Features

Room with a view

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Author and publisher Lesley Choyce’s workspace offers an escape from the real world—but a window that frames the ocean view is essential   Drive east, through the city, over a bridge, through another city, suburbia and around a lot of bends, and suddenly the crashing waves of Lawrencetown Beach look ready to smash the windshield. The surfers love it, so it’s no surprise Atlantic CanLit icon…

Take a (literary) hike

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Atlantic Canada’s trails expert walks us through the awe-inspiring settings of some of the region’s newest books Atlantic Canada’s distinctive natural environment has shaped a unique people— and has unmistakably influenced its literature. Whether rugged Atlantic coastline, or gentle, pastoral farmland, our landscapes become characters as vivid and alive as the people who inhabit our books. Indeed, it is often Atlantic Canada’s terrain that is the…

Past Dartmouth Book Award winnering books including titles by Stephen Kimber, Lesley Choyce, Silver Donald Cameron and Ann-Marie MacDonald.

The Dartmouth Book Awards: 25 years and counting

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The Dartmouth Book Awards honour the region’s best writers “Toronto had one. Ottawa had one. Why not a book award in Dartmouth?” That was the question Paul Robinson asked himself 27 years ago—and Robinson, an arts supporter and passionate community advocate, is not the type to let a good idea go unrealized. To that end, he set about to bring allies and sponsors on board, and…

Beware the Gales of August covers

Beware the gales of August

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Three books explore Atlantic Canada’s epic battles with the elements Literature, like all art, is subject to that mysterious tide of interest we label Zeitgeist. This season has brought the publication of three non-fiction books that, in different ways, explore the devastating storms that rocked fishing communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and New England in the late 1920s: The August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing…

Vanishing landscapes

Vanishing landscapes

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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

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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…