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A Book of Canadian Hope/ Un livre d’espoir canadien

At sunrise on July 1, 2017, A Book of Canadian Hope/ Un livre d’espoir canadien was presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island in Province House with a request that it be sealed in the building and be opened on that day in 2167. The book arrived by canoe carried by Mi’kmaq Legend leader, Julie Pelletier-Lush.

A Book of Canadian Hope/Un livre d’espoir canadien completes a project created by PEI’s Watermark Theatre. Nine short plays designed to help express what Canadians wished for the next 150 years were commissioned. Between January and May 2015, the plays toured to 21 cities and created conversations with more than 8000 people. Three wishes expressed in every session were identified and a partnership with the Palmer Conference on Public Policy at the University of Prince Edward Island in September 2015 was made. 

A limited number of first edition copies will be available by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and selected outlets in PEI. All proceeds go to the non-profit Watermark Theatre.

 

On Love's Gentle Shore

Liz Johnson

On Love's Gentle Shore—Liz JohnsonBaker Book House, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com

On Love’s Gentle Shore, the final novel in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series by Liz Johnson, has been published.

Natalie O’Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose’s Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can’t possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane—the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He’d been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm.

After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin’s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.

Liz Johnson fell in love with PEI the first time she set foot on it. When she’s not plotting her next trip to the Island, she works in marketing. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.

Find the novel at Baker Book House, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

World Harness Racing

World Harness RacingRetromedia Publishing of PEI is releasing World Harness Racing, a book dedicated to the harness racing industry worldwide—its great people and its wonderful horses.

Just over a year ago, a letter was sent out to the harness racing governing bodies of 20 countries from five continents asking them for a short review of their harness racing history and the biographies of three of their favourite driving legends, including photos of their legends, their racetracks, their flags, horses and their people. Seventeen countries responded and five writers, three editors and a graphic designer from PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland were able to produce this collector’s item.

This unique World Harness Racing book is a labour of love provided to you for your enjoyment, thanks to the people from each of the cooperating countries, 16 sponsors and Retromedia Publishing’s team—all having one thing in common—a passion for horses racing in harness.

Read about driving legends Joe O’Brien (Canada), Stanley Dancer (USA), Bjorn Goop (Sweden), Mikhail Kozlov (Russia), Jean-Michel Bazire (France) and many, many more.

The official launch for the book will take place at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown during the World Trotting Conference and Old Home Week on August 16 at 3:30 pm. The final leg of the World Driving Championship takes place at the same location two days later. This book commemorates the World Trotting Conference and the World Driving Championship.

World Harness Racing is available at retromedia.ca and at Bookmark in Charlottetown. The book is 176 pages in length and is filled with photos, stories and information.

Lucky Duck Cola

Stephen Puiia

Lucky Duck Cola—Stephen PuiiaLucky Duck Cola is a surreal, dystopian satire written by Stephen Puiia and published recently by Solstice Publishing.

Humania is in danger. Cola mogul, Joe Tornado and General Lenis Meanest are in control and want to kick someone’s butt. Their target is the most disempowered, ugly and stinky group in Hover City—the Humaniacs. One Humaniac, Pooya, stands a chance to stop them. Lucky Duck Cola is the story of falling into and out of love set across a backdrop of monsters, gore, sex, political corruption, death, betrayal, genocide and slime.

Stephen Puiia is from Cornwall, P.E.I. He makes his living as a Yoga instructor.

Lucky Duck Cola will be launched at The Guild in Charlottetown August 10 from 7 to 9 pm. The book is available at the Bookmark and on Amazon.ca

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Castles in the Sand

Susan Rodgers

Castles in the Sand—Susan RodgersSummerside author Susan Rodgers has released a new novel, Castles in the Sand.

Are you looking for the perfect beach read to tuck into your beach bag? Well, how about taking along a love story that’s set right here on little ole’ Prince Edward Island’s north shore?

The three of them were in the photo; standing prominently in front of their tanned bodies was a newly built sandcastle, formed with the patient fingers of a man who thought he was lost, a woman who was hiding from loss, and a child who needed to be found.

Susan Rodgers spends the summers at Twin Shores Campground in Darnley. Darnley shows up in a few of her Drifters books. Last summer she decided it would be fun to set an entire story at her own much loved campground, although in the books the campground goes by the fictional name Castle Beach. Famous singer Dallas White is snuggled into a site overlooking the beach. His love interest, single mom Cassie Keough, is living on the bay side in a luxurious fifth wheel.

Susan has also released three new books in the Drifters series—The Light In Me, When The West Wind Moves, and Listen To The River. They are available as eBooks and some are available in print at Island bookstores. The newest releases are available in print via Susan (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text (902) 439-8362). Susan has a table at the Summerside Farmers’ Market each Saturday, and print books can be purchased through Amazon and Indigo and via www.susanrodgersauthor.com.

