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Through Sunlight and Shadows – By Raymond Fraser “Winner of New Brunswick Book Award for Fiction”

Pottersfield Press is pleased to announce that Through Sunlight and Shadows, by Raymond Fraser, has won the New Brunswick Book Award for fiction.

The award was accepted posthumously by Sharon Fraser. Her acceptance speech can be read in her blog post here.

Through Sunlight and Shadows is an autobiographical novel about a young boy set in the small New Brunswick town of Bannonbridge in the 1940s and 1950s.

The story is told from the perspective of an older man, Walt Macbride, a character well known to readers of other Raymond Fraser novels.”When I think back to those early days,” he says, “my first feeling is of darkness inside our home, and sunshine in the yard outside.

But if I think a little more I can find sunshine within and darkness without.” Macbride’s “memoir” is a vivid portrayal of childhood, a time when every experience is new and fresh, and when the innocence and bright expectations of the young inevitably run into life’s not always kind realities.

Those who began life in the middle of the last century frequently describe that era as “the best time of all to have been young,” and a town like Bannonbridge as “the greatest place in the world to grow up in.”

It was published by Pottersfield in 2018.

Raymond Fraser was a New Brunswick-born writer with a vast body of work, spanning from creating the Canadian literary magazine Intercourse to the 25 books he wrote in his lifetime.

He died in October of 2018, at the age of 77.

The New Brunswick Book Awards are awarded annually by The Fiddlehead and the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick.

A $500 prize is offered in each of the categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and children’s literature.

Pottersfield Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and has published over 200 books by some of Canada’s finest writers.

More information about our titles and the Creative Nonfiction Prize can be found on the Pottersfield website at www.pottersfieldpress.com.

Contact: Lesley Choyce; lchoyce@ns.sympatico.ca

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