James ‘Jim’ Robert Lotz, born in Liverpool, England, in 1929, died in Halifax. Lotz was an author, researcher and community economic development educator, and mentor to many aspiring writers in Atlantic Canada. He was a founding member of The Atlantic Provinces Book Review (1974) which later evolved into Atlantic Books Today. He and his wife, Pat, were residents of Halifax since 1973. Jim authored over thirty books; one of his last was Pilgrim Souls (Formac, 2013), which recorded his unfailing love and patience in caring for Pat, who suffered from Alzheimer’s in the last days of her life. She died in 2012 (b. in Brighton, England, 1930). Pat had been a librarian, editor and author of Affairs with Old Houses (2000) and Banker, Builder, Blickade Runner: A Victorian Embezzler & His Circle (2002). She and Jim had also co-authored Cape Breton Island (1974). In 2012 Jim received an honorary doctorate from Saint Mary’s University. His autobiography Sharing the Journey (Pottersfield) was published shortly after his death. His papers were donated to the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University. Jim and Pat were both survivors of the Nazi boming raids on Liverpool and Bath, and later were post-war emigrants to Canada, eventually meeting in the library stacks at McGill University when Pat was a librarian there. They were married in 1959 and came to Nova Scotia in 1967. (Photo: Pat and Jim Lotz, 1993. © Stephen Swan).