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p. 1 Atlantic Books today BOOK NEWS REVIEWS EXCERPTS FREE The history issue BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE THE LIGHTER SIDE OF HISTORY ATLANTIC CANADA’S PROUD MILITARY TRADITION LOUISBOURG THROUGH THE EYES OF YOUNG READERS BOOKS YOU’LL FIND IN ATLANTIC BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! INSIDE 31 Atlantic Books today Presents Books for the Holidays contests inside! Atlantic Free 3 Win great books and much more! Your gift-giving guide for 2013 HOLIDAY READING IDEAS 12 JUST FOR YOU! Tales of Christmases past 3 ATLANTIC AUTHORS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY MEMORIES HOLIDAY 2013 No. 74 Publications Mail Agreement 40038836


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Contents Holiday 2013 27 Joseph Muise FEATURES 22 Desperately seeking …books about ourselves Finding local books in our schools is not as easy as you’d think 24 Beware the gales of August Exploring Atlantic Canada’s epic battles with the elements 27 Home is where the art is MP Eaton 10 Gorgeous new Atlantic Canadian art books UP FRONT 4 Book club bonanza Enter your book club to win great prizes! 22 4 Readers’ survey Tell us about yourself 7 Editor’s message Welcome to the history issue iStock CURRENT AFFAIRS 8 Noted What’s new in Atlantic Canada’s literary community Atlantic Books today Presents Books for the Holidays contests inside! Atlantic 11 Ian Harte 10 Chad’s view Pelley tips his hat to acclaimed Atlantic authors Free 11 Perspective Author AJB Johnston explores Louisbourg, NS, through the lens of young adult fiction 3 Win great books and much more! Your gift-giving guide for 2013 Books with this symbol can also be found in Atlantic Books for the Holidays— available now at! Cover photo: Ian Harte Atlantic Books Today 3


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Book Club Bonanza! CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS! Want to see your book club featured in the spring issue of Atlantic Books Today? Fill out this ballot for your chance! The winning book club will also receive these great gifts: • We cater your book club get-together—we’ll bring the food and wine (location permitting) or supply a $100 Sobeys gift card and a $50 gift card from your local liquor commission! • AND we will come to your next meeting (either in person or via Skype) to tell you about the hottest new Atlantic Canadian books! • AND you’ll win a set of Atlantic Canadian books for the whole group! It’s easy! Just tell us how to get in touch with you by e-mail and tick the box below. The information below will not be used for any purpose other than contacting the winning entry. Name: Street/mailing address: City/town, province, postal code: Your favourite book from an Atlantic Canadian Publisher: E-mail: YES, please send the latest news on Atlantic Books and publishing to my inbox. Mail this form by January 17, 2014 to Atlantic Books Today Holiday 2013 Book Club Bonanza, 1484 Carlton Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3B7 or go to to enter! Phone (with area code): READERS SURVEY We are conducting a survey to learn more about you—our readers. We appreciate your feedback! All information is kept strictly confidential. What is your gender? What is your age? Under 20 20-29 Male Female 40-49 50-59 60+ Do you follow Atlantic Books Today on: Facebook Twitter Atlantic Books Today Readers Survey 30-39 How many books have you purchased in the past year? 0 1-2 3-5 6-9 10 or more How often do you use an e-reader or tablet to read? All the time; my e-reader has replaced printed books About half the time Occasionally; I mostly read printed books When travelling I don’t have an e-reader Other ______________________________________ What types of books have you purchased for your digital device? Non-fiction History Cooking Fiction Science Fiction YA or Teen literature Free downloads I don’t purchase books for my reader Other ______________________________________ Where do you purchase your books? (Check all that apply) Independent bookstores Chapters/Coles/Indigo stores Costco E-bookstores Direct from publishers’ websites Other ______________________________________ Would you rather read Atlantic Books Today: As a printed magazine On your computer As a download to your tablet As an app on your phone Do you find Atlantic Books Today’s articles and reviews: Very interesting Somewhat interesting Not Interesting Did not read it How influential is Atlantic Books Today in your book-buying decisions? Very Moderately Not at all Not sure Did any of the articles in this issue persuade you to read a book you might not otherwise have read? Yes No Not sure Mail this form to Atlantic Books Today, 1484 Carlton Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3B7 or fill one out at


