We’re thrilled to announce three new releases in our Unbound audiobook series—produced in partnership with Neptune Theatre and the Nova Scotia Creative Industries Fund for the Arts—which breathes new life into the works of foundational and exceptional Nova Scotian authors through performances by local actors.
- Scotch River by Linda Little (performed by Matthew Lumley): Scotch River is a novel of powerful secrets. It tells the story of Cass Hutt, a bull rider living out West, who has nothing left to lose. With nothing and no one to hold him—his rodeo partner has been killed—Cass heads East, lured by the arrival of a mysterious land deed for property in Scotch River, Nova Scotia. Back in his boyhood hometown, Cass encounters people as eccentric and as lonely as himself. They may even be related to him. Scotch River won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction in 2007.
- Ocean by Sue Goyette (performed by Leah Pritchard): The ocean has never had a biographer quite like Sue Goyette, whose days are bounded by the substantial fact of the North Atlantic, both by its physical presence and by its metaphoric connotations. Goyette plunges in and swims well outside the buoys to craft a sort of alternate, apocryphal account of our relationship with the ocean. In these linked poems, Goyette’s offbeat cast of archetypes (fog merchants, lifeguards, poets, carpenters, mothers, daughters) pronounce absurd explanations to both common and uncommon occurrences in a tone that is part cautionary tale, part creation myth and part urban legend.
- Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’kmaw Poet by Rita Joe (performed by Catherine Anne Martin): This honoured elder has left us her own story, a book of exceptional courage and insight. Born in poverty on a Cape Breton reserve, Rita Joe was a gentle woman who fought for family, justice, and her own independent voice. She faced intolerance, ignorance and abuse—searched her culture for strength—and wrote poems of clarity and encouragement that continue to inspire. Song of Rita Joe includes 75 of her poems. A winner of the Order of Canada, Rita Joe writes about her life’s journey, and the promise of hope and healing.