As well, Allan Cooper's new book, and two books published by CAC Board Member Kate Merlin, of Chocolate River Publishing, are shortlisted for New Brunswick Book Awards.
Albert County's creative community is certainly in the spotlight and making us proud! Read on for details...
The publisher submitted these comments: “Increasingly we are seeing young couples getting into farming, but with a new, modern and innovative take on things. Of particular interest is their common philosophy and overall integrity with regard to organic products, environmental sustainability, community matters, society in general and their commitment to family....This profile of a young farming family is particularly poignant in that regard. It’s written by an author who is very much in line personally with those lifestyle choices and personal values—and it shows.”
The publisher submitted these comments: “Lighthouses were an indispensable element of marine navigation, especially along a hazardous coastline like ours. The folks who manned them—and their families—were obliged to live solitary lives in harsh environments. Their stories, therefore, form a significant element of our history and culture. In magazine article terms, this piece has it all—a fascinating story deftly written, human interest in spades, humour, a little pathos, and a lot of relevant history. It’s a fascinating and compelling read.
The award judge writes: “There’s a delicious creepiness to parts of this story, and a wonderful sense of adventure. It starts with a wild action scene and continues from one exciting event to the next, sweeping the reader along… I almost feel as if this story is a Gothic middle-grade novel waiting to be born…There are many paragraphs here which could be expanded into entire chapters. I’ll be happy if I recognize it one day on a bookstore shelf.”
And CAC board member, Kate Merlin, who owns and operates Chocolate River Publishing, also has two publications on the short list:
- Take off to Tantramar, written/illustrated by Odette Barr (Petit-Cap), Colleen Landry (Moncton), and Beth Weatherbee (Baie Verte)
- Henrietta’s Nightlight, written by Alice Whitney (Fredericton)
The winners will be announced at a celebration, honouring writing and illustration excellence, on Friday June 8, at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John. The New Brunswick Book Awards celebrates books published in the 2017 calendar year and in four categories: poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s writing (picture books). The competition is open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year. A total of 36 total submissions were received for the awards. The book awards program represents a partnership between Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick’s literary culture for 70 years, and the Writers’ Federation, which for 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.