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Moira Ashe: Enemy Within (Book 1)

Brendon Bertram

Moira Ashe: Enemy Within (Book 1)—Brendon BertramPEI paranormal novelist Brendon Bertram has released a new supernatural thriller, Moira Ashe: Enemy Within (Book 1).

A blood moon is rising above Abalon. Werewolves, once heard of only in whispers around the borderlands, have been spotted in villages and towns mere miles from the capital, and the king is worried—worried enough to send Lincoln Clarke to find help. Lincoln’s gone through half a dozen leads before he finds Moira Ashe lurking in the corner of a tavern, her dark eyes glinting in the candlelight. With a suspect Moira can’t pin down and a string of bodies piling up in the beast’s wake, Lincoln finds himself doubting Moira’s skill. Time running out and the full moon is approaching so failure is not an option. But Moira has her own secrets to protect, and the beast she and Lincoln are hunting may not be the biggest threat after all…

For information visit www.brendonbertram.com. The book is available for purchase from Amazon, Apple iBook store, Barnes & Noble’ Nook, the Kobo, and Google Play (amazon.com).

Brendon Charles Bertram was raised on a family farm on PEI. 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 passion for storytelling.

In The Shadow of God’s Wings

Sheila Mallory

In The Shadow of God’s Wings—Sheila MallorySheila Mallory is a retired United Church minister who lives in Montague. For the past 30 years, through various careers and finally her ordination as a minister who served congregations in Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI, she kept a daily diary of events in her life. At age 83 and following recovery from a near-death experience, she has used her diary and her own reliable memory to write a story of her life—In The Shadow of God’s Wings. In the book Sheila is remarkably candid about events, good and bad. 

Since her childhood in a secure, loving family with attendance at church and Sunday school, Sheila was attracted to the stories of those who listened to and obeyed God. Despite some meaningful encounters with God in her early years, a serious illness in her early adulthood challenged her faith. For decades she feared a relationship with God, feeling He had rejected her and left her to struggle alone, she explains. Gradually, over the years, she says that she learned that out of painful crises come incredible blessing and wisdom. She discovered, she goes on to explain, that God had not abandoned her – rather, she had always been in the shadow of God’s wings.

In the Shadow of God’s Wings is now available in most bookstores. In Montague, it is available at the Home Hardware, and the Pharmasave.

A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island

John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches

There are very few places as photogenic as Prince Edward Island. With its sweeping landscapes, scenic vistas and miles upon miles of beaches, the Island is a haven for photographers. Taking advantage of potential stunning images of the Island in all seasons, two award-winning photographers know the best places to set up, when and how best to photograph each corner of the Island and how to get there. The thousands of visitors from all over the world who travel to the Island learn the secrets of these two seasoned experts.

John Sylvester is an internationally published travel, nature and landscape photographer based in Prince Edward Island. He specializes in photographing the people and places of Canada, with an emphasis on the Atlantic region. His work has appeared in Coastal Living, Yankee, Country Gardens, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Canadian Geographic, Outdoor Photography Canada, Readers Digest, Saltscapes, Harrowsmith Country Life, and TIME. Awards for his work include Travel Media Association of Canada  awards and Northern Lights Awards from Canadian Tourism. He has published books including The Little Book of Prince Edward Island and Wild Island: Prince Edward Island’s Hidden Wilderness, both published by Acorn Press. 

Stephen DesRoches is a landscape and commercial photographer, born and raised in PEI. His primary focus revolves around the Island’s natural landscape. His interest in art began early with traditional painting styles and it was not until after installing his first computer image editing app, that he became interested in creating his art with a camera, trading in his inks, paints and brushes. His images have been published by Parks Canada, PEI Tourism, WelcomePEI, Canadian Tourism Commission and Outdoor Photography Canada

John Sylvester and Stephen Desroches will be launching A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island (Acorn Press) on June 8 at 7 pm at the Island Preserve Company in New Glasgow.

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76

Steven Mannell

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76—Steven MannellThe PEI book launch of Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76 by Steven Mannell will take place June 11 at The Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street beginning at 7:30 pm.

Built in 1976 by the Cape Cod-based New Alchemy Institute and designed in partnership with Solsearch Architects of Cambridge MA, the Ark bio-shelter was conceived as “an early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology and architecture for the benefit of humanity.” The structure’s integrated ecological design features provided autonomous life support for a family of four, providing for all food and energy needs, managing all wastes, and enabling a new and symbiotic relationship between its inhabitants and the ecosystem of their home. The Ark deployed many then-experimental technologies that remain emblems of sustainable design today: solar heating with mass heat storage, a high-efficiency wood stove, a wind turbine generator, composting toilets, and a passive solar agri/aquaculture greenhouse. This study of the project, celebrating the Ark’s 40th anniversary, is illustrated with original drawings and period photographs, and a wealth of background materials.

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76 is published by the Dalhousie Architectural Press. Steven Mannell is director of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is the author of Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950-2000 (2004).

Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity

Edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher Barnes

Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity—Edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher BarnesIn Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity, edited by Sean Wiebe and Lori Gard with Kristopher Barnes, a collection of stories from Atlantic Canadian educators, the narrative of the teacher as both a professional and a unique individual gradually emerges. At times this narrative, written as life-story, is characterized by myriad questions and wonderings, targeting the individual educator’s courage when facing the stark realities of unemployment or teacher burnout. At other times, the narrative is a celebration of personal victories garnered through no small sacrifice—re-learning, so as to see the world through a child’s eye, along with re-discovery found in the sense of satisfaction that comes with having reached a professional epiphany. Each story is unique to the contributing teacher who penned the words, and collectively, the stories paint a visual for the reader about the life and work of our educators.

