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rise again howard epstein May 5 , 2015

In Rise Again: Nova Scotia's NDP on the Rocks, Epstein — a lawyer, environmentalist, social activist, and former Halifax municipal councilor — provides an inside look at the NDP in Nova Scotia. He charts its years in opposition, from the feuding of the 1960s and 1970s in the Akerman and MacEwan years, through the strong leadership of Alexa McDonough in the 1980s, to the near miss of the 1999 election under Robert Chisholm, and finally the rise and fall of the NDP under Darrell Dexter.

December 9, 2014

K.V. Johansen
's novel The Lady has been published by Pyr.

"The action continues unabated in this dashing, magic-filled sequel to The Leopard...
Johansen has found a winning combination: the modern epic fantasy penchant for a cast of thousands and the golden age feeling of a tale of Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser dueling with gods gone mad." - Publishers Weekly

Elora of StoneDecember 1, 2014 Prince Edward Island author Jaime Lee Mann's middle-grade novel Elora of Stone has been published: four-year-old Asher Caine vanishes while playing near the woods one day with his sister Ariana. Eventually, his family believes him to be dead. In the Kingdom of Falmoor, twins are cursed. Ever since the evil sorcerer Larque turned the good witch Elora to stone, all twins in the Kingdom are doomed to separate, either through death or mysterious disappearances. More about the author and the book can be found at her website:

Hockeytown pei

This lavishly illustrated hockey book looks at Canada's national obsession and how it defines and enhances life in the fiercely proud, spud-growing community of O’Leary, PEI. Written by award-winning author Wayne Wright, Hockeytown PEI covers a century of change down at the old country rink. The book may be purchased at

Acadian DriftwoodSeptember 2014 Paul-Emile Comeau's book Acadian Driftwood: The Roots of Acadian and Cajun Music, a nearly definitive guide to Acadian and Cajun music, was published September 1, 2014. There's more about the author and the book at Paul-Emile Comeau's website,

Fog Lit Festival Saint John New BrunswickOctober 1-5, 2014 The Fog Lit Festival will be held in Saint John New Brunswick, featuring New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong and many other authors. There will be events for all ages as well as writing workshops, book signings, and panel discussions. For more information you can find Fog Lit at their website or on Twitter and Facebook.

The Golden Life of Francis FairviewJune 2014 The graphic novella The Golden Life of Francis Fairview by Newfoundland artist Matthew Strickland has been released:
The Golden Life of Francis Fairview is a forty-eight page tale of a boy on a journey, told through a unique collection of digitally altered charcoal drawings, written and illustrated by Newfoundland based artist Matthew Strickland. ComiXology is the world's leading digital comics platform. Its Guided View reading technology allows readers to read in full screen or from panel-to-panel, mimicking the experiencing of reading printed comics.

Atlantic Book AwardsApril 2014 - Short-lists for the Atlantic Book Awards have been announced, including the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Childrens Literature, the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book, the Dartmouth Book Awards (Fiction and Non-fiction), the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing, the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award.

Frye Festival Moncton

April 21 to 27, 2014 - The Frye Festival, Moncton New Brunswick

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ArtsEast December, 2013 - Arts East Holiday Gift Marketplace

Atlantic Canadian arts magazine ArtsEast has put a gift marketplace online to showcase arts products from the region that would make great gifts, including books by Atlantic authors!
Antony Millen June 28, 2013 - Expatriate Nova Scotian's New Novel

Antony Millen's Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River To Hiruharama, set in both Nova Scotia and New Zealand, was published in May.
Adventures of the Three Mouse-Breath-Kateers June 28, 2013 - New Brunswick Author's Latest Books

Katherine E. Tapley-Milton's latest books, published this month, are Old Boats and Old Quotes which includes photos of Atlantic Canada and quotes from her father, and a children's book entitled, The Adventures of the Three Mouse-Breath-Kateers which is a story about Jimmy, Merlin, and Larry the kitten.
May 14, 2013 - Danuta Gleed Literary Award
New Brunswick writer Paul Marlowe's Ether Frolics has been short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, which recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year. Marlowe is the only Atlantic Canadian on this year's short list.
New Brunswick writer April 4 , 2013 - Children’s Stories Help Rebuild Nation
New Brunswick writer K.V. Johansen will be a guest of honour at the Days of Canadian Literature event April 26-28 in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Johansen will be speaking about the Canadian experience of multiculturalism in literature, and will also be launching the Macedonian-language translation of her children’s novel Torrie and the Pirate-Queen (Тори и пиратската кралица).
Cabot Trail Writers Festival, North River Bridge, NS
Cabot Trail Writers Festival, North River Bridge, NS
2013: October 4 - 6

