Vanishing landscapes

Vanishing landscapes

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

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…

Vincent Lam, Elaine “Lainey” Lui, George Elliott Clarke and Jill Barber to headline Word on the Street Halifax

Vincent Lam, Elaine “Lainey” Lui, George Elliott Clarke and Jill Barber to headline Word on the Street Halifax

The 20th annual Word on the Street festival in Halifax Nova Scotia will take place on Sunday September 21st, in partnership with Waterfront Development and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This year, the festival welcomes acclaimed Canadian authors Vincent Lam, Elaine “Lainey” Lui, George Elliott Clarke, and Jill Barber. Vincent Lam will read from and discuss his first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager, about a Chinese…

Nova Scotia legislature congratulates Debra Komar on her most recent book

Nova Scotia legislature congratulates Debra Komar on her most recent book

Nova Scotia Premier and MLA for Annapolis, Stephen McNeil, recently moved Resolution 1304 on the floor of the provincial House, which congratulated Goose Lane Editions‘ author Debra Komar on her latest book, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and wished her lasting success in the remainder of her book series. The resolution received unanimous consent and appears in the Hansard, the official record of the Nova Scotia…

Help Canadians discover your favourite Atlantic bookstores

There’s no better place for a book lover to spend an afternoon (or morning or evening, for that matter) than within the walls of an independent bookstore. The Retail Council of Canada is making it easier to find those bookstores across the country, but it needs your help. FindaBookstore.ca aims to map all of Canada’s independent bookstores so you can find the books you crave while…

Atlantic Book Awards winners for 2014 announced

Atlantic Book Awards winners for 2014 announced

The winners of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards were announced on Wednesday night in a ceremony held at the Delta Prince Edward-Prince Edward Island Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. CBC Radio’s Matt Rainnie hosted the sold-out event, which presented the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction, thought-provoking non-fiction and to poetry, and illustrated children’s picture books…