Atlantic Book Awards 2020 Winners!

(The highlighted titles will take you to reviews written by myself or some of my other blogging friends.) 1.  Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction A Dark House and Other Stories by Ian Colford (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint) DIG by Terry Doyle(Breakwater Books) Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson(Biblioasis) 2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020 Winners!

Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award is one of the most lucrative in Canada. For more information about it and the writer it's named for, visit my Thomas Raddall page. Two of the nominated books for this award are set in contemporary Halifax, and one in an isolated nineteenth century Newfoundland cove. Crocuses Hatch From … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction

The nominees for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction have very few similarities, besides being great reads (and colour-coordinated). There's a short story collection and two novels. The settings take us from St. John's to Cape Breton to New York City. Dig by Terry Doyle, Breakwater Books You've seen this book … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction

Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

The nominees for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction will take you to three distinct areas of Nova Scotia: Yarmouth, Lunenburg, and Cape Breton. From the 1910s and 40s to the present day. The Difference by Marina Endicott, Knopf Canada I was overjoyed by the inclusion of this book on the list. It is … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

The Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction celebrates excellent short story collections by writers who are either from the Atlantic Provinces, or live here now. This prize is named for beloved short story writer Alistair MacLeod. Here are the 2020 nominees...   A Dark House and Other Stories by Ian Colford, Vagrant Press - a … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Short Stories: Ian Colford, David Bergen, Terry Doyle, L.M. Montgomery, and Best Canadian Stories 2019

I have been reading more short stories than usual during the pandemic. I've found them both comforting and easier to concentrate on. But I'm also so far behind on my blogging that I'm going to lump them all together into one post, even though they all deserve their own. Please forgive me short story writers! … Continue reading Short Stories: Ian Colford, David Bergen, Terry Doyle, L.M. Montgomery, and Best Canadian Stories 2019

You Won’t Always Be This Sad by Sheree Fitch

  During my visit to Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery last summer, Sheree Fitch spoke about her upcoming poetry book. She hasn't written one for adults since In This House Are Many Women (1994). People have asked her why, and she's said that it's because she didn't feel like she had anything more to say. … Continue reading You Won’t Always Be This Sad by Sheree Fitch

An Opera Singer, A Coffee Franchise Contest, and OCD

These three books couldn't be more different. There is one thing they have in common, though - they are all written by Nova Scotians.   Portia White: A Portrait in Words by George Elliott Clarke I have written about George Elliott Clarke before - sometimes I love his words, sometimes I don't understand them, and … Continue reading An Opera Singer, A Coffee Franchise Contest, and OCD

Connections: ‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ and ‘The Lost Sister’

The Lost Sister by Andrea Gunraj A book about sisters is always appealing, but what made this one even more so for me is that part of the story is inspired by Garnet Smith's childhood experiences while living at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. A book about this Home came out not long … Continue reading Connections: ‘The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children’ and ‘The Lost Sister’

Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake

We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek After loving Vryenhoek's first novel, I was looking forward to this one - and, once again (as I suspected), I was wholly enthralled by the lives of her characters. Disappearing would be as simple as sliding off the edge, as stretching one leg forward and following it … Continue reading Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake