like to be the new kid on the block. Here’s what they told us. Filling gaps…

Voices across centuries

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Documentary film maker Sylvia D. Hamilton’s new poetry collection turns her lens on the histories of Black Nova Scotians Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Gemini-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer with an abiding interest in understanding history, especially Black history, and bringing that understanding to her audience. Her films include: Black Mother Black Daughter; Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia; Portia White: Think…

The Word on the Street 2013: Man on the Street

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We’re celebrating The Word on the Street’s 20th anniversary this weekend! This story is from the fall 2013 issue of Atlantic Books Today. If you are looking for our feature package about The Word on the Street Halifax 2014, please click here. Jian Ghomeshi has a long list of complimentary things to say about Halifax. The host and co-creator of the national daily talk program Q on…

Create Beauty Everyday

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An long-standing Atlantic Canadian crafting tradition helped author and artist Deanne Fitzpatrick find her voice It’s the colours that first attract you as you walk into Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Rug Hooking Studio at 33 Church Street in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Then comes the urge to run about, handling the wool and jersey swatches, silk ribbons, fleece bundles and Curlylocks yarns that overflow the baskets and painted tables….

Writing Duffy on a deadline

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Seasoned journalist Dan Leger knew writing a book about a PEI senator’s troubles in under five months would be a challenge. What he didn’t anticipate was how fast the story would grow The proposal was unexpected but straightforward: write a book of at least 50,000 words on the career of PEI Senator Mike Duffy and his entanglement in the Senate expense scandal. The deadline was another…