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    Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature.   Plans for our 2018 Festival our now underway and our call for author submissions is now open!

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Melissa Barbeau - The Luminous Sea

A team of researchers from a nearby university have set up a research station in a fictional outport in Newfoundland, studying the strange emergence of phosphorescent tides. And Vivienne, a young assistant, accidentally captures a creature unknown to science: a kind of fish, both sentient and distinctly female. As the project supervisor and lead researcher attempt to exploit the discovery, the creature begins to waste away, and Vivian must endanger herself to save them both.

Melissa Barbeau is a founding member of the Port Authority Writing Group. She has been anthologized in Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland, The Cuffer Anthology, and Paragon. She lives with her husband and gaggle of children in Torbay, Newfoundland.

Odette Barr - Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia

Camelia, the Canada goose with the faulty GPS (Goose Positioning System) is on the move again. This time she travels throughout the province of Nova Scotia with her eccentric Aunt, a photojournalist with the CGBC (Canada Goose Broadcasting Corporation). As Aunt Tillie gathers stories of interest, Camelia meets many new friends including Spike the Cape D’Or porcupine, Piper the spring peeper from Kejimkujik, Larry the leatherback turtle, Cindy Crowsby the famous hockey player, and Willow the bookworm donkey. A host of other colourful characters entertain them and offer maritime hospitality. As usual, Camelia gets distracted and is lost several times. She is stranded on a beach with a Digby scallop; accidently whisked away to Sable Island on the famous Bluenose schooner; and worst of all, Camelia is lost in a pea soup fog on the Northumberland Strait and wonders if she’ll ever find her favourite Aunt again. Camelia must summon all her courage and wits to find her way. Can she do it?

Odette Barr, Colleen Landry and Beth Weatherbee are public school teachers in New Brunswick. Each author brings a unique perspective to their Camelia Airheart books. Their first collaboration resulted in the early chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! Their first picture book, Take off to Tantramar, has been translated into French (Allons à Tantramar). Chocolate River Publishing will be releasing their next chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia, this fall.

Brian Bartlett - Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal

Over two years, Brian Bartlett sat down besides various bodies of water (bays, rivers, streams, lakes, waterfalls) to record his impressions, capturing both sensuous details of nature and reflections on his life and reading. Making a virtue of leisurely digression, Bartlett's experiment in plein-air writing wanders beyond everyday personal journal-keeping into a meditation on the rich connections between the disparate experiences of our days, and the enduring value of indulging our curiosity.

Brian Bartlett has published 7 collections & 6 chapbooks of poems, including winners of the Atlantic Poetry Prize & the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. He edited selections by Don Domanski, James Reaney, Robert Gibbs, ; Dorothy Roberts, Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan. In 2017 he published two new books of prose, Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal (Gaspereau) & All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry (Palimpsest). He recently retired from teaching at Saint Mary’s University.

Michael Bawtree - The Best Fooling

Michael is known throughout Canada as actor, playwright, educator, stage director and writer. He founded the Atlantic Theatre Festival, and directed Acadia University’s theatre program. He worked previously at the Banff Centre , and the Stratford Festival. He has performed frequently as Joe Howe, and wrote Joe Howe to The Rescue for younger readers (2004). He published As Far As I Remember, volume 1 of his memoirs, in 2015, and now vol 2: The Best Fooling.:Adventures in Canadian Theatre.

Joan Baxter - The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest

The Mill –Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest explores the power that a single industry can wield. For fifty years, the pulp mill near Pictou in northern Nova Scotia has buoyed the local economy and found support from governments at all levels. But it has also pulped millions of acres of forests, spewed millions of tonnes of noxious emissions into the air, consumed quadrillions of litres of fresh water and then pumped them out again as toxic effluent into nearby Boat Harbour, and eventually into the Northumberland Strait.

From the day it began operation in 1967, the mill has fomented protest and created deep divisions and tensions in northern Nova Scotia. This story is about people whose livelihoods depend on the pulp mill and who are willing to live with the “smell of money.” It’s about people whose well-being, health, homes, water, air, and businesses have been harmed by the mill’s emissions and effluent. It’s about the heartache such divisions cause and about people who, for the sake of peace, keep their thoughts about the mill to themselves.

But it’s also about hope, giving voice to those who led the successive groups that have protested and campaigned for a cleaner mill–First Nations, fishers, doctors, local councillors, tourism operators, artists and musicians, teachers and woodlot owners. Their personal stories are interwoven into a historical arc that traces the mill’s origins and the persistent environmental and social problems it causes to this day.

Baxter weaves a rich tapestry of storytelling, relevant to everyone who is concerned about how we can start to renegotiate the relationship between economy, jobs, and profits on one hand, and human well-being, health, and the environment on the other. The Mill tells a local story with global relevance and appeal.

Joan Baxter is an investigative journalist, development researcher, anthropologist, and award-winning author. A native of Nova Scotia, she has spent nearly half of her adult life living and working in Africa (Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Sierra Leone), reporting for the BBC World Service and a host of other international media. She has contributed to several different CBC programs, and her work has appeared in The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail. The Toronto Star, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, BBC News Online, and The Coast, among others. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Oakland Institute in the United States, and has undertaken research and writing projects for several different international organizations, including the International Development Research Centre, Christian Aid, Partnership Africa Canada. She has also worked as Senior Science Writer for the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and as a communications specialist for the Center for International Forestry Research. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia – Gambia Association. Baxter holds a Bachelor of Journalism (First Class Standing) from the University of King’s College in Halifax, as well as a Masters degree and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She is the author of seven books, and has contributed to many more, including The Morningside Papers series by the late Peter Gzowski.

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Kris Bertin - The Case of the Missing Men

Nancy Drew meets David Lynch in this mystery thriller set in a remote and eerie east-coast village. The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s pulp classics like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes are childhood friends who trained in separate disciplines in order to reunite as adults and create comic books. Alex is a visual artist and a graduate of NSCAD who spent the lions share of the last decade illustrating his graphic novel The Case of the Missing Men. Kris is the author of one book of short stories, Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis 2016).

 

Blue Pencil Cafe presented by Atlantic Publishers' Marketing Association

At the Blue Pencil Café, potential authors will be able to receive targeted feedback from a professional editor. Each registrant will have 15 minutes to discuss their work with the editor and we’ll make every effort to match the author with an editor who works in that genre.

To apply, email Chantelle Rideout at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca with a 3-page (double-spaced, 12 point type) excerpt from the work you would like critiqued, a short biography outlining your writing experience (no more than 250 words), and your contact information (email, daytime phone, city of residence).

If accepted, you will be contacted by Sept 11 with the time of your 15-minute session. Your editor will read your submission to become familiar with it before you meet.

Amanda Muis Brown - From Seed to Centerpiece

The rich soils and climate of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley are home to over 150 types of flowers, grasses, and foliage from May until November. As a flower farmer, Amanda Muis Brown of Humble Burdock Farms uses her innate understanding of the unpredictable Maritime growing season and a palette of farm fresh flowers to create stunning and joyful designs with all of the colour, chaos, and texture of the natural world.

With lyrical, narrative text, From Seed to Centrepiece takes readers through a year on the farm, showcasing the joys and obstacles of planning, growing, maintaining, and celebrating local flowers. Divided into seasonal chapters, subdivided by month, readers will learn what is growing and when; what to look out for, how to prepare, cultivate, and enjoy their own flower gardens. Includes profiles of the author’s favourite flowers, as well as sidebars on farm wildlife, tips and tricks for keeping your cut flowers beautiful. Complete with over 300 stunning colour photographs of the farm, its flowers, and arrangements and decorations—from flower crowns to holiday centrepieces and kid-friendly crafts—for every season.

Amanda Muis Brown is a third-generation farmer and started her floral design business by cutting flowers from her mother’s garden. She started Humble Burdock Farms in 2010, after spending many years travelling the world and wanting to be no place better than home. This is her first book. For more information, visit thehumbleburdock.com.

Carol Bruneau - Glass Voices

Seventy-one-year-old Lucy Caines’ husband suffers a severe stroke that makes Lucy reexamine her complicated relationship with the man she has variously loved and loathed. Lucy and Harry Caines’ house is destroyed in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a catastrophe in which they lose their first child, Helena. With their second child, a boy named Jewel, the young couple carves out a life for themselves amid a survivor’s village of ramshackle houses, gambling, moonshine, and illegal fishing.

Fifty-two years later, Lucy’s son Jewel is married to the daughter of Lucy’s worst enemy, and her grandson Robert wants to quit school to go on a hippie pilgrimage. Forced to work together during Harry’s long recovery, the family gains a new perspective on the past, as a mysterious stranger is more than she seems, and a fresh loss is countered with the emergence of a new hope.Glass Voices explores the interior life of a woman who has always worked hard for her family and taken little for herself. At the thought of losing her husband, Lucy confronts her dependence on a man whose self-destructiveness has frequently isolated her.

Award-winning author Carol Bruneau’s moving portrait of a mother and her family traverses personal tragedy, two World Wars, and the social tumult of the 60s, tackling the necessity of moving on, and celebrating the possibility of finding salvation in the unlikeliest places.

Carol Bruneau is the author of six books: two short fiction collections and four novels, including the recently released These Good Hands. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. A mother of three sons, she lives with her husband in Halifax, where she teaches writing at NSCAD University.

Ali Bryan - The Figgs

June Figg looks forward to a quiet retirement — if only she can get her three adult children to finally, FINALLY, move out of the house. But one thing or another seems to get in the way, and the house is getting more crowded by the minute. THE FIGGS is an immensely fun novel about an unruly family at their worst — and their best.

Ali Bryan’s first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia in 2013. Her non-fiction has been shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize and longlisted for the CBC Creative Non-Fiction Prize. She is a certified personal trainer, works with the Royal Canadian International Tattoo in Halifax, and lives with her family in Calgary. The Figgs is her second novel.

Mark Burley - Flow Like Water Book Launch

 

Mark Burley is originally from Truro, Nova Scotia. His parents were teachers, which means he could have grown up around books, and he did, but mostly he marked biology tests for his dad and dissected whatever they had for dinner (true story). He attended Dalhousie University in Halifax to complete his science degrees and continued to cultivate the writer seed that was planted when he was a kid.

Mark has always been involved in high-level sport, as an athlete through university and as a coach afterward, and maintains that sport has given him the chance to succeed in art, something he’s sure he couldn’t have done otherwise. As a result, though, he eats the same breakfast every morning and he always puts his left shoe on first—bad things will happen if he doesn’t.

