Goin’ to the Corner Vol 2
Reading Town PEI
April 29–May 6
Reading Town PEI is set to integrate reading into the everyday life of Islanders during a week long celebration of reading for fun April 29 to May 6. The diverse range of 40+ free events will bring awareness to the importance of a community approach to literacy. Throughout the week Reading Town will shine a light on Island authors, illustrators and storytellers while engaging with Island youth, seniors, and all ages. The PEI Authors and Illustrators Festival, a market and showcase of local artists, publishers and professional service organizations, will take place at Murphy’s Centre, Charlottetown, April 29. Island authors will visit schools and seniors homes, book clubs will host challenges, adults will colour and play literary trivia. The PEI Public libraries and The Bookmark will come alive with daily programming. Curbside literacy will be championed with the launch of an online tiny library registry for the many Tiny Lending Libraries already across PEI and more Tiny Libraries are set to be adopted into communities this year.The week will wind up on May 6 with an all ages celebration at Murphy’s Centre. The event, titled Diverse Story, will feature free children's activities, face painting, musical entertainment, stories from across the globe will be shared and local authors will present their work. The Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards will anchor Reading Town PEI’s 2017 celebrations with a gala the evening of May 6 at The Mack in Charlottetown.
For full program details visit www.readingtownpei.com. Connect with contests and through: Twitter: @readingtownpei, Instagram @readingtownpei, Facebook/readingtownpei
Author & Illustrator Festival 2017
The Author & Illustrator Festival 2017 will be held April 29 from 10 am to 5 pm at Murphy's Community Centre, Room 308, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.
The mission is to celebrate Island Books and all of the individuals that contribute to them — authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and of course, readers. The festival aims to empower others to create and provide inspiration through excerpts from local works, talks about navigating the industry, and networking opportunities.
PEI Reading Town with Diana Gabaldon
Charlottetown’s independent bookstore, Bookmark has announced that author Diana Gabaldon will be on Prince Edward Island on May 1 during PEI Reading Town Week 2017 and will be doing a presentation and reading. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the novels called Outlander premiered in 2014. Diana lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
Island Literary Awards 2017
The Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards are in their 30th year and have been a staple in acknowledging adult and youth writers on Prince Edward Island. The Awards Gala will take place on May 6 at The Mack in Charlottetown. Submissions were judged by a roster of judges. The shortlist is waiting to be announced. This year's judges are: Darren Greer, Rebecca Thomas, Alice Burdick, Chris Benjamin, and Douglas Arthur Brown.
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA) and the Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) have announced a joint initiative, East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books. This event, to be held May 17 to 19, 2017, will bring Canada’s influential booksellers, journalists and literary festival directors to Halifax to meet with Atlantic Canadian publishers. Guests will attend networking events with publishing staff, publisher presentations and one-on-one meetings with publishers. They will also take part in delivering professional development sessions for publishers and attend the Atlantic Book Awards gala, scheduled for May 18 at Halifax Central Library. Info: www.atlanticpublishers.ca or atlanticbookawards.ca.
Spring writing retreat
May 25, 26–28
Workshop on how to write for children and young adults
The University of Prince Edward Island is partnering with Humber College to present The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers, a workshop for writers of literature for children and young adults. Join presentors July 13 to 15 in Charlottetown for a workshop full of practical suggestions and writing inspiration.
Created by facilitators Cynthia Good and Rick Wilks, the workshop first ran in Charlottetown in 2015 as a partnership between Holland College and Toronto’s Humber College. This summer, UPEI and Humber are joining forces to offer an expanded workshop. More time will be devoted to writing feedback, and a session has been added with kids’ book marketing expert Tom Ryan.
Each workshop day is divided into writing and publishing segments. There will be the opportunity to get feedback on one chapter of your book, if you have a manuscript. The publishing segments will look at the current publishing landscape, explore traditional and self-publishing models, provide business details, and help you to construct a query letter for publishers and literary agents. Each participant will leave the workshop with new directions for their manuscript, enriched knowledge of publishing, and an effective query letter.
Cynthia Good has been a leader in the publishing industry for many years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada and went on to become president and publisher. After Penguin she joined Humber College.
Rick Wilks co-founded Annick Press in 1975 and has been its sole director since 2000. Rick oversees all aspects of the publishing process, with a special emphasis on acquisitions. Rick also co-founded the National Reading Campaign.
For information, details on the workshop, accommodations, and how to register, visit creativearts.humber.ca/pei.