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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Get steamy with Laura Kenins' Steam Clean

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:52 PM

An image from Laura Kenins' Steam Clean
  • An image from Laura Kenins' Steam Clean


Steam Clean book launch and reading
Thursday, August 10 at 6-8pm
Strange Adventures, Halifax, 5110 Prince Street


Former Coast writer and comic artist extraordinaire Laura Kenins comes home to Hali to celebrate the launch of Steam Clean—just in time for the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival! The comic follows a a group of friends and strangers at a women’s-only sauna night. As the steam heats up, stories come out—from dealing with dating apps and work woes to struggling with being nonbinary.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Atlantic Book Awards winners

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM

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  • Sky Pig, by Jan L. Coates, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
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Here's a bit of good Canadian literary news for once: The ten winners of the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards were announced last night in a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Angela Antle, the gala concludes this year’s Atlantic Book Festival, which ran from May 11-19 in all four Atlantic Provinces.

The winners are:

1. Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell, published by HarperCollins Canada

2. Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Into the Wasteland, by Lesley Choyce, published by Red Deer Press

3. Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Goose Lane Editions for Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life by Roslyn Rosenfeld.

4. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland, published by University of British Columbia Press

5. The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction),

Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Black and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson, published by Fernwood Publishing

6. Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Sable Island in Black and White, by Jill Martin Bouteillier, published by Nimbus Publishing

7. Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Advocate, by Darren Greer, published by Cormorant Books

8. Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Suzanne Del Rizzo for Sky Pig, written by Jan L. Coates, published by Pajama Press

9. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker, published by Bookthug

10. Atlantic Book Awards’ Pioneer Award

Errol Sharpe, owner and founder of Fernwood Publishing. Sharpe worked with Rocky Jones before his death to make sure his story would be shared, and is now working with Mi’kmaw Elder Doug Knockwood to bring his life to the printed page.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Atlantic Book Awards nominees 2016: Read 'em and reap...

...the joys of enjoying good stories and supporting locals.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Books by Nova Scotian authors Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian each received two 2016 Atlantic Book Awards nominations.
  • Books by Nova Scotian authors Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian each received two 2016 Atlantic Book Awards nominations.

Nominees for the 2016 Atlantic Books Awards were announced today, and Nova Scotian authors were well represented. Locals Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian are the only writers on the list to be nominated in two different categories, and a new award has been created in honour of Cape Breton's late literary legend Alistair MacLeod.

The ABA's real story, however, is New Brunswick: Along with the launch of the New Brunswick Book Awards and a prize for poetry sponsored by Fredericton bookstore Westminster Books, for the first time the big awards night is happening New Brunswick. (Check the ABA site to get tickets to the gala, April 27 at Moncton's Capital Theatre.)

In honour of the awards announcement and as an ABA fundraiser, tonight writers Don Aker, Vicki Grant and B.R. Myers are part of a panel and creative writing presentation at the Central Library (7pm, $12). The nominee shortlist will also be presented, which will be useful for learning any tricky pronunciations. Dean Jobb, for instance. Is he a "job" like work, a "jobe" like the bible or "jobby" as in hobby? After you read the complete list of nominees below, head to the library to find out.

ALISTAIR MACLEOD AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman (published by Goose Lane Editions)

I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are by Carole Glasser Langille (Gaspereau Press Ltd.)

Wild Pieces by Catherine Hogan Safer (Creative Book Publishing)

ANN CONNOR BRIMER AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Delusion Road by Don Aker (HarperCollins Publishers)

Prison Boy by Sharon E. McKay (Annick Press)

Rain Shadow by Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

APMA BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, SPONSORED BY FRIESENS CORPORATION
Breakwater Books for Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland, edited by Lisa Moore

Nimbus Publishing for A Seaglass Journey: Ebb and Flow by Teri Hall

Pedlar Press for Winter in Tilting: Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Outport by Robert Mellin

ASSOCIATION ACADIENNE DES ARTISTES PROFESSIONNEL.LE.S DU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK (AAAPNB) - LES ÉLOIZES - FINALISTES - ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE EN LITTÉRATURE
Roman: Car la nuit est longue by/par Sophie Bérubé (Éditions Prise de parole)

