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Book Lovers’

Holiday GIFT GUIDE 2018

For these books and more, visit your local bookstore.

Happy holidays! Enjoy these seasonal titles from Atlantic Canada! CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTIC CANADA DAVID GOSS In Christmas in Atlantic Canada, prolific folklorist David Goss traces the history of the holiday in our region, from its earliest celebration, quite possibly in 1604, to modern times. $19.95, Nimbus

THE MOST PERFECT GIFT HUBERT FUREY Stories of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador, a special time of year to gather around a festive table and enjoy the company of family and friends. $19.95, Flanker Press

CHRISTMAS WITH MAUD LEWIS LANCE WOOLAVER and BOB BROOKS Maud Lewis has become one of Canada’s favourite folk artists, and her buoyant winter pictures are among her most beloved. Full of Christmas spirit and joy, this delightful hardcover edition is the perfect holiday gift! $24.95 hc, Goose Lane Editions

Hot new fiction to warm your winter THE HONEY FARM HARRIET ALIDA LYE After beekeeper Cynthia offers young artists free room and board in exchange for help on her Edenic farm, strange things start happening: taps run red and frogs swarm the pond. This psychological thriller paints a dark portrait of creation and possession in the natural world. $24.95, Nimbus

IN THE WAKE NICOLA DAVISON Set on the shores of modern-day Nova Scotia, two women are stagnated by grief and their own flawed versions of the past. Can the truth set them free? $22.95, Nimbus CATCHING THE LIGHT SUSAN SINNOTT Though Cathy is a talented artist, she yearns for social acceptance. Hutch is everything she is not: charismatic, popular, smart. The slow burn and extraordinary lives of two ordinary people. $21.95, Nimbus

Books in the Holiday Gift Guide are available at fine bookstores throughout Atlantic Canada. For a complete list of retailers, visit atlanticbookstoday.com. Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, 1484 Carlton Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3B7 T: 902-420-0711 F: 902-423-4302 E: info@atlanticpublishers.ca Published by the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

Favourite storytellers

For the thrill seeker

BEHOLDEN LESLEY CREWE A tender novel from bestselling author Lesley Crewe, exploring a sprawling Cape Breton family’s vulnerabilities and values, darkest fears, and greatest hopes. $24.95, Nimbus

SOLDIER BOY GLEN CARTER An action-packed novel of revenge that begins in the deserts of Iraq, where a US Marine dies and the circumstances surrounding his death are shrouded in mystery. $19.95, Flanker Press

A CIRCLE ON THE SURFACE CAROL BRUNEAU A powerful swell of a novel from one of Canada’s master storytellers, set amongst a backdrop of wartime paranoia in a fictional coastal Nova Scotia community. $22.95, Nimbus

OPERATION WORMWOOD HELEN C . ESCOTT Doctors race against time to determine the cause of Wormwood: a mysterious disease that some believe was created by God to kill the worst criminals among us. $19.95, Flanker Press

WHERE THE GHOSTS ARE STEVE VERNON Author Steve Vernon has covered every corner of the province in search of the spooky, bizarre, and unexplained. The perfect companion for those interested in the history of the province and thrill-seekers alike. $19.95, Nimbus

On the lighter side THE SMELTDOG MAN FRANK MACDONALD A rollicking novel about how a Cape Bretoner marshalled his accidental invention, a marijuanainduced, munchieinspired Smeltdog, into the most successful fast food franchise in Canada. $21.95, Pottersfield Press

MISS NACKAWIC MEETS MIDLIFE COLLEEN LANDRY Miss Nackawic 1981 hasn’t lost sight of her Miss World vision board. Her hilarious observations of her attempts to stay runway ready while she tries to cope with midlife will make you chuckle and relate. $14.95 pb, Chocolate River Publishing

SOME DAYS RUN LONG BILL CONALL From the winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, this new collection is like a stroll along the aisles of a rural general store stocked with whimsy, humour, ire, reflection, tall tales, and passion. $19.95, Boularderie Island Press


New in Newfoundland THE FLANKER DICTIONARY OF NEWFOUNDLAND ENGLISH GARRY CRANFORD The only dictionary of Newfoundland English you’ll need, bringing together words from Indigenous and English cultures from the discovery of Newfoundland in 1497! $19.95, Flanker Press

