Thursday, May 13, 2010

Doucette to read at "Authors with Glasses"

The featured authors at this month's Governors Book Pub (the third Tuesday of the month at Governors Pub and Eatery) are two CBU Press writers: Wayne MacKay ( A Cast of Characters) and David Doucette ( Strong at the Broken Places and North of Smokey).

7 p.m., Governors Pub on the Esplanade,downtown Sydney.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"A Smashing Undertaking": Review

A recent review in the literary journal Canadian Literature, calls MacKinnon’s book of original Gaelic poetry and English interpretations “a smashing undertaking.”

The book is “remarkable as a symbol of Canada’s renewed interest in Gaelic,” the review continues, “whether in English or Gaelic, [Famhair] Giant is a delight.”

“Overall, this is an impressive first collection.” (Canadian Literature No. 203).

Read the full review:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

CBU Press book shortlisted for Atlantic Book Award

Sydney, March 2, 2010 – Finalists for the 2007 Atlantic Book Awards were announced today, and a Cape Breton University Press publication is among them

Sydney artist Marie Moore has been shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration for her artwork in the book Cape Breton Wonders, published by CBU Press.

Cape Breton Wonders is a children’s book for all ages by Shirley Everett, Chris Augusta Scott and Ms. Moore. The book consists of a series of Cape Breton curiosities all prefaced by the question: Did you ever wonder why?

“Did you ever wonder why... your mother re-washed the wash?” “Did you ever wonder why... the lighthouse lights, or why the miners risked their lives?” Educators Everett and Scott wondered and by teaming up with Marie Moore, they authored a charming little piece of Cape Breton for young and old alike.

“Marie’s timeless watercolour paintings proved to be the perfect way to illustrate, and to answer, the question,” says Mike Hunter, Editor-in-Chief at CBU Press.

“Her originals and prints cover a wide variety of subjects and have been popular among Cape Bretoners and visitors alike for many years. Accordingly, the book is as much a keepsake of Cape Breton as it is a children’s book,” he said.

“We are delighted with this new recognition for her work.”

Moore’s works hang in thousands of homes and offices across the country and around the world. Her work has also been featured in book illustrations and covers, calendar and numerous exhibitions.

The Atlantic Book Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m., at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, NS. In addition, there are numerous literary events in the week prior to and following the awards, including Sydney: Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m., James McConnell Memorial Library.

Lillian Shepherd, a long-time buyer for former The Book Room in Halifax and life-long lover of books, died suddenly in 1997. Customers and authors visiting The Book Room were always put at ease by Lillian's ready smile and laughter, but her love of life shone through most clearly when she spoke of her husband Fred and their two daughters, Lynn and Cynthia. In 2002, Lillian’s legion of friends and colleagues from Halifax, Lunenburg and Bermuda created the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work.


Cape Breton Wonders

Saturday, February 20, 2010

D.C.Troicuk appearance at Goevrnors Book Pub

Sydney's new literary venue — Governors Book Pub, third Tuesday of evey month — is a big hit and Loose Pearls author Donna Troicuk's reading on Feb. 16 was a big hit. "Tuesday" is one of thirteen stories in the collection.

CBC’s Shelagh Rogers to air interview with CB author

CBC’s Shelagh Rogers to air interview with CB author

An interview with one of Cape Breton’s best-loved writers will be featured on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter on the program’s two weekly airings February 22 and 27.

CBC personality Shelagh Rogers recorded the interview with Inverness native Frank Macdonald last fall.

Author of A Forest for Calum (CBU Press, 2005), Macdonald was the longtime editor and publisher of the award-winning Inverness Oran weekly newspaper, until his retirement in 2009.

Macdonald continues to write a column for the paper, but now devotes his time to writing, including a book for young readers forthcoming from Cape Breton University Press in June 2010.

A Forest for Calum was long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the largest and most international prize of its kind, as well as the Dartmouth Book Award.

Identified as “a Canadian classic” by Globe and Mail reviewer, and “jaw-droppingly beautiful” by another, Macdonald’s world-class novel continues to move readers around the world.

The Next Chapter airs Mondays 1-2 p.m. and Saturdays 4-5 p.m. on CBC Radio One. You can also access a podcast of the program at:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Authors to lecture at Butler U

Terry Gibbs and Garry Leech, authors of The Failure of Global Capitalism from Cape Breton to Colombia and Beyond (CBU Press, 2009) have been invited to give the 2010 Brahos Lecture at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 12, where their book is being used for a course.

Faculty and students from disciplines such as political science, journalism, history, sociology and anthropology and courses on social movements, gender, race, class and peace are aware of the work of Gibbs and Leech and are expected to take part in dialogues around the book.

Another book by Prof. Leech, Beyond Bogatá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon, 2009) is also being used at Butler.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cape Breton Bound Presents...

CBU Press is pleased to be involved with the fledgling organization Cape Breton Bound Presents. The group's first endeavour is a monthly literary event at Governors Pub in downtown Sydney .

Governors Book Pub will take place on the third Tuesday of each month beginning January 19. That night, guest emcee Wendy Martin of CBC Cape Breton will host: Dan Doucet (Rory's Rooster and Parables of Big Pond) and Susan Farrell (Basement Suite). PLUS, each month will feature an open stage segment where ANYbody can get up and read! Sounds like a lot of fun.

See you at Governor's Pub (upstairs, 233 Esplanade) January 19 and maybe every month. The Feb. 19 roster will include D.C. Troicuk and Susan Zettell.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gaelic poet invited to read at StAnza

Gaelic poet Lodaidh MacFhionghain / Lewis MacKinnon has been invited to read at StAnza 2010 ( 17-21 March, 2010) in St Andrews, Scotland.

The only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international in outlook. Founded in 1998, it is held each March in St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town. The festival is an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of poetry, to hear world class poets reading in exciting and atmospheric venues, to experience a range of performances where music, film, dance and poetry work in harmony, to view exhibitions linking poetry with visual art and to discover the part poetry has played in the lives of a diverse range of writers, musicians and media personalities. The simple intention of StAnza is to celebrate poetry in all its many forms.

Have a look:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Boston University prof. says Reading the Qur'an in English "Recommended"


“…useful insights … for all whose access is limited to the Qur’an in translation but who wish to acquire a fuller understanding….”

Merlin Swartz
Professor Emeritus of Religion (Islamic Studies), Boston University

Reviewer says book “of immense benefit"

2009. Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations 20(4): 478-80.

“…innovative and stimulating […] well-written and pleasingly presented…”

Campbell provides “an admirable pedagogical structure that will be of great benefit to the serious student—and a useful refresher to scholars.”

Reading the Qur’an in English is “of immense benefit to all teachers of Islam to English-speaking students […] always clear and succinct and so readily comprehensible [,] a unique resource.”

Douglas Pratt, University of Waikato, New Zealand