Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Atlantic Authors Day - Coming Soon

With the second annual Atlantic Author's Day coming up this Saturday(June 26th) at local bookstores, I got to thinking about some of my own favourite East Coast literature books. I'm sure I've mentioned all three of these books before, but I think they deserve a second mention.

Here are a few of my favourites, in no particular order:

Scotch River, by Linda Little.

I loved the characters in this story. Linda Little has a way with character description that really works for me. I can still easily picture the main character's faces so readily in my mind. A great Nova Scotia setting was the icing on the cake.

A Forest for Calum, by Frank MacDonald

This book really resonated with me. Like Scotch River, it was the characters of this story that pulled me in. I love it when a book's characters seem so real, that as a reader you forget entirely that it is fiction. I also found the dialogue to be particularly strong. Combined with an intriguing storyline, this book was a pure treat to experience.

George & Rue, by George Elliott Clarke

Based on past tragic events in the author's family. This is a sobering, gut wrenching reading experience. But one worth taking. It is one of those books that gave me a profound reminder of how far we have come as a society, not to say that we don't still have far to go. With the other two books I mentioned, the settings were very familiar. The setting of George and Rue seemed so alien, even though it was set only 20 km from where I live.

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