Sheree Fitch – No Place Like Home in New Brunswick

Occupation: Writer

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, 1956.  My father was a Mountie stationed on Parliament Hill  but we left when I was eight months old to come to Miramichi, then lived in Moncton and Fredericton. My Dad was an NS lad and my mother hails from Sussex. So I’m a Nova Brunswickan or a New Scotian ---with deep Acadian roots.

Currently Resides: River John, Nova Scotia

Where’s your favourite place in New Brunswick to grab a coffee?

The Bridge Street Café in Sackville. I really do consider myself  a dual citizen of NS and NB and pass back and forth a lot these days. This is my all-time NB fav coffee shop. Yes, Tim Horton’s on the highway there is quicker and I  always like seeing Helen who has worked there forever -  ( she does not know me , I just admire the way she works at her job). Still, if you can, take the time to go into Sackville—to Bridge Street Café.  Drive by  Mount A campus,  see the swans and relax, stretch, walk,  before going to the café. Great  vibe, sandwiches and I smell the coffee beans now.  Sackville  (or St. Martin’s) is where I’d live  in NB if I was not here in RJ.

Where’s your favourite place in New Brunswick to grab a pint?

My friends Deb and Glenn Ladd’s kitchen. My sister’s front porch in Estey’s Bridge overlooking the pasture.  James Joyce Pub  at former Beaverbrook Hotel by myself. Lot of memories there.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in New Brunswick?

Queen Street/Downtown Fredericton – I think  Queen Street takes me back to my days in high school when I went to the old FHS, but also early days in my twenties as a government clerk when I dashed out for coffee breaks. The city has changed a lot but they have done such a wonderful job to keep good energy in the downtown core. My Dad had a family business on Queen Street for years. These days, my sister works on Q Street.  I love that Sue Laurence has local art on display in her hair salon/spa and I froth at the mouth over everything in Bejewelled. I will miss Louis George’s. MY brother’s stained glass hangs in Racine’s. Around the corner,  Janet North  and amazing staff  at Westminster Books will sell you Sheree Fitch books. (Even more wonderful other books sell there too!)  Then, close to Dolan’s Pub and  Cultures I’ve discovered  my latest fav place. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to shop at RENUE.  Vintage, new, great prices. Wonderful staff.  I bought a great purple coat there last time I was in.

Oh and I love to walk along the trail by the Saint John River behind Queen Street and go to the Beaverbrook Art gallery. Yes,  I HEART downtown Fredericton.  And yes, Queen street is almost-- but not quite—Electric  Street in the small city of  Odell in the best selling quirky satire KISS The JOY AS IT  FLIES by an author I know fairly well.

Where in New Brunswick would we stand to see your favourite view?

On Johnson Avenue in front of my childhood home in Moncton. My mother’s garden in Fredericton. Then, Cambridge Narrows area-- near Erb’s Herbs. I also love the river drive up to Woodstock and surrounding area.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit New Brunswick:

1. Fredericton Market on Saturday morning.  A MUST.

2.Parlee Beach on hot day in July.

3. A walk along the Kennebecasis River, a meal at Shadow Lawn and  a big shop for Sheree Fitch books at Benjamin Books.  ( Ahem. )

What makes New Brunswick such a special place on earth for you?

My childhood home, my roots, the memories, our unique culture and history, the Northrup Frye Festival, Ganong’s Chocolates, and yes ---- of course---- fiddleheads!

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Kiss the Joy as it FliesOne of many awards for Ms. Fitch came just recently for her first adult novel Kiss the Joy as it Flies

AND it was just announced that her young adult novel Pluto's Ghost has been shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year.

Check out Sheree Fitch’s site  www.shereefitch.com

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4 Comments »

  1. Great profile!

    Comment by Bill — March 4, 2011 @ 9:11 am


  2. So many wonderful memories! Thanks.

    Comment by Nelda — March 4, 2011 @ 4:46 pm


  3. Sheree, Oh my GOSH you've just taken me on a nostalgic ride! We share a lot of favourite places. I didn't however know you'd been a gov't clerk...I used to go to the Yogen Fruz in King's Place on my breaks from the Centennial Building. 🙂

    Sackville has changed a lot since my Mount A days. 🙂

    Comment by Donna Alward — October 6, 2011 @ 11:48 am


  4. Such a treasure to have in the Atlantic provinces. Sheree is such a tremendous support for small communities and the people who make them special.

    Thanks for reading,

    Sarah Butland
    author of Being Grateful, Being Thankful

    Comment by Sarah Butland — July 18, 2016 @ 9:56 am


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