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A World of Islands

The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies:

Editor Godfrey Baldacchino

Godfrey Baldacchino’s latest edited collection, The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies: A World of Islands, is now on sale in the UPEI Bookstore in Charlottetown.

Featuring 21 chapters from eminent scholars in the Island Studies field, the 460-page book is a must-have for anyone interested in the study of islands.

The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies is a global, research-based and pluri-disciplinary overview of the study of islands. Its chapters deal with the contribution of islands to literature, social science, and natural science, as well as other applied areas of inquiry. The collated expertise of interdisciplinary and international scholars offers unique insights: individual chapters dwell on geomorphology, zoology and evolutionary biology; the history, sociology, economics and politics of island communities; tourism, well-being and migration; as well as island branding, resilience and "commoning." The text also offers pioneering forays into the study of islands that are cities, along rivers, or artificial constructions.

This Handbook will appeal, say publishers, to geographers, environmentalists, sociologists, political scientists, and some of the 600 million or so people who live on islands or are interested in the rich dynamics of islands and island life.

Epiphany on Route 70

Leon Berrouard

Epiphany on Route 70—Leon BerrouardRose Valley poet Leon Berrouard’s newly-published book Epiphany on Route 70 (Red Wheelbarrow Press) isn’t easy to categorize. For example, the opening piece begins as a memoir, which morphs into a short story and then back to memoir.

As a young man the author hitchhiked thousands of miles around the US with an adventurous friend. Years later when that friend was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, Berrouard’s response was the writing of “Epiphany on Route 70.”

The “Epiphany…” is an account of the two friends hitchhiking from Massachusetts to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in 1968. Why? It was the hippie summer of love when one had to “be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” The Mamas and Papas hit music is the backdrop when the account turns visceral after the hikers are given a ride to Denver’s military hospital. The reader learns how Berrouard came to Canada during those Vietnam War years.

Eighteen poems are the second part of the book. For the last decade Berrouard has spent winters in Shenzhen, China, studying the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. When Ba Jin, recognized as one of China’s greatest writers, died at the age of 100, Berrouard wrote “Elegy for Ba Jin” in praise of the writer who lived through a century of change in China. There are political sentiments in the poem and the same is true of “Echoes in Tiananmen Square.”

In Canada, “Heading for the Hemlocks” was written to protest Plan B, the cutting of some of PEI’s oldest trees:

… trees that will give no more seeds

Because politicians want a roadthat no one needs

Other poems set in PEI document happenings—with humor, irony and thoughtful observation. “Looking for the Dog” tells of a loved, lost dog that is finally found. The next day the vet will come to put the old dog to sleep. “Room for the Sky” tells of cutting a tree to facilitate solar heating.

Epiphany on Route 70 is available at the Bookmark in Charlottetown and also at Indigo Books. The book launch will take place October 12 at 7:30 pm at Barnone Brewery with an evening of poetry, and music by Jon Rehder and others.

Project Heaven on Earth: The 3 questions that will help you change the world ... easily

Martin Rutte

Project Heaven on Earth: The 3 questions that will help you change the world ... easily—Martin RutteAuthor, international speaker and management consultant Martin Rutte, will launch his new book, Project Heaven on Earth: The 3 questions that will help you change the world ... easily, on September 20 at 6:30 pm at The Kettle Black, 45 Queen St. Charlottetown. Along with meeting the author, guests will experience the 3 simple questions that get you in touch with what Heaven on Earth is for you, and what simple action you can take to make this real…easily. Since the release of Project Heaven on Earth on Amazon, it has sold world wide.

Project Heaven on Earth represents a life’s work in responding to a longing to be part of a movement worldwide. Rutte captures that longing in a guide book designed to help you determine just how you can be personally instrumental in creating Heaven on Earth in simple everyday gestures to large, planet-wide projects. This book is packed with a wealth of ideas, resources, and inspiration from people around the world that author Martin Rutte has personally connected with.

Rutte lives half of the year here on PEI and engaged with a lengthy list of individuals and organizations who have initiated their own heaven on earth projects. For example the following will be some of the local heaven makers present at the book launch sharing their story: Kettle Black, with its own brand of Heaven on Earth coffee; The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown’s Heaven on Earth Leadership Award open to every Island public and high school student in the province; Nessya’s Gems & Jewels providing each shopper with the 3 Heaven on Earth Questions; and Lady Baker’s Heaven on Earth tea.

Rutte is also co-author of The New York Times Business Bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, translated into over 20 languages, with sales over 1.1 million copies and several other articles in leading global publications.

