NB Reads

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To highlight the tremendous level of literary talent in our province written in both official languages, NB Reads shares the shortlist of nominated titles for the New Brunswick Book Awards (NBBA) in english literature, and the most recent nominees for Artiste de l'année en littérature from Les Éloizes.

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Non-Fiction Books

Featuring the shortlist for the 2024 NB Book Awards WFNB Non-Fiction Book Prize.

Read one (or all) of the three books nominated for the 2024 New Brunswick Book Awards WFNB Non-Fiction Book Award and learn about the life and work of an extraordinary artist, real-life stories of spies and intrigue, and effective communication skills.

Mary Pratt:
An Affair with Vision

Written by Anne Koval

This in-depth study of Pratt's life and work explores the complex issues of gender, feminism, and realism in Canadian art, resulting in a richly layered biography of an artist who redefined the visual culture of her period and whose art and life intersect in varied and surprising ways.

More than Words:
Navigating the Complex World of Communication

Written by Natalie Hyde and Valerie Sherrard. Illustrated by David Jordan.

Through this illustrated book, you will learn how to communicate effectively - virtually and in person - with more confidence and fewer misunderstandings. You'll learn about active listening, speaking skills, empathy, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and more!

Cracking the Nazi Code: 
The Untold Story of Canada’s Greatest Spy.

Written by Jason Bell

In Cracking the Nazi Code, University of New Brunswick professor Jason Bell describes how Canadian Winthrop Bell (no relation) tried to warn the world about the rise of far-right extremism in Germany after the First World War, in the period predating the birth of the Nazi party.


Featuring the shortlist of the 2024 NB Book Awards Mrs. Dunsters’ Fiction Book Award.


Written by Luke Francis Beirne

Bloody Sunday (1972) catapulted the Irish “troubles” onto the world stage, exacerbating suspicion in US intelligence circles that the IRA might turn to the Soviets for guns. South Boston native Raymond Daly, just off a CIA stint in Laos, is sent to Ireland to re-establish a line running guns to the IRA.


Written by Lisa Alward

These intimate, immersive stories explore life’s watershed moments…Set in the swinging sixties and each decade since, Cocktail reveals the schism between the lives we build up around us and our deepest hidden selves.

Standing on Neptune

Written by Valerie Sherrard

In Standing on Neptune, a penetrating novel in verse, as Brooke carefully navigates her feelings, author Valerie Sherrard invites us to think about how one never knows what burdens or secrets lay beneath the surface of the people we encounter every day.

Children’s Picture Books 

Featuring the shortlist for the 2024 NB Book Awards Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Picture Books.


Written by Gail Francis

Moonbeam is a culturally based children's book about how a pre-contact Indigenous family names their child. The character Moonbeam is told the story of her naming while the family waits for another newborn baby in the village to be named.

Apli’kmuj’s Journey

Written and illustrated by Braelyn Cyr

Apli’kmuj's Journey is a fun and accessible story that describes Mi'kmaq values and vocabulary, and was created to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous children alike!

The Little Books of the Little Brontes

Written by Sara O’Leary

The inspiring true tale of young siblings who loved to make stories — and grew up to be among English literature's finest writers.

Books of Poetry 

Featuring the shortlist for the 2024 NB Book Awards Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize.

Soft Inheritance

by Fawn Parker

In her exceptional poetic debut, Fawn Parker meditates on grief, illness, and the open-handed relationship between material objects and memory.

Tumbling for Amateurs

by Matthew Gwathmey

Tumbling for Amateurs is a reimagining of James Tayloe Gwathmey’s 1910 book of the same name. In the spirit of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, word and image work for each other, creating something more than just an instructional manual.

The Face of Everything

by Allan Cooper

Both profound and straightforward in its insightfulness, The Face of Everything celebrates the everyday moments of joy and contentment as well as those of loss and sorrow.

Finalistes pour Artiste de l’année en Littérature 

Featuring the finalists for the 2024 Les Éloizes prize for literature.

Le maître de Conche

Françoise Enguehard

A living portrait of the ups and downs of a young colony, Le Maître de Conche recounts, in all simplicity, a singular episode in the history of Newfoundland, the memory of which is still honored today by its descendants

Un Bisou Coquelicot

Marie-France Comeau and Jean-Luc Trudel

Aly spends Remembrance Day with her great-grandfather. She discovers what her grandfather experienced in Normandy, the origin and meaning of the poppy and the importance of this day.

Riviéres aux Cartouches

Sébastien Bérubé

Rivières-aux-Cartouches: Histoires à se coucher de bonne heure is a linked short story collection that features interconnected characters that all live in a fictional village of Madawigouche and spanning over many years

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