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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.

The Book of WHY (and HOW)

Corey Poirier

The Book of WHY (and HOW)—Corey PoirierWhen Atlantic Canada based motivational, and multiple-time TEDx speaker, Corey Poirier, started working for a Fortune 500 company in 1996 in Western Canada, that’s exactly how he felt when he discovered that the training would be minimal at best. He was led to a room where he was to sit for close to a week with nothing more than a Zig Ziglar training video. He decided on that day that at some point he would do his part to make sure fewer people, especially in his home region of Atlantic Canada, would feel helpless in that way in the future.

This was the catalyst for Poirier’s recently released 12th book called The Book of WHY (and HOW). A major expansion on his most recent book, WHY, the book reveals the secrets Poirier discovered while interviewing thousands of thought leaders, lessons on the four “whys” that can change a life and also includes bonus insight from almost 375 thought leaders.

You can grab your copy of The Book of WHY (and HOW) on the right-hand side of his Kickstarter campaign found at

Reading Between The Pictures

John Nicholson

Reading Between The Pictures—John NicholsonJohn Nicholson’s debut fiction entitled Reading Between The Pictures is based on the historical photographs taken by Charlottetown’s William Alexander McKee, and fictional “letters home” that weave together the story of the last contingent of Canadians to see active service in the Anglo-Boer War.

One hundred and sixteen years ago last month, twenty-three Islanders became part of the nine hundred men and women involved in what Carman Miller, author of Painting the Map Red, described as “one of  Canada’s most costly but spectacular battles of  the war.” And twenty-year-old William Alexander McKee (Will as friends and family called him), who before embarking from Halifax purchased a camera so he could share his adventure with his loved ones left at home, would record it.

The Boer War was Canada’s first involvement over-seas on the international stage after becoming a country, and young Will had a front row seat as a sergeant with Canada’s first Field Hospital. Will met such people as Max King, the brother to a future Prime Minister; Bruce Carruthers, whose experiences during the Boer War compelled him to established the first Signal Corps in the Common Wealth; Casey Callaghan, another Canadian hero, considered one of the best scouts of the Boer War, and one of a very few to earn the Distinguished Conduct Medal; Georgina Pope, Canada’s own Florence Nightingale, and first woman to receive the Royal Red Cross; and Margaret MacDonald, who would become the Matron-in-Chief for the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1, and the first woman to hold the rank of Major in the British Empire. 

This book shines a light on The Boer War’s people and places-in-time as only pictures can do, and blends known facts with imaginary details.

Launch for Reading Between The Pictures takes place December 15 at 7 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown.

Emily’s Letters

Vicki Reddin-Gauthier

Emily’s Letters—Vicki Reddin-GauthierVicki Reddin-Gauthier launches her first book, Emily’s Letters, December 16 at The Haviland Club, Charlottetown, 12:30–3:30 pm.

The novel explores friendship, romantic love, the here and the here-after: Imagine if you could have one more conversation with friends and lovers now gone from this earth. In Emily’s Letters, the dead have as much to say as the living.

Vicki earned her degree in psychology from UPEI. She is currently working on her autobiographical book C is for Cancer, C is for Caregiver. Emily’s Letters is available in paperback at or in paperback and e-book through online outlets including Amazon and Chapters Indigo.

I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin

Adam-Michael James

Television’s supernatural sitcom, Bewitched, is getting a wrap-up 45 years after it went off the air. In the show’s original 1964-1972 run, the tale of witch Samantha Stephens and her mortal husband Darrin ended on what might be called a “regular” episode, since series finales were not commonplace for long-running shows like they are today. Now, author Adam-Michael James gives Bewitched fans closure in his latest book, I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin.

Expanding on a concept created in James’ previous work, The Bewitched Continuum, which explores consistencies and inconsistencies in Bewitched’s overall storyline, James introduces a novelized two part “episode” that takes place a week after the show’s final first-run installment in 1972, bringing back favorite characters, creating backstories for the Stephenses, and building on the show’s messages of equality and acceptance.

In the story, McMann & Tate advertising executive Darrin gets a long-awaited promotion—but during a party Samantha throws for him, she is forced to out herself as a witch to explain a magical mishap to her mortal guests, pitting her against the almighty Witches Council in a high-stakes fight for her family.

In conjunction with Bookmark, I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin will have its official launch on its release date November 21. Attendees will watch Bewitched’s last episode to set the tone for James’ exclusive reading from his book and are encouraged to dress in styles of the early ‘70s to celebrate the period. Visit for more details and the launch’s time and place.

Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada’s Great War Memorial Statuary

Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod has a new book entitled Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada's Great War Memorial Statuary about the nation’s war memorials including those in Charlottetown and other parts of the province.

Remembered in Bronze and Stone evokes the years immediately following the First World War, when grief was still freshly felt in communities from one end of Canada to the other. This book tells the story of the nation’s war memorials particularly bronze or stone sculptures depicting Canadian soldiers through the artists who conceived them, the communities that built them, and, above all, those who died in the war and were immortalized in these stunning sculptures raised in their honour. A century has passed since Canadians were scarred by the loss of more than sixty thousand sons and daughters, who now lie in faraway battlefield graves. Highlighting more than 130 monuments from coast to coast, Remembered in Bronze and Stone revives a pivotal period in history that changed Canada forever.

