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ce ex rp fr ee o k ne w s bo re vi ew s ts spring 2013 · no 72 publication mail agreement 40038836 go outside and play books for the great outdoors page 30 atlantic book awards and festival in full bloom may 9-16 2013 get to know this year s nominees page 24 interview with the maritimes favourite weather girl cindy day page 11 inside fresh local asparagus tofu curry the recipe for a spring fling with your taste buds


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lunatic foreboding magical democracy 250 atlantic book award for historical writing dartmouth book award for fiction first novel award apma best atlantic published book award feed your head abt spring_layout 1 14/03/13 1:18 pm page 1 congratulations to our finalists spring is here in search of r.b bennett p.b waite anne around the world l.m montgomery and her classic edited by jane ledwell and jean mitchell new perspectives on the literary classic that enchants and engages readers across times and cultures shortlisted democracy 250 atlantic book award for historical writing a delight to read it brings us as close to bennett as we are ever likely to get but there remains something mysterious about this brilliant repressed driven man the chronicle herald new in paper making witches newfoundland traditions of spells and counterspells barbara rieti full of information and unique information at that newfoundland quarterly whatever happened to the music teacher how government decides and why donald j savoie an insightful account of the forces that shape ottawa s expenditure budget and the relations between politicians and public servants mcgill queen s university press follow us on and


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newthis spring from creative book publishing alice walsh 978-1-77103-0-106 5 x 7 100 pp $11.95 after her mother dies fourteen-year-old zoe is whisked away to newfoundland to live with a father she has never met in the tiny village of port au choix she gets caught up in solving the mystery of finding the habitation site of the maritime archaic indian at the same time zoe has her own mystery to solve going through her mother s journals she discovers secrets that baffle and confuse her robin mcgrath illustrated by rochelle baker 978-177103-0-083 8 x 10 32 pp $19.95 colour illus hard cover the birchy maid is a saucy sensible self-reliant heroine for the modern age when a merchant prince sails into her life she sets some very unusual conditions for marriage this is a fairy tale for all ages full of humour and wisdom the latest in environmental history from atlantic canada an original exploration of people and the environment in atlantic canada from the native-settler interactions of the 17th century to the presentday challenges of resource depletion and economic renewal http $29.95 · ecology/history · 978-0-919107-24-3 bookstore distribution by nimbus nancy keating illustrated by laurel keating 978-1-77103-0-076 8.5 x 8.5 32 pp $12.95 yaffle the seagull is fed up with the rain drizzle and fog in his home province of newfoundland he dreams about flying down south to the sunshine yaffle s journey is the hilarious tale of the seagull who wants the best of both worlds and his ambitious plan to achieve it maxwell ross rowe suzanne wheeler 978-1-77103-0-144 5.5 x 8.5 150 pp 18.95 a colourful account of the adventures of the schooner fronie myrtle 1935-1949 and her heroic and strong-willed crew as they fished the treacherous waters off newfoundland and labrador includes numerous photographs historic documents drawings and maps tuckamore books · killick press · creative publishers 430 topsail rd village shopping centre st john s nl a1e 4n1 tel 709.748.0813 · fax 709.579.6511 acadiensis press


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contents contents atlantic books today · number 72 features 22 author sleuths a passion for research puts the investigative prowess of three atlantic canadian authors to the test 24 on the cover atlantic book awards and festival discover books on sea kayaking marine wildlife hiking field guides and more p30 atlantic book awards and festival in full bloom get to know all thirty-two nominated authors and their books at this year s atlantic book awards and festival 30 go outside and play author buzz explore the great outdoors with these adventurous books 8 inside the author s studio from the beaverbrook art gallery to an overflowing personal library artist writer teacher and curator terry graff is surrounded by art at work and at home 11 interview with an author the maritimes favourite weather gal cindy day completes abt s questionnaire 12 profile living at sea level pei s acorn press founder laurie brinklow discusses her first book of poetry the lure of islands and why she writes try our book award quiz to find out how well you know the nominees page 24 visit for exclusive content including additional book award nominee coverage board books offer baby an ideal learning experience p17 cover photo joseph muise a special thank you to props floral design for letting us photograph this issue s cover in their beautiful new location in the hydrostone market 5533 young street halifax n.s 4 spring 2013 atlantic books today