Monographie: Théâtre l’Escaouette, 1977-2012 by/par David Lonergan (Éditions David)

Recueil de poésie: Les anodins by/par Gabriel Robichaud (Éditions Perce-Neige)

ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY WRITING, SPONSORED BY MARQUIS BOOK PRINTING
Stubborn Resistance: New Brunswick Maliseet and Mi’kmaq in defence of their lands by Brian Cuthbertson (Nimbus Publishing)

Seanchaidh na Coille / Memory Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada by Michael Newton (Cape Breton University Press)

The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada by Geoffrey McCormack & Thom Workman (Fernwood Publishing)

ROBBIE ROBERTSON DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION, PRESENTED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB OF DARTMOUTH
The Times of African Nova Scotians, Vol. II by Tony Colaiacovo (Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute)

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb (Harper Avenue)

Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey by Janet Maybee (Nimbus Publishing)

DEMOCRACY 250 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORICAL WRITING
The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist by Susan Chalker Browne (Flanker Press)

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb (Harper Avenue)

Katherine Hughes: A Life and a Journey by Pádraig Ó Siadhail (Penumbra Publishing)

JIM CONNORS DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD (FICTION), PRESENTED BY BOYNE CLARKE
Amazing Grace by Lesley Crewe (Nimbus Publishing)

What Kills Good Men by David Hood (Nimbus Publishing)

When the Saints by Sarah Mian (HarperCollins Publishing)

LILLIAN SHEPHERD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ILLUSTRATION
Doretta Groenendyk for I’m Drawing a Picture (also written by Doretta Groenendyk) (Acorn Press)

Ron Lightburn for Frankenstink!: Garbage Gone Bad (also written by Ron Lightburn) (Tundra Books)

Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo for Mayann’s Train Ride (written by The Honourable Mayann Francis) (Nimbus Publishing)

MARGARET AND JOHN SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD, SPONSORED BY COLLINS BARROW LLP, WEED MAN MARITIMES, AND THE FAMILY OF JOHN AND MARGARET SAVAGE
A Stroke in Time by Gerard Doran (Flanker Press)

Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey by Janet Maybee (Nimbus Publishing)

When the Saints by Sarah Mian (HarperCollins Publishing)

NEW BRUNSWICK BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION, SPONSORED BY MRS. DUNSTER’S AND FOG LIT FESTIVAL FOR READERS AND WRITERS
Entropic by R.W. Gray (NeWest Press)

Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman (Goose Lane Editions)

A Measure of Light by Beth Powning (Knopf)

WRITERS’ FEDERATION OF NEW BRUNSWICK BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION SPONSORED BY THE BRENNAN FAMILY
The Lost Wilderness: Rediscovering W.F. Ganong's New Brunswick by Nicholas Guitard (Goose Lane Editions)

What is Government Good At?: A Canadian Answer by Donald Savoie (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Boss Gibson: Lumber King of New Brunswick by David Sullivan (Self-published)

WESTMINSTER BOOKS AWARD FOR POETRY
Not Even Laughter by Phillip Crymble (Salmon Poetry)

Crossover by M. Travis Lane (Cormorant Books)

Electric Affinities by Michael Pacey (Signature Editions)

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Found: Lost Documents, Halifax's newest poetry publication

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Halifax's newest poetry publication - C/O LOST DOCUMENTS
  • Halifax's newest poetry publication
  • c/o Lost Documents

While trying to encourage local writer and musician Daniel Long (The Cannisters) to publish his poetry, Bijoux Wilcox (Faw Haja) noticed it might be easier for her and her buddies, namely Dylan Jewers and Grant Mitchell, who also all write poetry, to just do it themselves.  

"It became apparent that if we all contributed a few things, it would be a chance for a handful of people to get their stuff out there pretty quickly, and it could be an interesting project," Wilcox says. "So Dylan and Grant started collecting poetry, and worked on layout, drawing help from a few people, like Johnny Shaw, and we fronted the money ourselves for paper and printing." 

Last November, the first issue of Lost Documents was launched at Plan B. Many featured writers attended: "They read their stuff, which was very compelling to see and hear," describes Wilcox. "Don Logan is a poet of interest. He hangs out on Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth handing out poems to people, trying to sell them or trade them. His poems are really good." 

