CBU Librarian Launches Book of Acclaimed Short Stories

On Wednesday, October 24 at 12 noon., Nicole Dixon, a librarian at Cape Breton University (CBU), is launching, High Water-Mark, a collection of short stories, as part of The Glass Is… exhibit at the CBU Art Gallery. All are welcome to attend.

Ten varied stories – many published in Canada’s best literary journals – of contemporary women learning what they want from sex, love and partnership make up the debut collection from Bronwen Wallace Award–winner Nicole Dixon. These prize-winning stories are influenced by Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore. They’ve been nominated for the Journey Prize, short-listed for a CBC Literary award and published in Grain, The Fiddlehead and The New Quarterly.

“I am passionate about writing, but like any job, it’s a lot of hard work,” says Dixon. “I am enthusiastic about short stories – this collection started during my MA creative writing workshop – it amazes me that more people don't read them. I think some of the best writers in this country are short-story writers,” says Dixon.

Dixon is the electronic resources librarian at CBU. Her research focuses on ways to gain better access to archives and library collections via digitalization. Her most recent project is organizing and digitizing the Bras d’Or Collection, an archive of reports, documents, songbooks, etc. about the history of Cape Breton. As she works on digitalizing the collection, she is also writing accompanying poems that mirror themes and topics in the collected works. The name of the project as well as the repository she is building for the CBU community is called Open Mine.

She will be reading and giving a talk at the launch, along with her partner, Darryl Whetter. Whetter will be reading from his book of poetry, Origins. He is a creative writing and English professor at Université Sainte Anne. 

Dixon was recently awarded the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Grant in the amount of $2100. This grant will assist Dixon with her upcoming book tour in Ontario which will take place from November 4-8.

For more information, please visit www.nicoledixon.ca/high-water-mark.