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2017 New Brunswick Book Awards

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Welcome to the New Brunswick Book Awards! The Fiddlehead and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick are pleased to operate the province's English-language book awards program.
All the Things We Leave Behind

All the Things We Leave Behind

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Shortlisted for the New Brunswick Book Award for Fiction

A novel of absence and adolescence by the author of the award-winning The Town That Drowned.

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. Violet is haunted by her brother's absence while trying to cope with her new responsibilities. Bet …

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Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

“Powerful. . . . Full of dark nostalgia.” —NATHAN ENGLANDER

“A literary high-wire act, not for the faint of heart.” —ALISSA YORK

An unflinching and masterful collection of award-winning stories, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush is a career-making debut. Ranging from an island holiday gone wrong to a dive bar on the upswing to a yuppie mother in a pricey subdivision seeing her worst fears come true, these deftly written stories are populated by …

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Letters from Beauly

Letters from Beauly

Pat Hennessy and the Canadian Forestry Corps in Scotland, 1940-1945
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Shortlisted, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

During the Second World War, hundreds of New Brunswick woodsmen joined the Canadian Forestry Corps to log the Scottish Highlands as part of the Canadian war effort. Patrick "Pat" Hennessy of Bathurst was one of them. For five years, Pat served as camp cook with 15 Company of the Canadian Forestry Corps near the ancient town of Beauly, Scotland. A middle-aged New Brunswick farmer and lumberman with a third-grade education, Pat saw more of the w …

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Shadow of Doubt

Shadow of Doubt

The Trial of Dennis Oland
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : rich & famous

Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

On July 6, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was murdered in his office. The brutal killing stunned the city of Saint John, and news of the crime reverberated across the country. In a shocking turn, and after a two-and-half-year police investigation, Oland's only son, Dennis, was arrested for second-degree murder.

CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the Oland …

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Lucy Jarvis

Lucy Jarvis

Even Stones Have Life
edition:Hardcover
tagged : essays, canadian

Winner, Best Atlantic Published Book Award
Shortlisted, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Writing early in 1962, Lucy Jarvis said she felt "just at the threshold of beginning." Jarvis had studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the 1920s, later becoming part of the social realist movement, committed to an art "of the people".

In 1941, Jarvis co-founded the UNB Art Centre with Pegi Nicol MacLeod, and together, they turned it into a place of creative effervescence. Passionate and …

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The Witch of the Inner Wood

The Witch of the Inner Wood

Collected Long Poems
edition:eBook

Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Poetry
A Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year

Like the novella in fiction, the long poem is an oft-neglected form. Too long for publication in most literary journals and anthologies, too short to merit book-length publication, the long poem occupies a lonely space in literature. M. Travis Lane is a master of the form, in which her considerable poetic skills reach their apex. There are few that match her brilliance. This volume collects all of her long works — …

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Based on Actual Events

Based on Actual Events

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Taking its inspiration from the Melville's famous line "If man will strike, strike through the mask!", Based on Actual Events punches through the surface of visible things, grabbing wild at the drifting actual. Calling himself a "a realist in fabulist clothing," Robert Moore gives us a book-length sequence of sleek, fiercely comic, colloquial poems whose aphoristic storytelling is pegged to a desire for sublimity. His project is to find new frames of reference for our estrangement from the world …

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My Two Grandmothers

My Two Grandmothers

edition:eBook

Acadian Mémère and Scottish Nannie seem to have nothing in common but their grandchildren, but in this endearing picture book from bestselling author Diane Carmel Léger and noted illustrator Jean-Luc Trudel, difference is celebrated. A co-publication with New Brunswick’s award-winning Bouton d’or Acadie and simultaneously published in French, Nannie and  Mémère is a whimsically illustrated, heartwarming tale of the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, and a celeb …

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