East Coast tour

Novelist and journalist Stephen Maher is holding four events in August to promote his celebrated new novel, Salvage, a gritty thriller set on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Maher, an award-winning political journalist, has been living in Ottawa for 10 years, but is originally from Nova Scotia. Salvage is his second novel.

Salvage, published by Dundurn Press, tells the story of Philip Scarnum, a down-on-his-luck Chester sailor who risks his life to salvage a foundering lobster boat off the rocks near Sambro. He eventually discovers the boat he hauled to shore is riddled with bullet holes and is carrying 100 kilos of cocaine.

At each of the launch events, Maher will read from Salvage, take questions and sign books. Copies of Salvage will be available for sale.


Aug 13, Rope Loft, Chester, 4 p.m., introduction by award-winning author and journalist Michael Harris.

Aug 14, Economy Shoe Shop, Halifax, 4 p.m., introduction by former CBC radio journalist Costas Halavrezos.

Aug 15, Colchester Historeum, Truro, 7 p.m., introduction by Cumberland—Colchester MP Bill Casey.

Aug 16, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Charlottetown, 7 p.m., introduction by former journalist Beth Johnston.

What people are saying about Salvage:

“Exciting, entertaining and a lot of fun. Read it in a hammock while resting in the backyard this summer. Or read it on the beach. But do read it.” — Ottawa Citizen

“This is an interesting work by a writer of talent and, for the sailing enthusiast, a fun read.” — Globe and Mail

“A ‘fine novel.’” ­­— Booklist

“Readers looking for action will find plenty of it. Maher vividly captures the East Coast, not only the wind and the tangy scent of the sea but the accents and talk of the people in Scarnum’s world—as rough and salty as the waters they sail.” — Publishers Weekly

“One fast-paced action scene after another. Highly effective.” — Kirkus Reviews

Salvage is a look into the life, hard scrabble style and fun on the Nova Scotia coast with enough sex to uncurl a lobster’s tail.” — Canadian Mystery Reviews

Stephen Maher is a novelist and journalist based in Ottawa. In 2004, he moved to Ottawa to work as Ottawa bureau chief for the Halifax Chronicle Herald. In 2012, he published his first novel, Deadline, a political thriller. As an investigative journalist, he has received a National Newspaper Award, a Michener Award, a Canadian Hillman prize and two Canadian Association of Journalism awards. He is a 2016 Harvard Nieman fellow. Maher was born in France and raised in Nova Scotia. He has lived in Toronto, Newfoundland, Jamaica, Japan, France and the United States. He lives in Ottawa with his partner, Camille, and his old sailboat, Free Spirit.


For information or to request an interview with Stephen Maher, contact Dundurn publicist Jaclyn Hodsdon jhodsdon@dundurn.com or Maher at 8578003878.