Other writers in the first issue include musicians, artists, poets and zine-makers like Josie Stevens (formerly of Vixens), Australian poet John Grey, activist Char Char, J.D. Walowksi, Dartmouth's Rob Kenney, Tyler Denty, Ontario's Tanya Korigan and more.

The Lost Documents group started to receive many more submissions but realized the costs of printing would grow while the availability of print was limited, so the project took a new form. "The website idea started brewing because we wanted to reach more writers and readers. Since I don't know how to make a great website, I want to employ someone to do that." 

Last month, the group launched a GoFundMe campaign to fund the creation of Lost Documents online: "We would like to use the funds to pay for the website to be built and maintained for one year," the campaign reads. "Our physical copies will continue to feature what we feel is the strongest work submitted within three-month time periods. We feel the encouragement and support of Lost Documents is important for long-time and new writers." 

"Volume two is out in a month or so," says Jewers, who co-edits the works with Mitchell. "Poetry and prose, a mix of local and international writers. The issues sell for five to eight dollars at New Scotland Yard, CD Heaven, Plan B and The Dart Gallery." In the meantime, writers can submit work for consideration to lostdocuments.ns@gmail.com, as well as contribute towards the $1,000 goal by clicking here. "Please support our quest!" says Wilcox. Discover something lost! 

Martyr'd 
Foolish man
Who attempted
The most impossible of tasks
Self appointed, bar is higher
Than the heavens
With a stomach of Mexican cerveza
Could perhaps this saintly snake
Slither a zig zag
Over the province where
Louis Riel was martyr'd
- Dan Long 

Untitled #3
slip to sleep
& there will be strong arches
slip to sleep
& there will be bottomless skying
- Odelia Lemon

Untitled
There is a flower in the back of my mind
rigid from leaf to vine
The possibilities that keep it stiff
are the distractions on its skin that itch. 
It cannot claw, nor does it scratch
it bends around corners for light to catch.
But in my head there is not but shade,
cool, collected, unevenly grey. 
But for a single beam it twists its head,
and bends until it breaks. 
Disappointed, ends.
- Tyler Denty



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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

By the Pen of Zeus: HRM seeks new Poet Laureate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM

"Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon" - P.B. Shelley
  • "Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon" - P.B. Shelley

The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking nominations for the next Poet Laureate, a two-year term beginning in 2016: "The Poet Laureate will be a resident poet, storyteller or spoken word artist who has achieved excellence amongst his or her peers and whose body of work demonstrates connection with and relevance to our citizens." Duties include civic participation and engaging in local literary and social culture, "As an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, the Poet Laureate attends events across the region to promote and attract people to the literary world." There is a stipend. Past Poet Laureates include El Jones, Tanya Davis and Shauntay Grant. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 30. For more information, visit the HRM application site
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Atlantic Book Awards winners announced!

Way to go, gang!

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Linden MacIntyre
  • Linden MacIntyre

Last night, as a wrap up to the Atlantic Book Festival, the winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards were announced. Hosted by CBC's Stephanie Domet (also a pretty snazzy writer), the sold-out event highlighted Atlantic Canadian literary talent in a range of fields. The real winners are the readers, right?

The 2015 winners:

The Atlantic Books Pioneer Award was given to Paul Robinson. Robinson has a 35-year history in publishing and helped create the Dartmouth Book Awards.

The Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature was given to The End of the Line, by Sharon E. McKay, published by Annick Press Ltd.

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award was awarded to Creative Book Publishing for Island Kitchen: An Ode to Newfoundland by Chef Mark McCrowe with Sasha Okshevsky

The Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing was given to The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea by Richard Starr, published by Formac Publishing Company Ltd.

The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction) was awarded to Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business by Gordon Pitts, published by Nimbus Publishing

The Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing went to Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, by Jenny Higgins, published by Boulder Publications

The Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) was given to Punishment, by Linden MacIntyre, published by Random House Canada

The Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration went to Sydney Smith for Music is for Everyone, written by Jill Barber, published by Nimbus Publishing

The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award was awarded to Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome: stories by Megan Gail Coles, published by Creative Book Publishing

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Atlantic Book Festival starts today

May 7-14, take part in some free literary events

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 12:33 PM

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Let’s get literal! The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) has released the schedule for a week chock full of scholarly celebration (aka the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival). Starting May 7 and continuing until May 14, events will take place across all our salty sweet Maritime cities.