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CONTENTS AUTHOR BUZZ Joseph Muise 13 Interview with an author Nova Scotia’s Lesley Crewe answers the pressing questions in our Proust questionnaire Joseph Muise 14 Inside the author’s studio Editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder invites us into his artistic domain 14 52 Joseph Muise 16 Profile Meet author Budge Wilson YOUNG READERS 18 Children’s book reviews Young readers’ editor Lisa Doucet reviews the latest kids’ books 20 Turning back the pages Three authors share their fondest holiday memories HISTORY 16 REVIEWS 30 Reading the past—with pleasure 32 Keeping the stories alive Mike Parker shines a light on history iStock A lighthearted look at days gone by 35 BOOK BITES 45 Book reviews The latest in Atlantic Canadian history, nonfiction, fiction and poetry 34 War and peace A new breed of writers feeds our ongoing fascination with military history FOOD FOR THOUGHT 57 Under the covers 38 True fictions This season’s historical novels reveal as much about the present as they do about the past 52 Recipe: Spiced Apple Cake From Straight from the Line: Recipes and Reflections From a Chef at Work by Jason Lynch Exciting new excerpts 60 Regional reads Pam Estabrook recommends some satisfying holiday reading 40 Rooted in time and place New books with historical themes are captivating young readers 52 Recipe: Spiced Pear Clafoutis From Seasoned: Recipes and Essays from The Spiceman by Costas Halavrezos 61 Events Book-related events from around the region 42 Book reviews 55 Reviews 43 A taste of the past Excerpts that will whet your appetite for more Food editor Valerie Mansour offers her views on the latest in Atlantic Canadian food writing 62 The great book giveaway Enter to win a beautiful basket of Atlantic Canadian books! Atlantic Books Today 5


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CONTRIBUTORS CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore and shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor. Pam Estabrook is Regional Procurement Specialist for Indigo; Pam’s Regional Reads column highlights books from Atlantic Canada. Valerie Mansour combines her love of food and books as our food section editor. Based in Halifax, she works as a writer, editor and documentary film researcher. Chad Pelley is the founder of Salty Ink, a blog spotlighting Canadian fiction and poetry. His fiction has been recognized with 10 literary awards; his latest novel is Every Little Thing. Atlantic Books today 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 reflect the views and opinions of the Board of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Benjamin is author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada (winner of the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and finalist for the Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Award) and the acclaimed novel, Drive-by Saviours. More at John Boileau is a retired Canadian Army colonel and the author of 11 books of historical non-fiction, as well as nearly 400 magazine and newspaper articles. He lives near Halifax. Alec Bruce is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and critic—and a cocktail aficionado. He lives in Moncton. Paul Butler is the author of several novels including Titanic Ashes, Hero, NaGeira and Easton’s Gold. His website is Sue Carter Flinn is an award-winning writer, currently employed as web editor at Quill & Quire and as arts & ideas editor at This Magazine. Margaret Patricia Eaton is a visual arts columnist for the Moncton Times & Transcript, an award-winning poet and author of Vision & Voice with artist Angelica De Benedetti. Bryan Elson is a local writer of naval history for the general reader; his books include Nelson’s Yankee Captain and First to Die. Laurie Glenn Norris’ book Haunted Girl was nominated for a 2013 Atlantic Book Award. She lives and writes in River Hebert, NS. Nova Scotia author Monica Graham established a Facebook page called “Read Local”— and inadvertently started a campaign to make Atlantic books more accessible to students in the region. AJB Johnston is a historian, novelist and interpretive writer for exhibits. For more information, go to Frank Macdonald is an author living in Inverness, NS. His work includes A Forest for Calum and A Possible Madness. Jill MacLean’s young-adult novel, Nix Minus One, was published this spring, followed by The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden, for middle-grade readers, in September. Jill’s website: Whitney Moran is an editor, journalist and poet who lives and writes in Halifax. Find her at Freelancer Sandra Phinney writes from her perch on the Tusket River,Yarmouth County, NS. In her next life she’d like to be a guide. Lee Ellen Pottie is a writer, editor, and educator living in Alexandra, PEI. She is the author of the chapbook From Pushthrough to Madagascar, and is co-editor of the bilingual book Capital Encounters: A Brief History of New Brunswick’s Capital Region. Sarah Sawler is a Halifax journalist, web writer, and blogger. She writes for a variety of publications and her work appears regularly in Halifax Magazine and Atlantic Business Magazine. Find her online at Joan Sullivan is the editor of Newfoundland Quarterly. Her latest book, In The Field, won the Rogers Communication NL Book Award for Non-Fiction this year. Jon Tattrie is an award-winning author and journalist. Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax is his third book. 6 Atlantic Books Today PUBLISHER Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and ADVERTISING SALES Carolyn Guy EDITOR Angela Mombourquette DESIGN Joseph Muise Printed in Canada. This is issue number 74 Holiday 2013. Atlantic Books Today is published three times a year. All issues are numbered in sequence. Total Atlantic-wide circulation: 80,000. ISSN 1192-3652 One-year subscriptions to Atlantic Books Today 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 apma.admin@ 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 Phone (902) 420.0711 Fax (902) 423.4302 @abtmagazine


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EDITOR’S MESSAGE Here come the holidays— the most wonderful time of the year, as the song says, particularly if you’re in the book publishing industry. The number of new books launched at this time of year makes it a particularly fruitful and inspiring time, not just for publishers, but for those of us who purchase books—either to read or to give to others (or both, as sometimes happens at my house!). If you’re in search of gift ideas, this issue of Atlantic Books Today will certainly inspire. It comes hot on the heels of Atlantic Books for the Holidays, our annual guide to holiday reading. (If you haven’t received a copy, ask for one at your local bookstore.) Atlantic Books for the Holidays lists more than 100 books with Atlantic connections, all available now. And, to make it easy for you to learn more about a title that catches your eye in this issue, we’ve highlighted the books that are featured in the holiday guide with a special icon (see page 3). But that’s not all. We’re pleased to tell you that we’ve done something really special with this issue. Thanks to support from the Canada Book Fund, we’ve added a 16-page section devoted entirely to history—and to showcasing the vigorous catalogue of new history titles from Atlantic Canada and beyond. We’ve also broadened many of our existing departments in this issue to touch on history, and we’ve enlisted authors—like John Boileau, AJB Johnston, and Frank Macdonald—whose expertise in historical subjects extends deep—to explore how writers are approaching history from fresh, exciting perspectives. Happy holidays—and happy reading. Angela Mombourquette Ne w B o o k s f r o m Fe r n w o o d Pu b l i s h i n g Alternative Trade Gavin Fridell N e w B o o k s f r o m Ro s e w a y Pu b l i s h i n g If This Is Freedom A Novel by Gloria Ann Wesley 9781552665718 $19.95 This tale brims with love, racial conflict, mystery, deception and ultimately forgiveness: it’s a story for our times. – Sylvia D. Hamilton, Filmmaker and Writer Legacies for the Future 9781552665879 $24.95 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada’s Grey Seal Linda Pannozzo 9781552665862 $24.95 Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity 9781552665848 $27.95 Turn Us Again A Novel by Charlotte R. Mendel 9781552665701 $20.95 An exquisite work of literary fiction which will inevitably force readers to question their perspective of why and how abuse is replicated and passed down from generation to generation. – Halifax Media Coop Stephanie Ross & Larry Savage, eds Yellow Ribbons A.L. McCready The Militarization of National Identity in Canada 9781552665800 $18.95 critical books for critical thinkers an imprint of Fernwood Publishing Atlantic Books Today 7


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CURRENT AFFAIRS NOTED Honours, prizes and more What’s new in Atlantic Canada’s literary community AWARDS SEASON GILLER A-LISTERS The Giller Prize longlist was revealed in mid-September; many of the authors had Atlantic Canadian connections—among them Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing, (House of Anansi Press), Wayne Grady for his novel Emancipation Day, (Doubleday Canada), Wayne Johnston for The Son of a Certain Woman, (Knopf Canada), Lisa Moore for Caught, (House of Anansi Press), and Michael Winter for Minister Without Portfolio, (Hamish Hamilton Canada). We were particularly thrilled to see that Newfoundland’s Elisabeth de Mariaffi was nominated for her short story collection How To Get Along With Women, published by Nova Scotia’s Invisible Publishing. On October 8, the shortlist was