Janice Landry is a regionally and nationally award-winning writer and journalist whose non-fiction work primarily focuses on mental health and wellness. Her latest book, Silver Linings, focuses on gratitude and resiliency, two key cornerstones in the field of mental health and wellness. Dedicated to her late mother, Theresa Landry, and friend, Audrey J. Parker, who both died while Landry was working on the project, the book includes a rare interview with Dr.
Lindsay R. Ruck, born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism in Ottawa. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked in the marketing, communications and publishing fields. Similar to her grandfather, the late Calvin W. Ruck, she has a deep and abiding respect and affection for her home province of Nova Scotia and recently returned to Halifax, after living in Ottawa for 12 years to further her career as a writer and editor. Her latest book is a biography of Dr. John Savage called Against the Grain (Pottersfield Press).
John Read’s journey into astronomy began with a small and rickety telescope purchased at his local pharmacy. He found it fascinating to observe the Moon and Saturn with its rings using such meagre equipment. He decided to share these views with others by writing his first book, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope, an easy-to-understand beginner’s guide which he self-published and sold through Amazon starting in 2013.
Joan Dawson is a member of the Lunenburg County Historical Society, the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society, and the Antiquarian Club of Halifax, and she is a fellow of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. She has written many articles on maps and local history, co-authored Historic LaHave River Valley, and authored Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers, Nova Scotia’s Lost Highways, The Mapmaker’s Eye, and The Mapmakers’ Legacy. Joan lives in Halifax.
Writer Melanie Mosher grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia and now lives on the eastern shore of the province with her husband in a little green house with a bright orange door. Always an avid reader, her love of writing began in Grade 2 when she won an essay contest. Her two daughters make me proud and her granddaughter, Emma, reminds her of the joy of childhood.
I love the little bit of info about yourself on your website. What was it like to grow up in a funeral home?
John (or Jay) Johnston is the author or co-author of 20 books: 15 on different aspects of the history of Atlantic Canada and five novels. The Canadian Historical Association awarded a Clio prize to his Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade, while Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island was selected in 2014 as the best published Atlantic book. John was made a chevalier of France's Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of his many publications on the French presence in Atlantic Canada.
By Joanne Light
Joe Blades (1961-2020) died suddenly of natural causes recently. (His obituary here.)
His epitaph could be "I publish, therefore I am." He was the Randolph Hearst of the invisible poets (without the money). He just kept growing his obsessive poetry publishing, journal keeping, and visual pieces undaunted by what others might have thought of him or his work.
Briana Corr Scott is a painter, illustrator, and an author who lives in Nova Scotia. Her oil paintings, paper doll kits, and children’s books are inspired by a deep love of the natural world.
In this Q&A, Briana talks about how her love of art and children's books came together. Her books include I Dream of Sable Island and The Book of Selkie, both published by Nimbus. (See the book trailer for The Book of Selkie here.)
Tammy Armstrong is the author of two novels and five poetry collections. Her debut collection, Bogman’s Music (Anvil, 2001), was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her most recent book is a poetry collection titled Year of the Metal Rabbit, which was published by Gaspereau Press last fall. In what follows, Armstrong discusses her writing practice, what she loves about living in southwestern Nova Scotia, new books she’s looking forward to, and more.