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Island Comic Con
April 28

Island Comic Con will feature a panel discussion with comic book creators—Troy Little (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony), Sandy Carruthers (Spookman), Tyler Landry (The Coward's Hole) and Ramón Sierra (Fifties). There will also be drawing and cosplay contests with prizes provided by the Friends of the CCPL. Dylan Miller from Lightning Bolt Comics will be in attendance to answer your comic book questions. This event is open to teens and adults (ages 12+), and a free ticket is required to attend the event. Advance free tickets are available by calling or dropping in to the library, and some tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. Tickets are limited. For information call 368-4642 or check Facebook for details. Event takes place at Confederation Centre Public Library, Queen Street at Richmond, Charlottetown, on April 28 from 6:00–8:30 pm. 368-4642

Author & Illustrator Festival 2017
April 29

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. If you are an author, illustrator or involved in the industry and would like the opportunity to showcase your work/services to the public and other professionals please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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 Connect with contests and through: Twitter: @readingtownpei, Instagram @readingtownpei, Facebook/readingtownpei

PEI Reading Town with Diana Gabaldon
May 1

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. The event will be held at the Delta Price Edward Hotel in Charlottetown on May 1 starting at 7:30 pm. Info: Bookmark at 566-4888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Eptek Centre Book Club
May 4

The Eptek Centre Book Club will meet at 7 pm on May 4 to discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This novel brings together a Native American teenager and an elderly widow, who had been sent as a child to Minnesota on an orphan train. The story examines the common threads of upheaval and resilience of these two as they become unlikely friends. All are welcome. Eptek Art & Culture Centre is located at 130 Heather Moyse Dr, Summerside waterfront. 888-8373 


Island Literary Awards 2017
May 6

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.


East Bound
May 17–19

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: or


Atlantic Book Awards
May 18

The Atlantic Book Awards Society has announced the shortlist for the 8 different book prizes comprising the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards. The 22 nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from history to kids’ books. The full shortlist is printed below and is available at The Awards will be given out in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, on May 18 at 7 pm. Shortlist for the “Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing” includes New London: The Lost Dream by John Cousins, published by Island Studies Press.


Spring writing retreat
May 25, 26–28

Manley Mann Media is hosting a writing retreat for writers of all levels at Cavendish Maples from May 26–28, with an optional night on May 25. The writing retreat will be all about time. Time to write. There will be a welcome supper on May 26 and a group campfire to share words. Both activities are optional as this is meant to be a weekend to devote to yourself and your writing. Rates available for one, two, or three nights. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details (please note the spelling of "manley" and "mann" to avoid bounced emails) or send a message via Cavendish Maples is located at 73 Avonlea Blvd, Cavendish. 

Workshop on how to write for children and young adults
July 13–15

One of the writing workshop leaders, Cynthia GoodThe 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

Knutsford Used Book Sale 
May 27

A used book sale will take place May 27 from 8 am–4 pm at Knutsford Community Centre, 2777 O’Leary Road, Knutsford. All books will sell for $1. All Proceeds go to help educate girls in Africa. On sale will be books for adults, young adults and children. 

PEI–Tasmania Writer-in-Residence Exchange

This year, a PEI writer will be selected by the Tasmania Writers’ Centre to serve as the PEI Writer-in-Residence in Tasmania. The residency is co-sponsored by: the Tasmania Writers’ Centre; the University of Tasmania; and the UPEI Faculty of Arts, Department of English, and Institute of Island. Applicants must be year-round PEI residents, have a high calibre of publications in any genre(s), and have experience in teaching creative writing and/or conducting creative writing workshops. Since airfare is not provided, applicants should preferably be Canada Council-eligible to apply for a Canada Council of the Arts travel grant. For information and application instructions, visit the PEI Writers’ Guild website: Look for “Call for Applications: PEI-Tasmania Writer-in-Residence-Exchange.” 


Goin’ to the Corner Vol 2

The Elmsdale and Area Historical Society wishes to remind people that copies of Volume 2 of Goin’ to the Corner, dealing with the people of Elmsdale and Brockton in West Prince are still available. The remaining copies of volume 2 are being transferred to the Alberton Museum and will be available through Arlene Morrison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the proceeds going to the work of the Alberton Museum. Copies are also on sale at the Elmsdale Cornner Gas and at the Alberton Pharmacy. Copies of the two updates are available free by email only from John A. C. Wilson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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