2020 Hackmatack Virtual Author Visits

A number of nominated Hackmatack authors delivered talks and readings online this year for Hackmatack Tour 2020. You can view the videos, check out the links below.

Charis Cotter – The Ghost Road

Nominated for English fiction

Ruth and Ruby are cousins who have never met before. They are spending the summer in Buckle, Newfoundland, where they discover that not only are they are the same age, but they both lost their mothers when they were two years old. The Ghost Road is about a lost community and the troubles a family carries from one generation to the next.


Jan L. Coates – Talking to the Moon

Nominated for English fiction
Katie Pearson is living in foster care and has her own unique way of experiencing the world. She is looking for her birth mother who has been missing for eight years.

Joann Hamilton-Barry – There be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic

Nominated for English nonfiction

Pirates are very different from the fictional pirates in movies, TV shows and adventure stories. They weren’t lovable, like Jack Sparrow or bumbling, like Captain Hook. Pirates were thieves and criminals. Learn the facts and surprising information about pirates.

Anne Laurel Carter – My River: Cleaning Up the LaHave River

Nominated for English nonfiction


My River is the story of Stella Bowles’s successful environmental activism. Her grade 6 and 7 science fair projects about our polluted river horrified me. Stella’s work helped launch a $15.7 million cleanup program.

Sarah Sawler – 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids

Nominated for English nonfiction
Did you know that you can walk on the ocean floor at the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick? Or that there was once a UFO sighting in PEI? Or that someone found a real Maud Lewis painting in a thrift shop? 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) collects the most interesting, surprising, and bizarre facts you never knew about Atlantic Canada. The book also includes fun photos and helpful explanations.