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contents current affairs 13 15 book bites 6 7 42 book news all the latest from the atlantic book community contributors dear reader excerpts the birchy maid by robin mcgrath young readers maxine by claire wilkshire fiction escape velocity by carmellita mcgrath poetry failing grades alec bruce explores a fundamental truth of canadian academe as the second edition of campus confidential continues to expose also a review of whatever happened to the music teacher by donald j savoie 16 chad s view don t rely on book suggestions young readers 44 45 events chad pelley on how to love what you re reading a list of upcoming atlantic book-related events regional round up pam estabrook reports new atlantic books for spring and summer 2013 17 baby steps 46 a new series of baby board books from nimbus publishing reveals it s never too early to begin nurturing a love of books in your child great book giveaway enter to win a beautiful basket of atlantic canadian books 20 children s books reviews the best of new children s and young adult books 32 book reviews food a selection of fiction poetry people and history asparagus tofu curry recipe p40 39 food for thought food critic valerie mansour takes on fresh local and healthy along with a taste of island flavour in three cookbook reviews 40 recipe asparagus tofu curry as featured in elisabeth bailey s maritime fresh the recipe for a spring fling with your taste buds history is brought to life in three extensive works of non-fiction including the key characters of the newfoundland sealing disaster of 1914 p22 atlantic books today spring 2013 5


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contributing editors lisa doucet is the comanager of woozles children s bookstore and shares her passion for children s and young adult books as our young readers editor she serves on numerous boards and committees including the canadian children s book centre and the nova scotia children s literature roundtable pam estabrook is the regional procurement specialist for indigo who buys local interest books for the chapters coles and indigo stores in atlantic canada quebec and ontario pam s regional roundup column previews upcoming local books across the region valerie mansour puts together her love of food and books as our food section editor based in halifax n.s she works as a writer editor and documentary film researcher she was the restaurant reviewer for metro and the nowdefunct daily news chad pelley is a multiawardwinning author from st john s newfoundland his latest novels are away from everywhere and every little thing he is also the founder of salty ink the popular blog with a spotlight on fresh canadian fiction and poetry chad s view will cover a variety of publishing topics in every issue of abt atlantic books today is published by the atlantic publishers marketing association which gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the canada council for the arts and the canada book fund of the department of canadian heritage opinions expressed in articles in atlantic books today do not necessarily re flect the views and opinions of the board of the atlantic publishers marketing association contributing writers chris benjamin is the awardwinning author of eco-innovators sustainability in atlantic canada and drive-by saviours chris creative work has also been published in local regional and national publications visit john boileau s book about canadian boy soldiers in the first world war will be published by lorimer books this fall michelle brunet is a freelance writer living in halifax n.s who is especially fascinated by individuals and their stories alec bruce is a multiple atlantic journalism awardwinner for his commentary and feature journalism paul butler is a st john sbased novelist author of titanic ashes and creative writing instructor margaret patricia eaton is the visual arts columnist for the moncton times transcript and author of three poetry collections including vision voice with artist angelica de benedetti bernadette fegan operates mind early childhood development consultancy in nova scotia she is passionate about early childhood development and education with a focus on literacy in the early years visit whitney moran is an editor with nimbus publishing and vagrant press in halifax and writes for a number of local publications visit don w mcleod has been involved in hockey at all levels for the past fifty years including operations for the 2003 iihf world jr championship the 2004 iihf world women s championship the 2008 iihf men s world championships and the 2011 cwg as well as all major hockey events in the community joan sullivan is a st john s n.l.based journalist and editor of the newfoundland quarterly her book in the field is nominated for the 2013 rogers communications non fiction award kate watson is the coast s theatre reviewer and a freelance writer who has been published in local regional and national publications she has a keen interest in municipal politics and ran for hrm council in the 2012 election evelyn c white is a halifaxbased writer and the author of alice walker a life ww norton 6 spring 2013 publisher atlantic publishers marketing association peggy walt executive director managing editor heather fegan advertising sales carolyn guy incoming executive director design joseph muise printed in canada this is issue number 72 spring 2013 atlantic books today is published three times a year all issues are numbered in sequence total atlanticwide circulation 60,000 issn 11923652 oneyear subscriptions to abt are available for $15 17.25 including hst please make cheques payable to the atlantic publishers marketing association and mail to address below or contact for subscription inquiries publications mail agreement no 40038836 return undeliverable canadian addresses to atlantic publishers marketing association atlantic books today 1484 carlton street halifax ns b3h 3b7 email phone 902 420.0711 fax 902 423.4302 atlantic books today