announced, with Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore making it to the final selection.The winner will be announced November 5, shortly after Atlantic Books Today goes to press. Elisabeth de Mariaffi GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARDS The Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards in early October. Representing Atlantic Canada on this year’s list are Nova Scotia poet Don Domanski for Bite Down Little Whisper (Brick Books), New Brunswick’s Valerie Sherrard in the children’s text category for Counting Back from Nine (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and honorary Maritimer Robert Majzels, who translated Monctonian France Daigle’s novel For Sure (House of Anansi Press). Winners will be announced November 13. QUEBEC WRITERS FEDERATION AWARDS Anne Renaud’s book, The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan (published by CBU Press) has been shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Also shortlisted, for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, is Beach Reading by Lorne Elliott (Acorn Press). Winners will be announced November 19. THE ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY WRITING Submissions are now being accepted for The Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, a $1,000 prize which will be awarded to the author(s) of a published book determined to have had (or to be likely to have) a significant literary, social and academic impact in the areas of the social sciences and humanities. Atlantic-Canada-authored non-fiction titles published in English between November 2012 and October 2013, and widely available through bookstores and libraries, are eligible. For more Information call (902) 563-1955 or e-mail: Joseph Muise ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE In late September, The Writers’Trust of Canada revealed the finalists for the Rogers Writers’Trust Fiction Prize. Again, we saw that writers from this region are a force to be reckoned with.The list—foreshadowing the Giller shortlist—included Lynn Coady for Hellgoing and Lisa Moore for Caught.The prize will be presented on November 20 in Toronto. MORE HONOURS, CONTESTS AND OTHER NEWS HARVARD MAN George Elliott Clarke has been appointed the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. He is currently teaching an undergraduate English course that looks at African-Canadian literature and a graduate seminar that offers cross-cultural, transnational readings of Black-authored epic poems, wouldbe epic poems, and book-length verse-narratives-from Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. 8 Atlantic Books Today


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CURRENT AFFAIRS NOTED MP Eaton ORDER OF CANADA Freeman Patterson, photographer and author of Freeman Patterson: Embracing Creation (Goose Lane Editions) has been named to the Order of New Brunswick. Known the world over for his exceptional talent, Patterson has authored numerous books and has influenced a generation of photographers. Freeman Patterson CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Prince Edward Island’s Acorn Press invites submissions of unpublished short stories, poems, and/or creative non-fiction for their Island Christmas Reader, an anthology of holiday writing with a focus on the Christmas season or comparable celebrations—including Hannukah, Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Kwanzaa. Potential contributors must have a significant Prince Edward Island connection, but stories may be set in any locale. Writers may submit a maximum of two fiction and/or creative non-fiction stories; 3,500 words (maximum) per story. Poetry submissions may include five poems, totaling 10 pages. All submissions must be typed: prose double-spaced, poetry single-spaced. Include a covering letter indicating your Island connection, CANADA READS TOP 40 plus an e-mail address Nova Scotia author Lesley Choyce’s book, The Republic of and phone number. The Nothing (Goose Lane Editions), deadline for submissions has made it onto the Canada is January 2, 2014. Reads top 40 list of "books that Send submissions to: will change your perspective on Island Christmas Reader, the world." The Top 10 will be The Acorn Press, revealed on November 12. PO Box 22024, To find out more, go to Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 9J2. Newfoundland History 978-1-77103-016-8 $18.95 Fiction 978-1-77103-018-2 $19.95 Holiday gift ideas Creative Book Publishing from Children’s 978-1-77103-015-1 $12.95 Children’s 978-1-77103-017-5 $12.95 FRESH FISH FINALISTS The shortlist for one of Canada’s most lucrative literary prizes for new authors was announced in early October in St. John’s, NL. The 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers offers a cash prize of $5,000, and $1,000 in professional editing services for the best unpublished manuscript written by a resident of the province who is not published in book form.The three finalists are Joshua Goudie for his novel, The Art of Dogs, Tracey Waddleton for her short story collection, Send More Tourists, The Last Ones Were Delicious, and Paul Whittle for his short story collection, Everything Is What It Is. The winner will be announced on November 6. ■ Photography/History 978-177103-022-9 pb / 978-177103-019-9 hc $22.95 / $29.95 • Tel. 709.748.0813 Atlantic Books Today 9