AGNES AYRE’S NOTEBOOK Recipes from Old St. John’s ROGER PICKAVANCE, AGNES MARION MURPHY No surprise that recipes collected during World War One by one of Newfoundland’s most outspoken advocates for women’s rights are often original and daring. $29.95, Boulder Publications

ALBUM ROCK Looking back through the lens of Paul-Émile Miot MATTHEW HOLLETT Why are French sailors painting the word “ALBUM” on a Newfoundland rock in the mid-1800s? Matthew Hollett explores the mystery. $21.95 pb, Boulder Publications

UNCHAINED MAN The Arctic life and times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett MAURA HANRAHAN This biography of a legendary hero reveals his drive for success and the inner conflicts of a man who found peace in the Arctic. $21.95 pb, Boulder Publications

SALTWATER MITTENS FROM THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND More than 20 heritage designs to knit CHRISTINE LEGROW, SHIRLEY SCOTT Full colour with easy-to-follow knitting designs. This is a must-have for knitting enthusiasts. $29.95 pb, Boulder Publications

HISTORICAL FICTION GROWING UP NEXT TO THE MENTAL BRIAN CALLAHAN Wish Mooney’s earliest memory is finding a corpse in the Waterford River. Jarring stuff for a four-year-old, yet far from the most shocking thing he would witness. $19.95, Flanker Press


THE CRACKIE GARY COLLINS An epic tale of war and triumph by awardwinning author Gary Collins, winner of the inaugural NL Reads literary competition, administered by the CBC. $19.95, Flanker Press

For nature lovers

FISHING THE HIGH COUNTRY A Memoir of the River WAYNE CURTIS Drawing on his experience of life along the river — as a boy, as a young man, and as a river guide among guides — Wayne Curtis has created what can only be described as a river masterpiece. $19.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions

THE TIDES OF TIME A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons SUZANNE STEWART Second Place Winner of the Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction A most literary look at the work we do in Nova Scotia: fishing, farming, baking, dairy work, maple syrup production, raising sheep, beekeeping, blueberry harvesting, foraging for wild mushrooms, and more. $21.95, Pottersfield Press

THE LOST WORDS ROBERT MACFARLANE ILLUSTRATED BY JACKIE MORRIS From bestselling Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist and author Jackie Morris, a beautiful collection of poems and illustrations to help readers rediscover the magic of the natural world. $40.00, House of Anansi Press

EATING WILD JAMIE SIMPSON From fiddleheads to spruce tips, wild food can be fun — with the right guide. Awardwinning author and conservationist Jamie Simpson shows readers what to look for in the wilds and how and when to collect it. $21.95, Nimbus

LOUISBOURG OR BUST A Surfer’s Wild Ride Down Nova Scotia’s Drowned Coast RC SHAW “This crazy beautiful quest narrative puts Don Quixote on a bicycle and sends him out to face history with a surfboard. Half hilarious dream-adventure, half marathon nightmare, the end result is all madcap love letter to Nova Scotia.” —Ken McGoogan $19.95, Pottersfield Press

Ever-popular trail guides THE BEST OF THE GREAT TRAIL, Vol. 1 Newfoundland to Southern Ontario on the Trans Canada Trail MICHAEL HAYNES Beginning at Cape Spear and ending on the shores of Lake Huron, Michael Haynes offers a connoisseur’s sampling of the finest pathways of eastern Canada’s Trans Canada Trail. $29.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions

WATERFALLS OF NOVA SCOTIA: A Guide BENOIT LALONDE Nova Scotia is blessed with numerous must-see waterfalls, and this book brings together 100 of the province’s best. Features gorgeous colour photographs and individual maps of each location. $24.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions

HIKING TRAILS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 4th Edition MARIANNE AND H.A. EISELT Newly illustrated in full colour with striking photographs and maps, veteran trail enthusiasts Marianne and H.A. Eiselt lead hikers from one end of the province to the other while covering more than 100 trails. $24.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions


For the seafarer on your list

MUST-HAVE Medical matters

BOUNTY The Greatest Sea Story of Them All GEOFF D’EON For anyone who loves adventure and seafaring tales, starring the Lunenburg’s tall ship Bounty. $29.95, Formac

