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Blood for Honey

Erin Suurkoivu

Blood for Honey—Erin SuurkoivuErin Suurkoivu’s first volume of poetry, Blood for Honey (Lulu, October 2017), reflects on the things many of us may overlook in this day and age, or reflects on the things we miss and long for. 

There is love, of course, in all its forms: unrequited, true, and a mother’s unconditionally. There are experiences, whether it be travelling through Europe with an unfavourable companion (“This Was Your Europe”), or giving birth to a firstborn (“Yellow”). There is the revulsion against the drudgery of daily life (“Caught” and “Death to Sundays”), and fearing what the future may bring to us (“Chemical Triumphant”). These are poems that ask the reader to delve a little deeper and meditate on each one, says the author.

Of Finnish and English descent, Erin Suurkoivu was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, and has lived in Ottawa, Ontario, Vancouver and Sooke in British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. She now makes her home on PEI with her husband and their two children.

Blood for Honey is available online through various retailers as well as directly through the publisher. It can also be picked up at the Bookmark and Indigo in Charlottetown.

Journalling with Soul

Susan Doiron

Journalling with Soul—Susan DoironSusan Doiron, an Island author and counselling therapist has published a new book, Journalling with Soul. The book launch will occur January 31 at 7 pm at the Cornwall Public Library.

Journalling with Soul is the third publication in Susan’s Finding Blue Beach Glass personal and vocational development series. She is passionate about helping people discover who they really are and, by extension, finding a way of being and doing in the world that gives meaning and purpose to their lives. Applying a spiritual practice or discipline such as journalling provides that dimension of depth, value, relatedness, and meaning for our lives that we all seek.

The guided meditations contained within this book evolved from Susan’s journalling. They are her own personal stories told from the soul’s point of view.

Journalling with Soul would benefit anyone who: seeks a pathway toward their true calling; wishes for a more attentive, deeper personal relationship with soul; and/or desires access to a source of wisdom that gives depth and meaning to the small details of life, as well as life’s major decisions and changes.  

After experiencing Journalling with Soul, Susan’s hope is that her readers allow the stories to capture and captivate them into forming a deeper appreciation and intimate relationship with soul and its desire to make a difference in the world. 

Susan holds a MEd in Counselling and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is currently working in private practice and as a school counsellor. 

Journalling with Soul is published through Amazon. It is available online at Amazon.ca. Info/follow: findingbluebeachglass.wordpress.com, Facebook, or Twitter.

Redefining 'Realistic'

Shift your perspective. Seize your potential. Own your story.
Heather Moyse

Redefining 'Realistic'—Heather MoyseHaving grown up on Prince Edward Island, Heather Moyse never imagined she would be in a position to motivate and empower other people to achieve their potential. With perspective, drive and determination, Heather has pushed herself in ways she never thought possible. From two-time Olympic gold medalist to World Rugby Hall of Famer, occupational therapist to motivational speaker, she can now add “author” to her resume.

As a full-time motivational speaker, Heather empowers people of all ages and demographics. Now, after much demand, Heather is releasing her first book, Redefining ‘Realistic’: Shift your perspective. Seize your potential. Own your story., as a way to reach more people with her messaging. “There are no guarantees when pursuing any goal, but we are all capable of way more than we give ourselves credit for. And I hope that, after reading my book, people will start to recognize the fears that are holding them back, and start questioning their assumptions of what they believe to be possible or impossible,” she said. This over-300-page book is filled with Heather’s personal experiences and life philosophies with the intent of helping other people shift their perspective to see the possibilities that exist within their circumstance. It has been described as a “must-read for parents, teachers, and leaders,” and Peter Mansbridge described it as “smart, inspiring, and incredibly thoughtful, with a lesson about your potential and how to reach it on every page.”

Recently making the announcement that she is returning to the sport of bobsleigh for the Olympic season, specifically to help push a rookie driver potentially to the Olympic podium, Heather is facing her most epic challenge to date. At thirty-nine years old, having taken a three-and-a-half-year hiatus from training, and having had another hip surgery in that time, she had to prove that she still has what it takes to compete at the Olympic level. Not only did Heather qualify her way back onto the Canadian Bobsleigh team during a testing event last week, she also pushed a mere one one-hundredth of a second off of her personal best push time in the Ice House during that testing, ranking her again as the top brakeman in Canada. Again, by example, Heather is showing people what can happen if one starts redefining ‘realistic’.

Heather’s book, Redefining ‘Realistic’ will be available at selected Prince Edward Island retailers on December 11, as well as Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

Follow Heather’s journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and be sure to watch as she uses her skills and talents to empower a rookie driver to compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

The Back Settlement

Margaret A. Westlie

The Back Settlement—Margaret A. WestliePrince Edward Island author Margaret A. Westlie has announced the launch of her latest novel, The Back Settlement, at 1 pm on December 2, at the Montague Rotary Library.

