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Congratulations Garry Leeson!

The Grapevine‘s own Garry Leeson is the 2021 winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award Published by Nevermore Press, The Dome Chronicles (as readers of Leeson’s longtime Grapevine series know) begins in 1972: “a boxcar left Toronto with a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple and pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain in Harmony, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. Armed with an irrepressible sense of humour, they were back-to-the-landers. Over the next forty…
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Books by Locals: Gaspereau Press

Wendy Elliott Two books published by Gaspereau Press in Kentville were nominated for this year’s Atlantic Book Awards. Year of the Metal Rabbit by Tammy Armstrong was the winner of the Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award. Shalan Joudry’s Waking Ground was also nominated for the Tynes award and the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. The multi-talented Joudry is a writer, performance artist, and storyteller from the Bear River First Nation. Her first book, Generations Re-merging, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014. She also works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist and these roles figure strongly in her…
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AVRL News: Staycation Reading Could Earn You Prizes

Angela Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Summer reading helps your children keep their reading skills sharp while school is out, and if you already love to read, why not track your reading and win prizes with our Summer Reading Challenge? We have 4 levels this year:Pre-Reader (ages birth – 4)Readers (ages 4-12)Teen (ages 12-17)Adult (Ages 18+) Each Challenge is tailored to the age group, and has activities embedded in the Challenge in addition to reading: activities you can do right here at home in Nova Scotia. Here’s how it works:Online registration begins June 1and the Challenge begins on June 26….
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The Stone Chronicles

Garry Leeson We could have replaced the dome we lost in a fire with a conventional framed wooden building or maybe a log home; the latter would have been the most practical, we had countless acres of suitable timber, but no, that would have been too easy. Andrea, who was raised in Montreal and the Laurentians, had fond memories of the traditional iconic stone houses that abounded in the older sections of Quebec and was determined that we replicate one here in Nova Scotia. What she was suggesting would be a veritable fieldstone mini-mansion. I don’t know what I was…
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Local Books: The Flower Cart Project

Wendy Elliott New Minas writer Jim Prime has collected the 50-year history of The Flower Cart ahead of a new departure for this vital social enterprise organization. It’s important to remember the past before moving into a new era. That is what Work with Purpose: 50 years of Supported Employment and Training in the Annapolis Valley provides. The book celebrates a community-driven history that began with the late Jean DeWolfe of Wolfville wanting a fulfilling life for her daughter, Linda, who was born with Down syndrome. She gathered some friends together in 1970. They conceived the notion of a sheltered…
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Books by Locals: Julia Coldwell and J.G. Lutes

Wendy Elliott Julia Coldwell is the author of a novel, Stolen Lives, a children’s book, Fred’s Friends Hold a Contest, and a poetry collection, Spoken Waves. A collection of free verse poems, Spoken Waves offers an exploration of words, cycles, and relationships. The poems bring together observations of water, light, and dark imagery interspersed with playful use of language. They draw on life experiences in Nova Scotia with a stir of creativity. Stolen Lives is about a young teen named Tessa. At the outset, she and her family are recovering from a devastating fire. Tessa grows in strength, acting to…
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AVRL News: For the Love of Books

Tim Jackson This month at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library it’s all about the LOVE: the love of books. Specifically, Canadian books. Wednesday, February 17, we’ll be celebrating Canadian books all day. I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to reading Canadian, to raising awareness of Canadian books, and to celebrating the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature. To help you read Canadian, we’ve compiled lists of Canadian chapter and picture books. Also on February 17, we will have online readings from children’s authors Rebecca…
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Books by Locals

By Wendy Elliott Rum Tales: Down Home Yarns Around a Pot-Bellied Stove By David MossmanWolfville’s David Mossman is becoming a prolific writer. In his latest book, published by Pottersfield Press, Mossman sets out a time after the First World War when the men of Rose Bay gather at the local store to trade stories. The collection is focused around Arthur Benjamin Lohnes, who owned the Lunenburg County store known simply as The Shop. From 1919 until it burned in 1957, Lohnes allowed for male socializing and storytelling on Saturday nights in his shop. Born and raised in Rose Bay, Mossman…
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The Christmas Star

By Kathy France Dear Diary, Well, um…don’t really know what to say. It’s been…I mean…wow I mean it’s been a hell of a year like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of year a lot happened a lot of it bad some of it good but a lot to take in Like in JanuaryAustralia caught fireand that pretty much dominated the news for weeksbut then this thing cropped up in China but early days I was like “So what?” It didn’t really matter becausePrince Harry and Megan exited the Royal family and settled in Canada and England brexited the EUAnd a president got…
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Books by Locals

By Wendy Elliott Daring, Devious and Deadly by Dean JobbImagine the staff of a bank walking out the door with the till open as a circus comes to town. Can you conceive of politics leading to pitched battle during a Nova Scotia election? These are the kinds of crime stories that Dean Jobb’s Daring, Devious and Deadly looks at from the early days of recorded history in this province. Over the years the Wolfville-based writer and professor of creative non-fiction has collected fifteen true stories of murderers, pirates, bank heists, and fraudsters. Jobb, who was once a court reporter, compiled…
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