Letters from the Future

How New Brunswickers Confronted Climate Change
and Redefined Progress

Edited by Daniel Tubb, Abram Lutes, Susan O’Donnell

Illustrated by Ian Smith

The future is not what it used to be... Change the story, redefine progress, become a good ancestor! New Brunswickers are hungry for hopeful stories of the future to counter the stereotype of “hard times in the Maritimes.”

Letters from the Future presents a sample of these hopeful stories, written by people who care deeply about New Brunswick. The authors envision advances in climate change action, food security, sustainable livelihoods, forest restoration, municipal planning, business development, social justice, human rights, and health care—to mention only a few of the thirty-seven stories that weave their way through this book, along with Ian Smiths delightful illustrations. Letters from the Future is a book of speculative nonfiction. The authors imagine the kind of changes that redefine progress and the accomplishments that flow from these changes, but they are writing about the real world, not a fictional world.

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New Release

Chris in Canada

By George Frederick Clarke

Chris in Canada was George Frederick Clarke's first published book. Released as a book for adventure-loving  young readers in 1925, The story follows a fourteen-year-old boy over eight months of his life when he has just immigrated, with his family, to a New Brunswick farm on the edge of a vast wilderness of woods, lakes and streams near Howland Ridge.

This is where Noel Polchis, an Indigenous hunter, introduces Chris to a way of life on the land beyond the farm. Chris dives headlong into this new adventure, captivating the hearts and minds of the many readers who picked up a copy both here in Canada and in England. The book was a great success and remained in print for over twenty-five years. Clarke went on to create a series of well-received books about New Brunswick and became one of the province’s best-loved authors.

Chapel Street Editions is proud to make this book available again in a new edition with added material by editor Mary Bernard.

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New Release from The George Frederick Clarke Project


A Chronicle of the Scovil Family

By Virginia Bliss Bjerkelund

Meadowlands is a non-fiction novel set between 1903 and 1934. Decendants of loyalist settlers, the Scovils farmed the rich interval land on the St. John River across from Gagetown, New Brunswick. This historical narrative recounts the story of daily life on their prosperous farm through times of great change. Virginia Bliss Bjerkelund, born in 1930, grew up hearing this history first-hand. She has re-created and brought her family's story to life in this engaging chronicle.

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Recent Release

The Woodcarver
and the Bears

By Gordon Gilhuly

Illustrated by John Cooper

In this beautifully illustrated new book for children, author Gordon Gilhuly creates a New Brunswick folktale of The Old Storyteller, two boys named Peter, a woods full of bears, and the magic that brings them all together.

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Recent Release

Recent Release

Bright With
Invisible History

A William Bauer Reader

Edited by Brian Bartlett

Bright with Invisible History gathers a selection of poetry, short stories, journal entries, book reviews, and other prose by a remarkable man. William Bauer’s writings are full of affection for the puzzling and often humorous behaviour of human beings..

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Telling the Stories of the Saint John River Valley
and New Brunswick

Chapel Street Editions publishes books that relate to the natural history and cultural life of the St. John River Valley and New Brunswick.

We are dedicated to publishing the work of NB writers and artists. We are particularly interested in writing that springs from a sense of place, speaks to cultural heritage, and celebrates the close relationship of land and people.

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