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Leonard’s Flat

Steven Mayoff

Leonard’s Flat - Steven MayoffLeonard’s Flat is Steven Mayoff’s new chapbook, an ekphrastic cycle of 10 linked poems based on 10 paintings by his uncle, Len Fligel. As a teenager, Len studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art with Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer. He later travelled to Alaska and Mexico, and studied in Italy. He settled down in Scotland, where he painted and taught at a variety of schools. In his later years, he struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease until his death in March 2018.

Steven says: “As a kid I used to see my uncle’s paintings in my grandparents’ apartment. When I was nine, my mother and I lived with him in Glasgow…Decades later, when visiting Glasgow, I used to stay at his flat, where much of his artwork hung on the walls, as if in a private gallery. My initial concept for the chapbook was as a mini virtual tour of the flat.

“The poems draw their imagery from specific paintings, but also include elements of our familial history and our connection as creators. Although there were years when we were not in touch, I credit my uncle’s dedication as a serious artist with indirectly inspiring my own creative ambitions as a writer. I have some of his pictures hanging in my office and I see them as giving me a kind of permission to create.”

Steven was born and raised in Montreal. He moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S. as well as in Ireland, Algeria, France, the United Kingdom and Croatia. He has written two books of fiction: the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), which won a 2010 PEI Book Award, and the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (Bunim & Bannigan, 2015). Leonard’s Flat is published by Grey Borders Books and can be purchased at www.greyborders.com.

Crossing Troubled Waters

Edited by Colleen MacQuarrie, Fiona Bloomer, Claire Pierson, and Shannon Stettner

Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island

Crossing Troubled Waters - Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward IslandCrossing Troubled Waters shines a light on two islands—Ireland (north and south) and Prince Edward Island, Canada—and considers for each island, the nature of the discourse of abortion on the island, the impact that restrictions have had, ongoing efforts to improve access, and recent activist successes. Island Studies Press has published this pivotal academic text that is rooted in local research and activism.

Accessing abortion services is challenging in many countries around the world. Barriers result from poor access to healthcare, geographic location, legal restrictions, abortion stigma, and moral conservatism. Repeated studies indicate that restricting access to abortion does not prevent it happening, but rather displaces it elsewhere and often results in unsafe abortion contributing to maternal mortality. Those living on islands face particular challenges presented by their geographic isolation including travel to other jurisdictions, which is financially and emotionally burdensome.

Crossing Troubled Waters is co-edited by Colleen MacQuarrie, a Psychology Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is also a co-founding member of the Abortion Rights Network, Abortion Access Now PEI, and RAARN, the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Rights Network.

A book launch will be held for Crossing Troubled Waters at the University of Prince Edward Island in MacDougall Hall’s Schurman Market Square on November 19 at 4 pm. Join Colleen MacQuarrie and other local contributors at this launch and celebration. Books will be available for sale.

A Visit to the Kafka Café

J. J. Steinfeld

A Visit to the Kafka Café - J. J. SteinfeldFiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld’s latest book, A Visit to the Kafka Café, has been recently published by Ekstasis Editions. The 110 poems are both a dialogue with and a questioning of the human condition as they hover between what the author sees as the absurd and the existential elements of life, making their way through the worldly and otherworldly aspects of existence, the ordinary and the extraordinary spheres of being. These poems investigate what it means to live in this world, to flee from it, to return by its emotional gravity. A Visit to the Kafka Café attempts to make sense out the way we conduct our lives, to find meaning in our surroundings, to look at individuals caught in time and space and history, and in the fascinating moments of existence and being.

“J. J. Steinfeld is a poet for our days, in which the chaotic dissolution of everything in the world is incipient in the absurdity of day-to-day human thoughts, actions, and rituals. In A Visit to the Kafka Café, Steinfeld unravels these into darkly funny, surprising, inspiring words and images that then twist intriguing neuroses into readers' neural networks so they never remember the past or imagine the future in exactly the same way again.”—Jane Ledwell, author of Last Tomato and Bird Calls

“Kafkaesque, Borgesian, and Beckettian, these are poems that bite their tails and leave readers open-mouthed in the middle of fable or struck by the coruscations of fantasies, myths, doppelgängers, ghosts, and aliens. Not least, whether absurd or tragic, the psyche here confronts mortality’s “final notices” with a head-on, head’s-up alertness, keeping “both eyes open / for a level-headed redeemer.”—Brent MacLaine, author of Athena Becomes a Swallow and Prometheus Reconsiders Fire

J. J. Steinfeld lives in Charlottetown. He has published nineteen books: two novels, Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (1987) and Word Burials (2009), twelve short story collections, along with two short-fiction chapbooks, and three poetry chapbooks. More than 400 of his short stories and nearly 900 poems have appeared in anthologies and periodicals, in every Canadian province and in eighteen countries. Over fifty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits

Brendon Bertram

Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits—Brendon BertramYou’re never too young to chase your dreams. And award-winning PEI author Brendon Bertram knows this first-hand. His first novel, Moira Ashe: Enemy Within, released earlier this year, debuted to considerable praise winning Bronze in both the Paranormal and Fantasy/Historical categories of the Global eBook Awards. It was described as “captivating…with plenty of attention stealing moments.”—Miss J Mentions.

