New kids on the children’s book publishing block

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…

Atlantic Canadians claim GG shortlist spots

Crummey, Choyce and poet LeBlanc make this year’s shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2014 shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards today, featuring many current and former Atlantic Canadian authors. “This year’s list of finalists contains powerful novels and poems, imaginative children’s books, skillful translations, entrancing dramas and enlightening non-fiction,” said Canada Council Director and CEO,…

Voices across centuries

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

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…

Frye Festival 2015

Moncton’s Frye Festival is looking for enthusiastic readers and aspiring writers

The 2015 Frye Festival will take place April 25 to May 3, but literary activities begin as early as October The festival is currently recruiting young writers and young readers who wish to participate in the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada. An invitation is extended to all high school students from New Brunswick to register for fall program activities: Frye Academy and the Provincial Writing…

Create Beauty Everyday

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….

Ida Linehan Young hosts over 500 people at a record-breaking book launch in NL

Ida Linehan Young hosts over 500 people at a record-breaking book launch in NL

So many people came out to celebrate the launch of Ida Linehan Young’s new memoir, No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy, that the road leading up to North Harbour Community Centre nearly transformed into a parking lot last Sunday night. This intimate community on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is the setting of the book, which chronicles how a tragic house fire changed the Linehan family,…