Writing Duffy on a deadline


Seasoned journalist Dan Leger knew writing a book about a PEI senator’s troubles in under five months would be a challenge. What he didn’t anticipate was how fast the story would grow The proposal was unexpected but straightforward: write a book of at least 50,000 words on the career of PEI Senator Mike Duffy and his entanglement in the Senate expense scandal. The deadline was another…

Word on the Street day planner


On Sept. 21, Atlantic bibliophiles will celebrate Canada’s annual book festival in Halifax. Noted authors Vincent Lam and Lainey Lui are on the program, alongside local favourites George Elliott Clarke, Lesley Crewe and Beatrice MacNeil. Don’t miss a minute with our must-see guide to this year’s festival! For moms Visit the Wonderful Words tent to hear three readings offering different perspectives on becoming a mother, as…

Meet the team behind Word on the Street Halifax 2014


We asked this year’s hard-working team which festival events they’re most excited to see Genevieve Allen Hearn, executive director: “The cartoonist panel should be pretty cool especially in light of Faith Erin Hicks’ recent Will Eisner Comic Industry Award win.” Rémi Lefebvre, festival manager: “I’m really excited for the hustle and bustle of it all. Not to mention, witnessing six month of hard work come together.”…

Trailer Park Boys actor and PEI native Jonathan Torrens

Breezy reads


Actor and PEI native Jonathan Torrens shares his summer reading wish list You often hear book publishers referring to the most common places people read as “the three Bs”—beach, bed and bath. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find me in one of those places from now until Labour Day weekend with these books by my side… My fascination with lighthouses and the peculiar individuals who tend…

Halifax Central Library-Atrium

Step inside the new Halifax Central Library


Watch for the Fall issue of Atlantic Books Today in newspapers, and at bookstores, libraries and cafes in September.  In July, Atlantic Books Today was invited to tour the new Halifax Central Library while it was under construction. Our designer, Joseph Muise, shot the exclusive photos below. Click on any image to enlarge it and pick up the Fall issue in September for more photos. The…

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…