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CURRENT AFFAIRS CHAD’S VIEW A history of award winners Pelley tips his hat to acclaimed Atlantic authors Chad Pelley R ight in the middle of this year’s fall awards bonanza, I was told there’d be a history theme in the holiday issue of Atlantic Books Today. I thought a jolly tip of the hat to Atlantic Canadians who’ve made book award history might be a nice article. Did you know, for example, that the very first winner of Canada’s esteemed who is also the first male author to win it with a book of short stories. Wayne Johnston holds the record for being the first Atlantic Canadian to win this award twice (for The Divine Ryans and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams), although David Adams Richards has also won twice. While no one is yet to have won it three times, Donna Morrissey has also tied Wayne Arguably, the only thing better than winning the country’s biggest literary award is to have been a finalist for the award a whopping five times... Governor General’s award for poetry was Newfoundland’s EJ Pratt? He won it in 1937 for his book, The Fable of the Goats and Other Poems. Pratt, by the way, won this award three times in his career. The first work of fiction by an Atlantic Canadian to win the GG was Thomas Head Raddall’s The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek, in 1943. Many will recognize his name because of the prestigious Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia award named in his honour. The Thomas Head Raddall Award goes every year to the best book of fiction by an Atlantic Canadian. Its most recent winner was Russell Wangersky, unlikely this will ever happen again. David shared the honour with Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost. Linden MacIntyre, for The Bishop’s Man, and Johanna Skibsrud, for The Sentamentalists, are the other two Atlantic Canadians to have won the award. Arguably, the only thing better than winning the country’s biggest literary award is to have been a finalist for the award a whopping five times, like Wayne Johnston has been. Since the Giller Prize was founded in 1994, every single one of Wayne’s novels has been at least longlisted for the award. Lisa Moore and David Adams Richards aren’t far behind Wayne’s record, with two wins, for her novels Downhill with three nods apiece. Chance and Sylvanus Now. Not to make this article all about The Giller Prize is our country’s Wayne, but he was also the first glitziest, most glamorous literary Atlantic Canadian to be shortlisted award, and Nova Scotia’s Leo McKay for the third major Canadian Jr. was the first Atlantic Canadian literary award, the esteemed to be shortlisted for this award (for Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction his collection, Like This). It took six Prize. However, Kenneth J. Harvey years from the award’s inception for remains the first, and only, Atlantic an Atlantic Canadian to finally win Canadian to have won this award. us a Giller Prize, and what a beautiful As Atlantic Books Today goes to book it was: David Adams Richards’ press, Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore Mercy Among the Children. Fun fact: are poised to be the first female this occurred in the year 2000, Atlantic writers to win this award. which remains the only year there Something tells me one of them will was a tie for first place. Given the have won it by the time this article is controversy over the decision, it’s in print and in your hands. ■ 10 Atlantic Books Today


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CURRENT AFFAIRS PERSPECTIVE Ian Harte PERSONALIZING THE PAST Exploring history at Louisbourg, NS, through the lens of young adult fiction AJB Johnston Fiction writers in Atlantic Canada are often drawn to the past. That’s because history confronts us more here than in the glass canyons of Toronto or Calgary. An awareness of the past infuses our consciousness. As a result, tales of coming of age in earlier eras; industrial exploitation and mine disasters; settler experiences—these and other topics provide grist for many mills. Yet novelists use the past in many different ways, to different degrees and for different ends. Let’s look specifically at three recent young adult (YA) novels that have links to this year's 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg, NS. DIFFERENT