Murray Harbour Farmers Market Annual Author Series
The 3rd Annual Author Series will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Murray Harbour Community Centre.
This year's lineup will showcase: Laura Compton's personal recollections in her book, The Stairstep Girls — Images of Childhood; Terri Kerr's storytelling in her latest creation, The Little Red Marble—Adventures in the Ocean; Anne McDonald's historical novel, Miss Confederation—The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles; and the writings of Margaret Westlie in her Scottish Pioneer series of books as well the revision she and her husband John Westlie recently completed of Harold S MacLeod's, The MacLeod's of PEI. The illustrator of the Sea Glass series, Nancy Perkins, will also be in attendance.
The Murray Harbour Farmers Market is held at the Murray Harbour Community Centre, 1382 Main Street, Murray Harbour.
Libraries end fines for kids
Island families will no longer have to pay fines on overdue children’s materials. The policy change is timed to increase participation in the provincial libraries’ many summer reading programs, which help children avoid losing their literacy skills over the summer vacation months. Last year more than 6,700 Island children took part in 656 library summer reading programs. In addition, 616 children participated in one-on-one tutoring programs at 20 libraries across the province last year. Although fees will no longer be charged for children's books, any lost books will still be subject to replacement costs. princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/public-library-services
Meet Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate
The PEI Writers’ Guild invites the public to an evening with Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Dr. George Elliott Clarke. The event will take place at 7 pm on September 7 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016–17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African–Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.
PEI welcomes George Elliott Clarke’s first Island visit since receiving the national honour. Dr. Clarke will share a selection of his work from a wide-ranging literary career, with particular emphasis on the first two volumes of his poem Canticles I, dealing with slavery and imperialism. Clarke is known for both his scholarship and his compelling speaking skills.
As an award winning Canadian writer, Clarke has published in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, prose and drama. He has received national and international recognition for his work, which is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.
There will be copies of the Poet Laureate’s work Canticles I, as well as recited poetry CDs available, cash sales only. A book signing and refreshments/beverages will follow the event.
The Parliamentary Poet Laureate is a position created in 2001 as part of the Parliament of Canada Act. Candidates are appointed to a two-year term, to encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture and language in Canadian society. Poets Laureate write poetry, especially for use in Parliament on important occasions, and sponsor poetry readings, as part of their responsibilities. For more information on the poems written by this Poet Laureate during his tenure, please see the Parliamentary Poet Laureate website. Nominations are currently being accepted for Canada’s eighth Parliamentary Poet Laureate.