Last night, after the panel 'Author-publisher relationship: featuring nominees for the APMA Best-Atlantic Published Book Award' that was hosted at the Old Triangle, I had a bite to eat & shared stories with moderator, John Tattrie, nominated for The Hermit of Africville and two of the writers on the panel, Elizabeth Peirce, nominated for Grow Organic, and Kate Evans, nominated for When Old Ghosts Meet.
I've recently gotten to know Elizabeth in our writers' group, but I was especially pleased to have a chance to chat & get to know her some more . She truly is lovely. And reminds me so much of my friend Stephanie - it's uncanny. I especially like that we're both Luddites.
Although I only met Kate Evans last night and had only met John Tattrie once before you would think the four of us had known each other for years. Here's wishing them heartfelt best of luck both in the awards ceremony tonight and in all future writing!
For more about their books, see below:
Grow Organic deals with specifically Nova Scotian issues, giving advice about our growing season, which types of vegetables grow best here, and where to get local organic seeds. The book also contains a chapter of inspirational profiles of specific gardeners and farmers from around the province. The book is written in a friendly, straightforward manner, and is intended as a simple and accessible guide for people with a specific interest in organic vegetable gardening. It includes many illustrative photographs and recipes.
Depending on the season, Elizabeth Peirce is a writer, gardener, and English professor who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has worked in vegetable gardens since she was old enough to hold a watering can and is passionate about local food and food security issues. She is the author and co-author of two other books. www.elizabethpeirce.weebly.com
Eddie Carvery was born in Africville, Nova Scotia, when the African-Nova Scotian seaside village was midway through its third century. As a teenager, he watched his world torn down as his friends and family were compelled to leave. After Africville was bulldozed in the 1960s under the guise of "urban renewal," Eddie returned to the site of his former hometown and pitched a tent in protest.
Jon Tattrie is a freelance journalist and writer based in Halifax, Canada. He works for Canadian Geographic, CBC.ca, Metro Canada, Readers Digest, The Chronicle Herald, Transcontinental Media, Halifax Magazine and Progress magazine, among others. He's a board member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia and regularly speaks to universities, colleges and schools on journalism and writing. His debut novel, Black Snow, was published by Pottersfield Press in April 2009. His first non-fiction book, The Hermit of Africville, was released in Africville in July 2010. www.jontattrie.ca
In the summer of 1971, a young woman finds herself in a small Newfoundland outport where Peg Barry reveals the secrets of her grandfather’s mysterious life. The story slips back and forth between Ireland in the early 1900s, a country struggling to rediscover its identity and restore its nationhood, and Newfoundland in the 1940s, a country about to relinquish its nationhood and join Canada.
Born in Co. Sligo, Ireland, Kate Evans now lives with her husband Tony in St. John’s. She is a teacher of English as a Second Language and has taught in Dublin, London, Montreal, and Bangkok. She has written several radio scripts and has published a short story in Ireland of the Welcomes. www.breakwaterbooks.com
Have a great weekend all,