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Official Website of Best Selling Author

Peace by Chocolate

The true story of a Syrian family who lost their home and chocolate factory in the war, then rebuilt it all in rural Canada. 
Peace by Chocolate, published by
Goose Lane Editions in October 2020.

Jon Tattrie's books have helped raise a church and topple a statue. 

Jon wrote Peace by Chocolate through the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of King's College. It tells the true story of how the Hadhad family lost everything in the Syrian war and rebuilt it in Canada. Learn more about them at

He's the author of six non-fiction books (including a Canadian best seller) and two novels. He works as a journalist for CBC News and has taught journalism at the University of King's College and fiction writing at Dalhousie University. He teaches privately for Dynamic Learning.

(photo courtesy of Nicola Davison at

My Books

Dan Paul: Mi'kmaq Elder. 

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Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax

Redemption Songs: How Bob Marley's Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism

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Limerence: a novel

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Daytrips from Halifax

The Hermit of Africville

Black Snow: a novel of the Halifax Explosion

My Books

A Nova Scotia Judge had to make a  groundbreaking decision. A young man, called X in court documents, stood convicted of the attempted murder of another teenager, Y. Should the fact that X is African Nova Scotian be a mitigating factor when she decided to sentence X as an adult, or as a youth?

This four-part series, The Colour of Justice, looks for answers:

1. The Crime

2. The Prosecution

3. The Defence

4. The Judgement

3. The 

For CBC News, 

spring 2015


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