Mark and his wife live outside Halifax with their two children. Books are big in their house. As a reader, he’s always been slow, preferring to savour, which drives his wife nuts—she’s a devourer. He is often drawn to books that are beyond his ability to comprehend, which is only frustrating when the words aren’t beautiful.

He also has an unnatural attraction to chai lattes. It’s a problem. He’s okay with it.

Cate Carlyle - Your Passport to International Librarianship

Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk. Volunteering in international libraries is not only feasible, it’s also the perfect prescription for recharging, renewing, and recommitting oneself to librarianship. In this book the authors draw from their experiences working with groups such as Librarians without Borders to offer a passport to these exciting opportunities, regardless of your career path or what kind of institution you serve. Easy to follow and packed with everything you need to get underway,

Cate Carlyle is an academic special librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University’s Faculty of Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia. . A former elementary school teacher-librarian, she has also worked in public libraries, volunteered in and researched libraries in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua and written articles and conference presentations on international volunteerism. She has recently published a book on international librarianship, co-authored with Dee Winn.

 

Lesley Choyce - Kryptonite

Jackson knows how to get what he wants. Whether it’s sweet-talking his friends into buying lunch or convincing teachers to give him extensions, he feels entitled to take whatever he wants—even a day off school or a new pair of shoes. Now he’s set his sights on Abby, a troubled girl fresh out of juvie who only has eyes for Bryce, the go-to dealer of a dangerous new drug called kryptonite.

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of dozens of books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Award, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and, most recently, the Governor General’s Award. For more information, visit www.lesleychoyce.com .

 

Jan L. Coates - A Halifax Time Travelling Tune

This dreamy and whimsical story follows a young child who travels back in time to 1950s Halifax with a whimsical tune. Follow the pair through Point Pleasant Park, the Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road, Citadel Hill, and other historic Halifax landmarks, showing off all the sights and sounds of the city. With lively text from Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Jan Coates and vivid illustrations of mid-century Halifax by Marijke Simons, A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune is bound to conjure more than a few bedtime sing-a-longs.

Jan L. Coates is the author of several books for young readers, including The King of Keji and  A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley, with her husband, Don, and a Golden Irish named Charlie. Visit her at jancoates.ca.

Mo Duffy Cobb - Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan

“I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer.”

In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.

Unpacked is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world.

Mo Duffy Cobb is a freelance writer, editor and the author of Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan (Pottersfield Press, 2017).  Her essays have been published in The Rumpus, Literary Mama, Damselfly Press, and Past Ten, among others. Duffy Cobb holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she is the Founder and Editor of Cargo Literary, an online literary magazine that publishes transformational travel experiences. She lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada with her husband and three children.  https://moduffycobb.com/

Twitter @MoDuffyCobb, and Facebook Author Mo Duffy Cobb.

 

Bill Conall - Some Days Run Long

In the ‘Has Been’ category, Bill Conall has a significant backlist. Present and former occupations include: library assistant, long-haul trucker, salesman (cars, wine, trade show exhibits, commercial printing, encyclopedia, signage), road musician, printer, fork lift operator, bartender, recording artist, and writer.

Bill lives on the back side of Murray Mountain in Cape Breton with artist Rosemary McLean. Not completely ‘back-to-the-land’ but close, they grow vegetables, harvest wild things from the forest and cut their own firewood.

Afua Cooper

Dr. Afua Cooper: Biography

A poet, performer, scholar, historian, and social and cultural commentator, Dr. Afua Cooper’s expertise in and contributions to the arts, history, and education were recognized when she was presented in 2015 with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

A celebrated poet, Afua was recently installed as Halifax’s (Nova Scotia, Canada) 7th Poet Laureate.  She is the author of five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems. She has also recorded two poetry CDs. Her poetry has a strong sense of memory, history, place, and spirituality. Further, Afua has published two historical novels, which have garnered Canadian and American awards. Her work in the creative arts has been recognized with the Premier of Ontario Award for Excellence in the Arts, a Governor General’s Award nomination, and internationally with the Beacon of Freedom Award (recently awarded for her book My Name is Phillis Wheatley). A founder of the Canadian Dub poetry movement, Afua Cooper was instrumental in organizing between 2004 and 2009, three international dub poetry festivals.

Afua holds a Ph.D. in Black Canadian Studies and the African Diaspora from the University of Toronto. Her expertise includes African Canadian culture, Black women’s history, gender, slavery, and abolition. She has conducted research on African-descended people and their culture across Canada, and internationally. Her co-authored publication We’re Rooted Here and they Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History won the Joseph Brant prize for the best history book. Her ground-breaking book on Canadian slavery, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal was nominated for the Governor General’s award. Recently, CBC named Angelique one of Canada’s top 100 books. Afua has curated and worked on five exhibits including, The Underground Railroad, Next Stop Freedom, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, and The Transatlantic Slave Trade.

In recognizing the tremendous multi-discipline contributions Afua Cooper has made to Canadian society and life, and internationally, Essence Magazine named her as one of the twenty-five women who are shaping the world.

As a result of her scholarship and praxis, she was appointed in 2011 as James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Dr. Cooper is also the chair and founder of the Black Canadian Studies Association, and the Dalhousie Black Faculty and Staff Caucus.

Michael Cosgrove - Salt of the Turf

Nova Scotia’s 71st high school football season centres around the nationally recruited Shaun Robinson, a defensive end for the Citadel Phoenix, a team vying for their sixth straight championship. But the 2013 season is a vulnerable one for Citadel. Their lack of offensive firepower forces them to rely on their stout defense, anchored by Robinson–a player everyone in the league is trying to stop. At Citadel’s helm is Coach Mike Tanner, the most successful high school football coach in Canada, and winner of 21 provincial championships. As the 2013 season begins, two of Citadel’s rivals are trying to position themselves to knock off the champs. The C.P. Allen Cheetahs of Bedford have never beaten a Tanner team in their fifteen years. When the two teams meet under the Thursday night lights of the Cheetahs’ new field, all of Bedford comes out to watch a possible shift in the city’s football power. The other challengers are the Sir. John A. Flames, whose founding coach, Al Wetmore, is a Tanner prodigy and former CFL football player. Salt of the Turf chronicles the Citadel Phoenix during their 2013 season, highlighting the inspirational journey of its best player, and periodically looking back at the memorable legacy of a remarkable coach.

Michael Cosgrove is a former football player and high school head coach. His articles and photojournalism have appeared in Canadian Author, Access Magazine, The Coast, and Halifax Magazine. He received his B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia and his M.Ed in both Educational Foundations and Curriculum Studies form Mount Saint Vincent University. Michael resides in Dartmouth, NS with his wife and two daughters where he teaches English and Philosophy at a local high school.

Stuart Cresswell - The Only Film in Town

Stuart Cresswell is a writer, producer, and director with decades of experience on both sides of the Atlantic. A full-time resident of Nova Scotia’s north shore, Stuart is an experienced marketing professional who has been producing for film and TV since 1996. In 2000 he was part of the team that established Ideal World TV and in 2008 he launched Simple Films. He is also a published novelist. He has worked on productions in Ireland, UK and Canada and recent productions include “All sides of the wind” and “The Bridge Rising” (BBC 2013), an international co-production.

The Only Film in Town is a memoir about the making of a small-town feature film with heart. When Stuart Cresswell of Simple Films Ltd. decided to make The Only Game in Town in and around Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, he did not anticipate the ups and the downs he would encounter, including the scrapping of the province’s film tax credit. Inspired by his own family, Cresswell recruited young and sometimes inexperienced talent, and he forged ahead.

His film is the story of Cormack Vertue, an autistic teenager with a unique ability: his super skill at solitaire. This skill lands him on his school’s solitaire team, complicates his social life, and sends him on a quest to establish who he really is and what he stands for. In The Only Film in Town, Cresswell explains how he made, against the odds, a gentle and humorous coming-of-age story for the big screen, creating art and opportunity in rural Nova Scotia. The Only Film in Town includes behind-the-scenes photos and stills from the film.

Lesley Crewe - Beholden

Lesley Crewe is the author of several novels, including Mary, Mary, Amazing Grace, Chloe Sparrow, Kin, and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a columnist and freelance writer, Lesley lives in Homeville, Nova Scotia. Visit her at lesleycrewe.com.

Helene de Varennes - Une journee poney

Une journé poney 1Mme de Varennes holds a Teaching Degree (1985) and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies (2006), both from l’Université de Moncton, in Moncton.  She has taught all elementary grades, was a resource teacher, a school principal, and a learning specialist. As of 2013, she works in Indigenous education contexts. Mme de Varennes led the development of pedagogical learning modules regarding teaching literacy in 33 Band schools across Canada. She also led the development of strategies to meet the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation report regarding public education in New Brunswick. During this time, she was the principal writer of the pedagogical guide Esprit apprenant, a guide for Bouton d’or Acadie’s Wabanaki collection.  Writing has always been a part of her life. Among other documents or articles, she is one of the principal writer of New Brunswick’s Linguistic and Cultural Development Policy – A Societal Project for the French Education System (2014).  This policy stresses the importance of having access to resources that are produced at home.

 

She writes children’s books because she feels children in a minority context need to recognize themselves in the books that they read. Cultural referents are important for children to grow up strong and proud in their cultural identity, especially for children that are not part of the dominant culture.

 

A Poney Day is her 5th children book and celebrates the loving relationship between an Indigenous girl and her grandpa.

 

She has offered many workshops to both adults and children, in relation to her writings, including classroom workshops organized by different New Brunswick Salons du livre; classroom workshops in Québec (2000), where she was the Acadian author chosen for a Québec-Acadie exchange; and in Wendake (2016) where she presented the teaching guide Esprit apprenant and the Wabanaki collection.

Nicole DeLory - Night at the Gardens

Nicole DeLory works as a Halifax elementary school educator; a graduate of St Francis Xavier (Antigonish) and Mt. St.Vincent (Halifax) Taking her students to the Public Gardens is her favourite field trip! Nicole cherishes her memories of visits to the Gardens with her grandfather. From an early age Nicole has enjoyed creating amusing stories. On her many travel adventures Nicole has been inspired by interesting fountains, statues and public art!

Andrea Dorfman - Flawed

Andrea Dorfman is an award winning animator and filmmaker. Flawed, adapted from the Emmy-nominated film of the same name, is Dorfman’s first authored book. Her video poem collaboration with poet Tanya Davis, How to Be Alone, has garnered more than eight million views on Facebook and was published in 2013. Dorfman lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia (with Dave).