Westlie is the author of severa; novels set on Prince Edward Island: her Scottish Pioneers (formerly Selkirk Stories) novels (Mattie’s StoryAnna’s Secret, and An Irregular Marriage) and her Partners Paranormal series (formerly Haunted PEI) (Shades of MollyMolly and Company, and Ghost Baby). Last spring she launched a new series, Partners Extraterrestrial, with Another Way of Being.

The Back Settlement is the fourth novel in Westlie’s Scottish Pioneer series. Beth Lord, the protagonist, is 32 years old and a drudge in her father’s house. She once turned down a proposal from James. Now she has a second chance if she goes with him to the Back Settlement—today. But Beth’s past clouds her fragile happiness. The day her father shows up uninvited, Beth knows she must act to protect her family and marriage.

Margaret Westlie is a native of Halifax who now makes her home on Prince Edward Island. She is a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing and of Dalhousie University in Halifax. She discovered her talent for writing almost by accident, while completing a degree in church music, and immediately switched her degree plan to English, receiving a Master’s Degree in English with a Professional Writing Emphasis in Prose and Poetry from the University of Missouri. She is the author of eight novels and a collection of poetry and short prose.

The Back Settlement is available online in paperback and e-pub editions. After the launch, it will be available at Bookmark and Indigo in Charlottetown. To learn more about Margaret A. Westlie and her books, visit www.margaretwestlie.com

Frank Jadis

A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64
Barbara Jadis-Bruised Head

Frank Jadis: A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64—Barbara Jadis-Bruised HeadA new family history of a prominent Island Mi’kmaq family has just been published, Frank Jadis: A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64.

Frank Jadis (1908-1986) was the Chief of Lennox Island Band on PEI for six years—1948-52 and 1962-64. During that time, he lobbied for many improvements for Lennox Island, including the construction of a new school, the Sisters of St. Martha convent,  water lines, and the causeway. He worked at a national level with Chiefs across Canada, and in 1966 he was selected for the Atlantic Advisory Board for the Department of Indian Affairs.

Frank Jadis was a descendant of the John Jadis Clan of Nova Scotia. He and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas, and their seven children lived on Lennox Island before moving to Scotchfort, PEI. 

This new book by Barbara Jadis-Bruised Head, youngest daughter of Frank and Mary Jane Jadis, uses the style of a family photo album to document the Jadis history and their numerous accomplishments. It is printed in full color, and features archival family photos from the early 1900s in Shubenacadie, NS, concluding with current family photos of Frank Jadis’ many descendants, most of whom live on PEI.

The book offers numerous genealogies: James Jadis (NS) genealogy beginning 1822; Frank Jadis genealogy; Mary Jane Thomas genealogy; Mary (Morris) Thomas genealogy; the Maloney genealogy (NS) beginning 1848; and the Snake Peters genealogy.

The book is available at the Bookmark in downtown Charlottetown, and at the UPEI bookstore.

Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820–2016

Leonard Cusack

Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820–2016—Leonard CusackFrom 1888 to 2016 on PEI, the Owen Connolly Estate has funded approximately $3 million to help thousands of Island students of Irish Catholic heritage gain a higher education, and achieve career success. A new book, Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016, by historian Leonard Cusack, is the remarkable rags-to-riches story of the man who created this legacy, and the people who protected it.

Owen Connolly is best recognized today as the man whose bust sits atop the Churchill Arms building on Queen Street in Charlottetown. But in 1839 he was a young immigrant lad escaping poverty and repression in his homeland of Ireland when he first stepped onto the docks in Charlottetown, PEI. Over the next forty years he rose from being a dirt-poor farmer in Watervale to one of the wealthiest man on Prince Edward Island.

His story unfolds against the backdrop of 19th century boom times. By 1852, Connolly had set up a store in Charlottetown and within a few years was wholesaling goods to other merchants. He expanded into importing and exporting, banking, real estate; set up branch stores in Souris, Cardigan, and Montague; and became one of Charlottetown’s most prominent citizens.

Owen Connolly was a special kind of entrepreneur; with little formal education, he could write well and was good with numbers. When he died in 1887, he left almost all of his fortune to provide bursaries to poor Irish Catholic students from PEI. Many of those students studied at St. Dunstan’s, or more recently, at UPEI. Seven of them are profiled in a color section of this new book: Regis Duffy, Father Art O’Shea, Albert Fogarty, Joe McGuire, Danny Murphy, Ron Keefe, and Randi Doyle.

