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Fall workshops: PEI Crafts Council

The PEI Crafts Council presents fall workshops at their new location at 98 Water St, Charlottetown:  [ ... ]

ALPHA sessions

Explore life, faith and meaning in an open and safe environment. ALPHA is a series of interactive se [ ... ]

Ward’s Valley

Bobby Curnow
Illustrated by Brenda Hickey

Ward’s Valley—Bobby CurnowSaving Ward’s Valley will be gnome mean feat! Ward is a grumpy gnome who only wants to be left alone. He never asked for company…but when his beautiful forest starts filling up with animals, it’s more than just grumpiness that makes him nervous. Mysterious muck-trolls and terrifying humans are invading, and he’ll need all the help he can get to defend Ward’s Valley.

Ward’s Valley is an all-ages fantasy graphic novel written by Bobby Curnow (Night of 1000 Wolves, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and illustrated by local PEI comic artist Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony, Halls of the Turnip King). Filled with animal antics, edge-of-your-seat action, and the hardships of overcoming loss, it is sure to be a joy for younger readers as well the young at heart.

The graphic novel is published by Top Shelf Productions.

www.topshelfcomix.com

150+

Canada’s History in Poems
Edited by Judy Gaudet

150+ Canada’s History in Poems—Edited by Judy GaudetA new collection of poems, 150+: Canada’s History in Poems, tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets’ responses to them. Judy Gaudet has collected poems that tell our story in a unique way: through the personal passions and concerns of artists who offer a range of encounters and attitudes. The poets represent a wide variety of Canadian experience: Indigenous, immigrant, and people from every part of the country and period of our history providing a solid representation of Canadian diversity. Poems come from many significant Canadian poets, as well as some lesser known and emerging poets and folk writers.

This journey through the works of our greatest poets and their reflections on their experiences of the events that have shaped Canada, and continue to shape Canada, provide an exciting and lasting addition to our sense of who we are and where we’ve been, and gives us a basis on which to think about our attitudes and directions for the future.

150+: Canada’s History in Poems provides Canadians with an alternative history to the one they read about in textbooks. Looking at our history through the eyes of our artists is not only enlightening, but can give insight into the powerful truths of our past.

Judy Gaudet created a name for herself as a poet, but to many on her home island, she is also known as a mother, grandmother, genealogist, librarian, and teacher. Gaudet’s poetry work includes a chapbook, Poems, you say (Saturday Morning Chapbooks, 2003), and two full length poetry collections: Her Teeth Are Stones (Acorn Press, 2005), and Conversation with Crows (Oberon Press, 2014). Judy Gaudet lives in Eldon, PEI with her partner, David Helwig, also a poet.

Bookmark, Charlottetown’s independent bookseller, will be holding a poetry event with Judy Gaudet in early June to mark the release of this new book of poetry. They anticipate having 20 local poets reading selections from the book during a celebratory event for this new edition. Watch for details in the June edition of The Buzz and online at www.bookmarkreads.ca.

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

The Enchanting Island That Inspired L.M. Montgomery
Catherine Reid

The Landscapes of Anne of Green—Catherine Reid Nineteen of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s twenty published novels are set on Prince Edward Island, but none of them brought PEI more to the world’s attention than Anne of Green Gables. The series has sold over fifty million copies and inspired numerous films, plays, musicals and television series. Anne has turned PEI into a multimillion-dollar tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

In The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island that Inspired L.M. Montgomery (Timber Press), author Catherine Reid reveals how Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape of the Island inspired her to write Anne Green Gables. Readers will be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novel—the Lake of Shining Waters, the Haunted Wood and Lover’s Lane. Using Montgomery’s journals, scrapbooks and archives—including a glimpse at Montgomery’s hand-coloured photography—Reid explores the many similarities between Montgomery and her unforgettable heroine, Anne Shirley.

Catherine Reid has taught, most recently, at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Caroline, where she served as director of the creative writing program and specialized in creative nonfiction and environmental writing. In addition to two works on nonfiction, Falling into Place and Coyote, she has published essays in such journals as the Georgia Review, Fourth Genre, Bellevue Literary Review, and Massachusetts Review. She has been a creative writing fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Massachusetts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has received fellowships from the north Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives and gardens in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Summer in the Land of Anne

Elizabeth Rollins Epperly
Illustrated by Carolyn Epperly

Summer in the Land of Anne—Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

Six-year-old Elspeth’s mother has a surprise in store for her daughters. She’s taking Elspeth and her eleven-year-old sister on a surprise vacation. When she starts reading Anne of Green Gables aloud to the girls, they catch on—they’re going to Prince Edward Island!

