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Sunset stories recommended by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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Newfoundland’s Elisabeth de Mariaffi offers her summer reading picks Quel winter! After the longest cold season anyone I know can easily remember, I’m eager to get into anything new and fresh, starting with Running the Whale’s Back: Stories of Faith and Doubt from Atlantic Canada (Goose Lane Editions). Short story collections make the best summer reading. There’s more time and space available to sink into each…

Richard Rudnicki-Susan Tooke

Seeing the big picture

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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…

Inspired Reading with author Mark Anthony Jarman

Inspired Reading with author Mark Anthony Jarman

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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…

Adventures  in espionage

Adventures in espionage

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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…

Room with a view

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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…

Take a (literary) hike

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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…

Past Dartmouth Book Award winnering books including titles by Stephen Kimber, Lesley Choyce, Silver Donald Cameron and Ann-Marie MacDonald.

The Dartmouth Book Awards: 25 years and counting

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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…