APPROACHES In Jo Ann Yhard’s story Buried Secrets at Louisbourg (Nimbus Publishing), history is a minor detail, providing the back story to why the young sleuths are at today’s Fortress looking for lost treasure. Quite different is Jeanne Dugas of Acadia by Cassie Deveaux Cohoon (CBU Press). It’s a novel completely about the past, with no invented characters and no imagined events. Everything, except for dialogue and thoughts, is based on the known history of the family about whom Cohoon writes. For those already familiar with events from the 1730s to the early 1800s, the book personalizes the tumultuous era in a way historians cannot. Some readers, however, may find the approach gives them more history—and less drama and suspense—than they may want. Cohoon’s “biographical fiction” approach, as it is described, is not one novelists typically adopt. The usual approach is to invent one or more characters based on people the writer recalls or has Atlantic Books Today 11


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CURRENT AFFAIRS PERSPECTIVE researched. The end result is usually more “period”—think Donna Morrissey—than “historical” fiction. That is, there is not a specific pivotal event from history being presented. As I see it, period fiction is everywhere. It’s by far the largest genre, yet it’s rarely spoken of at all. To a historian, it hardly matters if a novel is set in the 1960s or the 1760s; it’s all period fiction. In most cases, the depiction of the era in question provides a setting; it is not the story’s point. DEPICTING A WORLD FROM THE INSIDE Fiction writers understandably cherish the freedom to create scenes and to give their plots twists and turns unrestrained by what the documents record as the actual course of events. The past may be enhanced, as seen through the writer’s particular lens. The way I describe my own novel (Thomas, A Secret Life; CBU Press) is that I am depicting a world from the “inside” rather than the “outside,” as in my history books. A recent YA novel in which the writer gives himself complete freedom to depict an imagined past is Philip Roy’s Blood Brothers in Louisbourg (CBU Press). There are two main male characters (one French, one Mi’kmaw) who happen to have the same father (a fictitious French officer). Such a thing could have happened, though there are many other things in the novel that are beyond far-fetched. The plot alternates between the two boys’ stories against the backdrop of 1744-45 when Louisbourg was going through war for the first time. Unrestrained by evidence, Roy presents the French lad as being influenced by Enlightenment ideas and music and unsympathetic to his father’s military occupation. As a counterpoint, his Mi’kmaw half-brother muses about the ways of the newcomers on the land and how he and other Mi’kmaq view the world. The end result is two parallel stories. “A pack of tricks we play on the dead,” Voltaire once wrote about history. He knew what he was talking about, having written both history and fiction. Well, Voltaire was right, but a pack of tricks is not so bad. After all, it’s through narratives that we figure out the world, on both sides of—and sometimes straddling—the history and fiction divide. ■ by Jason Lynch From award-winning chef and straight talker Jason Lynch comes this unique collection of recipes, essays and mouth-watering photography that will entertain you both in and out of the kitchen. 978-0-9917785-0-8 | $29.95 | COOKBOOK *ALSO AvAILABLE In EBOOK. “ Jason calls it the way he sees it and his eyesight is better than 20/20. Great stories, great recipes and great pictures make this a must-have for any book collection. ” C H E F PA U L R O G A L S K I , Culinary Director/Owner, Rouge Restaurant Beautiful books by insightful authors. .COM COOK WITH KINDNESS ~ BY C HA N TA L COOL E N ~ a Bout the aut hor kindness Vegan and Gluten-free Recipes from my Family’s Kitchen C o ok w I t h 15 0 + r e C I p e S $29.95 Co o k w it h k in d n es s ~ Ch A n tA L Co o Le n Chantal Coolen of The Kind Cookie farmers’ market booth has been selling gluten-free vegan desserts since 2010. now she’s sharing the full range of her culinary talent in this new collection of recipes. with drinks, breakfasts, snacks, salads, sandwiches, soups, simple main courses, and desserts, as well as guidelines for stocking up on gluten-free staples, working with gluten-free grains and flours, making your own nut milk, and more, Cook with Kindness is an inspiring guide to gluten-free vegan cooking. From reinventions of family favourites like sloppy joes and cheesecake, to new standbys like smoothies and rice bowls, Cook with Kindness includes over 150 recipes to launch and nurture the gluten-free vegan cook. in her homey, accessible, often comical style, Chantal shares her family’s journey toward gluten-free vegan living and