After a week of bookish bliss, the finale will be the awards show at Alderney Landing Theatre hosted by Mainstreet host and #stormchip ambassador, Stephanie Domet. You will need tickets to attend the awards show but the rest of the events are free! Free! Free!

Peggy Walt, in charge of promotion for the event, says they will be presenting the ABAS Pioneer Award for the second time at the awards. It’s “kind of like the Stompin’ Tom Connors award, for someone who has been there since the beginning, working in the trenches,” of the local publishing and literary world.

These events will take place in some of your favourite places, libraries. HRM’s traditional libraries will be hosting as well as the new Halifax Central Library. “It’s really exciting,” says Walt, on the new venue available for the week, “the library in general has been so supportive.”

Events will be happening in all the Maritime provinces, click here for the full list.

Atlantic Book Festival events in Halifax:

Thursday, May 7

3pm: Richard Starr presents Equal as Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea, nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Parkland at the Gardens (5732 College Street).

7pm: Denise Adams presents Atlantic Coastal Gardening, nominated for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road).

Saturday, May 9

2:30pm: Lindsay Ruck reads from Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck, nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Roberson and John Paris Jr. reads from They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach, nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing, Captain William Spry Public Library, (16 Sussex Street).


2pm: Join us for the launch party of Carol McDougall’s Wake the Stone Man, winner of the 2013 Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road).


Wednesday, May 13

12pm: Presentations by nominees for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Robertson: Natalie Meisner (Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family), Gordon Pitts (Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business), Lindsay Ruck (Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck), Alderney Gate Public Library (40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth).

6pm:  Robert Ashe and John Paris Jr. present They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach to local youth, Halifax North Memorial Public Library, (2285 Gottingen Street).


Thursday, May 14

12:30pm: Sydney Smith (Music is for Everyone), nominated for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellent in Illustration, explores the art of illustration with local students, Sacred Heart School of Halifax (5820 Spring Garden Road).

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East Coast Literary Awards shortlist announced

Winners to be announced June 6

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 10:32 AM

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  • Kaleigh Trace
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The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia recently announced the 2015 shortlist for this year's East Coast Literary Awards, and if you're looking for summer reading, you'd do well to start here. The nominees were heavily vetted by the WFNS jury, who sifted through 62 submitted titles from four Atlantic provinces to come up with these nine books in non-fiction, poetry and fiction. The winners will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards presentation in Halifax on June 6, following a series of readings. Place your bets now!

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award:
Heather Sparling (NS), Reeling Roosters & Dancing Ducks: Celtic Mouth Music (Cape Breton University Press)
Graham Steele (NS), What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise and Collapse of Nova Scotia's NDP Government (Nimbus Publishing)
Kaleigh Trace (NS), Hot, Wet, & Shaking: How I Learned To Talk About Sex (Invisible Publishing)

JM Abraham Poetry Award:
Brian Bartlett (NS), Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Sylvia D. Hamilton (NS), And I Alone Escaped To Tell You (Gaspereau Press)
Susan Paddon (NS), Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths (Brick Books)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award:
David Adams Richards (NB), Crimes Against My Brother (Doubleday Canada)
Michael Crummey (NL), Sweetland (Doubleday Canada)
Darren Greer (NS), Just Beneath My Skin (Cormorant)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Watch: Shannon Webb-Campbell's "Harvest Your Heart"

Read a poem, drink some coffee

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Shannon Webb-Campbell - MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON
  • Shannon Webb-Campbell
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton

Though EGALE Canada Human Rights Trust Out In Print Literary Award Winning poet (and Coast contributor!) Shannon Webb-Campbell’s Still No Word (Breakwater Books) book launch was rescheduled, you can catch a glimpse of some of the lines within with this video. Made by Krista Davis, Webb-Campbell's words are linked up with the music of Kim Harris. Expect more of the same Thursday, April 16 at the Company House for the new book launch, featuring Harris, who has turned some of Webb-Campbell's poems into songs.

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