Nova Scotian Poet Shauntay Grant

Under the reading tree

Nova Scotia writer Shauntay Grant’s summer picks When I was young, I had a favourite reading tree. It was a wonderful old maple with lots of green and three special branches that met to form a rustic wooden chair. Late afternoons, I’d settle inside this nook and, week by week, work my way through the stack of books I’d set aside for summer reading. It’s been…

Cornwallis statue in Halifax

Courting controversy

An author’s perspective on the public reaction to a hot-button historical subject The first time I wrote about Edward Cornwallis, it was for a front-page article in the Chronicle Herald in 2010. A company selling hair-care products in Halifax had run an ad for “real human hair extensions” featuring models posed with a statue of Cornwallis in a downtown park. Given the city founder’s notorious role…

Reader’s Corner: The return of Robert MacNeil’s Julia

Reader’s Corner: The return of Robert MacNeil’s Julia

August’s Reader’s Corner comes from Tidewater Books in Sackville, NB Portrait of Julia by Robert MacNeil, $29.95 (hc)$16.95 (epub) Hardback: 9781459502796 (hc), 9781459502925 (epub), 352 pp. Formac Publishing Company, September 2013 Julia Robertson is a beautiful young war widow living in Halifax in the 1920’s. New ideas about literature, art and music are emerging during this era, as are new attitudes about sexual awareness for women….

Reader’s Corner: A rich story with a ring of truth

Reader’s Corner: A rich story with a ring of truth

August’s Reader’s Corner recommendation comes from Tidewater Books in Sackville, NB Keeper of Tides by Beatrice MacNeil, 9781550814835, 240 pp. Breakwater Books, March 2014 Ninety-two year old Ivadoile Spears struggles with dementia and fading memory. Owner of the Tides Inn, where so many have stayed with her over the years, she returns again and again to memories of those who played such an important role in…

Our first Book Club Bonanza winners

Our first Book Club Bonanza winners

It really was a dark and stormy night when I attended the 3-Rs Book Club meeting in St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia, but while the driving was harrowing, it was well worth the trip. The 3-Rs were our first Book Club Bonanza Giveaway winners. As part of their prize I visited to tell them about the newest releases in Atlantic publishing and new books on the horizon,…

Sunset stories recommended by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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…

Sunset stories recommended by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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…