emphasizes the personal and global impacts of our everyday food choices. the book features full-colour photography by Jeff harper. Chantal Coolen grew up in dartmouth, nova scotia, and now lives in Upper tantallon with her husband and their two kids. since obtaining a degree in nutrition, Chantal has had a varied career, working as a sous chef, court reporter, and small business owner. in november 2010, following her transition to a vegan, gluten-free diet, she started her own bakery, the kind Cookie, as a means of contributing to the change she wanted to see in the world. Chantal is also an avid runner, and blogs at “If you have allergies, choose to be vegan, or just want to eat great healthy food, Cook with Kindness is an awesome resource that should be in everyone’s kitchen. Vegan and gluten-free recipes that are both simple and delicious are not easy to come by, and you will find them here.” ~ Seth Graham & Jessie Doyle ~ fo u n De r S o f fr u I t I o n htt:// Chantal Coolen 2013-10-15 4:05 PM CWK_Coverfinal_SC.indd 1 From reinventions of family favourites like sloppy joes and cheesecake, to new standbys like smoothies and rice bowls, Chantal Coolen shares over 150 recipes to launch and nurture the gluten-free vegan cook. Photography by Jeff Harper 978-0-9917785-5-3 | $29.95 | COOKBOOK *AlsO AvAilABle in eBOOK. Beautiful books by insightful authors. .COM 12 Atlantic Books Today


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AUTHOR BUZZ INTERVIEW Lesley Crewe LESLEY CREWE Lesley Crewe is a storyteller, columnist, screenwriter and author of six novels, including Kin and Relative Happiness—which was short-listed for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Although born in Montreal "a hundred years ago," Homeville, NS, is where she lives with her husband, two neurotic cats and a murder of crows. Proust questionnaire What do you consider your best quality? I have a big heart. I’m the kind of person who calls everyone “honey,” which is no doubt very annoying. I fall in love with dogs on the street and babies in grocery carts. A quality you desire in a partner: I married my husband when I was 20 and clueless. Imagine my surprise when I ended up with a man who is extremely hard-working, trustworthy, loyal, generous and kind. Your worst quality: Impatience—with myself, with idiots who litter, with bonehead drivers and old gals at Sobeys blocking the aisles while they gab about who’s in the hospital. I always smile at them sweetly, so I’m a big fraud. What is your idea of happiness? When the kids come home and we sit as a family over homemade pizza at the kitchen table and kill ourselves laughing over all the things I was oblivious to when they were growing up. I can hardly put them on the naughty chair at this age. If you could be someone else for a day who would it be? I would love to be a designer at London or New York Fashion Week, like Stella McCartney or Sarah Burton. It all looks so impossibly cool and if you knew me you’d know how completely ridiculous this is. I have no fashion sense, wear things until they fall off me, and should have been on What Not To Wear years ago. Favourite animal: This is like asking me who’s my favourite child. Let’s just say I love all the passengers on Noah’s Ark. And you have to agree that hippos are pretty adorable. Elephants …there are no words. Your favourite poet(s): Alice Meynell, Sylvia Plath, Alden Nowlan, Leonard Cohen. Favourite author(s): Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, Maeve Binchy, Jane Austen, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Your favourite food & drink: Anything that includes the words muffin, tea biscuit, lemon loaf, doughnut, cinnamon bun or pie. Obviously the drink would be gallons of tea and coffee to go with it. What is your greatest fear? I’ve lived my greatest fear, losing one of my children. Also tidal waves (before they were called tsunamis). Again, very odd that I live smack on the edge of the ocean. How you want to die: On an African safari during a stampede of wildebeests, or having a snow leopard drag me up a mountain to feed its young. That, or in bed with someone rubbing my feet. Favourite or personal motto: I’ll start my diet on Monday. ■ Atlantic Books Today 13


