Read Local 2015: My challenge to you

Join Atlantic Books Today on a year of Atlantic Canadian reading

KimI’ve always believed that New Year’s resolutions are a bit cliché, but if you’ll bear with me for just a few sentences, I’ll tell you why I’m about to make one. First a confession: I didn’t read enough Atlantic Canadian books this year.

The number wasn’t zero, but it wasn’t so high that I’d be proud to write it here. I’m happy to say that both Linda Little’s historical novel Grist (reviewed in our fall 2014 issue) and Megan Gail Cole’s short story collection Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (which you’ll find reviewed here) have brightened my evenings and weekends in the last few months, along with books by Ann-Marie MacDonald (profiled here), John Boileau and others. But it doesn’t feel like enough. 

That’s why, as we head into 2015, I’m declaring here and now that this will be my year to read regionally, and I invite you to join me. Beginning next Friday, I’ll read 26 Atlantic Canadian-published or authored books over the next year and review each one here in the columns section. 

I hope you’ll check in to see what I’m reading, and that you’ll join me by making your own commitment to read locally. Please let us know which local books you’re choosing this year in the comments section of our website, on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy New Year!

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Kim Hart Macneill is a journalist and magazine editor whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Business, and East Coast Living. She divides her time between Halifax and Moncton.

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  • LOVE this! I still have yet to read a book by a local author that wasn’t assigned to me in high school. Instead of a number goal, this year my resolution is to read more diversely – and that includes local authors. I look forward to your suggestions, Kim 🙂

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