Marilyn Davidson Elliott - The Blind Mechanic

Marilyn (Davidson) Elliott is the daughter of Eric Davidson. She was born in Halifax in 1955 and grew up in the North End of Halifax. Marilyn’s commitment to her parents blessed her with a lifetime of cherished memories. While raising her family, she held a variety of jobs. In 1993, she acquired her Certified Insurance Professional designation and worked with the provincial government as a claims adjuster until retirement in 2011. Marilyn served as a member of the Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee. Marilyn enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and summers at the cottage in Lunenburg County. In recent years, she has made several trips to Scotland researching her ancestry. Marilyn is an avid curler and pickleball player.

Anne Emery - Lament for Bonnie

In the ninth book in Anne Emery’s award-winning Collins-Burke mystery series, Monty Collins offers his legal services to the family of missing twelve-year-old Bonnie MacDonald. The beloved stepdancing, fiddling youngest member of Cape Breton’s famed Clan Donnie band has disappeared after a family party and no one thinks for a minute that she ran away. As RCMP Sergeant Pierre Maguire investigates the case, he finds a vein of darkness running beneath the beauty and vibrant culture of Cape Breton.

Named “one of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Pitch the Publisher Presented By Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association

 

 

 

 

Blow the dust off that manuscript and sort through your USB sticks – it’s almost time for the APMA’s Pitch the Publisher and Blue Pencil Café events at Word on the Street! WOTS will take place on Saturday, September 15th at the Halifax Central Library.

This year’s Pitch the Publisher will take place from 10 am to Noon and participants will get 5 minutes to pitch their book idea to a panel of Atlantic Canadian publishers. Publishers will provide feedback and if one of them takes an interest, they will ask for you to send them more information.

 

Want to take part or need more info? Email Chantelle Rideout at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca or call 1 902 420 0711. We’ll ask your name, contact info and a short (no more than 100 words, please) blurb about your book idea.  You can only pitch completed manuscripts and if you pitched a book in 2017, you may pitch again this year, but not the same book.

Those selected will be notified by September 11.

 

 

 

Jamie Fitzpatrick - The End of Music

In The End of Music, Jamie Fitzpatrick’s two mesmerizing, interwoven narratives circle the lives of Joyce, a modern young woman navigating the fraught social mores of a small town in its post-war heyday, and her son, Carter, more than fifty years later, whose days as an aspiring rock star are over. As Joyce’s memories of the past begin to escape her, her son’s past returns to haunt him. Brilliantly and unflinchingly revealing the inner lives of his characters, Fitzpatrick offers an extraordinary novel, with two startling twists, about women, men, and reckoning with the past.

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a host and producer at CBC Radio. His first novel, You Could Believe in Nothing, won the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers in Newfoundland and Labrador. He lives in St. John’s.

Alexander Forbes - The Case of the Missing Men

Nancy Drew meets David Lynch in this mystery thriller set in a remote and eerie east-coast village. The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s pulp classics like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes are childhood friends who trained in separate disciplines in order to reunite as adults and create comic books. Alex is a visual artist and a graduate of NSCAD who spent the lions share of the last decade illustrating his graphic novel The Case of the Missing Men. Kris is the author of one book of short stories, Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis 2016).

 

Gerri Frager - Signs of Life

Now retired from decades working as a physician in pediatric  palliative care, Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University, and Director of their Humanities-HEALS Program, this book celebrates the gift that time has afforded me. Poetry and pottery helped sustain me throughout my work-life. They continue to provide me with energy and joy in my coastal, rural Nova Scotian home.

Each of my poems is accompanied by a piece of my hand-built or wheel-thrown pottery. The 4 sections are: Drawn from Nature,  Shaped by Work, Born of the Personal, with the 4th best described as Miscellaneous Meanderings. For readers curious about the  pottery, a glossary is included describing key highlights of the process involved in making the various pieces.

Tracy Franz - My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan

 

When her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves her behind to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. A woman alone—and lonely—in Japan, she begins to pay attention.

My Year of Dirt and Water is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup—creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother’s newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood.

Revolving through the days, Tracy’s journal circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed—a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water.

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Originally from Alaska, Tracy Franz lived in Japan for ten years. Together with her husband—Zen priest Koun Franz—and their two children, she now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she teaches at Dalhousie University. Her essays have most recently appeared in Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women (Sumeru), Lion’s Roar, and Tricycle Magazine. Find her at tracyfranz.com

 

Susan Gibson Garvey - Marlene Creates: Places, Paths and Pauses

Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses acknowledges a distinctive body of photo-based work that contributes not only to the advancement of Canadian art, but also to a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world, of the cultural and social meanings that we attach to it, and of the role of language in mediating our experience. As the land occupies a prominent place in the Canadian imagination, so too does Creates’s lifelong engagement with land art offer a timely opportunity for re-envisioning our “places” with attentive environmental and cultural consciousness.

It is no easy task to sum up, in a single book, a career that privileges the act over the artifact, the moment over the monument. But Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses offers not only a broad view of her work in photography but also a critical appreciation of her multi-disciplinary approach (assemblages, memory-map drawings, and video-poems) through essays by writers with distinct yet overlapping areas of interest that offer a range of perspectives on her work. These essays are punctuated with the artist’s own commentary and hundreds of reproductions of her work.

Susan Gibson Garvey has been active in the Canadian visual arts community as an artist, educator, critic, curator, and gallery director for over forty years. She has taught studio art and art history; developed and implemented special courses in curatorial practices; written numerous catalogue essays, articles, and critical reviews; and organized over 100 exhibitions.

 

Sebastian Gaskarth - Disc Jockey Poet

Sebastian Gaskarth is an emerging spoken word artist, whose first book, “Disc Jockey Poet”, explores topics around LBGTQ2+ issues, love, self-discovery, nature, privilege, senior care and authorship. Their words, their rhythm, their voice synthesized, pulsing vibrational mixes through sounds of resilience, mixed in with the fierce playback of a West Coast, old growth soul, looped over French Canadian roots. Sebastian has shared their work and stories at open mic nights, Queer Writer’s Night and the Halifax StART Festival. They enjoy working with young people in classrooms and youth writer’s workshops. Sebastian is a mature student, currently attending university in Halifax. Sebastian is exploring new creative endeavours and is in the process of recording an audio CD of their poems with background beats.  https://soundcloud.com/sgaskarth

Kayla Geitzler - That Light Feeling Under Your Feet

That Light Feeling Under Your Feet plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.

Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. Exploring the liminal space between labour and leisure, the poems in That Light Feeling Under Your Feet are at once buoyant and weighty, with  language that cuts like a keel through the sea.

Shauntay Grant

 

Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and she served as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. A descendant of Black Refugees, Black Loyalists, and Jamaican Maroons who came to Canada during the 18thand 19thcenturies, Grant’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. She is the author of five books for children, most recently Africville (Groundwood Books, 2018), and her stage play The Bridge will premiere at Neptune Theatre in early 2019. Visit her online at shauntaygrant.com

Shauntay Grant - Africville

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother’s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing.

Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and she served as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. A descendant of Black Refugees, Black Loyalists, and Jamaican Maroons who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Grant’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. She is the author of five books for children, most recently Africville (Groundwood Books, 2018). Visit her online at shauntaygrant.com

Sylvia Gunnery - Road Signs That Say West

It’s Hanna’s wild idea, of course: take their mom’s car, pack up the tent, and drive across the country. Just three sisters, one guitar, and the Trans Canada Highway. They can be back in Nova Scotia before their parents are home from Europe. She doesn’t say she wants to forget about what happened in Italy. Her youngest sister doesn’t say she keeps having nightmares about her friend’s recent suicide. Their middle sister doesn’t say much, unless it’s a complaint. But maybe they all feel, somehow, that this is their one chance to do something together, something big, before time begins to scatter them.

With empathy and insight, Sylvia Gunnery writes an engaging summer story about three sisters navigating the difficult roads of adolescence, trauma, secrets, shame, and fear for the future. Peopled with chance encounters and warmed with fireside heart-to-hearts, Road Signs That Say West is a compelling ride through real life.

Sylvia Gunnery first took herself seriously as a writer when she attended the Banff Centre in 1976 under the instruction of W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and others.  Since then, she has published more than 20 books for teens and younger readers, including her newest YA novel Road Signs That Say West (Pajama Press 2017).  Out of Bounds and Game Face were nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award.  Through writers-in-the-schools programs, festivals, and conferences,  Sylvia gives presentations to young writers and to educators across Canada. She has been honoured with a legacy membership by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and has served several terms as the Atlantic rep for The Writers’ Union of Canada.  Sylvia lives at Crescent Beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia where she’s working on a YA novel What I Know About Next.

Jacqueline Halsey - Piper

It’s 1773 and twelve-year-old Dougal Cameron and his whole family are set to sail away from their Scotland home forever. When tragedy strikes, the family must decide whether or not to make the trip without Dougal’s father. Once the ship departs, Dougal is drawn to the haunting sounds of the lone piper on board. (The instrument, while still illegal in their homeland at the time, was brought aboard to keep spirits up.) When a violent storm knocks the Hector two weeks off course, Dougal’s dream of becoming a piper has to take a back seat to keeping his three little sisters alive.

Author Jacqueline Halsey spares no detail in this inspiring story of the brigantine that brought the first Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia, focusing on its difficult journey, and the strong-willed and determined individuals who risked it all to call Nova Scotia home.

Jacqueline Halsey lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In her books, she retells historical events through the eyes of children. Peggy’s Letters and Explosion Newsie were both on the CCBC – Best Books for Children and Teens lists. When not writing, she spends her time teaching English to newcomers and helping take care of McNabs Island, a place overflowing with history.

Joann Hamilton-Barry - There Be Pirates!

Did you know pirates once sailed the seas around Atlantic Canada? Pirates might seem like fun in the movies, but back in the 17th and 18th centuries–the Golden Age of Piracy–being a pirate was very serious business.

From the Hackmatack award-shortlisted author of Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure comes the newest book from Nimbus’s popular Compass series for young readers. Learn about what everyday life was like for some of the fiercest pirates of all time. Explore the history of piracy, from the ancient Romans and Greeks to modern-day pirates. How did pirates navigate the seas? What happened if they were caught? Did pirates really bury treasure?

This full-colour non-fiction book includes highlighted glossary terms, informative sidebars, over 50 colour illustrations and historical photographs, an index, and recommended further reading.

Joann Hamilton-Barry is a librarian in Saint John, New Brunswick, and the author of the Hackmatack Award–shortlisted Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure and Boldly Canadian: the story of the RCMP. She enjoys cooking and reading but her favourite activity is walking her dog with her husband and best friend, Nick Barry. Joann is the proud mother of two grown children, Alex and Hope.

