Salon, New Brunswick’s home for fine art and culture in the Telegraph-Journal, is seeking submissions for its 2nd annual Reader’s Choice feature. 

To run in the Dec. 28 issue of Salon, Reader’s Choice turns the weekly Books page over to you. Salon wants to know: What was the best book you read in the past year? Unlike traditional year-end best book lists, you may pick any book, any genre, from anywhere in the world and from any point in history. For example, if Salon editor Mike Landry could include his favourite from 2013, it would be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. 
Share the book you most enjoyed reading in 2013 along with a short, 125-word-max review telling other readers what it was that made that book stand out among the rest. Be sure to include your name and where you live. 
The deadline to submit your review is 9 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 18. 
Submission for Reader’s Choice should be sent to with the subject line Reader’s Choice 2013.

Midnight Madness, Friday Dec. 6th


Please join us for our annual Midnight Madness event on Friday, Dec 6th.  Tidewater Books will offer 20% off everything in store, from 9am til midnight. 

We’re also hosting an author event with Jennifer McGrath Kent at the public library at 7pm.  Join us as she reads from her Christmas book “Gadzooks the Christmas Goose”.  Copies will be available for sale, and we will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Tantramar Family resource Center.

Midnight Madness is a Sackville tradition.  Come experience our welcoming community.  Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, free hot chocolate and apple cider, a visit with Santa, and exceptional sales from your local merchants.

Midnight Madness Friday, Nov. 15th


It’s Midnight Madness in Sackville on Friday, November 15th and Tidewater Books will be open until midnight with great sales!  From 9am to midnight everything in the store is 20% off!  Drop by for this fun and festive event!

Book Signing with Costas Halavrezos

Announcements | Cooking

Attention all foodies and CBC fans – Costas Halavrezos will be at Tidewater Books for a book signing on Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon – 2pm, as he promotes his new book “Seasoned”.



Author Event with Lynn Davies

Announcements | Art - Poetry

The Mount Allison University English Department is pleased to host Governor General Award Nominee Lynn Davies on Monday, October 21st at 4pm at the Owens Art Gallery.  Lynn Davies will read from her latest poetry collection “How the Gods Pour Tea”.  Everyone is welcome.
Tidewater Books will have her newest book for sale.

Author Noah Feldman at Convocation Hall, October 2


Wednesday, October 2 | 7 – 10pm
Location: Convocation Hall Gold Room,Convocation Hall Stage,Convocation Hall Foyer

Named one of the “75 most influential people of the 21st century” by Esquire magazine, Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law School and writer for Bloomberg View and The New York Times Magazine. Feldman is an expert on Islamic philosophy and law, the separation of church and state, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as a senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq during the drafting of Iraq’s constitution. He is the author of several books including 2013’s Cool War: The Future of Global Competition.

Welcome Back Students!


 A heartfelt welcome back to our local and MTA students, and a hearty welcome to our community to the freshman at Mount Allison! 

Come join the merchants of Bridge Street and the Sackville’s Farmers Market on Saturday, August 31st for a free corn boil from 9am-noon.  Meet your neighbours, make new friends, and see what our wonderfully diverse community has to offer.  We truly hope you love it here as much as we do!

Good News for Independent Bookstores



Kobo and Kindle have grown to become familiar brands in Canada but ebook sales now appear to plateauing, suggests a report by the industry organization BookNet Canada.

Based on surveys with 4,000 book-buying consumers, BookNet Canada pegged paperback sales in 2012 at about 58% of the market, while hardcovers accounted for 24% and ebook sales made up 1%.

BookNet Canada president and CEO Noah Genner said early sales data from this year shows ebook sales are steady and no longer growing.

Digital sales peaked at an estimated 17.6% of the book market in the first quarter of 2012 before sinking to 12.9% in the last quarter of the year.

BookNet Canada suggests book sales are strongly tied to gift giving.

Consumers who received an e-reader over the holidays likely drove ebook sales higher at the beginning of 2012. But ebooks are not commonly given as gifts, so paperbacks and hardcovers did better at the end of 2012 leading up to the holiday season.

The report found most consumers still preferred to buy their books in stores rather than shopping online. About 37 per cent said they made their purchases at book stores, 34% chose other retail stores (including Costco and Walmart), and 25% went online to buy books.

Atlantic Book Awards Nominees Announced


Congratulations to the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards Nominees!

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the ten different book prizes that make up the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. The thirty books up for awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction; thought-provoking non-fiction and deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, to poetry; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults. The full shortlist is available here.

Among the more familiar names on the shortlist are media personality and CTV Atlantic’s meteorologist, Cindy Day for her weather-related book, Grandma Says (Nimbus Publishing); prolific and celebrated Newfoundland novelist, Donna Morrissey for The Deception of Livvy Higgs (Viking Canada); and acclaimed poet Don McKay for Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart).

McKay is nominated for The E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. The E.J. Pratt Award, along with the Rogers Communications Award for Non-fiction, is part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards which carry the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. These awards cover a two-calendar-year publishing period as they alternate between non-fiction/poetry one year, and fiction/children’s/young adult literature the next. Under the umbrella of the Atlantic Book Awards for the second time now, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

A new Atlantic Book Award being presented for the first time this year is the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, sponsored by Marquis Imprimeur.

The region’s book publishers are well represented on the shortlist with 16 of the 30 awards going to books by Atlantic publishers. Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing leads, having published five of the shortlisted titles, while New Brunswick’s Goose Lane Editions has three nominations, and Cape Breton University Press and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Breakwater Books each have two nominations. Other regional publishers with short-listed titles are Nova Scotia’s Fernwood Publishing, PEI’s Acorn Press and St. John’s-based Creative Book Publishing and Flanker Press.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees last evening at a fundraising event that featured author Donna Morrissey hosting a conversation with fellow writers Catherine Banks, Sylvia Gunnery and Shandi Mitchell.

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details will be available at in the coming weeks. Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, NS. It’s a special year this year for the Dartmouth Book Awards – 2013 is the 25th anniversary of these awards, some of the oldest in Canada.

The Board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Nova Scotia and Access Copyright, and the sponsorship of Chapters-Indigo, the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, Advocate Printing, The Chronicle Herald, The Telegram, The Guardian, and The Telegraph-Journal.




Extended Hours for Christmas Shopping


We’ve extended our hours for Christmas shopping convenience.  We’re now open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.