SAILING IN CIRCLES, GOIN’ SOMEWHERE FINLEY MARTIN The funny, bittersweet memoir of a Prince Edward Island man who, over seven years, builds a classic 1930s wooden sailboat and, in 2004, attempts to circumnavigate eastern North America. $22.95, Nimbus

...and the treasure hunter SHIPWRECKED North of 40 ROBERT MacKINNON High adventure. Dangerous seas. MacKinnon discovered some of the rarest coins to be minted in the early Americas. His discoveries are displayed at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic along with other institutions the world over. $19.95, Boularderie Island Press

From a global perspective GETTING TO ZERO Canada Confronts Global Warming TONY CLARKE For the environmentalist on your list. Highly recommended by David Suzuki. $24.95, Lorimer


SAWBONES Hospitals, Institutions, Medicine and Nursing 1749–2018 DEVONNA EDWARDS 269 years of the history and development of regional hospitals, medicine, nursing, cemeteries and disease – new, old and still an issue. $27.50, New World Publishing

CONSPIRACY OF HOPE The Truth About Breast Cancer Screening RENÉE PELLERIN For decades, women have been told that mammograms save lives. Today the evidence is starkly clear: screening does more harm than good. This explosive book exposes the truth about breast cancer screening. $22.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions

OIL AND WORLD POLITICS The real story of today’s conflict zones: Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine and more JOHN FOSTER For anyone looking for the insider’s story of the role oil plays in conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, and beyond. $27.95, Lorimer

NON-FICTION Crime and punishment FIRST DEGREE KAYLA HOUNSELL Through interviews with friends and relatives, as well as transcripts, journalist Kayla Hounsell tells the full story of Will Sandeson’s trial for the murder of Taylor Samson. Includes previously unpublished photos and details. $24.95, Nimbus

THE MURDER OF MINNIE CALLAN THOMAS GRUCHY The dramatic memoir of retired RCMP Officer Thomas Gruchy and the story of a criminal investigation that changed the lives of many, including the author, forever. $17.95, Flanker Press

War and Remembrance

REMEMBRANCE ROAD JUSTINE MacDONALD Nova Scotian photographer Justine MacDonald’s poignant impressions from her 2001 and 2017 tours of western European battlefields are indelible reminders of the horror and utter futility of war. One cannot read this book and not be profoundly moved. $25.95, SSP Publications

A SOLDIER’S PLACE EDITED BY THOMAS HODD A collection of short stories on the horrors and triumphs of war by the “Unofficial Bard of the Canadian Expeditionary Force”: Will R. Bird. $19.95, Nimbus

IN THEIR OWN WORDS EDITED BY ROSS HEBB A collection of letters from three Maritimers who served overseas during the the First World War: a nurse, a front-line soldier, and a conscripted fisherman. $21.95, Nimbus

BETRAYAL OF TRUST Commander Wyatt & Halifax Explosion JOEL ZEMEL Commander Wyatt was the only person criminally indicted in connection with the Explosion tragedy. This is his personal life story by the award-winning author of Scapegoat. $19.95, New World Publishing

CALLED TO SERVE Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine KATHERINE DEWAR This long overdue biography of Georgina Pope (1862–1938) details her path to power, from her sheltered life on Victorian Prince Edward Island to her critical roles as a nursing leader in the Boer War and the First World War. $27.95, Island Studies Press

A FAMILY OF BROTHERS Soldiers of the 26th New Brunswick Battalion in the Great War J. BRENT WILSON The powerful story of the “Fighting 26th,” the only infantry unit from New Brunswick to serve continuously on the Western Front from 1915 until the Armistice in 1918. $22.95 pb, Goose Lane Editions


Best books in

Nova Scotia

BLUENOSERS’ BOOK OF SLANG VERNON OICKLE From Nova Scotia’s greatest collector comes the Bluenosers’ Book of Slang: How to Talk Nova Scotian, the ultimate collection of Nova Scotianisms. From blowin’ a gale, bed lunch, and fill yer boots, this is a book that will make you feel “some good.” $12.95, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.

THE NOVA SCOTIA BOOK OF LISTS VERNON OICKLE Also from the master collector comes The Nova Scotia Book of Lists. From Jimmy Rankin’s 10 favourite songs performed by a Nova Scotian to Michael de Adder’s list of the top Nova Scotians that a political cartoonist likes to draw, this is a collection that is sure to start family arguments, provoke a wry smile, or just generally entertain you on a cold winter night. $19.95, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.

