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The Truths (and Myths) of Summer Reading

For many of us, vacations are the only time we get to truly sit back and devour a novel whole. While the importance of summer reading for children has been well documented, never discount how vital it is that we adults also find ourselves the time to kick back and immerse ourselves in someone else's written world.

But what to read when the days are hot and (seemingly) limitless hours of leisure stretch out before you? The conventional answer appears to be along the lines of "Something easy that dulls the senses and fogs the mind" (all opinions mine, BTW, and yes, I'm editorializing with a severe bias here).

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What happened this week? (in book news, obviously)

Books of the summer: Books you really should consider for the summer months, including a bunch of Goose Lane! (from Atlantic Books Today)

We love this! New York City Turns Subways Into Underground Libraries, With Free Books to Read During Your Commute (from NBC New York)


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The Literary News, June 9, 2017

This Week in Literary News


5 Tips to Stand Out in the Slush Pile (from Open Book)

Homo Sapiens, meet Homo Deus: Dan Falk (The Science of Shakespeare) interviews author Yuval Noah Harari and other experts about the human (and post-human) future (

An Insider’s Story of Canadian Prisons: The newest issue of Atlantic Books Today features an in-depth feature on Robert Clark’s Down Inside (Atlantic Books Today, p.44)

Make Space: PEN International launches campaign for displaced writers, with Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood (from PEN International)

Take a Look: An Oral History of Reading Rainbow (from Mental Floss)

Agony Editor: Once the joy of being published fades, the challenge of growing as an author begins (from Quill & Quire)

Fahrenheit 451: In remembrance of Ray Bradbury, who passed away five years ago this week, Ralph Steadman’s brilliantly odd Illustrations for Bradbury’s classic novel (from brainpickings

Fahrenheit 451

And speaking of Fahrenheit 451: The Icelandic publisher that only prints books during a full moon – then burns them! (from The Guardian)

Musical literature: Quotes from beloved books, each thematically matched with a song (The Literary Jukebox)

Ebook sales up, overall sales down: BookNet Canada releases its fourth annual report on the state of digital publishing (from Quill & Quire)

12 Fictional Bookstores We Wish Were Real (from Electric Lit)

Women & Women First Bookstore, from Portlandia

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon and M. Travis Lane Take Home the Gold

Last night, Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon and M. Travis Lane took home prizes at the New Brunswick Book Awards. MacKinnon’s national bestseller, Shadow of Doubt: The Dennis Oland Trial, won the NB Book Award for Non-Fiction. Lane’s collected long poems, The Witch of the Inner Wood, edited by Shane Neilson, won the poetry award.

Shadow of Doubt, the story of Richard Oland’s murder and Dennis Oland’s trial, was published in October 2016 and spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. The judges praised MacKinnon’s ability to take a complex story and transform it into a page-turner. Shadow of Doubt has also been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing.

The Witch of the Inner Wood, published to critical acclaim in September 2016, brings together the masterful long poems of M. Travis Lane. Critics have praised the “structural virtuosity of her poems” as well as her “inquisitive, musical, humane, and instantly recognizable voice.” M. Travis Lane was first published in 1973 by Fiddlehead Poetry Books, the predecessor of Goose Lane Editions. She won the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts in 2016.

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Lucy Jarvis takes the cake!

Book on Lucy Jarvis wins the prestigious Best Atlantic-Published Book of the Year Award

Goose Lane is thrilled to celebrate Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life as the winner of the Best Atlantic-Published Book of the Year, awarded by the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association. The award was announced at the Atlantic Book Award festivities in Halifax on Thursday evening 18 May. We are thrilled to share this honour with Roslyn Rosenfeld and our co-publishing partner, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s award for Best Atlantic-Published Book recognizes the hardworking publishing professionals who bring out new books each season. Each year, the Atlantic Canadian publisher of the printed book which best exemplifies publishing activity in Atlantic Canada receives the award. The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Awards has been generously sponsored for the tenth year by Friesens Corporation.

Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life was published in the spring of 2016. Earlier this spring, the book was also nominated as a finalist for the New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction. The NB Book Awards will be celebrated on May 26 in Fredericton.
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