Atlantic Book Awards shortlistMarch 22, 2013

Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist Announced

New Brunswick Literary TimesThe New Brunswick Literary Times is a new news-gathering service for information on the latest book news in the province, edited by by Gerard Beirne. They also have a site on Facebook.

Blackdog by K. V. JohansenBlackdog, by New Brunswick writer K.V. Johansen, is short-listed for the 2012 Sunburst Award.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award to recognize stellar writing in two categories: adult and young adult. The awards are presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year. Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian science fiction, the awards consist of a cash award of Cdn$1,000 and a medallion which incorporates a specially designed "Sunburst" logo. The winners receive their awards in the fall of every year.
July, 2012

Samantha & Harriet: The Girls Who Would Be Knights, by Stephanie Roe, of Nova Scotia, was a finalist for the Writers' Union of Canada's 16th annual Writing for Children Competition.

The Union initiated the Writing for Children competition to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children’s literature. This year, 27 Union members donated their time and expertise to read over 870 outstanding submissions of up to 1,500 words, distilling the entries to a long list of 138 stories. These stories went on to a second round of 21 readers who selected the finalists to pass on to the 2012 jury: Don Calame, Hazel J. Hutchins, and Rene Schmidt.

WFNBWriters' Federation of New Brunswick WordsSpring 2012, May 4 – 6, 2012, Sackville NB
Atlantic Book Awards shortlistMarch 22, 2012

The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards shortlist has been announced.
Blackdog by K. V. Johansen K.V. Johansen's latest novel, Blackdog (published by Pyr) will be released September 2011. The author will be reading from Blackdog at the Sackville Fall Fair, Sackville New Brunswick, at 10:30 Saturday September 17th, at the Bridge Street stage in front of Tidewater Books.

Latest Review: "The author... creates a larger-than-life story of gods and demons at play in the world of humans. Despite their divinity, or lack thereof, Johansen’s characters project believability, and her world is full of rich and vivid detail... High fantasy for lovers of mythology and of powerful beings in human form, this adult fantasy debut should appeal to fans of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series." - Library Journal, August 2011
Something Wicked Issue 11
New Brunswick writer Paul Marlowe's latest short story, "Alpha & Omega", has been published in Issue 11 of Something Wicked magazine. The story can be read online here, and there is an interview with the author at this link.

Marlowe's story "Cotton Avicenna B iv" is in the September issue of Something Wicked.
There will be the Canadian launch of the art book 'Nova Cantabrigiensis' (Latin for 'New Cambridge') at Eyelevel Gallery, 2159 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS  on 9 July, 2011, 2 - 4 pm. The website of the book is
This is a Canadian/British production by three Cambridge University alumni. It is designed by Dylan Spencer-Davidson (now at the Royal College of Art in London) and edited by Lizzie Alice Robinson. It is reproductions of 30 drawings from a portfolio of 365 letter-size drawings of Outsider art by Nova Scotian artist John Devlin ( They are of an ideal university town imagined to be built in the middle of Minas Basin, Nova Scotia and modelled after Cambridge University where John studied in 1979-80. Some of the drawings were first exhibited by John at King's College, Cambridge, UK, in June 2010. There is an essay by Lizzie at the end which puts the drawings in context. The book is being printed in Wales and will be 8½ x 11 inches, soft cover, 60 pages, 32 leaves. The price of the book is $20 at the launch, $22 thereafter. Copies will be available at the Eyelevel Gallery bookshop and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia shop.
March 23 , 2011

The 2011 Atlantic Book Awards shortlist has been announced.

Douglas LochheadDouglas Lochhead (B.A., M.A., B.L.S., D.Litt., LL.D., F.R.S.C.), poet laureate of Sackville, New Brunswick, and author of over thirty works, died March 15. He was 88. In addition to being a finalist for the Governor-General's Award for Poetry, Lochhead received the Carlo Betocchi International Poetry Prize for High Marsh Road / La Strada di Tantramar. He was a recipient of the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts, and of many honorary degrees.

