Selected Books & Edited Collections

The Fiddlehead Moment: Pioneering an Alternative Canadian Modernism in New Brunswick. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

This intellectual history of New Brunswick at mid-century focuses on the work of the Fiddlehead school (A.G. Bailey, Desmond Pacey, and Fred Cogswell). This group sought to restore New Brunswick’s literary reputation by adapting avant-garde modernist practices to the province, opening it to the contemporary world while also encouraging writers to make it their subject. The result was a non-urban form of modernism that was as responsive to technical innovation as to the human geographies of the province. Finalist for 2019 Gabrielle Roy Prize for best book in Canadian literary criticism (Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures).

New Brunswick at the Crossroads: Literary Ferment and Social Change in the East. Ed. Tony Tremblay. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017.

This literary history of New Brunswick examines the relationship between periods of creative activity in the province and the social and economic factors in place during those periods. A New Brunswick contribution to current research on “creative economies,” the book brings together seven literary scholars to examine the complex underpinnings of English and French literary cultures at five key periods in New Brunswick history.

The Journal of New Brunswick Studies Reader/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick Morceaux choisis. Ed. Tony Tremblay and James Kerr. UNB Centre for Digital Scholarship, 2015.

This collection, in English and French, compiles a sampling of the best work published in JNBS/RÉNB in its first five years.

David Adams Richards of the Miramichi: A Biographical Introduction. University of Toronto Press, 2010.

This biography of Richards maps out the early influences on his thinking and writing by drawing on interviews, archival records, and critical studies of New Brunswick. Equal parts literary biography, literary criticism, and cultural study of New Brunswick, DAR of the Miramichi provides a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a New Brunswick artist in a national and provincial milieu. Finalist for 2012 Canada Prize for best scholarly book in the country (Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences).

Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Sufficiency for New Brunswick. Ed. Michael Boudreau, Peter Toner, Tony Tremblay. New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies Research & Development Centre, 2009.

Exploring the implications of the policy of “Self-Sufficiency” in New Brunswick, this book offers critical responses to neoliberal policy from scholars across the province and across disciplines.

David Adams Richards: Essays on His Works. Ed. Tony Tremblay. Guernica, 2005.