Project Heaven on Earth will be available for purchase and signing at the launch. All are welcome. projectheavenonearth.com

Stir of Shadows

Jamie Lee Mann

Stir of Shadows—Jamie Lee MannMiddle-grade fantasy author Jaime Lee Mann started writing down the bedtime stories she told her daughters when she realized they couldn’t get enough of the tales. Now she is preparing for the release of the sixth title in the Legend of Rhyme series, Stir of Shadows.

This magical tale full of mermaids and witches, pixies and phoenixes, several special sets of twins and a plot twist with a bi-racial same-sex romance.

“Over the past four years, as I’ve gone through the process of writing and promoting this series, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many children who love to read,” says Jaime. “I’ve been feeling an even greater responsibility with each of these books to use my voice to inspire children to think more broadly, touching on environmental issues, feminism, mental health awareness, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. I wrote this particular book with the clear intention of wanting every child who reads it to be able to relate to the story on some level, hence the same-sex relationship, more sibling rivalry, and the consequences of making poor decisions.”

Jaime encourages new readers to begin with the first book in the Legend of Rhyme series, Elora of Stone, before moving on to Into CorairaTeagan of TomorrowSecond Twin, and Blood and Stars.

Stir of Shadows is being published by Blue Moon Publishers and marketed by DigiWriting, and is scheduled to be released in September of 2018. For more information about the “Legend of Rhyme” series or to book an appearance or interview with Jaime, contact her publicist Talia Crockett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A book launch will take place September 20 at 6:30 pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown. It’s being hosted by Bookmark, so copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. www.bluemoonpublishers.com

Rika’s Shepherd

Orysia Dawydiak

Rika’s Shepherd—Orysia DawydiakAcorn Press will release Orysia Dawydiak’s new book, Rika’s Shepherd this fall.

Rika is a happy, energetic girl in control of her life and her small flock of sheep. She’s been helping her father, Willem, run their farm and household, and has been campaigning to get a Border Collie pup. She wants to train the pup to bring in the dairy cattle and herd the sheep. But Rika’s orderly life unravels with the discovery of a deadly attack on her flock.

With the help of a young veterinarian and an eccentric protection dog breeder, Rika takes on more responsibilities. Then life becomes more complicated when her father develops a new relationship. As she struggles with the challenges of training a guardian pup, she makes a big mistake by exposing an older beloved dog to great danger. 

An unexpected visit shakes up her world again and Rika begins to accept the changes she cannot control.

Orysia Dawydiak has been writing about animals as long as she can remember. She is particularly interested in their behaviour in the wild, as companions and as human helpmates. Orysia lives on a Prince Edward Island farm where she has raised Shetland sheep and Akbash Dogs for many years, and wrote an award-winning book on livestock protection dogs. She has also written fiction for children and young adults. Her middle grade fiction novel, Kira’s Secret was the first of a trilogy, followed by Kira’s Quest, and the third will be on the shelves in 2019. Her first novel, House of Bears, was published by Acorn. Visit her website at orysiadawydiak.com.

Orysia will launch Rika’s Shepherd at the Confederation Centre Library in Charlottetown on September 22 at 2 pm. 

Marilla of Green Gables

Sarah Mccoy

Marilla of Green Gables—Sarah McCoyMarilla of Green Gables, by Sarah McCoy, is published by William Morrow, a US imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins Canada is selling and distributing the book, to be released in October, in Canada.

Marilla illuminates the early life a well known fictional woman in 20th century literature. When we first meet Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables, written in by Lucy Maud Montgomery and published in 1908, she’s a spinster, running a farm in rural Prince Edward Island with her unmarried brother, Matthew. Now we have a back story.

Plucky, ambitious Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her mother dies in childbirth, leaving Marilla to take care of her father Hugh and her brother Matthew. At an all too early age, she must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables.

Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.

Sarah McCoy is New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the novels The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She lives with her husband and dog in North Carolina.

Awful Kind: The story of the Middlemore Children of Prince Edward Island

Sara Underwood

Awful Kind: The story of the Middlemore Children of Prince Edward—Sara UnderwoodAuthor Sara Underwood will launch her book, Awful Kind: The story of the Middlemore Children of Prince Edward Island on September 28 at 5:30 pm in the Carriage House at Beaconsfield in Charlottetown.

Between 1869 and 1948 about 118,000 children were brought to Canada from England and placed with families across the county.

We do not know exactly how many of those children were sent to Prince Edward Island. They are rarely mentioned in Prince Edward Island history books, and many Islanders are not aware that they were sent to the Island at all.

