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Books, Books, Books! 📚

Books, Books, Books!

Nov 5, 2020

In this month's newsletter you'll find information about a new youth book club, an upcoming project in American Sign Language, a sentimental book about remembrance and attachment, and a round up of the latest Atlantic Canadian literary news.

Let's Read Together! Youth Ambassador Damini has created an Afro-Indigenous book club for Atlantic Canadian youth aged 13-18. The first book they will be discussing is Mayann Francis's memoir An Honourable Life. To join the virtual book club, send an email to!

New Project in ASL! Youth Ambassador Kaylee is busy working on her Public Engagement Project with her mentor Elphege. Kaylee's project involves translating Atlantic Canadian books into American Sign Language. So cool! Stay tuned for more details.

November Highlight:

by Riel Nason

"This book is so beautifully crafted, with strong characters and incredible sensory detail." - Ellie (NB)

It's 1977. Seventeen-year-old Violet is left behind by her parents to manage their busy roadside antique stand for the summer. Her restless older brother, Bliss, has disappeared, leaving home without warning, and her parents are off searching for clues. This is a book about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we leave behind. Read more...

In the news...

NaNoWriMo has begun! The National Novel Writing Month encourages participants to try to write an entire novel (or 50,000 words) in the month of November. Find out more here.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards is now accepting submissions from residents of Newfoundland and Labrador! This program is open to professional and unprofessional artists and writers, and has both a senior (for artists aged 21 and over) and a junior division (for artists aged 20 and under). More information can be found here.

The Nova Writes Competition is now open! The competition, administered by the Nova Scotia Writers Federation, is for unpublished manuscripts in a variety of genres, including short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions are due by January 6, 2021. Check out the submission guidelines here.

Dave Atkinson's book Wereduck is now available as an audio book! This hilarious book is the first in the Wereduck series. Find out more here.

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