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Books on the Road

Where Are You Reading This Summer?

Summer is here and the outdoors is calling! But maybe a stack of summer reading is calling just as loudly? Enjoy the best of both worlds by bringing your books on the road with you. Here’s where we’d take a few of our books for a reading experience: 

Left: Hour of the Crab cover. Right: A photo of a rocky beach. Clear blue sky stretches on beyond still, dark waters.

Break by the beach with Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson

Though the stories in Hour of the Crab range from apocalyptic wildfires to mysterious markings appearing on people’s skin, something about the title just screams beach day. Pack a picnic, lay out a towel, and dig your toes in the sand while soaking in the sun and Robertson’s otherworldly stories.

Left: "Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers" cover. Right: A photo of the remains of a structure at Internment Camp B.

Hike through history with “Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers” by Andrew Theobald

You might be surprised to hear that there was an internment camp for “dangerous enemy sympathizers” right here in New Brunswick during the Second World War. And, just outside of Fredericton, the remains of Internment Camp B can still be found. After reading Theobald’s book, it’s worth a visit.

Located on Highway 10 between Fredericton and Minto.

 A photo of a book, Restigouche, standing, propped up, against a wooden beam. A calm river with dark waters can be seen in the background, flanked by dark forest.

Relax next to a river with Restigouche by Philip Lee

We’d say to grab a canoe, Lee’s book, and get on the Restigouche River, but we know not everyone has a canoe on hand. Thankfully, just about any shady place next to a body of water will do. So, dive into the 2021 WFNB Nonfiction Award winner, and with the fresh air and babbling water around you, you’ll surely be washed away by Lee’s prose.

Left: Poisonous If Eaten Raw cover. Right: A photo of a green landscape, backed by a wall of lush trees. The landscape is speckled with dark, purple wildflowers.

Fall into fauna with Poisonous If Eaten Raw by Alyda Faber

Faber depicts her mother as many things: a patch of daisies, a black-capped chickadee, a Camperdown elm, and a field. Why not experience her poetry while “wind gusts sway daisy stalks” around you and while “pine seedlings grow in a clutch as broad as the early morning shadows / of mangy trees”?

Quotes from “Portrait of My Mother as a Patch of Daisies” and “Portrait of My Mother as a Field” © 2021 Alyda Faber.

A photo shows a hand holding Acadian Driftwood in the foreground. A brick blockhouse with a pointed roof can be seen in the distance.

Pace through the past with Acadian Driftwood by Tyler LeBlanc

Events from the past happened on the very ground we walk on. Tyler LeBlanc demonstrated this when he took his copy of Acadian Driftwood on a trip to Fort Edward, Nova Scotia. Canada’s oldest military blockhouse, Fort Edward was once a much larger structure and it was there where many Acadians were held before being deported during the Great Expulsion.

Located at 67 Fort Edward Street, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0. 

Left: The Town That Drowned cover. Right: A photo of the Mactaquac dam. The closed spillway gates sit in the distance, and the downstream waters are still.

See some sights with The Town That Drowned by Reil Nason

Though it is fiction, The Town That Drowned was inspired by the construction of the Mactaquac Dam. So, grab your book and hit the road! There’s a great place to park directly across from it that gives a wonderful view of the whole dam.

451 Route 105, Mactaquac, NB, E6L 1B2.

There is also a “drowned” bridge adjacent to the Shogomoc Walking Bridge — 4.52 km southwest of Nackawic — that the Hawkshaw Bridge was based on. Just don’t go dropping any messages in glass bottles off of it . . .


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