Elspeth proudly dons her Anne hat on the ferry, ready to explore the Land of Anne. Although she knows she’s really visiting Lucy Maud Montgomery’s house, she feels like she recognizes everything from the books and is thoroughly enchanted. At first devastated that Montgomery’s first house was torn down by Montgomery’s uncle, Elspeth sees signs of life—chipmunks living in the old cellar. Elspeth’s imagination is ignited. No longer satisfied with pretending to be Anne, Elspeth is instead inspired to become more like Montgomery: famous writer Elspeth of Cavendish, writing about the world she loves.

Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, professor emerita of English, first female president of the University of Prince Edward Island, founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI, grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, listening with her sister to their father reading L.M. Montgomery’s novels. Fascinated by the Island, she became the first student to register at the newly amalgamated UPEI. Now a Canadian, Epperly has published books on Montgomery’s writing, photography, and scrapbooks. Summer in the Land of Anne is her first children’s book. Visit her website at www.elizabethepperly.com.

Carolyn Epperly is a nationally renowned professional artist; watercolors are her passion. Her signature memberships include the National Watercolor Society, the Watercolor USA Honor Society, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Carolyn is a member of Excellence of the South Carolina Watercolor Society, serving as its president in 2011 and 2017. A life-long Montgomery reader and frequent visitor to Prince Edward Island, she is a proud Virginian who now lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Other children’s books she has illustrated include Grammy Comes to Visit and Sammy and the Day Care Bear. Visit her website at www.carolynepperly.com.

Elizabeth and Carolyn Epperly will be launching Summer in the Land of Anne on May 2 at the Faculty Lounge, UPEI, Charlottetown, at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

A Devil Named Hernandez

Mima

A Devil Named Hernandez—MimaThe Canadian author known as Mima recently published her ninth book, A Devil Named Hernandez, sequel to The Devil is Smooth Like Honey.

In the novel Jorge Hernandez is muscling in on the Canadian marijuana industry, unleashing the same savagery that made him a big player in the Mexican drug cartel. Whether it’s controlling politicians and government officials or using intimidation and violence to get what he wants, few people dare stand in his way. Although he takes on his enemies with a deceptive ease, it only takes a single threat to his family to bring out the demon inside of him. He attacks with a relentless brutality, showing no remorse and offering no mercy. In a world tainted by racism, corruption and greed, he proves once again there is a devil and his name is Jorge Hernandez.

In this eye opening look into the life of the silver-tongued Mexican fox, you find yourself rooting for the society’s underbelly, as sex, drugs and death intermix with family, love and friendship.

Mima novels are available at all online retailers, including Chapters, Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and more. Mima’s books are available in PEI Libraries. www.mimaonfire.com

RED

The Island Storybook
March edition

RED: The Island Storybook—March 2018RED: The Island Storybook will now be published quarterly—mid-March, early July, early November.

The March edition introduces a new feature called Keepsake which will feature a portrait of an Island senior holding a cherished keepsake, along with the story of why that object is precious to them. The first Islander in the series is well-known heritage activist Catherine Hennessey from Charlottetown, and the object she chose was a tool used by her physician father.

Another article is a reminiscence by Sylvia Poirier of her early encounters as a student nurse with pediatrician Dr. John Hubert ‘Sock’ O’Hanley.

Whore of a Day, a new series, recounts the adventures of Islanders that arose because of stormy or inclement weather. One adventurer recalls a harrowing trip to the bootlegger in the midst of the infamous White Juan snowstorm.

A third series being introduced is entitled Scrappers: Fight Culture of the Island and leading off is the always popular RED contributor, Dale Small with a story called “My Brother: The Blue-eyed Scrapper.”

And what are the chances of walking into a hotel lobby and accidently getting to meet seven of the greatest hockey legends of all time, including “Rocket” Richard, Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull. Gerry Hopkirk tells that story.

RED: The Island Storybook is available at bookstores and retail outlets across PEI or can be ordered at www.turretbell.com.

