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Atlantica

Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland

by Herb Curtis; Wayne Johnston; Bernice Morgan; John Steffler; J. J. Steinfeld; Joan Baxter; Lesley Choyce; Donna Morrissey; Alistair MacLeod; Maureen Hull; Helen Fogwill Porter; Anne Simpson; Budge Wilson; Sheldon Currie; Joan Clark; David Helwig; Wayne Curtis; David Adams Richards; Carol Bruneau & Lynn Coady

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The world has taken notice. From Alistair MacLeod's recent IMPAC literary award, through movies based on the work of David Adams Richards and Sheldon Currie, to the epic television series based on the work of Bernice Morgan, the international community has soundly acknowledged the critical and commercial success of Atlantic writers.

Atlantica is the first major anthology of Atlantic fiction since Best Maritime Short Stories was published in 1988 and showcases stories by some of Canada's most exciting authors — established, newly popular, and emerging. Given the regional penchant for storytelling, it's not surprising that the Maritimes and Newfoundland produce a continuous stream of spellbinding writers.

Among the stories in Atlantica are Anne Simpson's Journey Prize-winning "Dreaming Snow," Carol Bruneau's "The Tarot Reader," "Batter My Heart" by Lynn Coady, Bernice Morgan's "Poems in a Cold Climate" "The Train Family" by Joan Clark, "Missing Notes" by David Helwig, "The Party" by Herb Curtis and "Clearances" by Alistair MacLeod. Readers from "away" will recognize Sheldon Currie's hilariously gothic tale "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum" as the basis of Helena Bonham Carter's acclaimed movie Margaret's Museum. Some stories have been excerpted from novels, including David Adams Richards's The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Wayne Johnston's The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, John Steffler's The Afterlife of George Cartwright, and Donna Morrissey's Kit's Law.

Remarkably diverse in age, style, and cultural identity, the writers in this anthology raise a common voice that defines Atlantic Canada. Each with an individual approach to language and writing, they offer a collective view of the east, conscious of tradition but not confined by it. By turns funny, poignant and pensive, the stories in Atlantica firmly place eastern Canadian culture on the world map of literature.

About the Authors
Herb Curtis was raised near Blackville, on the Miramichi, and now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His collection of short fiction, Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles (1999), was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award. The Last Tasmanian (1991, 2001), one of four novels, garnered the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
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Herb Curtis was raised near Blackville, on the Miramichi, and now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His collection of short fiction, Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles (1999), was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award. The Last Tasmanian (1991, 2001), one of four novels, garnered the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
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Bernice Morgan was born and raised in St. John's, NL, where she continues to live and work. A member of the Order of Canada, she is author of the acclaimed novel Random Passage, which was filmed as a four-part television series, and its award-winning sequel Waiting for Time. Her other work includes the collection of short stories, The Topography of Love, and the novel Cloud of Bone. Seasons Before the War, her remembrance of her childhood days in St. John's, is her first book for young readers.
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John Steffler was born in Ontario in 1947. His other books of poetry are An Explanation of Yellow (1981),The Wreckage of Play (1988), and That Night We Were Ravenous (1998). He has also written a children's book, Flights of Magic (1987), and a novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright, which won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada first novel award and the Thomas Raddall Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book.

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John Steffler was born in Ontario in 1947. His other books of poetry are An Explanation of Yellow (1981),The Wreckage of Play (1988), and That Night We Were Ravenous (1998). He has also written a children's book, Flights of Magic (1987), and a novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright, which won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada first novel award and the Thomas Raddall Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book.

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John Steffler was born in Ontario in 1947. His other books of poetry are An Explanation of Yellow (1981),The Wreckage of Play (1988), and That Night We Were Ravenous (1998). He has also written a children's book, Flights of Magic (1987), and a novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright, which won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada first novel award and the Thomas Raddall Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book.

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Lesley Choyce is the author of over ninety books. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. He lives in East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.