There Be Pirates!

Lisa Harrington - The Goodbye Girls

The students at Lizzie’s high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations—they’re dumping each other via text. Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school’s band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets—breakup baskets—sent from dumper to dumpee. The Goodbye Girls operate in secret, and business is booming. But it’s not long before someone begins sabotaging The Goodbye Girls, sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built and jeopardizing their anonymity. Soon family, friendship, and a budding romance are on the line. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?

Lisa Harrington‘s novels include Twisted, shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s YA Book of the year, Live to Tell, winner of the White Pine, Ann Connor Brimer, and SYRCA Snow Willow Awards, and Rattled, published in 2010 to critical praise. Her work has also appeared in A Maritime Christmas. Lisa lives in Halifax with her family and puppy, Hermione. Visit Lisa online at lisaharrington.ca

Blain W. Henshaw - Rescue at Moose River

Blain Henshaw is an award winning journalist, broadcaster and singer/songwriter. He began writing at an early age, publishing his own ‘penny’ newspaper when he was eight years old and in grade three in the Annapolis valley where he was born and raised. His broadcast career began in 1966 and after 20 years of radio and TV journalism, during which he won several journalism awards, he went to work as a communications advisor for several Nova Scotia government departments.  Blain has written for daily and weekly newspapers across Nova Scotia, as well as for Atlantic region magazines and a few national publications. As a musician and songwriter, he has written more than 100 songs, recorded three full length CDs and in 2016 was inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. Now ‘actively retired’ Blain is currently a volunteer broadcaster at 105.9 Seaside-FM community radio in Eastern Passage and is working on a new book and some new songs.

Herbert Hopkins - New Found Land

Following a car accident in 2005, St. John’s freelance writer, Luke Delaney develops an addiction to prescription narcotics and after a decade is looking for a way out. Angéline LeBlanc is Luke’s strength, but she’s coming to grips with her own demons. Enter Liliana Sánchez, Cuban exile, and pharmacologist who seems to have all the answers. New Found Land is a modern-day story of snake oil and belief and Big Pharma is part of the problem. The real fix is in the unconscious mind. Of everyone.

Herbert F. Hopkins is a retired teacher with a passion for the arts. He has written two well-received novels, “The Book of Luke,” and “Temperance Street.” “New Found Land,” launched on February 4, 2018, is the final work in Hopkins’ trilogy, “Luke and the City of Dreams.” He is also the author of a book of poetry, A “High of Zero,” the original volume with hand-carved walnut covers resides in the Rare Books Collection of the National Library. Hopkins lives in St. John’s with his wife, Jane.

 

Katie Ingram - Breaking Disaster

On December 6, 1917, the face of Halifax changed forever when the Imo, a Belgian Relief ship, collided with the French ship, the Mont Blanc. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the Mont Blanc, which was carrying a large cargo of explosives, blew up. It destroyed much of the city’s north end and neighbouring communities like Tuft’s Cove and Dartmouth. The effect was catastrophic.

Almost immediately, aid was rushed to Halifax as survivors and workers dug through rubble and ruins for friends and family. Over 2,000 people died and 9,000 were injured, while countless others were rendered homeless. As news broke about the explosion, newspapers from Toronto to Hawaii and France to Australia scrambled to provide readers with updated information.

These and other stories gave face to a disaster which, at the time, was a mix of ever-changing statistics, details, and questions about blame. Often the reports were exaggerated and erroneous. In Halifax, newspapers carried lists of the injured, dead, and missing alongside a collection of notices and ads. This strange juxtaposition showed just how quickly the explosion had happened as holiday-themed advertisements mixed with notices about relief and stories of survival and death. Together, they present the overarching image of Halifax at the time–survival and confusion–while separately they show just how much impact one event had.

In Breaking Disaster, Ingram traces these details and stories as she pieces together the different narratives from the week that followed December 6, 1917, many of which have long faded into the larger story of the Halifax Explosion.

Katie Ingram is a graduate of both Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. A Halifax-based freelance journalist and writer, her work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, The Week, Atlantic Books Today, and Atlantic Business.

B. Denham Jolly

In the Black traces B. Denham Jolly’s personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. He arrived from Jamaica to attend university in the mid-1950s and worked as a high school teacher before going into the nursing and retirement-home business. The need for a stronger voice for the Black community fuelled Jolly’s 12-year battle to get a licence for a Black-owned radio station in Toronto.

B. Denham Jolly is an award-winning businessman, publisher, broadcaster, and civil rights activist. He was the founding president of the Black Business and Professional Association and later served as the publisher of Contrast and launched Flow 93.5, Canada’s first Black-owned broadcaster. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

El Jones

El Jones is a poet, educator, journalist and advocate. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax, and currently holds the 15th Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. El is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a radio show developed collectively with prisoners. Her weekly column can be read online on Saturdays in the Halifax Examiner, and her book of spoken word, Live from the Afrikan Resistance!, was released in 2014 from Roseway Press. El is a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones Nova Scotia human rights award. Her advocacy and work fights anti-Black racism in Canada, walking in the path of our great-grandmothers who resisted relentlessly. She has taught in the English department at Dal and is currently a Dalhousie PhD Candidate.

Sheila Kindred - Jane Austen's Transatlantic Sister

In 1807, genteel, Bermuda-born Fanny Palmer (1789-1814) married Jane Austen’s youngest brother, Captain Charles Austen, and was thrust into a demanding life within the world of the British navy. Experiencing adventure and adversity in wartime conditions both at sea and onshore, the spirited and resilient Fanny travelled between and lived in Bermuda, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and England. After crossing the Atlantic in 1811, she ingeniously made a home for Charles and their daughters aboard a working naval vessel, and developed a supportive friendship with his sister, Jane.

In Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister, Fanny’s articulate and informative letters – transcribed in full for the first time and situated in their meticulously researched historical context – disclose her quest for personal identity and autonomy, her maturation as a wife and mother, and the domestic, cultural, and social milieu she inhabited. Sheila Johnson Kindred also investigates how Fanny was a source of naval knowledge for Jane, and how much she was an inspiration for Austen’s literary invention, especially for the female naval characters in Persuasion. Although she died young, Fanny’s story is a compelling record of female naval life that contributes significantly to our limited knowledge of women’s roles in the Napoleonic Wars.

Enhanced by rarely seen illustrations, Fanny’s life story is a rich new source for Jane Austen scholars and fans of her fiction as well as for those interested in biography, women’s letters, and history of the family.

Sheila’s biography of Fanny Palmer Austen, wife of Jane Austen’s naval brother, Charles, vividly portrays a young, genteel woman who met the extraordinary challenges of making a home for her growing family aboard a naval ship during the Napoleonic Wars.  Fanny’s articulate and entertaining letters, written from Halifax and England, richly contribute to her story. Sheila explores Fanny’s supportive relationship with Jane Austen and investigates the extent of Fanny’s influence on Jane’s fiction. Her book won the John Lyman Book Award for Naval and Maritime Biography.

Award winning author, Sheila Johnson Kindred writes about Jane Austen’s novels, her family members and their influence on her fiction. She has a special interest in Jane’s naval brother, Charles, and his wife Fanny, who both spent time in early Halifax. Sheila has been sought as a speaker in Canada, United States, Bermuda, United Kingdom and Australia. Educated at Western University and University of Toronto, she now resides in Halifax where she formerly taught in the Philosophy Department at Saint Mary’s University.

Peggy Kochanoff - Be a City Nature Detective

How do bedbugs get into your home? Why are some grey squirrels black? Does goldenrod cause hay fever?

Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries in the city.

From the author of Silver Birch-nominated Be a Nature Detective series comes a new adventure full of fascinating facts and original watercolours. From scuttling cockroaches to waves of starlings to burdock heads on your clothes, Kochanoff takes the reader through city streets to show them the amazing nature growing there. Features a glossary, identification page, and further reading.

Peggy Kochanoff graduated from Cornell University with a degree in vertebrate zoology and spent a summer working at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including the Be a Nature Detective series. After marriage and travelling, she settled with her husband and two sons on a tree farm in Nova Scotia.  

 

Bob Kroll - The Hell of It All

Retired detective T.J. Peterson is working the table scraps that his former partner, Danny Little, sometimes throws his way. One of them has Peterson hearing from a snitch about a body buried 30 years ago, the same time a drug kingpin went MIA. Peterson is also ducking an ex-con with a grudge, a hitman who likes playing jack-in-the-box with a 12 gauge. Then a former lover re-enters Peterson’s life and begs him to find her daughter, an addict who knows too much about the local drug trade for her own safety. The search for the girl and the truth about the 30-year-old corpse takes Peterson down into the hell of it all, deep into the underworld of crack houses, contract killing, money laundering, and crooked professionals doubling down on their investments of black money.

Bob Kroll has been a professional writer for more than 35 years. His work includes books, stage plays, radio dramas, TV documentaries, and historical docu-dramas for museums. The Hell of It All is the second novel in a projected trilogy featuring T.J Peterson. Kroll lives inHalifax, Nova Scotia.

Amanda Labonte - Call of the Sea

When his twin brother vanishes from the deck of their boat without even a ripple, seventeen-year-old Alex O’Leary begins the adventure of a lifetime.  While everyone assumes Ben simply fell overboard and drowned, Alex knows better. He’s heard the song that no one else can – the one that draws him to the ocean. But answering the music’s call comes with its own consequences and Alex will have to decide whether or not he can trust the mysterious girl who waits at the water’s edge.

 

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home. As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations.

Steven Laffoley - A Halifax Christmas Carol

It is December 1918. The old world–shaped by the values of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens– is gone and the new world now wallows in post-war chaos and darkness.

A veteran of the gas attacks and trenches, Michael Bell has returned home to a city traumatized by war and devastated by an explosion, where he finds work at The Halifax Herald writing about what he sees as the truth, about an age defined only by lawlessness, disease, and disorder.

Then, four days before Christmas, Michael finds his truth-telling efforts challenged by a small, one-legged boy who arrives at the newspaper office with a single, silver twenty-five-cent piece for “the kids.” When the boy strangely disappears, the paper’s editor, Walter Stone, sees a potential Dickensian story for a city in desperate need of hope. He assigns Michael and new reporter Tess Archer the job of finding the boy and telling his story–all before the Christmas Eve edition.

At first, Michael objects, believing such stories to be dangerous lies in the face of the dark truths. However, after a mysterious dream of his mother leads to difficult questions, he accepts the assignment, if only to prove small acts of generosity are meaningless in the face of a growing darkness. Yet, as Michael follows his leads through an array of the city’s desperate people, he is increasingly haunted by the hidden meaning of his dream and soon realizes understanding will only come if he finds the boy. But for Michael and the city, time is fast running out.

