History repeats itself

Joan Baxter, author of The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest, recently shared her reflections since the release of her book during environmental non-profit group Friends of Redtail Society’s annual general meeting on March 17. She said the inspiration for it came after a morning jog when the smell from the mill was particularly...

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Joan Baxter’s book sells out before signing ends

Copies of Joan Baxter’s new book about the history of the pulp mill in Pictou County were all sold out at Water Street Studio before a book-signing event on Saturday was even finished. The journalist and author of The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest was at the retail outlet to sign copies after...

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Signing books and seeing folks

Putting it into today’s lingo, I had a blast. It was two Wednesdays ago and I was experiencing my first book launch and signing at New Glasgow’s Highland Square Mall. At 79, I was a rookie. Though I was introducing my second book within 14 months, it was the first time I was involved in...

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He let his play do the talking

There were two bits of information — call it gossip if you like — that I wanted before I began writing this week’s column. Though my files on Pictou County sports people are pretty extensive, I knew I didn’t have the answers and realized a folder-by-folder search wouldn’t be much help. Instead, I phoned a...

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Museum of Industry to host North Shore launch of Joan Baxter’s new book

Fifty years ago this month, dignitaries and politicians gathered at Abercrombie Point in northern Nova Scotia, for the official luncheon and opening of the new pulp mill that had just gone into operation in Pictou County. Since then, the mill has provided valuable jobs and found support from governments of all levels and all stripes....

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A Pictou book for Pictonians

Why focus a book exclusively on Pictou County and, more specifically, on the region’s sports community and its people? The question came up one morning while five old geezers were chatting around a table at a neighbourhood Tim Hortons in Dartmouth. The query was clearly directed at me. It was something that, someday, somehow, I...

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Locals shine in new book

Hugh Townsend has ‘lived his dream’ and now he’s ‘Remembering Pictou County.’ In his first book, I’ve Lived My Dream, the sports writer delights readers with stories about his meeting sports heroes, athletes like Mickey Mantle, Frank Mahovlich, Gordie Howe. In his newest and second book, titled Remembering Pictou County, Townsend provides almost 80 profiles...

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Books for parents gives reviewer goosebumps

Intentions for the Spiritually Aware Parent by Christina Fletcher That feeling you get when you speak with a stranger and know, just know, that you will become quick and forever friends. That was the immediately goose-bumpy feeling that overtook me when I read this book. Written from her heart and experience raising three children while...

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In the Spirit: Reflections on Everyday Grace by Monica Graham

In the Spirit: Reflections on Everyday Grace by Monica Graham Wow! As someone who has questioned and struggled with the idea of organized religion I was eager to read through the pages of River John’s own Monica Graham’s essays. Not familiar with her time as a religious columnist I was pleasantly surprised at the well...

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Read by the Sea offering Pitch the Publisher again

To the Editor: If your manuscript is burning a hole in your desk drawer, melting your USB stick, keeping you awake at night or making you forget to chew your breakfast while you think about how to get it published — here’s an opportunity that should not be missed. Back by popular demand, Read by...

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