About Ami

Ami McKay is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Virgin Cure and The Birth House, which was a #1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

While writing her new novel, The Witches of New York, she discovered several women in her family tree who were accused and tried for witchcraft. Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia.

The Birth House appears on the Nova Scotia 150 Books of Influence list.


In Ami’s own words:

Most of my work comes from places where the past collides with the present, and fantastic things occur in unexpected ways. They’re all fairy tales of one sort or another, I suppose. But no matter what anyone chooses to call them, they have one thing in common: strong women doing remarkable things.

I write the stories I want to read.
I write what I wish to be.

Our December contest

Enter to win The Witches of New York and The Virgin Cure.

To win, fill out a ballot at your local Annapolis Valley Regional Library branch


Find our contest post on Facebook.


enter on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BookClub150.

Lots of ways to enter. Good luck! Contest ends December 31th, 2017. 

Please note that the prize must be picked up at an Annapolis Valley Regional Library Branch.

Reading list

Click on a link below to visit www.valleylibrary.ca.

Witches of New York

The Virgin Cure

The Birth House

Jerome : The Historical Spectacle

Sign in with your AVRL library card, place a hold, and have a copy sent to the Valley Library of your choice.


April - Sandra and Ron Lightburn

Ami’s slideshow from the Witches Of New York Canadian Tour:

Nova Scotia library staff and a few lucky members of the public shared a bewitching evening with Ami McKay at the Nova Scotia Library Association Annual Conference this year. She sat down with AVRL librarian Angela Reynolds to talk about writing The Witches of New York and even hinted at what is to come!

What is Book Club 150?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we are highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017. To celebrate with us, we encourage you to read the books, join our online conversation, and enter our monthly contests. Our featured books include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Pick up a copy at your local library, look for a Book Club in a Bag to share, or find a library Book Club near you. We’ll have special events and contests throughout the year, so be sure to visit our library website at www.valleylibrary.ca, or look for feature posts each month on our new library blog site, RenewYourCuriosity.ca.

Featured storytellers

January 2017

Robert Munsch

February 2017

André Alexis

March 2017

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

April 2017

Ron & Sandra Lightburn

May 2017

Christy Ann Conlin

June 2017

Julie Flett

July 2017

Marie-Louise Gay

August 2017

Jon Klassen

September 2017

Lawrence Hill

October 2017

Jeff Lemire

November 2017

Sydney Smith 

December 2017

Ami McKay