Awful Kind traces the lives of about 190 children sent by the Middlemore Homes from Birmingham, England to PEI between 1893 and 1930 using reports by Middlemore representatives, admission documents, applications and letters from Islanders, and correspondence from the children to Middlemore.

Underwood is launching her book on September 28 because it is Canada’s first national British Home Child Day. Descendants of some of the British Home Children and the public are invited to attend the launch.

For information about Awful Kind and the British Home Children, visit www.peihomechildren.com.

Big Sky Landscapes

Alex Murchison

Big Sky Landscapes—Alex MurchisonPhotographer Alex Murchison has released his second book. Big Skies Prince Edward Island is a 36 page hardcover book showcasing a collection of landscape images, primarily from Queens and Kings Counties.

Rising high over valleys, the shoreline or the rolling hills, big skies are a major part of the PEI landscape. While many focus on the scene directly in front of them, Alex includes the Island sky as a key element in many of his images. Big Skies is self published by Alex Murchison.

Born in Charlottetown, Alex Murchison has been pursuing photography since the late 1970s when he completed the Photography Program at Holland College. While landscapes were always a first love, Alex made his living in commercial, editorial photography and teaching. Having worked with many print publications over the years, Alex has recently combined both landscapes and print in several self-published projects.

Alex will launch Big Skies at Holland College Library in Charlottetown September 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The evening will include book sale, slide show, and snacks. For a short preview of the book or to order, contact Alex at www.alexmurchison.com.

The Other Side of the Sun: the true story of one refugee’s journey

Thien Tang

The Other Side of the Sun: the true story of one refugee’s journey—Thien TangPottersfield Press has published a new book by Prince Edward Island resident Thien Tang. The book, The Other Side of the Sun: the true story of one refugee’s journey, follows the author’s journey as a refugee from Vietnam to Canada.

Between 1979 and 1980 one million Vietnamese refugees escaped their war-torn country; 60,000 settled in Canada. Called the “boat people” upwards of 70% of them died in their perilous journey. Thien Tang survived and documented his tale in The Other Side of the Sun.

Tang had an ordinary childhood living in South Vietnam until life suddenly changed when Vietnam became a Communist state. As one of the boat people refugees, Tan escaped Vietnam in 1979 on a harrowing journey that landed him in a Malaysian refugee camp.

At sea, Tang’s ship was attacked by pirates and shot at by police. On land, as an unwanted refugee in Malaysia, he and his fellow refugees were jailed, starved and beaten, before being forced back out to sea and left to die.

Though he originally planned to seek asylum in the United States, Tang ultimately found the refuge he was seeking in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Thien Tang describes the inspiration for writing this book: “My objective is for the readers to enjoy and feel connected to my story and develop a deeper understanding of how a refugee is made but not be burdened by it. To write about events that happened some thirty years ago required digging into the darkest corners of my mind to haul out the bits and pieces of sorrowful memories, while carefully handling them like hand grenades.

“There are many refugees in the world and I suspect they all have personal stories without a venue to tell. Perhaps the next time you meet some refugees, you will be able to tag my story to those nameless faces and feel as if you know them.”

Tang has a Bachelor of Science from UPEI, is a self-employed computer programmer with his company TCT Technology Holdings Ltd., and still resides in PEI with his wife. He has an adult son and daughter. 

Portrait of a Prospector Edward Schieffelin’s Own Story

Edited by R. Bruce Craig

Portrait of a Prospector Edward Schieffelin’s Own Story—Edited by R. Bruce CraigUniversity of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) history department professor Bruce Craig has been named “Finalist” in Utah State University’s Mountain West Center’s Evan’s Handcart Award competition for his most recent book, Portrait of a Prospector: Edward Schieffelin’s Own Story (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). Now in their 35th year, the Evans Biography Award, recognizes the best of research and writing in biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs that focus on the stories of people who have shaped the character of the American West.

Craig’s book does not fall comfortably in either the category of “biography” or “autobiography;” rather, the work is perhaps best described as a “constructed autobiography.”

The central figure in the first-person narrative is Edward Schieffelin—the discoverer of the famed Arizona Tombstone silver lode in 1877 and a towering figure who epitomized the American frontiersman of the 19th century American West. Schieffelin, however, never wrote an autobiography though he did leave behind a journal of his adventures in the American west. Also left for posterity were several oral history interviews conducted in the 1890s by famed historian Herbert Howe Bancroft.

Craig’s accomplishment was to marry the two types of primary resources documents into a cohesive narrative using only Scheiffelin’s own words. In essence Craig fashioned the autobiography that perhaps Schieffelin himself would have written had he lived long enough to do so. Craig then rounded out the book by crafting an introduction and conclusion and provided extensive explanatory footnotes.

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