FOR HISTORY BUFFS WHITE POINT RICK CONRAD Photographer Len Wagg skillfully contrasts the thens and the nows of White Point Beach Resort and Lodge with over 60 charming photos, and Rick Conrad incorporates the memories of guests and staff. $22.95, Nimbus HISTORIC HOUSE NAMES OF NOVA SCOTIA JOSEPH M. A. BALLARD Uniacke House, Winckworth, Saint’s Rest, Spruce Tree Cottage. Ever wonder how Nova Scotia houses got their names? This book provides a fascinating look at the housenaming tradition in Nova Scotia. $17.95, Nimbus


FROM 14TH COLONY TO CONFEDERATION A.D. BOUTILIER CANADA 150 BOOK. Humorous, but critical social history: founding of Halifax; original NS territory becomes Maritimes (1785), responsible government, failed Maritime Union, then Confederation. $21.95, New World Publishing

NOVA SCOTIA’S LOST COMMUNITIES JOAN DAWSON In this fascinating book, author Joan Dawson looks at 37 of Nova Scotia’s lost communities: places like Electric City, Indian Gardens, and the Tancook Islands. $21.95, Nimbus

And mystery buffs OAK ISLAND UNEARTHED! JOHN O. O’BRIEN John O’Brien appeared on The Curse of Oak Island. Follow his evidence-based theory of this 1000-year-old mystery: the stone cross, water traps, hieroglyphs, plus newly discovered shafts off-island. $22.50, New World Publishing

Home and garden ESCAPE TO REALITY MARK CULLEN WITH BEN CULLEN An informed and personal reflection on gardening in Canada from the country’s preeminent horticultural expert, Escape to Reality goes beyond the hows that are the focus of most gardening books and explores the whys. $25.95, Nimbus

IF I HAD AN OLD HOUSE ON THE EAST COAST WANDA BAXTER Featuring illustrations from artist Kat Frick Miller, this book includes practical tips for the old-home owner, from how to clear your home of ghosts to how to make rosehip jelly and maple syrup. $24.95, Nimbus

For sports fans

BRAD MARCHAND PHILIP CROUCHER A bio of the NHL’s “Little Ball of Hate,” a former Halifax Moosehead and now a scoring sensation for the Boston Bruins. $17.95, Nimbus

THE TOP 15 Nova Scotia’s Greatest Athletes NOVA SCOTIA SPORT HALL OF FAME A photo-rich keepsake book packed with names, images, and little-known facts, based on the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame’s popular Top 15 athletes of all time. $17.95, Nimbus

AN EAST COAST WEDDING PLANNER FOUNDERS OF ELEGANT PRODUCTIONS AND ELEGANT PAPER CO. Whether newly engaged and local or planning a destination wedding on the east coast, An East Coast Wedding Planner is there for readers every step of the way, from month-by-month wedding checklists to curated questions to ask all vendors, to how to prioritize and budget for your perfect day. $49.95, Nimbus

Reflections AUBADE EDITED BY E. ALEX PIERCE A unique anthology featuring over 20 NS writers who explore the aubade — the passing of night and return of day where lovers part, reflect or regret. Their comings and goings often observed from the shadows. $19.95, Boularderie Island Press

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Seeing New Brunswick THE CREATIVE CITY OF SAINT JOHN EDITED BY GWENDOLYN DAVIES, PETER LAROCQUE, and CHRISTL VERDUYN An extensively illustrated account of a wide range of creators and creative work — writing, painting, natural history scholarship, filmmaking —which are part of Saint John’s colourful history. $29.95, Formac

THE LOST CITY: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John JOHN LEROUX Architectural and social historian John Leroux presents 75 black-and-white photographs drawn from MacEachern’s exceptional archive, documenting a lost city and the effect of urban renewal on its neighbourhoods and residents. $35 hc, Goose Lane Editions


When the mighty Saint John River crested its banks in the spring of 2018, it caused the worst flooding in 50 years. At its height, more than 300,000 cubic feet per second of water raced through the Mactaquac dam just above Fredericton, 3.5 times more water than normal. In New Brunswick Underwater, Lisa Hrabluk tells the story in words and images of the evacuees, volunteers, and first responders who raced the rising river to save their communities. $19.95, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.

