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THE BOOK SHELF: This book of Bluenose slang is right nice

Allison Lawlor- The Chronical Herald, Published: Oct 12, 2018

Nova Scotia, like every region in the world, has its own distinct linguistic shorthand. These words and phrases become meaningful over time and help to not only inform the people who speak them about themselves but bind them together.

"Nova Scotia is blessed with a rich language. It is littered with words and expressions that vary from county to county, and from fishing community to farm town," Oickle writes in his book's introduction.

Whether it's someone on the South Shore asking, "Are you comin' with?" or a Cape Bretoner declaring "Right some good, you," Oickle's book, which is organized like a dictionary with words and meanings grouped in alphabetical order, is filled with expressions that might leave you wondering what you've just read.

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Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning

Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning

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What made you want to become a journalist/writer?

I studied Biology in university, and I loved learning something new about the world every single day. I wanted a career where I could keep on doing that and also have the chance to fill people in on all the amazing things I've discovered. I love the fact that any time a question pops into my head, I can just pick up the phone, call an expert, and get an answer — most of the time.

What inspired you to write this book?

I've been a reporter for more than a decade, and I've never experienced anything like the 2017 wildfire season. It was a crisis that felt like it didn't have an end, and every day seemed to bring a new emergency. The stories I heard were heartbreaking and the environmental implications were dire. I wanted to explore how we got to this point, what it meant for people's lives, and where we go from here.

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British Columbia Burning

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 "In British Columbia Burning, author Bethany Lindsay does an in-depth investigation into what happened last summer, also taking a look back at the history of wildfires in B.C. and a peak forward at the possibilities for both preventing and fighting them."

By Tracy Sherlock in The National Observer, Opinion, Politics | May 20th 2018

Click here to read the full article at The National Observer.com

Saskatchewan's One Book, One Province

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Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman was celebrated during the month of March as Saskatchewan's official One Book, One Province selection for 2018. 

The One Book, One Province selection committee said Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens was chosen for its potential to promote an understanding of the province's heritage through its food, while appealing to a broad, diverse, and contemporary audience. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is the story of the people and the food they prepared. The book is a tantalizing blend of pioneer cuisine and rich culinary heritage dating back to the First Nations and beyond. With dozens of photos, it is a window into life as it was then.

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Amy Jo is pictured above with Deborah McConkey, a librarian with the Saskatchewan Library Association.                     Photo courtesy of Deborah McConkey.

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Pictured above: some of the amazing food served at the One Book, One Province celebration held recently at McNally Robinson. All recipes are from Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens. Photos courtesy of One Book, One Province.

Launched by the Saskatchewan Library Association in 2017, Saskatchewan's One Book, One Province aim is to engage Saskatchewan residents with their communities through a shared story, while at the same time creating a reading culture and raising the profile of libraries and literacy organizations in the province.

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Pictured above: Amy Jo on the set of Wheatland Cafe, a cooking show on CTV, with the host CJ Katz. Photo courtesy of CTV.

Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2014.

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