After his service in the Canadian Army in the Second World War, Lochhead's academic career brought him to a number of universities, serving both as a professor and a librarian. He was Founder and First Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison, and that university's first writer-in-residence. Massey College elected him Senior Fellow, and Founding Librarian, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1976. Well known also as a bibliographer, Lochhead received the Queen's Silver Medal in 1977, the Marie Tremaine Medal of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, and the Merit Award of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association.

Lochhead's kindness -- and his love of literature and of the Tantramar Marshes -- will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know him.
Frye Festival MonctonEvent:
April 25- May 1, 2011
Frye Festival, Moncton, NB

The 2011 Frye Festival author roster is complete! With award-winning heavy-weights such as Margaret Atwood, Kenneth Oppel, Johanna Skibsrud, Sylvia Tyson, Charles Foran and many others, there will be something for everyone.

The Deserter Paul Almond, one of Canada's pre-eminent film and television directors, is touring Canada in support of his new novel, The Deserters, the first book in his Alford Saga trilogy.

Halifax: Signing: Tuesday, November 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. Chapters, Bayers Lake Power Centre, 188 Chain Lake Drive

Halifax: Reading and Signing: Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
University of King's College Wardroom (basement, A&A building)
6350 Coburg Road

Sackville, NB: Reading and signing: Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Sackville United Church

Moncton: Signing: Sunday, November 14 from 2-4:00 p.m. Chapters, Crystal Palace, 499 Paul Street, Dieppe

Letters from HelenNew Book: Letters from Helen: A Canadian Student in Germany on the Eve of the Great War

Helen VanWart’s diaries and letters home during her European travels have been collected in Letters from Helen: A Canadian Student in Germany on the Eve of the Great War. Illustrated with Helen’s photographs and postcards, the collection gives the perspective of an ordinary New Brunswick girl on Europe just before war and revolution changed the Old World forever.

Word on the street halifax
September 26, 2010 - Word on the Street Halifax

Victoria Park, Halifx, Nova Scotia . See here for schedules.
Atlantic Author DayJune 14 , 2010 - Atlantic Author Day

Events will be held on June 26th in the four Atlantic Provinces for writers featured in the Atlantic Summer Reading Guide from Atlantic Books Today. See here for schedules.

May 15, 2010 - Book Release / Review

Paul Marlowe's Knights of the Sea: A Grim Tale of Murder, Politics, and Spoon Addiction has been released, and reviewed in the Telegraph Journal. called the book "Drily hilarious... reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s lighter works..."

The Glass Harmonica
by Russell Wangersky will be launched with a reading and signing in St. John's on Tuesday May 4 at 7PM at The Ship Inn, 265 Duckworth St., St. John’s

Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris AwardsApril 1, 2010 - Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Awards

Linden MacIntyre is shortlisted for this year's Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Awards for The Bishop’s Man.

April 1, 2010 - Upcoming Events

The 2010 Atlantic Book Awards & Festival has released its schedule of free book events - signings, readings, launches, and discussions - taking place in Atlantic Canada during the festival. See here for detailed listings for each province.

March 12, 2010 Mitchell & Crummey make the final of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Caribbean and Canada Region:
Shandi Mitchell from Canada won Best First Book for Under This Unbroken Sky and Michael Crummey from Canada won Best Book for Galore.
March 2, 2010 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist Released

Shortlists for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award, Atlantic Poetry Prize, Dartmouth Book Awards, Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing, Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-fiction, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration, Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
The Shadow RoadNew Brunswick writer K.V. Johansen has been invited to be a guest at the 2010 Skopje International Book Fair in April 2010 in Macedonia, where she will be launching the Macedonian-language translation of her book Torrie and the Snake-Prince (Тори и принцот-змија).

Johansen will also, in April, be launching the latest volume of her award-winning Warlocks of Talverdin series, The Shadow Road, in Vienna Austria.

The REsident Member New Brunswick writer Paul Marlowe's radio play The Resident Member will be featured on KFAI-FM February 28, 2010, along with background from Joe Vaz on the making of the play (and the podcast of the broadcast will be available worldwide through ).

You can download an mp3 of the radio play itself at

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