Prince Edward Island THE COVE JOURNAL Life on the Island’s South Shore JODEE SAMUELSON A charming collection of JoDee’s monthly columns written for The Buzz, these seasonal essays and illustrations capture the soft edges of rural life on Prince Edward Island. $19.95 pb, Island Studies Press


PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND JOHN SYLVESTER and STEPHEN DESROCHES For anyone interested in photography or just looking for the most beautiful sites on PEI, this new book by award-winning photographer team is the perfect gift. $24.95, Acorn Press

ISLAND AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD The Geological Heritage of Prince Edward Island JOHN CALDER Even the most fossil-crazed readers will be shocked by this in-depth look at the geological history of PEI. With important historical finds, this book tells the untold story. $19.95, Acorn Press

Music and poetry For the art lovers on your list

RÀITHEAN AIRSON SIREADH / SEASONS FOR SEEKING LEWIS MacKINNON MacKinnon’s fourth Gaelic-English bilingual poetry collection features translations of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi and original poems celebrating Nova Scotia’s Celtic seasons. Paperback or audiobook with Persian & Celtic music. $15.99 paper, $24.99 audiobook double CD; Bradan Press

PLAY IT LIKE YOU SING IT BARRY W. SHEARS The Gaelic bagpipe traditions of Nova Scotia in a groundbreaking 2-volume collection of history, culture, images, and 249 dance tunes. A must-have for pipers and fiddlers! Volume One $39.99, Volume Two $69.99; Bradan Press

PUT YOUR HAND IN MY HAND HARVEY SAWLER Biographer Harvey Sawler paints an intimate portrait of one of Canada’s most beloved singersongwriters. $19.95, Nimbus

JEOPARDY RICHARD LEMM Award-winning author and poet Lemm masterfully blends his narrative poetic style with wit and wisdom in this new collection of poetry. $19.95, Acorn Press

Remarkable Stories

EXQUISITE DESTINATIONS Adventures of a Maritimer in Lesser-Known Places PETER McCREATH “When we are young, we dream dreams, fantasize about things we want to do, places we want to go, what we wish to be.” Part memoir, part travelogue and adventure. $22.50 pp, New World Publishing

THE ONLY FILM IN TOWN STUART CRESSWELL Creswell explains how he made, against the odds, a gentle and humorous comingof-age story for the big screen, creating art and opportunity in rural Nova Scotia; with behindthe-scenes photos and stills from the film. $19.95, Nimbus

THE BLIND MECHANIC MARILYN DAVIDSON ELLIOTT Eric Davidson lost both eyes in the Halifax Explosion when he was two years old. Against all odds, he taught himself to become an auto mechanic. A remarkable true story. $19.95, Nimbus

SOMEWHERE NORTH OF WHERE I WAS NICOLE SPENCE A powerful memoir of growing up in foster care. With brazen honesty and a driving spirit of hope, perseverance and sometimes sheer will, Spence brings the reader into her world as she lived it, moving us along, pulling us apart, compelling us to continue reading. $22.95, Acorn Press


books for kids EVERYBODY’S DIFFERENT ON EVERYBODY STREET SHEREE FITCH/ EMMA FITZGERALD Sheree Fitch’s playful words invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Fitch’s quick, rollicking rhymes are complemented by Emma FitzGerald’s lively illustrations. $22.95, Nimbus

THE LADY FROM KENT A Story for Girls and Boys and Bees Dressed Up as Fleas and Crocodiles: Also Elves. BARBARA NICHOL ILLUSTRATED BY BILL PECHET Barbara Nichol is an original — brilliant and entertaining.. .. a book to read and reread and then read again, to yourself or out loud, depending on how generous you’re feeling. — Eleanor Wachtel $23, Pedlar Press

A TOOT IN THE TUB NICOLETTE LITTLE TARA FLEMING Offers a lighthearted, rhymed look at “healthful release” for kids, while upholding the importance of being kind to others! $14.95, Pennywell Books


MY FIRST BOOK OF CANADIAN BIRDS ANDREA MILLER/ ANGELA DOAK Simple, gentle text gives readers a peek into the habitats of Canadian birds and introduces child and parent to fun facts about everything from bird sounds to egg sizes! $22.95, Nimbus