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atlantic books today editors message editor s message dear reader dear reader with this issue we bid a fond adieu to our outgoing executive director peggy walt as the atlantic publishers marketing association marks the end of over ten years under her direction everyone at abt would like to thank peggy for spending the past decade with us we wish the very best in all her future endeavors new executive director carolyn guy comes to the apma with a tremendous amount of book and management experience and we are pleased to welcome carolyn on board joseph muise has also joined the abt team as our new art director we really hope you will enjoy the new and improved atlantic books today we look forward to delivering a fresh reliable and consistent publication to you our dear readers heather fegan atlantic books today with this issue of atlantic books today every issue with her regional round-up we re excited to share the news that we are page forty-five ic canadian booksgreat deal of spring-cleaning a lot the wonderful book doing a you ll find indeed still thriving are new regular departments in abt will you ll findof exciting and positive changes are celebrated year round for the book world insome of these titles awards being in the recognize topics from age twenty-two with abt ulti i hope you will join us cluding current affairs food and young works for our and which countless atlantic canadian authors gift guide we ve combined are beingpublication for and as well as seasonal sections dedias we continue enhancing our nominated readers of course with other over the next two issues this year author bruce graham shares the great outdoors this great gift ideas for often winning cated to travel and t combinations what a refreshingfunny story about the honour of just along with great a our look to create spring discover some adventurous books is year shop local find your being nominated don t miss it on page a more engaging publication we re striving on page thirty fiction in the fall and art t and support the book pub editorial voice for abt and gift books in our holiday issue to create a stronger twenty-eight this issue we have threeas always this issue includes lots of fabulous atlantic ry at the same time we create a reliable consistency and in turn hope me really for our holiday a dynamite profile of regu share memories of our popular interview great readers gift canadian authors `author buzz with books really make great gifts their favourite holidays stories in taleseleven profile laurie lar contributors is what makes a magazine cindy day page more titles are availablethis year chad pelley the brinklow page twelve and in the author s personal new in of christmas past page twenty and we t pick upbrains behind will be sharing page thirty to graff page eight features a copy of atlantic have holidays feasts studio terry feed oks for the holidays at your your mind and your we also have the spotlight focused on the his opinion on various publishing topics in guests with great re or havehislook at the digi atlantic canadian cookbooks this holiday a new column chad s view page six atlantic book awards and festival full n our website and check out season don t let the holiday frenzy get to teen pam estabrook who buys the local coverage starts on page twenty-four where ok symbols to discover which you this year keep calm and read on all of this year s nomiinterest books for the chapters coles and you can get to know ilable in a indigo atlantic canada will be nees and their books see how well you digital stores heather fegan f the publishing industry is reporting on regional book coverage atlantic books today quiz in fare with our author the best brothers by daniel macivor the cave painter the woodcutter by don hannah one of my favourite playwrights paula vogel pulitzer prize­ winning playwright daniel macivor s the best brothers may be the playwright s best play the national post available now in paperback and ebook atlantic books today holiday 2012 7 atlantic books today spring 2013 7


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author buzz inside the author s studio gallery master from the beaverbrook art gallery to an overflowing personal library artist writer teacher and curator terry graff is surrounded by art at work and at home by margaret patricia eaton terry graff terry graff s studio is without boundaries it encompasses the galleries archives vaults and his office in the beaverbrook art gallery as well as a personal library of art books which fill his study and have extended into the dining room in the home he shares with his wife kim leaver-graff five years ago when graff was director of the mendel art gallery in saskatoon he was recruited by bernard riordon then beaverbrook s director to accept the position of curator in a planned succession that would see him take on the roles of director/ceo and chief curator upon riordon s retirement my wife and i had been away from the maritimes for a long time he says speaking fondly of the fourteen years they and their family spent here they lived in sackville new brunswick when he taught at riverview high school and mount allison university and directed struts gallery then in charlottetown when he served as director of the confederation centre art gallery and museum before moving to st catherine s as director of the rodman hall arts centre the invitation to come to the beaverbrook was one i just couldn t pass up he says because the permanent collection here is by far the most outstanding collection of masterworks of any gallery where i d worked and the opportunity to work with a collection of this caliber was really important to me this gallery was a major gift to new brunswick by lord beaverbrook [sir max aiken and it needs to be cared for interpreted and promoted upon arrival graff began work on masterworks from the beaverbrook art gallery a magnificent 238-page large format volume featuring full-colour plates of seventy-five masterworks from the gal photos m p eaton 8 spring 2013 atlantic books today