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AUTHOR BUZZ INSIDE THE AUTHOR’S STUDIO DRAWING ON HIS TALENTS For editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder, his humble basement is his artistic domain Channelling his anger: de Adder at work. Chris Benjamin photos: Joseph Muise O n a side street near Highway 102 in Halifax is a one-anda-half-storey house with mismatched siding—the unassuming home of one of Canada’s most popular political cartoonists, Michael de Adder. When he moved here with his wife 13 years ago, de Adder wasn’t thinking about finding a workspace. The house was affordable and close to his downtown office at Halifax’s Daily News—all an up-and-coming political cartoonist needed. In a couple of years his first daughter, Meaghan, was born. Bridget soon followed. “They were born and grew up in this little house,” de Adder says. “It’s a great neighbourhood.” Even when he was with the Daily News, he’d often worked from home—retreating to the basement for quiet when the girls were young. And growing up in Riverview, NB, the basement had been his domain. He watched television and drew for hours, forgetting the world. He was good, too. At age four—according to a story often told by his mother—he could draw a perfectly realistic train. THE POWER OF THE FORM The political cartooning that made him a household name started in university. He was studying painting at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. At the same time, he was contributing cartoons to the student paper, Argosy. de Adder penned a series called “Otterman,” which he now describes as “sophomoric, silly, and at times, crude.” When he got political, he realized the power of his form. He wrote a cartoon called “The Unfriendly Giant” critiquing the North American Free Trade Agreement. It depicted the US as the titular giant, uttering an obscene threat and stealing cookies from Rusty the Rooster—as Canada—a reference to the much-loved children’s television show, The Friendly Giant. The cartoon was posted and re-posted on doors and bulletin boards. de Adder liked the taste of influence. Thanks to his growing reputation, his first art show—held the same week the cartoon came out—was a big success. “An artist wants to be seen,” he says. “Hundreds of people saw my show. Everybody in town saw that cartoon.” He then created a weekly skewering of Mount Allison’s president (Donald Wells, who de Adder notes was unpopular due to his reputation for slashing budgets) and graduated, expecting a cartooning job. “I thought I’d show my cartoonist membership card and be hired.” His reality check was a year spent loading beef for Hub Meat Packers in Moncton, before fleeing to Halifax with money saved and cartoons to sell. He’d already sold a few to the Saint John Telegraph-Journal and one 14 Atlantic Books Today


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AUTHOR BUZZ INSIDE THE AUTHOR’S STUDIO to the Moncton Times & Transcript, for $12. Halifax’s weekly independent paper, The Coast, paid him that same amount every week for “Walterworld,” a regular roast of the then-mayor, Walter Fitzgerald. CHANGING NEWSPAPER MARKET His portfolio and skills grew until he got a gig with the Saint John Times Globe; fellow cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon helped him score freelance work with Halifax’s Chronicle Herald. He was doing security—handy once the girls came along—until he, along with many other people, found himself without a full-time job when the Daily News abruptly shut down in February 2008. de Adder was lucky. He already had other work with New Brunswick newspapers, and later with The Toronto Star and the Ottawa Hill Times. But he needed a workspace. “I didn’t dream of working in the basement,” he admits. “I certainly have visions of a big studio space with lots de Adder captures the essence of Stephen McNeil, newly-elected premier of Nova Scotia. “I didn’t dream of working in the basement,” he admits. “I certainly have visions of a big studio space with lots of light” well. When the Daily News offered him a full-time job, he hesitated. “But there’s nothing like a job,” he says. It led to eight years of job of light. But the main thing is that I’ve had to adapt to the changing newspaper market—and we don’t want to move. We choose to live here because “Family” room: de Adder’s cosy home studio. the kids grew up here and their best friends are just down the road. So I’m stuck in the basement for good or bad,” he laughs. Here in that basement, the TV is blasting, with a 24-hour news cycle for inspiration. “My talent is I get angry easily over politics,” he says. The right story in the morning flips a switch. He takes the news in with his left brain. His right makes the picture. It’s still joyful, in spurts. Other times he feels jaded by Canadian political malaise. The jokes make the news more palatable. “People are getting their news now from The Daily Show, The Onion, the Rick Mercer Report,” he says. And from cartoonists like him. From his basement comes a wealth of satire, including two books this year. de Adder approached Nimbus to see if someday they’d do a de Adder collection. “Sign here,” they said. The result is dePictions. The same week, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing approached him to do You Might be from Nova Scotia If…. “It’s been a busy year,” he confirms, with unusual understatement. ■ Atlantic Books Today 15



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