Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland

Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland

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Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland by Lesley Choyce, Alistair MacLeod, Joan Clark, Wayne Johnston

The world has taken notice. From Alistair MacLeod's recent IMPAC literary award, through movies based on the work of David Adams Richards and Sheldon Currie, to the epic television series based on the work of Bernice Morgan, the international community has soundly acknowledged the critical and commercial success of Atlantic writers.

Atlantica is the first major anthology of Atlantic fiction since Best Maritime Short Stories was published in 1988 and showcases stories by some of Canada's most exciting authors — established, newly popular, and emerging. Given the regional penchant for storytelling, it's not surprising that the Maritimes and Newfoundland produce a continuous stream of spellbinding writers.

Among the stories in Atlantica are Anne Simpson's Journey Prize-winning "Dreaming Snow," Carol Bruneau's "The Tarot Reader," "Batter My Heart" by Lynn Coady, Bernice Morgan's "Poems in a Cold Climate" "The Train Family" by Joan Clark, "Missing Notes" by David Helwig, "The Party" by Herb Curtis and "Clearances" by Alistair MacLeod. Readers from "away" will recognize Sheldon Currie's hilariously gothic tale "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum" as the basis of Helena Bonham Carter's acclaimed movie Margaret's Museum. Some stories have been excerpted from novels, including David Adams Richards's The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Wayne Johnston's The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, John Steffler's The Afterlife of George Cartwright, and Donna Morrissey's Kit's Law.

Remarkably diverse in age, style, and cultural identity, the writers in this anthology raise a common voice that defines Atlantic Canada. Each with an individual approach to language and writing, they offer a collective view of the east, conscious of tradition but not confined by it. By turns funny, poignant and pensive, the stories in Atlantica firmly place eastern Canadian culture on the world map of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864923097
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: First edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department

Alistair MacLeod (b. 1936) was born in Saskatchewan, grew up on Cape Breton Island, and spent his summers there while teaching creative writing at the University of Windsor. One of the world's foremost story writers, MacLeod has received many awards, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel, No Great Mischief (McClelland & Stewart, 1999). "Clearances" is included in Island: The Collected Stories of Alistair MacLeod (McClelland & Stewart, 2000).

Joan Clark (b. 1934) was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and lived in Sussex, New Brunswick, before making her home in St. John's, Newfoundland. She won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Fiction for The Victory of Geraldine Gull (Macmillan, 1988) and her novel The Dream Carvers (Penguin, 1995) won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for historical fiction. "The Train Family" is from Swimming Towards the Light (Macmillan, 1990).

Wayne Johnston (b. 1958) grew up in Newfoundland and wrote his first novel, The Story of Bobby O'Malley (Oberon, 1985), while studying at the University of New Brunswick. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Knopf Canada, 1998), the source of "The Boot," won the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Fiction. His memoir, Baltimore's Mansion (Random House Canada, 1999), won the Charles Taylor Award for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.

Carol Bruneau (b. 1956), a resident of Halifax, has published two collections of fiction, including After the Angel Mill (Cormorant, 1995) and Depth Rapture (Cormorant, 1998), which includes "The Tarot Reader." In 2001 she received the Thomas Raddall Award for Fiction for her novel, Purple for Sky (Cormorant, 2000).

Maureen Hull #&40;b. 1949) was born on Cape Breton Island and now lives on Pictou Island, Nova Scotia, in the Northumberland Strait, where she fishes lobsters with her husband. "Homarus Americanus" was published in The Fiddlehead and is included in her first collection, Righteous Living (Turnstone, 1999). Her work also appeared in the anthology, Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction (Pottersfield, 1998).

David Helwig (b. 1938) grew up in Ontario and lives in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He founded the Best Canadian Stories series, and he is the author of sixteen books of fiction and numerous works of non-fiction, including poetry, memoir, documentary and translation. His most recent fiction is Close to the Fire (Goose Lane, 1999), a novella, and the novel, The Time of Her Life (Goose Lane, 2000). "Missing Notes" appeared in ArtsAtlantic (61) and was selected for 98: Best Canadian Stories.

Herb Curtis (b. 1949) has lived all his life in New Brunswick; he moves between Fredericton and the Miramichi, where he guides visiting salmon fishermen. His masterpiece, The Brennan Siding Trilogy (Goose Lane, 1997), is a compilation of his first three novels, The Americans Are Coming (1989, 1999), The Last Tasmanian (1991, 2001) and The Lone Angler (1993). A different version of "The Party" appears in The Last Tasmanian.

Anne Simpson (b. 1956), a native of Ontario, now lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she teaches writing at St. Francis Xavier University. "Dreaming Snow," originally published in he Fiddlehead, shared the Journey Prize in 1999, and her volume of poetry, Light Falls Through You (McClelland & Stewart, 2000), won the Atlantic Poetry Award. Her first novel, Canterbury Beach (Penguin, 2001), was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Award.