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above bernard riordan director emeritus left and terry graff director and editor/author of masterworks from the beaverbrook art gallery sign copies at the february 15 book launch top right the beaverbrook art gallery 703 queen street fredericton was a gift to the province of new brunswick in 1959 from sir max aitken lord beaverbrook bottom right masterworks from the beaverbrook art gallery is the newest addition to a growing list of titles by terry graff all of the books on the top shelf were written during the four years he worked on masterworks lery published by goose lane editions and launched in february the artists list reads like a who s who with works by salvador dalí j m w turner lucien freud tom thomson emily carr henri matisse and david milne selected from over 3,500 works in the gallery each painting is accompanied by a lively and insightful analysis of the life and times of the artist feel even more strongly that certain works can t be pulled out of the collection without damaging the integrity of its meaning because collections have a personality or story and you can read them holistically he says there s communication between the works of art when you look at how beaverbrook acquired them and what he was thinking so there are a lot of sociological i spend a lot of time studying and contemplating each painting and i d let the work speak to me and i d jot things down that i wondered about did the artist really intend this is this the hand of another artist as it applies to the particular work there are also six longer essays by leading art historians for example dalí scholar elliott h king has written about the gallery s signature painting `santiago el grande while katherine eustace who trained at the victoria and albert museum has explored walter sickert s portraits of power graff s essay a portrait of lord beaverbrook and his incomparable gift explores the works from yet another perspective that of the collector i have an even greater appreciation for the collection now and and historical significances to the collection as well as to the individual works the project actually extends back ten years with bernard riordon who d wanted to do this but it just never got off the ground because of the dispute [between beaverbrook s heirs and the gallery over ownership of 135 paintings so as soon as i started in 2008 i began researching the collection really delving into it then in 2009 the gallery turned fifty so i used that year to create a template for the masterworks exhibition but i certainly hadn t done all the research by that time and it wasn t something i could be totally absorbed in every day all day long that would have been a luxury graff says explaining how he works around the clock on multiple projects and has written a slew of other publications related to group and solo shows at the gallery so over four years a little bit at a time i looked through archival records researched and checked out the paintings i spent a lot of time studying and contemplating each painting and i d let the work speak to me and i d jot things down that i wondered about did the artist really intend this is this the hand of another artist sometimes you discover all kinds of crazy things in fact our constable painting has another painting underneath it which we discovered through x-ray and then discovered constable had painted over the sitter when he complained about being portrayed in a turbulent storm so i find there s a real difference between looking at an actual work of art as opposed to looking at it on a computer screen as the two experiences are radically different for me looking at art is a bodily experience you need to be present with your senses atlantic books today spring 2013 9


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author buzz inside the author s studio graff says a threeyear north american touring exhibition of 75 masterworks from the beaverbrook art gallery which opened in palm springs florida on february 1 2013 will spread the word about the worldclass collection of art in fredericton graff actually wrote most of the book at his home however as he says the gallery is not conducive to the more introverted aspects of the job working in a gallery is a bit like christmas as there s always excitement when a new work comes in and it s definitely not a tomb he adds referring to the contemporary exhibitions he s curated including 2012 s hot pop soup s opening where guests were invited to dress for an andy warhol-style party i don t make a big distinction between historical and contemporary because to me it s all inter-related but to truly appreciate contemporary art i think you have to be grounded in historical art this leads the conversation back to graff s personal library where he did most of the research for masterworks using the hundreds of books he s been collecting all his life they re irreplaceable because there s so much you can t access electronically rare books and catalogues that will probably never be digitalized and besides i m always cautious about what i find online so i prefer reliable books by international scholars graff now has even more reason to be cautious about computers as last summer when the masterpieces manuscript was almost completed his computer crashed i hadn t backed it up and i lost a big chunk of text and that was devastating there was a sunken feeling in my stomach all that work so i phoned susanne alexander [publisher at goose lane and asked her to extend the deadline but of course she s looking at it from the other end with editing proofing printing binding but she did allow me a little more time it meant a lot of late nights until two or three or even four a.m drinking coffee and plowing through but what i found was that because i d already done it the second version came out better in the end at least that s my perception and indeed he s right his engaging and informative presentation of the interconnections among the beaverbrook s art treasures has made it a book you can come back to and enjoy again and again abt printing great canadian books reading naturally $65.00 hc 240 pp 9780864926425 goose lane editions and beaverbrook art gallery ron such 1.902.684.0888 10 spring 2013 on the cover the fountain of indolence detail 1834 by j m w turner 17751851 oil on canvas 105.7 x 166.4 cm gift of the beaverbrook foundation atlantic books today