Filled with a cast of compelling characters and vivid images, A Halifax Christmas Carol tells the story of a true age of darkness and the transformative power of hope.

Steven Laffoley is the award winning author of nine books, narrative nonfiction and fiction. A freelance writer for nearly thirty years, Laffoley has written essays for print and online magazines, newspapers, and radio. He is also an award-winning author of fiction and creative-nonfiction books. Hunting Halifax was shortlisted for the 2008 Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award and the 2008 Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-Fiction Award. Both The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea and Shadowboxing topped the Nova Scotia Bestsellers List,with the former being shortlisted for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction and the latter winning the 2013 Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award. His novel, The Blue Tattoo, also garnered much critical and commercial success. “It’s a big story that everyone should read,” noted the Atlantic Books Today. “It deepens one’s appreciation for the parts of the city touched by the devastation of Dec. 6, 1917.”

Colleen Landry - Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia

Camelia, the Canada goose with the faulty GPS (Goose Positioning System) is on the move again. This time she travels throughout the province of Nova Scotia with her eccentric Aunt, a photojournalist with the CGBC (Canada Goose Broadcasting Corporation). As Aunt Tillie gathers stories of interest, Camelia meets many new friends including Spike the Cape D’Or porcupine, Piper the spring peeper from Kejimkujik, Larry the leatherback turtle, Cindy Crowsby the famous hockey player, and Willow the bookworm donkey. A host of other colourful characters entertain them and offer maritime hospitality. As usual, Camelia gets distracted and is lost several times. She is stranded on a beach with a Digby scallop; accidently whisked away to Sable Island on the famous Bluenose schooner; and worst of all, Camelia is lost in a pea soup fog on the Northumberland Strait and wonders if she’ll ever find her favourite Aunt again. Camelia must summon all her courage and wits to find her way. Can she do it?

Odette Barr, Colleen Landry and Beth Weatherbee are public school teachers in New Brunswick. Each author brings a unique perspective to their Camelia Airheart books. Their first collaboration resulted in the early chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! Their first picture book, Take off to Tantramar, has been translated into French (Allons à Tantramar). Chocolate River Publishing will be releasing their next chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia, this fall.

Janice Landry - The Legacy Letters

Halifax author and journalist Janice Landry returns to her roots, as she revisits high-profile Canadian police investigations she covered as a novice television reporter during the 1980s and 1990s. One story involves the unsolved murder of British Columbia teenager Andrea King, whose remains were found in 1992, in Nova Scotia woods, nearly a year after she disappeared. Landry also discusses the 1989 disappearance of Nova Scotia teenager Kimberly McAndrew, who was last seen leaving a Halifax Canadian Tire store where she worked. McAndrew remains missing.

Landry conducted detailed, exclusive interviews with a former high-ranking RCMP officer who is also a retired, senior Halifax Regional Police (HRP) investigator. He confirms, on the record, for the first time, HRP investigated a number of murders and disappearances–including King and McAndrew–as the victims of a potential serial killer. No police officer has ever gone on the record to substantiate that theory, which has widely circulated in the media for years.

The victims and families have had a major impact on Landry and the public. She hopes this book leads to a break in both cases, as well as other unsolved crimes. It will also shed light on the pain the families continue to endure. They deserve answers. The victims deserve justice.

Landry also speaks with Canadians from five provinces, including first responders and front-line workers. These men and women bravely discuss how trauma, in and out of their work, has profoundly affected their lives, loved ones, and outlook.

The author and her guests each have written a “Legacy Letter” for the public. Each letter is deeply personal and conveys a heartfelt message of loss and hope. This book is Landry’s attempt to help them regain some of what has been lost.

Author Janice Landry is the 2017 Tema Conter Memorial Trust national media award winner for her advocacy work in Canada on behalf of first responders, emergency personnel, members of the military and their loved ones. Landry was also named the 2017 Atlantic Canadian Port Bickerton Lighthouse Artist in Residence. The author has been a journalist for 30 years. She graduated with Distinction in Honours Journalism from the University of King’s College, Halifax. Landry began her career as a traffic reporter and script writer at CBC Radio in Halifax while studying at King’s. She spent the initial 12 years of her full-time career as a television reporter and anchor with CTV Atlantic. Landry later taught part-time at MSVU for nearly 16 years. She was nominated campus-wide for a teaching excellence award during her tenure. Landry left the campus in 2017 to pursue her writing, freelance and production work full-time. She owns Groundhog Productions. Landry honours her late firefighter father, Capt. Basil (Baz) Landry, M.B., with her writing, books and public speaking. She began writing fiction again in 2017 as an homage to her late writing mentor: author and broadcaster Bill Jessome. As of 2017, Landry has written four books and has contributed to two Nova Scotia book anthologies.

Allison Lawlor - Broken Pieces

One hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, the French munitions ship Mont Blanc collided with the Belgian relief vessel Imo in the Halifax Harbour. At first, a small fire broke out aboard the Mont Blanc, which grew bigger crowds of people and emergency responders linded the shores of Halifax and Dartmouth to get a better look. Suddenly, the Mont Blanc‘s explosive cargo blew up, flattening homes and businesses, and triggering a tsunami.

Amid the confusion and devastation that followed the blast was fourteen-year-old Barbara Orr, who had been walking from her neighbourhood in Richmond to a friend’s house. Follow Barbara as she navigates post-explosion Halifax, learning about rescue efforts, the kindness of strangers, and the bravery of heroes like Vincent Coleman along the way.

Part of the popular Compass series, this full-colour non-fiction book includes highlighted glossary terms, informative sidebars, over 50 illustrations and historical photographs, a detailed index, and recommended further reading. In commemoration of the tragic event’s 100th anniversary, Broken Pieces is a great resource for young readers and educators.

Allison Lawlor’s work has appeared in the Globe and Mail and several magazines. She is the author of several non-fiction books for adults, most recently, “The Saddest Ship Afloat,” and this is her first book for children. Allison lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two daughters, and several animals.

Rachel Lebowitz - The Year of No Summer: A Reckoning

These linked lyrical essays chart the events and effects of the apocalyptic year following the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, one of the most powerful in recorded history. Weaving history, fairytale, mythology, and memoir, Rachel Lebowitz ruminates on our interaction with weather and the natural world, and on the human appetite for destruction, war, transformation, motherhood, and our search for God and meaning in times of disaster.

Rachel Lebowitz is the author of Hannus (Pedlar Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is also the co-author, with Zachariah Wells, of the children’s picture book Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008, illustrated by Eric Orchard) and Cottonopolis (Pedlar Press, 2013). She lives in Halifax, where she coordinates adult tutoring programs at her neighbourhood library.

Linda Little

Linda Little’s most recent novel is Grist (Roseway 2014). Her first children’s picture book, Work and More Work, was published by Groundwood in 2015. Her two earlier novels are Scotch River (Penguin 2006) which won the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and Strong Hollow (Goose Lane 2001) which won the Cunard First Book Award. She has published short stories in many reviews and anthologies. Linda has taught at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus since 2005.

Annick MacAskill - No Meeting Without Body

The poems in Annick MacAskill’s debut collection No Meeting Without Body are confident and crisp. Departing from works of art and literature, historical figures, myth, and anecdote, her poems draw the reader into their subjects with unaffected frankness and intimacy, answering society’s most reductive forces with a resistance rooted in the dignity of human connection.

Annick MacAskill is a poet and critic whose work has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Grain , Prism , Versal, Room Magazine, PANK, The Fiddlehead, Arc, Lemon Hound, and other venues. She has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize, the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Her debut collection, No Meeting Without Body, was published by Gaspereau Press in April 2018. Originally from Ontario, she currently lives in Halifax.

Susan MacDonald - Treason's Edge

Being a teenager is hard enough. It’s even more difficult when you have supernatural powers you barely understand. Now that Alec and his terrifying abilities are under the control of the traitorous Anna, it’s up to Riley to save her friend before the entire world comes undone. And she’s running out of time.

Susan M. MacDonald had lived in half the provinces of Canada before settling in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1998.She sent her first manuscript to a publisher in grade six, but was politely rejected. A life-long reader of science fiction and fantasy, she began writing in earnest thirty years later. She is married, has two children, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of goldfish.

Lewis MacKinnon - Raithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking

Lewis MacKinnon’s fourth Scottish Gaelic poetry collection features translations of the Rumi interpretations of poet Coleman Barks alongside MacKinnon’s own original poems. The poems in the collection are grouped thematically in sections corresponding to days that are celebrated in the Gaelic cultural calendar year in Nova Scotia. The book is fully bilingual and is subtitled “Poems of Rumi for the Gaelic Cultural Calendar in Nova Scotia.”

MacKinnon was born in Cape Breton to a Gaelic-speaking father and an Acadian French-speaking mother. He was raised on the Nova Scotia mainland in Antigonish. In 2011, MacKinnon was awarded the Bardic Crown of the Royal National Mòd in Scotland. MacKinnon works to advance Gaels’ language, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia, Canada, and internationally.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight - The Frame-Up

When budding artist Sargent Singer discovers that the paintings in his father’s gallery are alive, he’s pulled into a world he never knew existed. With devious plots, shady characters, and grand art heists, this inventive mystery adventure celebrates art and artists and is perfect for fans of Night at the Museum and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer.

Rule #1: Don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive.

Thirteen-year-old Mona Dunn has adhered to that rule for almost one hundred years, ever since she was painted by William Orpen and her portrait was hung on the walls of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. So when the gallery director’s son, Sargent Singer, discovers Mona is alive, she’s sure she’s just exposed the gallery’s biggest secret. But Sargent, an aspiring artist himself, just wants to know more about the vast and intriguing world beyond the frames. When Mona and Sargent suspect shady dealings in the gallery, they set out to find the culprit. And then Mona herself is threatened, and Sargent must find a way to save her before she — and the gallery — are lost forever.

This original mystery-adventure features intrigue, friendships across time and place, an incredibly imaginative setting, and a thoroughly engaging cast of characters. Fans of Jacqueline West’s Books of Elsewhere and anyone who enjoyed the Night at the Museum movie franchise will love exploring the Beaverbrook Gallery. Includes a full-color insert featuring the masterpieces that come to life in the book.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight is the author of It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!, published by Skypony in 2017. She’s worked as the head of the New Brunswick Department of Education, where she was also responsible for early childhood and child welfare programming. She currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with her family.