Bertram is continuing the story in his newest release, Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits, which was published this August. Moira’s secret has been exposed, but in order to escape before the entire city discovers her identity, she must battle a dominant force. Will her world fall apart, or can she finally break free?

Brendon Charles Bertram was born on May 28, 1994 and worked on the family farm on PEI. It wasn’t until March 27, 2015, after the death of his father, that he pursued writing. He continues to live on PEI, but now occupies his time with travelling the globe, reading texts on philosophy and psychology, and exploring a deep fascination and passion for storytelling. To learn more about the author and his work, visit www.brendonbertram.com.

Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38

Gene Rogerson

Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38—Gene RogersonMemoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38, by Gene Rogerson, charts the journeys of a boy from a PEI village, his ventures across this great land, and back again.

Growing up in Crapaud in the forties, the author spent his days fishing, skating on ponds, floating ice cakes, playing hooky from school to go hunting, and getting into mischief. The son of a butter maker, he seemed destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. But Gene had other plans.

With a thirst for adventure, he struck out for the big city of Toronto, beginning a string of adventures that would take him from St. Claire shoe shops and slaughterhouses to kitchens in remote weather stations on South Hampton Island. From Coast Guard ports in Newfoundland and cockroach detail on the old Abby, to South Dakota jail cells and explosive rock beds deep in the wilds of northern Alberta. By the late sixties, it was back to PEI, but his adventures didn’t stop then. Gene started a family and became a federal dairy inspector, all while raising wild turkeys and operating a thriving market garden roadside stand. The road got rough sometimes and Gene would suffer some tough losses. Yet despite the thousands of miles travelled and wide variety of jobs, characters, and encounters, one thing would tie all of his adventures together—family.

Told in a conversational style and brimming with nostalgia and good humour, this distinctly Island autobiography presents an invaluable history of a time and place that is gone but, as this memoir ensures, will not be forgotten. Published by Periscope Pictures, Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38 is available at the Bookmark, 172 Queen Street, Charlottetown.

Ripples of War—Lloyd's Story

John Wonnacott

Ripples of War: Lloyd’s Story—John WonnacottAuthor John Wonnacott, born and raised in Charlottetown, has released his new book Ripples of War—Lloyd’s Story, a work of historical fiction that tells the true story of a Charlottetown youth who entered the First World War as a 17-year-old gunner in 1915.

Lloyd recalls his boyhood on the Island with idyllic days of trout fishing, swimming and falling in love. He relates his experiences as a young soldier mobilized first to England and then 3 years of bitter fighting in France and Belgium. When Lloyd returns to PEI he copes with alcoholism and undiagnosed PTSD, as he finds solace in the outdoor paradise that was the Island in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Through the eyes of his only daughter Hilda, the book also follows the life of B.W. LePage, son of a successful Rustico merchant, who became one of the Island’s wealthiest men, a 5-time elected Liberal MLA, the Island’s representative at the Coronation of King George VI and PEI’s 15th Lt. Governor. Hilda marries Lloyd, and the two men in her life battle frequently until Lloyd finally faces his alcohol abuse.

The book, independently published this July, is a reflection of the effects of war on the people who fight and how those effects ripple across families and down through generations. Ripples of War is available at Amazon.com and will be launched in bookstores in Summerside and Charlottetown this October, to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and to honor the soldiers of WW1.

Windows to the Past

Jackie Trimper

Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art

Windows to the Past—Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art—Jackie TrimperWindows to the Past—Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art is written by Jackie Trimper, author and sea glass artist. Cover photo is by Aggie Gaudet, a Prince Edward Island photographer. This is a self-published coffee table book featuring many photos of sea glass art created by Jackie Trimper. As well, you will find the step by step process Jackie utilizes in completing this unique art form.

You can learn how to design and complete your own work of art to showcase some of those special pieces of sea glass you have found on your journeys to the beach. Topics in the book iclude: Why Sea Glass Art?; Collecting and Sorting Sea Glass for Creating Mosaic Art; Gather Your Supplies; Create a design for your Sea Glass Mosaic; Attaching the Pieces to your Sea Glass Mosaic; Finishing Touches; Gallery of Sea Glass Mosaics; and A Few Final Thoughts.

Jackie is a native of Prince Edward Island who divides her time between her home in Nova Scotia and her cottage in PEI.  After several years of creating art with sea glass collected along the shores of PEI, Jackie complied photos of her work, along with writing about collecting sea glass and using it in the design and creation of art.

Contact Jackie to receive a signed copy of her book and see more of her art at jackietrimperseaglass.com. Windows to the Past  is also available at the Bookman in Charlottetown.

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

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