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interview author buzz abt proust questionnaire s cindy day meteorologist cindy day author of the bestselling book grandma says $19.95 hc 122 pp 978-1-55109-941-5 nimbus publishing the maritimes favourite weather gal cindy day shares her love of chocolate and red wine indiana jones and a certain canadian hockey team plus the tv personality she d be for a day what do you consider your best quality if you could be someone else for a day who would it be i love to do things for others oprah winfrey a quality you desire in a partner where you would most like to live honesty on the family farm in bainsville ontario your worst quality favourite colour too often i sweat the small stuff yellow your present state of mind favourite animal content dog a natural talent you d like to possess your favourite poets i d love to be a great singer leonard cohen what is your idea of happiness a night at home in my pj s watching a favourite authors montreal canadiens hockey game with a linden macintyre glass of red wine in my hand and my trustyour favourite fictional heroes ed beagle at my feet indiana jones your idea of misery stranded on a desert island with a toronto your real life heroes mother teresa stephen hawking maple leafs fan your favourite food drink anything chocolate and red wine what is your greatest fear being buried alive your favourite occupation teacher as a child i wanted to be one today i admire the incredible work they do how you want to die in my sleep what do you appreciate most about your friends they don t judge favourite or personal motto true contentment is not in having everything but in being satisfied with everything you have abt if the frogs are singing there s rain coming sometimes grandma would talk about being able to smell the rain coming other times she could hear it one night we had finished our barn chores and were walking back to the house when grandma said listen to the frogs can you tell what they re saying the frogs were very loud that night their melodious trill filled the air frogs were very mysterious to me we didn t see them very often but some nights we couldn t miss their song i didn t know what the frogs were saying that night but grandma sure did she explained that when the frogs were especially loud it would soon rain from grandma says atlantic books today spring 2013 11


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author buzz profile living at sea level laurie brinklow founder of pei s acorn press discusses her first book of poetry the lure of islands and why she writes by whitney moran from the inside out the island takes me in living at sea level iii first story of arrival laurie brinklow is no stranger to the publishing world a name synonymous with prince edward island s mighty acorn press which she founded in 1993 brinklow has recently made the daunting move from publisher to published poet after selling the small press in 2010 to focus on obtaining her ph.d in island studies through the university of tasmania brinklow was finally able to set her poems free her first poem pile driver appropriately appearing first in the collection won the milton acorn poetry competition in 1986 and it would be acorn s legacy that would live on through her company but after a selection of the poems placed first in the atlantic writing competition poetry category in 1998 sponsored by the writer s federation of nova scotia brinklow s manuscript sat untouched for years the dormant poet was focused on bringing the voices of the region s best writers from david weale to tanya davis into print pei s former poet laureate the late frank ledwell often joked that brinklow s was the best unpublished manuscript on pei in 2012 an offer arose and acorn press published here for the music an accomplished editor and publisher brinklow had been reading poetry manuscripts for years but as she admits reading poetry sometimes makes you want to write it although she initially tried for a traditional format brinklow could only seem to capture her stories and memories 12 spring 2013 laurie brinklow l a n dm arks 1986 brinklow s pile driver wins the milton acorn poetry competition 1993 brinklow launches prince edward island s acorn press 1998 a selection of brinklow s poems place first in the atlantic writing competi tion poetry category 2010 brinklow sells the acorn press 2012 here for the music by laurie brinklow is published by the acorn press and beyond i will continue using my writing talents as a way to sort through what i think about things laurie brinklow in prose poetry i wanted to capture that child s voice she explains once she decided to pursue her writing it was like a mine she admits the poems just started coming the lively collection features highly autobiographical and confessional prose poetry detailing key moments and experiences in brinklow s life including poems from brinklow s first days of poetry writing to her most recent musings on newfound love biding your time and everything in between most striking are those poems that detail her fragmented childhood growing up in various cities across canada this sets the scene nicely for her exploration all of the roles she s played since mother friend lover ex the non-linear format allows child and adult experiences to coexist profoundly forming a lyrical journey toward the physical and abstract notions of home the collection is both a tangible and emotional landscape each poem a landmark on the roadmap of brinklow s life but for the poet telling these stories is a delicate process it s about taking things beyond the confessional and making them into art she explains as for what the future holds i will continue using my writing talents as a way to sort through what i think about things she explains adding with a smile and of course travel to a few more islands next up on her travel list is galapagos there might be some poetry there she laughs abt $17.95 pb 80 pp 978-1-89483-882-5 the acorn press atlantic books today