Inside the Classroom is available primarily as an electronic book with a print-on-demand option through the University of Prince Edward Island Bookstore. See its Local Books and Giftware section. It is produced by Island Studies Press and UPEI’s Faculty of Education.

L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s)

Edited by Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell

New from McGill-Queen’s University Press is L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) edited by Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell.

L.M. Montgomery’s writings are replete with enchanting yet subtle and fluid depictions of nature that convey her intense appreciation for the natural world. At a time of ecological crises, intensifying environmental anxiety, and burgeoning eco-critical perspectives, L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) repositions the Canadian author’s relationship to nature in terms of current environmental criticism across several disciplines, introducing a fresh approach to her life and work.

Drawing on a wide range of Montgomery’s novels as well as her journals, this collection suggests that socio-ecological relationships encompass ideas of reciprocity, affiliation, autonomy, and the capacity for transformation in both the human and more-than-human worlds, and that these ideas are integral to Montgomery’s vision and her literary legacy. Framed by the twin themes of materiality and interrelationships, essays by scholars of literature, law, animal studies, anthropology, and ecology examine place, embodiment, and difference in Montgomery’s works.

L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) opens up conversations about humans’ interactions with nature and the material environment.

Rita Bode is professor of English literature at Trent University and co-editor of L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys.

Jean Mitchell is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island and co-editor of Anne around the World.

No Choice

The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island
Kate McKenna

No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island—Kate McKennaCBC journalist, and former Prince Edward Island resident, Kate McKenna sheds light on the long struggle to provide access to abortion on the Island in her new book, No Choice: The 30-Year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island (Fernwood Publishing).

Abortion was made legal in Canada in 1969, and in 1988 a supreme court ruled that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. Despite this ruling, providing access to abortions was not constitutional. However, the procedure falls under Canada’s Health Care Act, which all provinces must deliver. PEI was the exception. McKenna tells us that in the book she illustrates how the influence of the Catholic Church and the Right to Life movement worked to lobby government officials, doctors and even to assume roles on hospital boards in order to prevent abortions from being made available to women on the Island.

McKenna introduces readers to the activists who fought for women’s rights and pro-choice, risking being ostracized and fired from their jobs, and who often paid to take women off the Island to Nova Scotia or New Brunswick to have the procedure performed.

Kate McKenna is a journalist with the CBC. She was a finalist for two Canadian Association of Journalism Awards and a silver medal winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award.

A Blossom for Job

Bob Jensen

A Blossom for Job—Bob JensenNew Brunswick native, and long time PEI resident, Bob Jensen has released a collection of spoken word poetry entitled A Blossom for Job. The fifteen poems were written over the past five years and reflect the author’s own ambivalence towards the Christian faith he was raised in. The material ranges from reverent to critical, questioning the nature of man, the efficacy of faith and the meaning of death.

Jensen will travel to England in August to perform his poetry at the FolkEast Festival in Suffolk with UK recording artist Jake Morley as his accompanist.

A Blossom for Job is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, etc. For samples of Jensen’s work visit soundcloud.com or tumblr.com.

Jeopardy

Richard Lemm

Jeopardy—Richard LemmRichard Lemm, PEI author, and a UPEI English professor for many years, will launch his new poetry book, Jeopardy, on June 29, at 7 pm in the Carriage House of Beaconsfield Historic House at 2 Kent Street in Charlottetown. Acorn Press, the publisher, will host the launch.

Jeopardy opens with “Profane and Sacred,” poems conjuring myths and journeys—Adam and Eve’s Edenic choice; a Jewish surgeon’s pilgrimage to Assisi; the poet’s grandfather leaving the family farm for America’s first imperialist war. “Skeletal Blues” explores a couple’s struggle with mental illness and the quest for healing.

“History Lessons” takes readers to the British penal colony in Tasmania, reveals pre- and post- Revolution experiences in Cairo teaching Egyptian students, and encounters an ancient civilization wrestling with cross-currents of modernity and tradition. “The Future Hurtling Toward Us” evokes with humour and urgency our ecological reality and environmental crises.

Lemm has published five poetry collections, including Burning House, Four Ways of Dealing with Bullies, and Prelude to the Bacchanal, which won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award. He has won poetry prizes in the CBC Literary Competition, and a PEI Book Award for Shape of Things to Come.

At UPEI, Lemm teaches creative writing, Canadian, British, and post-colonial literature, and environmental literature. 

Sailing in Circles, Goin' Somewhere

Finley Martin

Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere—Finley Martin

Not all dreams have happy endingsFinley Martin's Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere is the funny, bittersweet memoir of a Prince Edward Island man who, over seven years, builds a classic 1930s wooden sailboat and, in 2004, attempts to circumnavigate eastern North America. The author leaves a small fishing port on the Island and tracks along the rugged coast, up the St. Lawrence River, and through the Great Lakes. Alone, he encounters heavy fog, near-collisions with freighters, mechanical breakdowns, enormous seas, several brushes with disaster, and even a hostile reception at one French-speaking port. He meets odd and curious people. It all comes to an inglorious and mundane end when the author and his boat, the Arja D., are stuck in, of all places, Peoria, Illinois. Was it worth it? Maybe. 

Finley Martin will launch his new book Sailing in Circles, Goin' Somewhere on May 19 from 7–8:30 pm at Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. Finley will be reading and signing copies of his book, which Bookmark Charlottetown will be selling on-site.

Published by Nimbus Publishing. 

www.finleymartin.ca

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