Goodbye, Uncle Max

Author, broadcaster, actor and magician Bruce Armstrong died in Halifax on January 22. Armstrong edited The Encyclopedia of Suspensions and Levitations, and wrote Sanctuary: Halifax’s Parks & Public Gardens 1996 and Touchstones: Encounters With the Spirit of Nova Scotia. He won the Evelyn Richardson Award in 1982 for Sable Island. He was widely known for his role in the late 1960s as Uncle Max on the…

Flanker Press celebrates 20 years

Flanker Press—which began as a self-publishing venture in 1994 in St. John’s, NL, with the release of Garry Cranford’s book, Newfoundland Schooner Norma & Gladys: Her Story of Industry, Mutiny & Triumph—is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Now located in Paradise, NL, the company has eight full-time employees and has published over 200 books, including many award winners and best-sellers. Congratulations to Flanker! Check out their redesigned…

National Poetry Month

April 2014 marks the 16th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was established in Canada by the League of Canadian Poets. National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. It also celebrates libraries and the work of mayors and municipalities to promote literacy and reading. Communities and businesses…

Dublin Literary Award

The longlist for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award was announced on November 11, 2013.  The list, which features 152 titles, 11 of which are Canadian,  includes several authors who have an Atlantic connection, including Ben Stephenson, originally from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and currently living in Montreal, who has been nominated for his first novel, A Matter of Life and Death or Something. Other…

ReLit Award Winners

The 2013 ReLit Awards, founded by Newfoundland filmmaker, journalist and author Kenneth J. Harvey, were announced in late December, 2013. The awards recognize poetry, short fiction and novels published by independent Canadian publishers. The winner in the short fiction category was Ian Rogers, for Every House is Haunted (CZP); for poetry, Steven Price for Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick Books); the winning novel…

Instant Hook Literary Award

Newfoundland author Paul Butler’s HB Creativity has announced the winner and the runners up for the Instant Hook Literary Award for 2013–14. The contest called for entries of the first 250 words of a novel draft or novel-in-progress; the winner was Nathan Downey for his novel-in-progress After Batavia. Runners-up were Michelle Lacroix for Set Adrift and Daniel S. Rubin for Floater.  

PEI Literary Awards

The 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards were held in PEI in late October, 2013. The awards honour Island writers and those dedicated to the literary arts. Freelance writer and poet Yvette Doucette received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI. The Joseph Sherman Award for Special Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI went to Lori Cheverie of Bookmark….