Kevin Major - One for the Rock

Sebastian Synard doesn’t want any more trouble than he already has. But when he leads a group of tourists along the cliffs of St. John’s harbour, one of them ends up dead. Not only is there a murderer in his tour group, but the cop assigned to the case is sleeping with Sebastian’s ex-wife. It seems like things can’t get any worse, but as he’s enlisted to help flush out the perpetrator, the trail leads deeper than expected, and Sebastian finds himself on the edge.

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major has published 17 books, for both young people and adults. His first, Hold Fast, is considered a classic of Canadian young adult fiction, and was recently released as a feature film. No Man’s Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, was published in 1995 to much acclaim. Major’s adaption has been brought to the stage by Rising Tide Theatre for more than a dozen seasons.

 

Christine Gordon Manley - The Secret of Bowring Park

Every child who has ever visited the Peter Pan statue in Bowring Park, St. John’s, swears it is magic. They know that the mice, squirrels, rabbits, and fairies are never in the same place as the last time they visited. Some say they’ve seen Peter wink at them, and others believe they’ve heard the soft whispering sounds of a flute.

Are the stories true? Is the Peter Pan statue really magic? Or are the tales just childhood fantasies?

The Secret of Bowring Park is a story of magic, a celebration of eternal childhood, and a heartwarming tale of the bond between sisters.

Join sisters Elizabeth and Natalie on their adventure at the Peter Pan statue and learn the real secret of Bowing Park.

Born and raised in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Christine now resides in Canada’s other provincial Island, Prince Edward Island, with her husband, their two daughters, and their two dogs. Christine has also spent time living in the UK and Ontario. However, the call of the Atlantic Ocean was too strong to ignore.

Valerie Mansour - Nova Scotia Cookery, Then and Now

Take one batch of historic recipes, add a handful of local, inspired chefs, mix well, and serve up a modern version of Nova Scotia culinary history. To create this book, food writer and editor Valerie Mansour reviewed the Nova Scotia Archives’s What’s Cooking? digital collection and, along with their staff, pulled out a cross-section of recipes dating back as far as The Halifax Gazette of 1765, and featuring material from wartime newspaper supplement recipes, community cookbooks, and more. Taste of Nova Scotia then matched recipes with Nova Scotia chefs and food-industry specialists, who put a modern twist on the recipes. Using their expertise, today’s food styles, and local ingredients, top chefs from across the province have recreated everything from classic seafood dishes like planked salmon and fish chowder to time-honoured favourites like brown bread and baked beans, with items like Irish potato pudding, rabbit stew with bannock, Gaelic fruitcake, and rappie pie showcasing the province’s multicultural and ever-evolving foodways.

Features over 80 recipes, full-colour photos of the dishes in historic Nova Scotia settings from photographer Len Wagg and stylist Jessica Emin, as well as fascinating archival materials.

Valerie Mansour is a writer, editor, and documentary film researcher. She has researched over 35 film documentaries and television series, written food features for East Coast Living magazine, and reviewed cookbooks for Atlantic Books Today. For several years she was restaurant reviewer for Halifax’s Daily News and Metro. She writes profiles of new arrivals for Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. In 1983, she published Alexandra’s Lebanese Cooking, her mother’s recipe collection. She was a foodie long before it was fashionable.

Finley Martin - Sailing in Circles, Goin' Somewhere

Not all dreams have happy endings. Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere is the funny, bittersweet memoir of a Prince Edward Island man who, over seven years, builds a classic 1930s wooden sailboat and, in 2004, attempts to circumnavigate eastern North America. The author leaves a small fishing port on the Island and tracks along the rugged coast, up the St. Lawrence River, and through the Great Lakes. Alone, he encounters heavy fog, near-collisions with freighters, mechanical breakdowns, enormous seas, several brushes with disaster, and even a hostile reception at one French-speaking port. He meets odd and curious people. It all comes to an inglorious and mundane end when the author and his boat, the Arja D., are stuck in, of all places, Peoria, Illinois. Was it worth it? Maybe.

Finley Martin’s education includes a B.A, M.A. ( English), and a B.Ed., as well as Master’s Certificate for forty-ton vessels. For two years he was public relations director for International Correspondence Schools and its subsidiaries. He had taught writing courses at the University of Prince Edward Island. His publishing credits include poetry and short stories. He wrote one history book: A View From the Bridge (1984), and edited and contributed to a literary anthology called New Atlantic Writing (1975). He has penned feature stories for US and Canadian magazines, written and narrated broadcast journalism pieces for CBC-Radio, and is the author of two novels, The Reluctant Detective (2011) and the award-winning The Dead Letter (2015). Visit www.finleymartin.ca/

Peter McCreath - Exquisite Destinations

 

Peter L. McCreath has led, to say the least, a full, diverse and interesting life. He is by education an historian and an educator: with BA (Hons. History) from the University of Toronto, an MA (History) from Dalhousie University and two degrees in Education from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He completed the coursework for a PhD in history in Ontario, but a chance to work as the executive assistant to the Rt. Ho. Robert L. Stanfield took him to Ottawa and his connection to political life began.

McCreath has lead a remarkably diverse and entertaining life. Just ask anyone who knows him: naval officer, a teacher and professor, a journalist, CBC broadcaster, a small business operator, a banker, a change management consultant, a Member of Parliament and cabinet minister, a world traveller, a human rights commissioner and advocate.  After three stints as an executive assistant to prominent political figures, eventually led him to run for office himself: the House of Commons as MP and the federal cabinet; then fifteen years in the wine and spirits business, nine of which were as founding Chair of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

A multi generation Nova Scotian, husband and father – and a servant to many cats  – Peter’ varied and unique opportunities have also taken him around the world.

Peter is co-author to four books on History for public schools, three of which were Canadian Best-sellers, as well as author of three trade books, one a Nova Scotia Best-seller. He has also authored more than a dozen monographs on Human Rights.

In this latest book, Exquisite Destinations, he has left out the better-known world sites, but describes in entertaining style, his work and other experiences he has had in a number of the world’s lesser-known countries. If one’s stories take place in countries rarely, if ever, visited by Atlantic Canadians, then it becomes important to provide a description of the places that are essential to these stories.

Ron Melchiore - Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness

Ron Melchiore is an Outdoorsman/Pioneer, Homesteader, Remote Exploration Camp Manager and Author. Living off grid since 1980, Ron and his wife Johanna have spent the better part of their lives “unplugged.” As part of the back to the land movement that originated in the 70’s, they have spent their adult years living the homestead dream.

Ron has thru hiked all 2,100+ miles of the Appalachian Trail in winter, bicycled from coast to coast, survived forest fires, encounters with bears, and more.

Ron Melchiore and his wife have been published in BackHome Magazine, Mother Earth News, Small Farmer’s Journal, and Countryside and Small Stock Journal, and appear in Life Off Grid, a documentary film and book about people living off-grid throughout Canada. Life Off Grid aired on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. He is currently blogging for several websites including MotherEarth News.

The couple used to live on a remote lake in northern Saskatchewan where they enjoyed the freedom of the wilderness for seventeen years. They are currently starting from scratch again building a new off-grid homestead on the Nova Scotia coast.

Ron has written a book titled Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness which is published by Moon Willow Press. For readers with an outdoors spirit, people with an off-grid self-sufficiency bent, and dreamers who seek adventure, Ron hopes to inspire others to “take the road less traveled.”

Angela Mombourquette - 25 Years of 22 Minutes

The final chaotic season of Codco had just wrapped when Mary Walsh sat down at a Toronto bistro with George Anthony, then creative head of CBC TV’s arts programming. She’d been thinking about a news-based comedy show–did he think that would fly? He did. That was the early ’90s. Twenty-five seasons later, hundreds of thousands of Canadians continue to tune in weekly to This Hour Has 22 Minutes for its unashamedly Canadian, biting satirical take on politics and power.

25 Years of 22 Minutes takes readers backstage to hear first-hand accounts of the show’s key moments–in the words of the writers, producers and cast members who were there. Readers will have a front-row seat to the birth of the show–including a crisis that had producers scrambling in the very first episode–and offer an insider’s take on the highs, the lows, and the daily grind behind the scenes at 22 Minutes .

Angela Mombourquette is an award-winning freelance writer, a former magazine editor, and a part-time journalism instructor at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her work has appeared in The Walrus, the Chronicle Herald, Halifax Magazine, Saltscapes and many other publications. In a previous life, she worked at CBC television in Halifax, where she often filled in as an associate director on the set of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

David Mossman - Random Shots

Random Shots tells the stories of survival against the odds, the life of a well-travelled risking-taking Maritime son. Fortunate to have survived numerous near misses during the lead-up to his eightieth trip around the Sun, Mossman has much to be grateful for along the paths taken to adventure.

As a strong defense over the passage of time, memory is everything. As narrator, Mossman, aided by diaries and recordings across the years, shares with vivid insight his travelling experiences in and around Lesotho, Northwest Territories, Gabon, the Bay of Fundy, Australia, the Congo, Zambia, Nunavut, New Zealand, the offshore Atlantic Ocean, Ontario, and Brazil.

Survival–the act of staying alive despite the odds–is the theme of the book. Many of these stories of adventure took place in a world far from the one with which most people are familiar. They are at once both startling and revealing and told with a bold style and wit that the author’s fans will immediately recognize.

David Mossman is a seventh generation Canadian, born in Rose Bay, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, on March 9, 1938. With his first wife Marie, he lives in Wolfville. A geologist, he has worked in the mineral exploration sector, Canada-wide, in the United States, and in various African nations. He has taught geoscience at the universities of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Otago, South Island, New Zealand, and most recently at Mount Allison where he is professor emeritus of geoscience. Since retirement, his focus is on publishing creative non-fiction.

Dr. T. Jock Murray - Noble Goals, Dedicated Doctors

Dalhousie Medical School celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. This is the story of the noble goals of a handful of dedicated doctors who came together at a physician’s office to plan a medical school. They outlined a curriculum, assigned teaching roles, successfully applied to be a medical faculty of Dalhousie College, and began teaching the first class of twelve students. It was not an easy journey, one complicated over the years by war, politics, and natural disaster. In this richly detailed book, Dr. Jock Murray, a former dean of the medical school, looks at the struggles and errors, as well as the triumphs of the school. Filled with over 75 historic photos and dozens of informative sidebars, though aimed primarily at former students and faculty, Noble Goals, Dedicated Doctors is an accessible narrative that will appeal to anyone interested in the storied institution’s vast history.

