Meet a rising star on Canada's literary stage whose debut novel simply dazzles!
Globe & Mail and Toronto Star bestselling novelist Amanda Peters talks with award-winning author Stephen Brunt about her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Berry Pickers.
The Berry Pickers is a story about a Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia that arrives in Maine in 1962 to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, is seen sitting on her favourite rock at the edge of a field before mysteriously vanishing. Her six-year-old brother, Joe, who was the last person to see Ruthie, is devastated by his sister’s disappearance, and her loss ripples through his life for years to come. The Berry Pickers is a riveting story about the search for truth, the shadow of trauma, and the persistence of love across time.
About Amanda Peters
Amanda Peters is a writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her fur babies, Holly and Pook.
About Stephen Brunt
Stephen Brunt is an award-winning writer and the author of multiple bestselling books, including Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In, Gretzky’s Tears, and Searching For Bobby Orr. He co-founded The Writers at Woody Point, a literary festival which takes place in Woody Point, Newfoundland. He currently serves as the festival’s Artistic Director.
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