Author Vernon Oickle puts Hot Country 103.5's Ian Robinson's knowledge of Nova Scotia to the test. 

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If you're from Nova Scotia and love trivia then this is the book for you!

Local author Vernon Oickle from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, come up with 1000 questions in his latest offering called "So You Think You Know Nova Scotia: The Ultimate Bluenoser Quiz Book."

Being a life-long Bluenoser myself, even I had a job answering some of these questions.

Vernon quizzed me on a few and you can hear how I did below:

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And there's much more from which famed American gangster was said to be a regular visitor to a small fishing village on the province's South Shoe during the era of prohibition, to what Nova Scotia bank was said to have been the site of the first recorded bank robbery in North America in 1861.

Find them all in the book that's a great way to try out any Bluenoser's knowledge of "Canada's Ocean Playground!"


 Halifax, NS, Canada / Hot Country 103.5

Ian Robinson

Nov 9, 2021 | 12:40 PM


By Elizabeth Patterson · Multimedia Journalist · Saltwire

Tunes and Wooden Spoons Saltwire article

We've all hankered for her cinnamon rolls but now Mary Janet MacDonald is getting ready to release a cookbook of her favourite Cape Breton recipes. CONTRIBUTED • LEN WAGG PHOTOGRAPHY

PORT HOOD, N.S. — It's only been out since September but the first cookbook from Port Hood's Mary Janet MacDonald is already a Canadian bestseller and has even landed on the top 10 list, beating out such well-known chefs as Gordon Ramsey, Snoop Dogg, Stanley Tucci and Mary Berg.

"It's in excess of 10,000 copies," said Vernon Oickle, managing editor of MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc, the publisher of "Tunes and Wooden Spoons: Recipes from A Cape Breton Kitchen."

"This is a Canadian bestseller three times over in Canada. It's been in high demand since Mary Janet started talking about it on her Facebook page. We had a long list of backorders even before the warehouse received any books."

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Lost Kootenays: A History in Pictures

Reviewed by Ron Verzuh, The Ormsby Review

Kootenay Home: A prize collection of historic images shares the Kootenays' rugged past

Growing up in the Kootenays in the 1950s and 1960s, I was blissfully unaware of many facts about my mountain home. Thanks to this superb photographic history I now can correct the many wrong assumptions of my youth.

First on the list are the Ktunaxa and Sinixt First Nations. They were fishing and hunting in the Kootenays thousands of years before any European settlers arrived to destroy their way of life. Authors Brighton and Nesteroff repeatedly stress this point as they usher in stunning images from their personal collections and other archives.

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Forgotten Nova Scotia Global interview

Global's Paul Brothers interviews photojournalists Ted Prichard and Ingrid Bulmer.

We chat with the photojournalists behind the new book Forgotten Nova Scotia. The book features fascinating images of abandoned places across Nova Scotia including old homes, forgotten schools, derelict churches, and vehicles.

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Lethbridge History Global Interview

Two of the books four co-authors, Belinda Crowson (left) and Lorien Johansen (right) 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then "Lethbridge: a History in Pictures" provides enough information to fill a novel. As Erik Bay explains, the new book hopes to give readers a clearer image of the city's past.

A new book is turning the lens on Lethbridge.

Lethbridge: A History in Pictures takes readers through the city's past, from its first photos right up to the modern day, in what co-author Belinda Crowson calls a "complete photographic history of Lethbridge." Two of the books four co-authors join Global News to discuss how members of the Lethbridge Historical Society have put together the definitive photographic account of this unique city. With more than 130 photographs, many of them seen here for the first time

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