A History of Mount Stewart

Illustrated & Extended Edition
Frank Pigot with the Hillsborough River Association

Over the centuries, the Hillsborough River was the primary navigation corridor across the Island since Aboriginal people first arrived here. The Hillsborough’s rich tidal waters, old growth forests, fisheries, saltmarshes and other natural resources fostered settlement, navigation, shipbuilding, agriculture, lumbering, water power, and much else for its various cultures. Located at the head of tide, Mount Stewart became one of the Island’s most thriving communities. 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. Long out of print, this book has become a treasured family heirloom for many descendants of this area.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island’s first Canadian Heritage River and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Hillsborough River Association embarked on republishing Frank’s book. Frank endorsed the Association enriching his words with photographs, maps, and illustrations. He also endorsed the addition of some 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.

On November 19 from 2 to 4 pm at the Mount Stewart Community Complex, the Hillsborough River Association will launch Frank Pigot’s and the Association’s A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended which 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 will be sold through the Association and from selected locations including McAskill Woodworking Ltd.

The Association received financial assistance offered by the Canadian Heritage Rivers Canada 150 Fund, the Community Fund of Canada’s 150th Fund, and PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture’s Community Cultural Partnership Program.

For information on the Hillsborough River Association’s Canadian Heritage Rivers’ Canada 150 “All Around the Hillsborough” celebrations or related activities contact the Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on the Facebook site search-HRA-Watershed-Management.

RED Magazine # 15

This latest issue of RED says “so long” to two great stalwarts of PEI history. 

Father Francis Bolger might very well be regarded as the generating force of the great explosion of Island historical writing that has taken place over the past 50 years in this province. Author, and legendary lecturer at UPEI, he instilled in at least two generations of Islanders a love and fascination for our history.

Boyde Beck was one of the beneficiaries of Bolger’s pioneering career, but over several decades, largely because of his weekly program on CBC, and his work at the PEI Museum, he added richly to that legacy.

The cover story in this RED is a tribute by Jenny MacDougall to her brother Alphy, the “one-finger-chording guitarist”, and his contribution to the musical scene of West Prince over the past few decades.

And Keith Milligan recounts the story of Bat State Pat, The Horse that Nobody Wanted.

Also, former Premier, the late Angus MacLean recounts the time that all hell broke loose because of a comment he made on Front Page Challenge.

RED Magazine is available at bookstores across the Island and, beginning next year, will be published three times per year, instead of twice which has been the case since it was first launched in 2010.

And All The Stars Shall Fall

Hugh MacDonald

And All The Stars Shall Fall—Hugh MacDonaldHugh MacDonald returns to the page with the second book in his Last Wild Boy series. It is entitled And All The Stars Shall Fall.

Finally, former poet laureate is releasing the follow-up to the dystopic novel The Last Wild Boy. Set in the futuristic world where women run everything because of the past mistakes of men, this series is a fascinating look at what the world could become.

Nora and Mabon have been living as fugitives in the wild outside the feminized city of Aahimsa after putting Adam, the last wild boy under the protection of Doctor Ueland, the manager of the Manufacturing Homeland (The Manuhome). Their enemies, Blanchfleur, the powerful mayor, and her daughter Alice (Nora’s former companion), and granddaughter Tish have been living under threat from The World Federation of Femininized Cities within the walled protection of Aahimsa. Following a surprise night attack, first on the farms and the factories of the Manuhome, and then on the city itself, all the main characters, friends and enemies, are eventually thrown together and forced to adjust to their new roles as outsiders being hunted to their deaths by the brutal forces of the Federation. Will they stand any chance against the powerful and mindless robotic forces of the World Cities? Can these former enemies find new ways to hide themselves, and rediscover love and security while dealing with their differences and resentments, as they try to build new lives in the wild and dangerous natural territories they must now call home.

Hugh MacDonald is a poet, editor, children’s author and novelist and was poet laureate for Prince Edward Island from January 2010 until December 2012. And All The Stars Shall Fall is his 16th book. MacDonald was also known to Islanders as the PEI representative for Random Acts of Poetry which has brought poetry to the streets and workplaces across Canada.

He has received several awards including the L.M. Montgomery Children’s Literature Award for Chung Lee Loves Lobsters, and a first prize for poetry from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. In 2004 he was presented with the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island. He lives near Montague, PEI with his wife, Sandra.

Launch for And All The Stars Shall Fall takes place November 10 at 7 pm at the Beaconsfield Carriage House.

EVELYN: Last of her Kind

David Weale and Loretta Campbell

EVELYN: Last of her Kind—David Weale and Loretta CampbellEvelyn: Last of her Kind, by David Weale and Loretta Campbell, has been recently published by Tangle Lane Inc. Author David Weale says, “In many ways, Evelyn Christopher was the last of her kind; the last of that species of self-sufficient, agrarian peasantry, with roots stretching back to Western Europe, that subsisted on small farms across this entire Island until the mid-Twentieth Century, but had disappeared almost entirely by the time I met her in 2010.

“Evelyn was very conscious of being just that, and on many occasions she spoke, sometimes with pride, but more often with sadness, of being the last one left. But most often she spoke of the changes she had observed with indignation and defiance. Everything familiar had been stripped away from around her, replaced by something strange, and in her mind unworthy, and she refused to adapt meekly. She scorned ‘progress’ as others might scorn a plague, and as the brave new world encroached she protested mightily every step of the way.

“On one occasion, I recall her ending a tirade against modernity by saying, ‘You tell me this, if the wagon is headed for the ditch, why would any thinking person want to jump aboard. They call it progress but them are just words. Don’t mean nothing. They can all go to hell if they want to, but I’m not going with them.’

“I like to think of it as her epitaph.”

Loretta Campbell is a professional photographer living in Souris West who is a regular contributor to RED magazine.

David Weale is an Island writer, social historian and storyteller, and the editor and publisher of RED magazine.

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