Centre for Print Culture & the literary Arts · Wolfville, Nova Scotia
When Helen MacDonald’s father died suddenly in 2007, MacDonald, an experienced falconer, acquired a baby goshawk to help her work through her grief. This memoir is profound, poetic, and utterly compelling.
Atkinson expertly blends science-fiction with historical fiction in this compelling novel that loops back in time again and again to explore the possible lives (and deaths) of its protagonist, Ursula Todd, through two World Wars in England.
Just released in paperback, Tartt’s critically acclaimed novel is ultimately a reflection on sadness and solace, and the crucial, timeless role of art in expressing the human condition.
In the 1940s, Tam, an auxiliary pilot, is stranded by fog at a Newfoundland airport for three days and nights. Within this holding pattern, the novel explores the meaning of separation, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of home in a world where a way of life is changing.
Tabatha Saint, determined to track down the scattered members of her troubled family, returns to rural Nova Scotia after years of exile. Sarah Mian’s dry wit, sarcastic humour and sharp dialogue make this a fantastic read.
Revisit Harper Lee’s classic before her new novel, Go Set a Watchman, is published in July. To Kill a Mockingbird is just as wonderful and inspiring as when you first read it, and this newly issued hardcover edition does justice to the beauty of the story.
Kidd’s latest volume of poetry is concerned with the ordinariness of loss, the ways in which estrangement and loss punctuate our days. Our lives are in a state of perpetual change, influenced by the many small moments of human connection we experience every day.
A blistering debut novel, Pedal is a candid, courageous exploration of the potholes and pitfalls of identity. Rooney challenges dearly held beliefs about the nature of pedophilia, innocence and the effects of a traumatic past.
A heartbreaking poem that strives to confront the senselessness of the death of a four-year-old girl. Emotionally complex and profound, this poem does not seek to answer questions but to offer a more potent vision of reality than the facts can convey.
Two quiet, honorable men, a small businessman in Peru and an insurance salesman in Lima, are drawn into webs of blackmail and vengeance, attempt to take control of their destinies in a socio-political climate where everything seems predetermined.
A tender reflection on the limits of love, as one sister tries desperately to end her life, and the other fights to keep her alive. A novel about the business of living under an unbearable heart-load of grief.
This sweet collection of artworks is sure to lift your spirits in the long weeks until it really feels like Spring has sprung. The beautiful illustrations explore the transformation of rain into rainbows.
Drawing from pop culture as much as post-modern theory, Gay is a truly 21st century feminist – inclusive, dismissive of labels, sharp, witty, funny and smart. A new hero.
Huck magazine has collated its best interviews from the past decade, to make, in its own words, a “how-to guide for a creative life from influential indie stars.”
Set in 1960s London in the time of Lucille Ball and screwball, lighthearted comedy, Hornby’s latest is a gentle defense of the art of entertainment, and hugely entertaining in its own right.
Set in an ancient Britain on the road to ruin after the departure of the Romans, a world where dragons and knights are part of life, this is an epic fantasy of love, vengeance and war where memories are lost in the mist.
In Stalinist Russia in the 1920s and 1930s, children’s literature thrived. Free from the state censorship that ruled everything else, children’s books were a last haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque and laughter.
From privilege in Saigon, to a refugee camp in Malaysia, and finally to a new home in Quebec, Ru is a poetic and profound exploration of what it means to call somewhere home, and a reminder of the strength of endurance in the face of despair.
Achebe’s masterpiece is a powerful fable of the conflict between the individual and society, and the relentless destruction of one culture by another in the quest for modernity. Through this turmoil, Things Fall Apart expresses the vastness of nature and human history, and the mysterious desires of the heart.
This is a must-read for anyone concerned about not only Aboriginal rights, but about Canada’s future as a country. A powerful portrait of modern Aboriginal life, in contrast with the negative perceptions perpetrated by the media.
Isak Dinesen’s collection of tales reflecting on her time in Kenya in the 1920s is a classic. The poignant, melancholic reminiscences of the period in her life when she was most happy, in her beloved Africa, will bewitch you.
Candid, provocative and honest, this collection of essays is both intensely personal and eerily familiar to the young women of Dunham’s ilk. Dunham is working to single-handedly redress the gender imbalance in the media with wit and wisdom beyond her years.
What if Scarlett O’Hara had a cell phone? This collection of imagined text message conversations between famous literary characters is both hilarious and subversive. It will make you consider the classics of the literary canon in an entirely new light.
This fictionalised account of the life of Australian convict and artist William Gould is illustrated with Gould’s exquisite paintings. A profound tale of the horror of convict life and the redemptive power of love.
Apollo 13 meets Castaway in this electrifying debut novel. A NASA astronaut is accidentally left behind on Mars, and must defy the odds to survive, uncertain of rescue.