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news current affairs news from the atlantic book community honour roll goose lane editions made a mark this year on the shortlist for the shaughnessy cohen prize for political writing taking two spots with walls travels along the barricades by marcello di cintio and what we talk about when we talk about war by noah richler at the swanky politics and the pen gala at the fairmount chateau laurier hotel in ottawa on march 6 the $25,000 prize was awarded to di cintio this prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book that captures a political subject of interest to canadian readers and enhances our understanding of the issue the winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant literary merit goose lane editions is also pleased to announce that scott fotheringham has been nominated for the first novel award for his acclaimed debut the rest is silence he joins fellow nominees pasha malla people park kim thúy ru marjorie celona y and anakana schofield malarky the first novel award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a canadian first-time novelist established in 1976 the award has been the launching pad for canadian literary luminaries such as michael ondaatje nino ricci joseph boyden joan thomas and last year s winner david bezmozgis the winner will be announced at the annual first novel award event on april 24 in toronto invisible publishing is pleased to share the news they have selected a winner in this year s competition for the robert kroetsch award for innovative poetry given annually for the best poetry manuscript by an emerging canadian writer one who has published fewer than two books now in its seventh year the prestigious award goes to claire lacey s manuscript twin tongues for her outstanding work lacey receives a trade book contract with invisible publishing via its snare imprint her title will be published in fall of 2013 award judge jay millar says claire lacey s twin tongues sets up an intriguing concept executes it and says `deal with it yet for all its explorations and insatiable curiosities it never wavers from what is important to contemporary poetry language as a social endeavour at the crossroad of writing and reading tailings of warren peace a n ovel by s tephen l aw 9781552665152 $19.95 a gripping tale that eerily reflects a disturbing reality in global politics it takes the reader on a scintillating journey that twists and turns from canada to guatemala war to peace and lost to love this book is a celebration of the human spirit garry leech author of beyond bogota everything is so political a collection of s hort f iction by c anadian w riters edited by sandra mcintyre foreword by fred stenson 9781552665497 $19.95 brimming with wild imagination and stunning variety this is one of those beautiful literary anthologies that comes along once a generation that we ll look back upon as the beginning of a whole new vision of canadian fiction lee henderson author of the man game publishing an imprint of fernwood publishing roseway atlantic books today spring 2013 13


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current affairs news photos above clockwise from top left queen elizabeth ii diamond jubilee medal recipient gerry fostaty shaugh nessy cohen prize for political writing winner marcello di cintio young adult author kat kruger toronto s newly appointed poet laureate george elliott clarke congratulations to glen margaret publishing s richard rogers who has received the queen elizabeth ii diamond jubilee medal with the following citation as the owner of glen margaret publishing mr rogers has published many local works of nova scotia history and culture at a time when it was not popular to do so thus preserving a unique wedge of canadian history and culture goose lane editions author gerry fostaty author of as you were the tragedy at valcartier has also been awarded the queen elizabeth ii diamond jubilee medal as a result of the publication of the book in 2011 fostaty has been asked to speak to numerous groups not only on the story but on post-traumatic stress disorder ptsd he is also involved with a committee to obtain support for the survivors of the explosion many of whom are still suffering the physical and emotional effects of the incident in other news gaspereau press author george elliott clarke has been appointed the city of toronto s fourth poet laureate by toronto city council during his three-year term as the city s literary ambassador clarke 14 spring 2013 will advocate for poetry and the local literary arts create a `literary legacy project for the people of toronto and attend public events and official city functions to promote literature in december 2012 gaspereau press released a new edition of clarke s poetry collection black which has been completely redesigned and revised and placed second in the poetry category at the alcuin society annual awards for excellence in book design in canada flanker press is pleased to announce that president garry cranford recently signed a publishing agreement with coauthors karl wells and steve watson cooking with one chef one critic will be a companion cookbook to the highly popular and long-running rogers tv show one chef one critic now entering its sixth season the book will contain all 110 recipes from the series as well as favourite personal recipes from guests and chefs who have appeared on the show keep an eye out for cooking with one chef one critic this fall congratulations to debut young adult author kat kruger who has signed a foreign translation deal with cbj verlag/random house germany for the publication of the magdeburg trilogy all three books in the series will be published as mass paper backs in august of 2014 the first book in the trilogy the night has teeth won the 34th atlantic writing award for young adult fiction and was published in english by fierce ink press co-op ltd in september 2012 fierce ink press will publish book two the night has claws in september 2013 with book three following in the spring of 2014 atlantic books today would like to welcome two new faces to the atlantic book community the word on the street halifax society has announced they have welcomed genevieve hearn as its new festival director she takes over from colleen ritchie who has organized the popular book and magazine event for the past three years wots halifax co-chair lisa doucet says hearn s enthusiasm and previous experiences in event coordination makes her a valuable addition to our team the writers federation of nova scotia has announced their new executive director jonathan meakin brings an extensive background as a committed leader in the literary arts to the position with over ten years of experience in alberta s arts and heritage sectors with a strong emphasis on communications program development and arts management abt atlantic books today