Lynn Coady (b. 1970) grew up on Cape Breton Island and lived in New Brunswick before moving to Vancouver. Her first novel, Strange Heaven (Goose Lane, 1998), won the Dartmouth Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. "Batter My Heart" appeared first in The Fiddlehead and is included in her second book, the story collection Play the Monster Blind (Doubleday Canada, 2000).

Donna Morrissey (b. 1956) grew up in the isolated western Newfoundland community of The Beaches, where, she says, "There were twelve families and we didn't talk to six of them." She studied at Memorial University in St. John's, lived in various other parts of Canada, and makes her home in Halifax. Her first novel, Kit's Law (Penguin, 1999), the source of "Grieving Nan," won the National Booksellers Association Libris Award and garnered international praise.

J.J. Steinfeld (b. 1946) has lived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, since 1980. He has published one novel, Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield, 1987), and eight story collections, including Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (Gaspereau, 2000). "The Coinciding of Sosnowiec, Upper Silesia, Poland, 1942, and Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1990" is from his collection, Dancing at the Club Holocaust: Stories New and Selected (Ragweed, 1993).

Budge Wilson (b. 1927) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and lived in Kingston, Ontario, before moving back to North West Cove, Nova Scotia. A former commercial artist and photographer, she has written more than twenty books, many of them for children and young adults; her awards include the Ann Connor Brimer Award for children's literature. "Mr. Manuel Jenkins" is included in her story collecton The Leaving (Anansi, 1991).

John Steffler (b. 1947), a Toronto native, lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he teaches at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. His novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright (McClelland & Stewart, 1992), won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. It was a finalist for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth First Novel Award. The version of Chapter Ten included in Atlantica appeared in The Fiddlehead (1991).

Helen Fogwill Porter #&40;b. 1939) was born in Newfoundland and lives in St. John's. "One Saturday#&34; appeared in The Pottersfield Portfolio (1983) and was included in her collection, A Long and Lonely Ride (Breakwater, 1991#&41;. A memoir, Below the Bridge, appeared in 1980 (Breakwater#&41;, and she was honoured with the Newfoundland and Labrador Lifetime Acheivement Award in 1993.

Wayne Curtis (b. 1945) divides his time between Newcastle, New Brunswick, and Fredericton. He is the author of several books of essays about fishing, fishermen and the Miramichi River, two story collections, Preferred Lies (Nimbus, 1998) and River Stories (Nimbus, 2000), and two novels, One Indian Summer (Goose Lane, 1994), the source of "Heavy Ice," and Last Stand (Nimbus, 1999).

Lesley Choyce (b. 1951) is the author of over fifty books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children's literature. He is the publisher of Pottersfield Press at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, and teaches part-time at Dalhousie University. One of his best-known works of fiction is The Republic of Nothing #&40;Goose Lane, 1994#&41;. "Dance the Rocks Ashore" is from his collection Dance the Rocks Ashore (Goose Lane, 1997).

Bernice Morgan (b. 1935), a life-long Newfoundlaner, lives in St. John's. Her stories have been published widely in literary journals, and in 1996, she was named Newfoundland Artist of the Year for her writing. Her novel Waiting for Time (Breakwater, 1994) won the Thomas Raddall Award for Fiction, and Random Passage (Breakwater, 1992) has been developed as a TV series. "Poems in a Cold Climate," which first appeared in The Fiddlehead, is from her collection, The Topography of Love (Breakwater, 2000).

David Adams Richards (b. 1950) grew up in Newcastle, New Brunswick, near the Miramichi River, and lives in Toronto. He has received many honours, including the Governor General's Award and the Canada-Australia Prize, and his novel, Mercy Among the Children (Doubleday Canada, 2000), won the Giller Prize for fiction. The story reprinted in Atlantica is Chapter One of The Bay of Love and Sorrows (McClelland & Stewart, 1998).

Joan Baxter (b. 1955) grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and now makes her home in Bamako, Mali, West Africa, where she is a correspondent for the BBC. In 2001, she received the Evelyn Richardson Award for her non-fiction book about Africa, A Serious Pair of Shoes (Pottersfield, 2000). "Act of God" is from her collection Strangers Are Like Children (Pottersfield, 1998).

Sheldon Currie (b. 1934), a native of Reserve, Cape Breton, and a resident of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, taught for many years at St. Francis Xavier University. "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum" first appeared in the collection, The Glace Bay Miner's Museum (Deluge, 1979). It was the basis of the feature film, Margaret's Museum, which Currie subsequently rewrote as a novella, and it is included in the collection, The Story So Far (Breton Books, 1997).

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