Dr. Jock Murray is the former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University. He was a founder of the Dalhousie MS Research unit.  He was president of the Consortium of MS Centers, the Canadian Association of Medical Colleges, the Canadian Neurological Society, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, the American Osler Society, and chairman of the American College of Physicians. He received many awards for contributions to MS, medical education, medical humanities, and medical history, and awarded five honorary degrees. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Order of Nova Scotia. He has been inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Chad Norman - Selected Poems Old and New

Chad Norman lives beside the high-tides of Cobequid Bay, just outside, Truro, NS. He has published in magazines and literary publications around the world. each July he arranges and hosts RiverWords: Poetry and Music Festival to showcase NS talent. Norman has 17 titles out, his most recent being Selected & New Poems, 2017, (Mosaic Press), and his first children’s book, Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Sky, with an anti-bullying theme. He is working on a new manuscript, The Black Rum Poems.

Greg Oliver - Father Bauer and the Great Experiment

Through exhaustive research and countless interviews, author Greg Oliver explores a Canadian icon, the teams that he put on the ice, and the rocky, almost unfathomable years of the 1970s when Canada didn’t play international hockey. Finally, for the first time ever, the whole story of Father Bauer’s critical importance to Canada’s game is told in the rich detail it deserves, and a beloved icon is celebrated for his contributions to our nation’s sporting history.

A writer, editor, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has written extensively about hockey and professional wrestling. Recent books include Blue Lines, Goal Lines, & Bottom Lines; Don’t Call Me Goon; The Goaltenders’ Union; Written in Blue & White; and Duck with the Puck. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son. Learn more at OliverBooks.ca.

Daniel Paul - Chief Lightning Bolt

Here is a contemporary Mi’kmaq legend of the life of a great man, who becomes chief, the embodiment of Mi’kmaq values of humility, courage, honour, service and sacrifice of personal gain for the sake of others. He lived a long and storied life, hundreds of years ago, before the arrival of the European scouts and, later, their warships. He was a renowned warrior but, more so, a peacemaker. His people followed him to the point of devotion, yet he was uncannily modest, even embarrassed by his own achievements. He suffered great loss, yet his understanding of his place, his role in a great society, a greater natural world and an inestimable metaphysical world, guided him through his pain.

Mi’kmaq readers may recognize these time-honoured themes based on traditional tales passing values generation to generation. Others will gain a new appreciation for what was lost under colonialism and the attempted genocide of this vibrant, sophisticated and successful culture and society.

With We Were Not the Savages, Daniel Paul changed the way the world understood the history of Eastern Canada and the fully developed civilization that existed before the arrival of the European explorers and settlers, and the nature of the subsequent violent attack on that culture. With Chief Lightning Bolt, Paul shows us exactly what was lost, the beauty of the Mi’kma’ki that once existed, the culture that survived and is only now beginning to recover.

Dr. Daniel N. Paul is a Mi’kmaq Elder, author, editor, and human rights activist of the Indian Brook Mi’kmaq First Nations Community near Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Paul was born in 1938, in a small log cabin on Shubenacadie Indian Reserve, Hants County, Nova Scotia, to the late William and Sarah Paul (Noel), he is the 12th of fourteen siblings. Paul resides in Halifax with his wife Patricia. They have two daughters, Lenore and Cerena.

Paul is an ardent spokesperson and activist for human rights. He is freelance lecturer and journalist, has a small advisory business, is a Justice of the Peace for the province of Nova Scotia, a commissioner with Nova Scotia Police Commission and is involved in a multitude of other activities. He has served on several other provincial commissions, including the Human Rights Commission and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice’s Court Re-structuring Task Force. He holds, among many awards, an honourary degree in Letters, University of Sainte Anne, Church Point, Nova Scotia, is a member of the Order of Canada and is a member of the Order of Nova Scotia.

Sherry Pictou

Dr. Sherry Pictou is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (water cuts through high rocks) known as Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia.  She graduated with an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in June of 2017 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Department at Mount Saint Vincent University with a focus on Indigenous Feminism. She is also a former Chief for her community and the former Co-Chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples. Her research interests are decolonization of treaty relations, Social Justice for Indigenous Women, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways, and Indigenous knowledge and food systems.

Chris Reynolds - East Coast Crafted

From the pioneering breweries of historic downtown Halifax to the distinct merroir of rural Prince Edward Island, from the banks of New Brunswick’s St. John River to the far-flung iceberg alleys of Newfoundland, East Coast Crafted features behind-the-scenes profiles of each of Atlantic Canada’s nearly 70 breweries and brewpubs. With a fun, narrative style, authors Christopher Reynolds (Cicerone, beer judge, co-owner, Stillwell beer bar) and Whitney Moran (beer journalist and editor) get to know the people behind the pints and offer readers dozens of recommendations as they explore their favourite suds from across the region. The result is the first comprehensive guide to Atlantic Canada’s evolving craft beer industry, an ideal read for beer tourists and local champions of Canada’s fastest-growing craft beer-producing region.

Christopher Reynolds is a former magazine editor turned professional beer nerd. He is a recognized BJCP beer judge, a Certified Cicerone, and the co-owner of Stillwell, Atlantic Canada’s most celebrated beer bar. He is also a home-brewer gone pro, with the recent launch of saison-focused Stillwell Brewing Co. Visit stillwellbrewing.com

Jerry Rideout - My Life in Short Form

Why I Wrote This Book
When I was young I lived in King’s Point, Newfoundland. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but as a kid, I didn’t see that beauty. As soon as I got the opportunity, I escaped to the big city. In retrospect, my early childhood was a life full of adventure. Now when I return periodically, I see it for what it is—a heaven on earth.

Around Christmas time in 2014, I published a short story on a Facebook page hosted by my hometown. I received such positive feedback, I decided I would try to write a short story each week, for a full year. On the week before Christmas, 2015, I finished my fifty-second story. With much encouragement from my fellow citizens of King’s Point, I have re-introduced them in this book.

What I will attempt to do, is re-live along with you, some of the memories of growing up in a small town in the 1950s and 1960s. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

Jerry Rideout is from Newfoundland. Studied Nuclear Medicine in Halifax and ended up teaching in Nova Scotia Community College for 35 years. He has dabbled in songwriting and poetry for many years and has  written songs with Terry Kelly and Jim Henman (original April Wine). He  retired 2 years ago and decided to write a short story each week for a year. He has now placed them in a book of short stories.

Terri M. Roberts - Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge

This is the story of the great Gaelic hero Fionn MacCool and why he sucks his thumb. This traditional Gaelic tale is retold as an action story to read aloud to children. It introduces children to storytelling and to Nova Scotia Gaelic oral tradition, language, culture, and belief systems. It is the first book published especially to follow the guidelines of the Gaelic curriculum set out by the NS Department of Education.

Terri M. Roberts is a Canadian of Welsh and Scottish ancestry who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a former high school English literature and drama teacher with a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies and a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. Terri has over twenty years of experience as a Girl Guide leader, focusing on the delivery of arts programming for all age groups. She specializes in using stories as a teaching tool.

Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada

Indie Publishing 101  – Keys to Success

What happens after you’ve written the best book you can? 
Join authors Cathryn Fox, Michelle Helliwell and Deborah Hale from Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada for a discussion on Indie Publishing. Explore the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus going it on your own. Learn the essential ingredients needed to prepare your book for indie publishing success and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.  From editing, covers, marketing and social media, there’s a lot to cover, so bring your questions and your curiosity as we delve into the ever-changing world of indie publishing.

 Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada

www.rwaac.org

Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to enhancing the craft and art of writing, providing industry knowledge, and advancing the careers of our authors. RWAC offers a supportive environment and opportunity to learn about the romance publishing industry and the craft of writing.

RWAC supports diversity. Our members and books encompass an array of sexual orientation, politics, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Meetings

We meet one Sunday a month; from September to May. As well, we usually have an all-day workshop plus a retreat at some point throughout the year. Meetings are held from 2:00-5:00  at the Keshen Goodman Public Library at 330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, unless otherwise stated.

 Membership

We welcome newcomers to drop in for a visit before joining. You may attend two sessions before membership is required. In order to join RWAC, you must be a member in good standing with Romance Writers of America.

Michelle Helliwell

Originally from Halifax, Michelle and her family settled in Hants County Nova Scotia over ten years ago, and proudly calls the Brooklyn area home. She carries a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, both in Halifax. She is also a past president of the Atlantic Canada chapter of Romance Writers of America.

About Enchanted Tales…

Enchanted Tales are a series of historical romances set in England in the late Georgian period (1790-1796) and take the reader into a world where a brilliant bookworm can find happiness, want-to-be princess discovers she’s worthy of more than finery, and a red-caped beauty can find the devotion she deserves. As of this writing, there are three books in the series, and a fourth and final book, Nothing Magical about Midnight, to be released in August 2018. Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella are the folklore inspiration for this series. The themes in fairy tales are, I feel, elemental and transcultural, and it’s that thread through time and space that makes them so appealing to creators. There is never a single way to handle a fairy tale retelling!

For more information about Michelle and her books, you can check out her website: http:www.michellehelliwell.com

Sarah Sawler - 100 Things You Didn't Know About Atlantic Canada for Kids

Did you know that you can walk on the ocean floor at the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick? Or that there was once a UFO sighting in PEI? Or that someone found a real Maud Lewis painting in a thrift shop? Journalist Sarah Sawler, author of the bestselling 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, has collected the most interesting, surprising, and bizarre facts that you never knew about Atlantic Canada, just for kids.

100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) includes fun photos and helpful explanations that go with all the wacky and weird trivia that is sure to entertain and educate. As an added bonus, each ‘thing’ is paired with an interactive sidebar suggesting fun family activities, and places to visit.

Sarah Sawler is the author of 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia. She writes a monthly column for Atlantic Books Today called “Origin Stories,” and her freelance work appears regularly in Halifax Magazine and Atlantic Business Magazine. She lives in Halifax with her partner, two children, one dog, one cat, and one bearded dragon.

Jamie Simpson - Eating Wild in Eastern Canada

From fiddleheads to spruce tips, wild food can be adventurous and fun–with the right guide. In Eating Wild in Eastern Canada, award-winning author and conservationist Jamie Simpson (Journeys through Eastern Old-Growth Forests) shows readers what to look for in the wilds and how and when to collect it.

Grouping foods by their most likely foraging locations—forests, fields, and shorelines—and with 50 full-colour photographs, identification is made accessible for the amateur hiker, wilderness enthusiast, and foodie alike. Includes historical notes and recipes, cautionary notes on foraged foods’ potential dangers, and interviews with wild-edible gatherers and chefs. While gathering wild edibles may be instinctive to some, there is an art to digging for soft-shelled clams and picking highbush cranberries, and Simpson joyfully explores it in this one-of-a-kind narrative guidebook.