The management of Connolly’s estate is also an amazing story. Its many trustees, including many prominent figures in the Roman Catholic church, have steered the estate through some tumultuous times and continue to operate it on a sound financial basis: its value today is in the millions.

Leonard Cusack’s narrative is both a skilfully woven biography of Owen Connolly and a history of his legacy of education on Prince Edward Island. This new book is co-published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and the Connolly Estate, and is available in both soft and hard cover editions at Island bookstores, including UPEI bookstore.

The launch is on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 pm at the PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown. The event will feature the Irish group, Omos.

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition

Frank Pigot and the Hillsoborough River Association

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended EditionOn December 4 from 7 to 9 pm at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on the corner of West and Kent Street, the Hillsborough River Association will launch A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition’s A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition in Charlottetown. Profits from its sales will be invested in the Association’s heritage and river conservation programs. This book will be sold through the Association and from locations in Charlottetown including McAskill Woodworking Ltd., Back Alley Music and Bookmark. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Somewhere Sun

Mark Belfry

The Somewhere Sun—Mark BelfryMark Belfry’s The Somewhere Sun will launch December 6 at 7 pm at The Haviland Club. Mark wants everyone to celebrate with him, and so as with his first launch is offering a free beverage with every book purchase, and even with the random gift of a free book.

The Somewhere Sun follows from the end of The Suncaster, in which several people pass through an experimental device used to distribute sunlight. The results are catastrophic even for those who survive—Teria Keats is adrift in time, frightened, in mental pain and in danger of being lost forever until she discovers new powers to control her drift.

Through the crisis, Kieron Keats, Teria’s father, also begins to find himself. A big man twisted by the insidious pressure of the New Age into little more than a decorative object, Keats is uncovering love and self-reliance under his submissive New Age programming.

Neither daughter nor father are they aware that evil followed Teria through the suncaster—or that, under The Somewhere Sun, evil is getting a new face.

Like The Suncaster, The Somewhere Sun is a novel for seekers and ideas people. In a future based on the present and the past, this is a story of emergent humanity, of who we may become and who else we might be along the way.

Writing was always Mark Belfry’s intended career but it was only after years of experience—private, public and voluntary—and by learning a little from everyone he knew and met, says Mark, that he felt he could write something meaningful, something you would want to read. Mark and his wife Tricia have made their home in PEI for almost thirty years. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six

The Oulipo
Anthology various authors

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six The Oulipo Anthology—various authorsLocal author Jeff Bursey is in good company in the latest anthology from Verbivoracious Press. Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six: The Oulipo (October 2017) is a 500+-page collection featuring work by a roster of internationally respected writers (David Bellos, Andriana Minou, Lance Olsen, and Philip Terry, among others) who were invited to write a piece of fiction, an essay, a poem, or something else, and choose their own constraints. Bursey’s contributions are two chapters from Ennead, a novel-in-progress. One is comprised of notes a businessman makes during trips (on his work, the other passengers, and a particular girl) and the other looks at a married couple going through a rough patch. The chosen restraint is to deliberately not use one letter from the alphabet for each chapter.

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six: The Oulipo is available from Bookmark and other booksellers, from online sites, and directly from the publisher by writing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Golden Boy: A Doctor’s Journey with Addiction

Grant Matheson

The Golden Boy: A Doctor’s Journey with Addiction—Grant MathesonAcorn press has published a new memoir by Grant Matheson, The Golden Boy: A Doctor’s Journey with Addiction.

Before opioids destroyed Grant Matheson’s career, he was a pillar of his community—respected physician, loving husband, devoted father, and trusted friend. Grant was a straight-laced kid who grew up to be a clean-living adult. No drinking, no smoking, and certainly no drugs. It took everyone by surprise, most of all himself, when he became addicted to opioids in his 30s. His story hit the local press when he was found guilty of professional misconduct related to his addition, including over-prescribing painkillers to patients so he could buy them back—an infraction that caused his physician license to be suspended.

Matheson’s memoir is a gritty account of his opioid addiction and all that it cost him: various relationships, his career, and almost his life. The Golden Boy takes the reader from the first day of Matheson’s drug addiction to that moment when he decided to rebuild his life through rehab and recovery.

Grant Matheson is the son of a Presbyterian minister, a devoted father of three, a non-practicing physician, and a drug addict in recovery. Grant has not taken narcotics since 2005, but the stigma of his addiction follows him closely in his home province of Prince Edward Island. He hopes his story will help both those struggling with addiction and those who love someone battling the disease.

Grant Matheson will launch The Golden Boy on December 8 a 7 pm at the Beaconsfield Carriage House, 2 Kent Street in Charlottetown.

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