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failing grades current affairs second edition of campus confidential continues to expose alec bruce explores a fundamental truth of canadian academe do major public university operate like a major private corporation by alec bruce not long ago i picked a fight unwittingly with a staunch defender of atlantic canada s ivory tower and almost had my head handed to me on a cafeteria platter i had written a column for the newspaper that employs me daily to mouth off about current affairs both small and large questioning the high cost of university administrators salaries and benefits in the region why were they so much higher and growing so much faster than those of faculty members could it be i cheekily proposed that a major public university operates like a major private corporation and that its president is no different than any ceo who exercises near absolute control over the serfs who fertilize the minds of those who pony up big bucks for the privilege of obtaining an education that perhaps prepares them for a job it certainly wasn t by any means an original observation for decades others residing both in the downtown core and on the outskirts of university life have tendered similar opinions still my screed touched a nerve over at the atlantic association of universities aau where nerves routinely jangle like fire alarms for shame fumed the organization s executive director peter halpin how dare i pen a screed so rife with inaccuracies and unnecessary vitriol clearly i owe readers a much higher standard of journalistic `accountability i invoke this incident neither to defend myself nor to poke the bears of the aau one more time though i am quite sure i have but to illustrate a fundamental truth of canadian academe a pricklier bunch of professionals you would be hard-pressed to find at a time of shrinking budgets rising enrollments and intensifying media scrutiny into the real and economic value of a university degree it s something that ken s coates and bill morrison know all about they are the men both of whom are themselves tenured professors behind the second edition of campus confidential 100 startling things you don t know about canadian universities their first edition published in 2011 provoked howls of derision mostly from university administrators their update promises to do nothing less still their lively witty crystalline text should be required reading for parents high school counsellors and most of all students in 262 pages of lucid prose they continue their useful project whistle blowing with the best of them although they allow that canadian universities are among the finest in the world they insist among other things that university isn t for everyone that we aren t producing engaged citizens that the entitlement generation has changed the game that the mandate for universities is confusing and that academic fraud is a reality if university presidents were to put their ears to the ground they might hear a distant rumbling the sound of the canadian public shifting its attention to universities and not in a friendly way they write in fact most of the authors criticisms are constructive and they go out of their way to offer solutions it remains to be seen of course whether the establishment will greet their prescriptions warmly somehow i doubt it abt campus confidential second edition 100 startling things you don t know about canadian universities ken s coates and bill morrison $22.95 pb 248 pp 9781459404359 lorimer 2013 failing grades whatever happened to the music teacher how government decides and why by donald j savoie $34.95 pb 328 pp 9780773541108 mcgillqueen s university press 2013 over the past thirty years a funny thing happened on the way to our federal capital we elected people who were above all wedded to their personal agendas they in turn transformed the bureaucracy into a centralized brigade of yes men whose members were temperamentally allergic to proffering a dissenting opinion let alone a regionally relevant perspective useful courage was once the hallmark of the nation s public service not anymore and donald savoie s new book explains why and why it matters the ottawa system is losing sight of the music teacher types writes the canada research chair in public administration and governance at the université de moncton frontend managers do not figure prominently in the work of central agencies or in the head offices the harm is the foul less democracy and paradoxically more bureaucracy in a country where it s getting hard to tell the leaders from the followers as they feed at the same taxfunded trough alec bruce atlantic books today spring 2013 15



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