Jamie Simpson is a forester, lawyer, and writer with a passion for exploring our natural world (and sometimes eating it).  He is the author of Restoring the Acadian Forest: A Guide to Forest Stewardship for Woodlot Owners in Eastern Canada, and Journeys through Eastern Old-growth Forests. Jamie has received several awards for his conservation work, including the Elizabeth May Award for Environmental Service, the Environmental Law Prize from Dalhousie University, and the Honour in the Woods Award from the Nova Scotia Environmental Network.

Susan Sinnott - Catching the Light

This was the line between here and there. No landwash, no vague intertidal zone, no undecided. She stood at the edge, a mass of instincts and yearnings and despair, while the dawn painted itself in around her, shade by delicate shade.

The kids call her Lighthouse: no lights on up there. In a small town, everyone knows when you can’t read. But Cathy is just distracted by the light, lines, and artistry of everyday life. She is a talented artist growing up in tiny Mariners Cove and yearns for acceptance. She dreams of enrolling in art school, but getting there will be a struggle. Hutch Parsons is everything Cathy is not: charismatic, popular, smart. Overflowing with energy, he is confident in his plans for the future. But one icy evening his world is upended and those plans are swept away.

Dancing between points of view, Catching the Light explores the ordinary lives of two extraordinary people. With gorgeously lyrical language and a strong sense of place, this tender novel announces a bright new voice in Atlantic fiction. Winner of the 2014 Percy Janes First Novel Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Susan Sinnott was born in the UK and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was awarded the Percy Janes First Novel Award for her then-unpublished manuscript, “Just Like Always,” (Catching the Light) and an excerpt was adapted for inclusion in Racket, an anthology of short fiction by the Port Authority writing group, edited by Lisa Moore. Susan has also contributed to the Newfoundland Quarterly Online.

Janet Soley - Night at the Gardens

Janet Soley is a Nova Scotia Cartographer and Illustrator, and is a graduate of  theCollege of Geographic Sciences (Lawrencetown). She loves to create bright colored whimsical images. As a child she spent many days walking to and through the Halifax Public Gardens doing somersaults on the green spaces. Janet is also a Prop-Mistress who designs and builds props, sets, costumes and puppets for Community Theatre

Dan Soucoup - Winter

Some Canadians greet winter with a cold shoulder, while others celebrate the snow and ice. One thing we can all agree on: winter brings ideal reading weather. Spanning decades, this collection from author and anthology editor Dan Soucoup (The Finest Tree) shares the inherent warmth of the chilly season in a uniquely Atlantic Canadian way–with grit, good humour, and moving sentimentality.

From Thomas Raddall’s 1910 story of a young widow lost in a snowstorm on a frozen river to Alden Nowlan’s retelling of a Mi’kmaw legend about a man who loathed winter, these stories explore every face–good and bad–of the wintry season. A blend of fact and fiction spanning the region, from Labrador to Yarmouth, Winter: Atlantic Canadian Stories brings voices old and new together to celebrate the season of natural storytelling.

Dan Soucoup has worked as a bookseller and publisher for many years. He is the author of numerous historical books about the Maritimes, including Failures and Fiascos, A Short History of Halifax, Railways of New Brunswick, and Know New Brunswick. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Jon Tattrie - Daniel Paul: Mi'kmaw Elder

Jon Tattrie is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Bedford. He’s published seven books. Two were novels – Black Snow is set in the Halifax Explosion and Limerence tells the story of that Leonard Cohen longing that disturbs the tranquil heart. He wrote the Hermit of Africville, the first biography of the legendary civil rights protester Eddie Carvery, and Cornwallis: the Violent Birth of Halifax, which is the first biography of the Halifax’s founder.

Born in a log cabin during a raging blizzard on Indian Brook Reserve in 1938, Mi’kmaw elder Daniel N. Paul rose to the top of a Canadian society that denied his people’s civilization.When he was named to the Order of Canada, his citation called him a “powerful and passionate advocate for social justice and the eradication of racial discrimination.” His Order of Nova Scotia honour said he “gives a voice to his people by revealing a past that the standard histories have chosen to ignore.”But long before the acclaim, there was the Indian Agent denying food to his begging mother. There was the education system that taught him his people were savages. There was the Department of Indian Affairs that frustrated his work to bring justice to his people.His landmark book We Were Not the Savages exposed the brutalities of the collision between European and Native American civilizations from a Mi’kmaq perspective. The book sold tens of thousands of copies around the world and inspired others to learn history from an indigenous point of view.He shone a light on Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis through newspaper columns and public debates over two decades, calling on Nova Scotia to stop honouring the man whose scalping proclamations were an act of genocide against the Mi’kmaq.Now, for the first time, here is the full story of his personal journey of transformation, a story that will inspire Canadians to recognize and respect their First Nations as equal and enlightened civilizations.

Steve Vernon - Where the Ghosts Are

If you’re from Halifax, you’ve probably heard that the Five Fisherman Restaurant is supposedly haunted, and that Georges Island is overrun with ghosts. If you’re from Nova Scotia, you probably know about rumours of buried treasure on Oak Island, or about the UFO sighting in Shag Harbour. But what about the Grey Lady of Stoney Beach? Or the Ghost of Haddon Hall? Featuring addresses and GPS coordinates, this guide to Nova Scotian haunts maps out the origin stories of 50 spooky tales.

Author Steve Vernon has covered every corner of the province in search of the spooky, bizarre, and unexplained. The perfect companion for those interested in the history of the province and thrill-seekers alike, Where the Ghosts Are is a DIY-ghost tour of Nova Scotia’s most haunted spots.

Len Wagg - Nova Scotia at Night

See Nova Scotia like never before. Celebrated photographer Len Wagg returns off the success of Then and Now, his exploration of Wallace MacAskill’s photographic legacy, with another entirely original perspective on his home province. Nova Scotia at Night   showcases Canada’s Ocean Playground from sunset to twilight and beyond.

Showcasing stunning vistas from across the province, including iconic Nova Scotia landmarks like the Annapolis Valley Lookoff underneath the stars and Louisbourg in silhouette, a snow-covered Public Gardens on a winter’s eve, whales breaching at Canso Causeway, the Northern lights dancing over the Cobequid Mountains, and much more, this beautiful and surprising book highlights Nova Scotia’s seldom seen after-dark personality.  Features 80 Colour photographs, including a selectionf rom Len’s favourite up-and-coming Nova Scotia photographers.

Len Wagg’s photographs have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Maclean’s. In 2008 Len won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Book Illustration for the book Wild Nova Scotia, his photographic portrait of the province’s protected areas. He lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit lenwagg.com.

Beth Weatherbee - Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia

Camelia, the Canada goose with the faulty GPS (Goose Positioning System) is on the move again. This time she travels throughout the province of Nova Scotia with her eccentric Aunt, a photojournalist with the CGBC (Canada Goose Broadcasting Corporation). As Aunt Tillie gathers stories of interest, Camelia meets many new friends including Spike the Cape D’Or porcupine, Piper the spring peeper from Kejimkujik, Larry the leatherback turtle, Cindy Crowsby the famous hockey player, and Willow the bookworm donkey. A host of other colourful characters entertain them and offer maritime hospitality. As usual, Camelia gets distracted and is lost several times. She is stranded on a beach with a Digby scallop; accidently whisked away to Sable Island on the famous Bluenose schooner; and worst of all, Camelia is lost in a pea soup fog on the Northumberland Strait and wonders if she’ll ever find her favourite Aunt again. Camelia must summon all her courage and wits to find her way. Can she do it?

Odette Barr, Colleen Landry and Beth Weatherbee are public school teachers in New Brunswick. Each author brings a unique perspective to their Camelia Airheart books. Their first collaboration resulted in the early chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! Their first picture book, Take off to Tantramar, has been translated into French (Allons à Tantramar). Chocolate River Publishing will be releasing their next chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt to Nova Scotia, this fall.

Nicola R. White - The Fury Bride

For three long years after her husband died, Nora Katsaros was on the run. And now that she’s finally found a place to call home, she’s not about to let anyone stand in the way of raising her daughter in peace – not even Charon, the womanizing, drop-dead-gorgeous former god who works at her restaurant.

Unfortunately, Charon’s love-‘em-and-leave-‘em lifestyle brings trouble to Nora’s doorstep when a jealous husband shows up looking for a fight. When the man threatens Nora’s safety, Charon reacts with violence and soon finds himself under arrest. At the same time, the confrontation causes Nora to manifest the powers of an ancient Greek Fury.

Nicola R. White is a lawyer and romance author from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada and in 2016 was the winner of the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Romance.

Erin Wunker

Erin Wunker teaches at Dalhousie University. Her research focusses on poetry and poetics, as well as critical issues in Canadian literature and culture. She is the author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life, and with Hannah McGregor (SFU) and Julie Rak (U Alberta) she is the co-editor of the forthcoming collection Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug, 2018).

Joel Zemel - Betrayal of Trust

Joel Zemel lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a professional guitarist and teacher and has been involved in the Halifax music scene for the past forty-five years. He specializes in jazz but is well versed in blues & folk styles and is adept at these genres on both electric & acoustic guitar. He worked for many years performing on local and national television programs, in live theatre and concert venues. He has been involved in numerous commercial recording projects as a musician, arranger and producer. Over the years, he has performed with many diverse national and international personalities.

Joel spent several years as a documentary filmmaker. He produced, directed and composed music for own independent films, My Doctor’s Family (1993) and Sonja (1995). He was a part of the local independent film community as an editor and sound recordist. He still creates soundscapes for experimental films. He became interested in the field of historical research in 1998 and is listed as on HRM Archive’s list of professional researchers. He turned to writing in 2006 and until 2012, was a full-time caregiver for his mother at home in Halifax.

Recently (2012-13), Joel completed and self-published his first book, a non-fiction work entitled Scapegoat – the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, which won the Atlantic Book Award/Dartmouth Book prize for non-fiction for 2014; was licensed to New World Publishing (Canada) in 2014-15. New World edited and updated it as a 100th Anniversary Edition, which won two international writing awards, the latest, the prestigious North American John Lyman Award for Naval and Maritime History – in June, 2017. NWP also published Betrayal of Trust in September, 2017; and he  is presently editing his novel, The Fiddler’s Refrain – slated for publication in fall 2018. He presently maintains an online music and film information website, www.svproductions.com and a Halifax Explosion and related history website, www.halifaxexplosion.net.