Redness

Richard Neftin

Redness—Richard NeftinAuthor Richard Neftin has self-published a new book of poetry titled Redness. He says that the red signifies “blood”—the bloodshed throughout history, personal ancestry, and the call of the wild. It is, explains Neftin, “a colour donated by flesh to enrich the soil…a naked, raw colour.” It is, like poetry, a body turned inside-out, in order to shed light on a subject, and reveal something about oneself. Printed copies of the poetry book are on sale at The Bookman and Bookmark.

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition

Franklin L. Pigot

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition—Franklin L. PigotThe Hillsborough River Association has announced that the second print run of A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition has arrived. The Association launched its first print run of 500 copies on November 19. By January only a handful of copies were left. With the permission of the Pigot family to reprint a second run, the Association commissioned the printing of 300 more copies.

In his epic 1975 A History of Mount Stewart, Frank Pigot told the story of this once vibrant community’s growth and change. He wrote of historical figures such as the enigmatic “Hellfire Jack” Stewart after whom the community is named and Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale, of tall ships, water power, farming, fishing, white whale, bear, and rural generosity when times were touch.

The republication of A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition was in celebration of  the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island’s first Canadian Heritage River and Canada’s 150th anniversary. Frank Pigot endorsed the Association enriching his words from his 1975 A History of Mount Stewart with photographs, maps, illustrations and highlights of Mount Stewart since 1975 in the form of a timeline, community updates, and new initiatives. All of this was indexed to allow readers and researchers to quickly find people’s names and subject matter. It contains over 200 pictures, maps and illustrations.

Thanks to the authors, profits from its sales will be invested in the Association’s heritage and river conservation programs.  This book is being sold directly through the Association as well as from McAskill Woodworking Ltd., Back Alley Music, Beaconsfield, and The Bookmark in Charlottetown and the Mount Stewart Irving and In-the-Mix Bakery in Mount Stewart. It is also available by mail order through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Shoeman Curse: A Dramedy

Chris A. MacKinnon

The Shoeman Curse: A Dramedy—Chris A. MacKinnonChris A. MacKinnon has published a novel entitled The Shoeman Curse: A Dramedy. It is available through Kindle.

Can fathers and husbands get out of their own way? Is it possible to survive the curse of infants, teenagers and relationship-stupidity? To get around the “Shoeman Curse,” Dusty Shoeman, a quiet, hardworking man, closet-writes his way to sanity. But what happens when your dramatic book about a grieving, single mother gains serious attention? Will your kids think you’re an idiot? What will your co-workers say when they find out you’ve written a sappy page-turner? Will your wife support you, or will she die a laughing death? In his novel, Janet, a single mother, loses her son to cancer. To deal with pain, she resorts to a cutting-edge virtual mind-therapy, designed to help parents who’ve lost their children. Janet is transferred to a world where she meets a young boy who reveals a secret. Janet must pass through five doors for the therapy to be successful. Read Dusty’s book to see what the hype is about. Get your fill of humor, drama, family life, and sarcasm all wrapped up in one tale.

Seizing the Ivy: A Pompey Tale

Barbara Parsons

Seizing the Ivy: A Pompey Tale—Barbara ParsonsSeizing the Ivy: A Pompey Tale by Barbara Parsons has been published by Bunim & Bannigan, Ltd.

A veteran ward sister and nurse, Ivy Maude Gorwick survived years of bicycling to work in a blacked-out city beneath the flak-rattled night skies of World War Two. She now anticipates a respite from years of hard work and lonely widowhood as a resident of The Glebe Repose, a modish elderly care facility. But things are not as they seem, and there are still battles to be won. Ivy fights for her convictions with dignity against bureaucrats and bunglers.

Barbara P. Parsons was born in Portsmouth, England, to a naval family. She was active for many years in green and animal liberation issues, and contributed articles to Sierra Club’s Wildlife Involvement News and edited the UFETA (Unitarians for Ethical Treatment of Animals) newsletter. Her novel, Beulah Kettlehole and the Patriarchal Ice, was published in 2001 by the Writers Club Press and reprinted in 2016 by Bunim and Bannigan.

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Backstage Pass Series

The Small Glories and Lloyd Spiegal in October October 13 & 24
Harbourfront Theatre Harbou [ ... ]

The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle

November 3
Delta Prince Edward The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, presenting Maritime legends and  [ ... ]

The Red Dirt Road

Margie Carmichael’s stories adapted into new production Until September 21 (select dates)
The Mack [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Free transportation at Cloggeroo

The provincial government will sponsor free transportation at this year’s Cloggeroo festival to he [ ... ]

Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]