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Donna Morrissey (b. 1956) grew up in the isolated western Newfoundland community of The Beaches, where, she says, "There were twelve families and we didn't talk to six of them." She studied at memorial University in St. John's, lived in various other parts of Canada, and makes her home in Halifax. Her first novel, Kit's Law (Penguin, 1999), the source of "Grieving Nan," won the National Booksellers Association Libris Award and garnered international praise.
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Donna Morrissey (b. 1956) grew up in the isolated western Newfoundland community of The Beaches, where, she says, "There were twelve families and we didn't talk to six of them." She studied at memorial University in St. John's, lived in various other parts of Canada, and makes her home in Halifax. Her first novel, Kit's Law (Penguin, 1999), the source of "Grieving Nan," won the National Booksellers Association Libris Award and garnered international praise.
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Maureen Hull was born and raised on Cape Breton Island. She studied at nscad, Dalhousie University and the Pictou Fisheries School. She has worked at the costume department of Neptune Theatre and as a lobster fisher. She lives on Pictou Island in the Northumberland Strait. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently Christmas Family Treasures. Her short story collection, Righteous Living, was short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Award, and several of her stories have been read on CBC Radio.
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Helen Fogwill Porter was born and grew up in St. John’s. Her first book Below the Bridge, was published by Breakwater in 1980. Her short stories, poetry, plays, and reviews have been published and performed across Canada. She now lives in St. John’s, NL.
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Anne Simpson is one of Canada's rising stars. Her story "Dreaming Snow" won the Journey Prize, and her first novel, Canterbury Beach, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her first poetry collection, Light Falls Through You, won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award; her second, collection was Loop. After spending a year as writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, she has returned to her home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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BUDGE WILSON is widely renowned for her writing. Her books, short stories and articles for children and adults have been recognized with many awards. A native of Halifax, she has lived permanently in Nova Scotia since 1989.
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Sheldon Currie (b. 1934), a native of Reserve, Cape Breton, and a resident of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, taught for many years at St. Francis Xavier University. "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum" first appeared in the collection, The Glace Bay Miner's Museum (Deluge, 1979). It was the basis of the feature film, Margaret's Museum, which Currie subsequently rewrote as a novella, and it is included in the collection, The Story So Far (Breton Books, 1997).
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Joan Clark was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. She writes novels, short fiction, and novels for young adults. She has won numerous awards, including the Marian Engel Award, the Canadian Authors' Association Literary Award, the Mr. Christie Award, and the Jeffrey Bilson Award. Her most recent novel is Latitudes of Melt (2000). She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
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David Helwig (1938-2018) was the author of nearly fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. A longtime resident of Kingston, he spent his final years in Belfast, Prince Edward Island.
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Wayne Curtis (b. 1945) divides his time between Newcastle, New Brunswick, and Fredericton. He is the author of several books of essays about fishing, fishermen and the Miramichi River, two story collections, Preferred Lies (Nimbus, 1998) and River Stories (Nimbus, 2000), and two novels, One Indian Summer (Goose Lane, 1994), the source of "Heavy Ice," and Last Stand (Nimbus, 1999).
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David Adams Richards. The novels of David Adams Richards put New Brunswick's Miramichi region on the world's literary map. "Small Gifts" is an adaptation by Goose Lane Editions of his screenplay Small Gifts, first broadcast on CBC TV in 1995. Small Gifts won a Gemini Award in 1996 and the 1996 New York International Film Festival Award for Best Screen Play. The adaptation appears here by permission of the author and Goose Lane Editions.
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Born in Halifax, Carol Bruneau combines a career in fiction writing with teaching writing, and is a part time faculty member of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where she lives with her husband and their three children. Her most recent publication is the novel Berth (2005).

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Lynn Coady (b. 1970) grew up on Cape Breton Island and lived in New Brunswick before moving to Vancouver. Her first novel, Strange Heaven (Goose Lane, 1998), won the Dartmouth Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. "Batter My Heart" appeared first in the Fiddlehead and is included in her second book, the story collection Play the Monster Blind (Doubleday Canada, 2000).
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Editorial Reviews

"The truffles of the fiction chocolate box . . . offer[s] established stars and newer lights . . . In this collection, story is not only essential, but both profound and prismatic . . . if you like well-wrought stories, you will find plenty here to savour." — Globe and Mail


"The editor draws upon some of the best known names in fiction . . . A great gift for the brooding, serious fiction lover in the family, and those too who simply enjoy a good story." — Newfoundland Herald


"The editor draws upon some of the best known names in fiction . . . A great gift for the brooding, serious fiction lover in the family, and those too who simply enjoy a good story." — Newfoundland Herald


"The truffles of the fiction chocolate box . . . offer[s] established stars and newer lights . . . In this collection, story is not only essential, but both profound and prismatic . . . if you like well-wrought stories, you will find plenty here to savour." — Globe and Mail

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