FOLLOW THE GOOSE BUTT TO NOVA SCOTIA ODETTE BARR, COLLEEN LANDRY, BETH WEATHERBEE Camelia Airheart, the loveable Canada goose with the faulty Goose Positioning System is off on an adventure to Nova Scotia. She has promised to follow the goose butt, but will she stay focused long enough to keep her promise? $10.95, Chocolate River Publishing SUMMER IN THE LAND OF ANNE ELIZABETH EPPERLY/ CAROLINE EPPERLY Told through the eyes of a family travelling to PEI, this is a celebration of the books we love and all the ways they inspire us. $22.95, Acorn Press

TIME FOR BED CAROL MCDOUGALL and SHANDA LARAMEE-JONES A fun and simple step-by-step bedtime story for babies and toddlers. From bathtime to storytime, this book guides families through a healthy nightly routine with simple text and joyful photos. $9.95, Nimbus

YOU MAKE ME HAPPY DORETTA GROENENDYK Whether it be sitting by the fire, reading in the bath, or travelling, this book explores the importance of finding happiness all around you. $16.95, Acorn Press

NIGHT AT THE GARDENS NICOLE DELORY/JANET SOLEY What really happens in the Public Gardens after dark? Statues “come alive,” and one night Fountain Nymphs convince Jaun Swans to fly to the ocean – chaos! Robbie Burns helps, but is it enough? $10.95, New World Publishing

For the curious

50 THINGS TO SEE WITH A TELESCOPE A young stargazer’s guide JOHN A. READ A new guide for anyone who’s looking at the heavens and wonders what they’re seeing. $19.95, Formac

BE PREPARED! FRANKIE MacDONALD AND SARAH SAWLER Nova Scotia’s favourite weather reporter, Frankie MacDonald, along with author Sarah Sawler, shares stories from Frankie’s early years, along with facts about all things sunny, rainy, snowy, and stormy. $16.95, Nimbus

BE A CITY NATURE DETECTIVE PEGGY KOCHANOFF Why are some grey squirrels black? Does goldenrod cause hay fever? Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries in the city. $14.95, Nimbus

Indigenous Stories MI’KMAW ANIMALS | MI’KMAW WAISISK ALAN SYLIBOY Colourful images depicting Canadian animals like moose, whales, and caribou, and more makes this vibrant book a perfect introduction to the Mi’kmaw language. $14.95, Nimbus

THE GATHERING THERESA MEUSE/ ARTHUR STEVENS A young Mi’kmaw girl attends her first spiritual gathering in this vibrant picture book from the team behind the bestselling The Sharing Circle. $22.95, Nimbus

COUNTING IN MI’KMAW/MAWKILJEMK MI’KMAWIKTUK LORETTA GOULD Counting from one to ten in English and Mi’kmaw, young readers will be introduced to both the ancestral language of Mi’kmaki and to Mi’kmaw culture and legend, through beautifully rendered illustrations of the natural world. $14.95, Nimbus

Not just for kids!

UNE JOURNÉE PONEY ! PEMKISKAHK’CIW AHAHSIS ! A PONY DAY ! HÉLÈNE deVARENNES, OPOLAHSOMUWEHS (IMELDA PERLEY) ILL. BY PAUL LANG Both bursting with laughter, a grandpa takes his granddaughter Josephine on her first pony ride. Many surprises are awaiting her! $14.95, Bouton d’or Acadie

IKWE HONOURING WOMEN An Indigenous Art Colouring Book for Adults and Children JACKIE TRAVERS IKWE is a new colouring book by Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse. The stunning images celebrate the spiritual and ceremonial aspects of women and their important role as water protectors. $20.00, Roseway Publishing


History & Heritage for kids

100 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ATLANTIC CANADA (FOR KIDS) SARAH SAWLER The author of the bestselling 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia has collected the most interesting, surprising, and bizarre facts that you never knew about Atlantic Canada, just for kids. $14.95, Nimbus

A GIANT MAN IN A TINY TOWN TOM RYAN/ CHRISTOPHER HOYT This is the story of the “giant” Angus MacAskill, who travelled the world performing for crowds, but never stopped longing to return to the place he loved the best: his Cape Breton home. $22.95, Nimbus

Teen Fiction

THE GOODBYE GIRLS LISA HARRINGTON Lizzie and her friend Willa devise a genius business – personalized breakup baskets for her classmates. Then things go horribly wrong and soon family, friendship, and a budding romance are on the line. $15.95, Nimbus


WORTHY OF LOVE ANDRE FENTON Halifax slam poet Andre Fenton’s vivid and readable novel for teens. $14.95, Formac

THERE BE PIRATES! JOANN HAMILTONBARRY Learn about what everyday life was like for some of the fiercest pirates of all time. Explore the history of piracy, from the ancient Romans and Greeks to modern-day pirates. $15.95, Nimbus

A HALIFAX TIME-TRAVELLING TUNE JAN COATES/MARIJKE SIMONS This dreamy, lyrical story follows a young child and his dog who travel back in time to 1950s Halifax with a whimsical tune. Follow the pair through Halifax landmarks, showing off all the sights and sounds of the city. $22.95, Nimbus

Stories of


THE MYSTERY OF IRELAND’S EYE SHANE PEACOCK Dylan is going kayaking to the island of Ireland’s Eye off the coast of Newfoundland to see the ghost town. Why does an old man on the dock of St. John’s tell him to beware? $12.95, Nimbus

THE SECRET OF THE SILVER MINES SHANE PEACOCK A Toronto millionaire has hired Dylan’s dad to retrieve a fortune in silver allegedly stolen from his grandfather years ago. But was the fortune really stolen? And if so, where has it been hidden? $12.95, Nimbus

BONE BEDS OF THE BADLANDS SHANE PEACOCK Bone Beds of the Badlands transports readers to the heart of dinosaur country in Alberta, in the most gripping and terrifying Dylan Maples Adventure yet. $12.95, Nimbus

Inspiring tales of youth activism MY RIVER Cleaning up the LaHave River STELLA BOWLES WITH ANNE LAUREL CARTER Kids who care about the environment will love Stella’s story of her science project on the dirty LaHave River that brought real change! $16.95, Formac

BLACK WOMEN WHO DARED NAOMI M. MOYER Inspirational stories of ten Black women and women’s collectives—anti-slavery activists, business women, health-care activists, civic organizers and educators. Remarkable women whose stories will fascinate and educate. $18.95, Second Story Press

HOPE BLOOMS HOPE BLOOMS The inspiring story of Dragons’ Den darlings Hope Blooms: a Halifax–based, youth-driven social enterprise focused on growing sustainable, healthy food and youth mentorship. $24.95, Nimbus

Middle-Grade Fiction SECRETS OF SABLE ISLAND MARCIA PIERCE HARDING Shipwrecked on Sable Island, Caleb befriends the ghostly girl who rides bareback over the dunes, and realizes that he must do whatever he can to save her, and himself. $14.95, Nimbus

PIPER JACQUELINE HALSEY Dougal Cameron and his family sail from Scotland aboard the Hector, on their way to Nova Scotia. When a violent storm knocks the ship off course, Dougal must fight to stay alive. $12.95, Nimbus

HEADLINER SUSAN WHITE This stunning new middle grade novel by Ann Connor Brimer Award-winning author Susan White deals with the aftermath of a tragic accident and its effect on the surviving family. $12.95, Acorn Press

RIKA’S SHEPHERD ORYSIA DAWYDIAK This action-packed adventure by Hackmatack-nominated author Orysia Dawydiak tells the struggles of a young shepherd and will delight any young reader. $12.95, Acorn Press


Bestof the Season SANTA NEVER BRINGS ME A BANJO DAVID MYLES ILLUSTRATED BY MURRAY BAIN Based on the beloved holiday song, follow the ups and downs of the holiday season with David, his furry friends, and his family, as he pines for his most-wishedfor holiday gift. $22.95, Nimbus

150+ Canada’s History in Poetry EDITED BY JUDY GAUDET This collection of poems tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets’ responses to them. $27.95, Acorn Press

NED PRATT: One Wave The first ever book on Ned Pratt’s photography, this beautifully designed edition charts a decade of Pratt’s breathtaking vision, presenting Newfoundland’s landscapes as you’ve never seen them before. $49.95 hc, Goose Lane Editions

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