After Many Years: Twenty-one “Long-Lost” Stories by L. M. Montgomery

Carolyn Strom Collins & Christy Woster editors

After Many Years: Twenty-one “Long-Lost” Stories by L. M. Montgomery—Carolyn Strom Collins & Christy Woster editorsAlthough best known for creating the spirited Anne Shirley, L. M. Montgomery had a thriving writing career that included several novels and more than five hundred poems and stories.

A new collection, After Many Years: Twenty-one “Long-Lost” Stories by L. M. Montgomery, brings together rare pieces originally published between 1900 and 1939 that haven’t been in print since their initial periodicals. Editors Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster have carefully curated a mixture of newly discovered stories that showcase all the charm you expect from Mongomery. With scholarly prefaces and notes for each piece, the book offers readers a rare glimpse into how Montgomery’s writing developed over the years. 

Carolyn Strom Collins is the author of The Anne of Green Gables Treasury and other “Anne” companion books; she has also published companion books on Little Women and The Secret Garden. Carolyn helped found The Friends of the L. M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI as well as the L. M. Montgomery Literary Society.

Meet Me at Green Gables | Rideau rouge et pignons verts

Michel Bourque
Illustrator Jean-Luc Trudel

Meet Me at Green Gables—Michel BourqueMeet Me at Green Gables and Rideau rouge et pignons verts, published by Bouton d’or Acadie, was recently launched in Studio 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Written by Michel Bourque and illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel, the two children’s books—one publication in English and one in French—tell the story of Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, who played Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

“It’s great that the books are being launched where the story actually took place—at Confederation Centre of the Arts,” reflects Prince Edward Island author Michel Bourque. “This is where Gracie and Glenda’s dreams of performing on stage all came true. And what a great way to celebrate Canada 150!”

Gracie Finley played the part of Anne from 1968 to 1974 and in 1984 and 1985. She remains the youngest to be cast in the title role of The Charlottetown Festival musical and was the first native Islander to do so. Glenda Landry played Diana between 1970 and 1991 and also played many other Avonlea characters in the long-running musical, including Mrs. Rachel Lynde and Mrs. Pye. Gracie and Glenda have played the parts of Anne and Diana more times than anyone else and have delighted fans around the world, from Japan to New York City, and at home on P.E.I.

In 1984, Michel Bourque had the chance to see Gracie and Glenda play the roles of Anne and Diana at The Charlottetown Festival. Thirty years later, he attended an event at the Centre where the two actors shared their memories of the Guinness Record-holding musical. Inspired by their beautiful friendship on stage and off, Michel started writing a children’s story as a tribute to both of them. 

This is not the first time that Quebec illustrator Jean-Luc Trudel has created illustrations to tell the story of a well-known Island artist. In fact, he illustrated the book Le pit à papa, inspired by the childhood story of singer-songwriter Angèle Arsenault. The picture book Ma petite boule d’amour, which he created with author, playwright and actress Jasmine Dubé, was shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. More recently, he illustrated Diane Carmel Léger’s My Two Grandmothers.

The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island

Harold S. MacLeod

Selkirk Stories, a Prince Edward Island publishing house, announces the publication of a revised edition of The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island by Harold S. MacLeod (1927-2014). The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island was last printed in 1996 and is now difficult to acquire. This new, revised edition is based on computer files left behind after the author’s death and reflects the many revisions he made to his book until 2005. These files have been completely reformatted to produce clear and readable text and edited for clarity and consistency.

This edition also includes the transcripts of cemetery headstones from Prince Edward Island cemeteries found in earlier editions.

The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island is a reference book for anyone descended from the MacLeods (and McLeods) who came from Scotland to Prince Edward Island, as well as for those interested in genealogy, family history, and the history of Scottish immigration to North America.

The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island is now available for online purchase through Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. It will be available later in PEI bookstores.

Minegoo Mniku

The Mi'kmaq Creation Story of Prince Edward Island 
Sandra Dodge
Georgina Francis (translation)

Acorn Press is launching its first bilingual book — in English and Mi'kmaq.

Minegoo Mniku—Sandra Dodge, Georgina Francis (translation)Minegoo Mniku is the Mi'kmaq creation story of Prince Edward Island. This classic story is retold and illustrated by Sandra Dodge and translated into Mi'kmaq by Georgina Francis. It tells that story of a long time ago, when the Great Spirit created all of the sky and stars but it wasn’t enough. He then made a beautiful place called Minegoo, a place so beautiful that He almost placed it among the stars. He decided that instead, he would place Minegoo in the most beautiful spot on earth. He summoned Kluskap and asked him to find this spot. After searching the whole world, Kluscap found the Shining Waters, the spot in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that would be home to the Mi’kmaq people created in his own image. 

Sandra L. Dodge grew up in New England. She earned a Diploma in Art and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Hampshire. She also has a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New England College. She taught for many years before becoming licensed as a children’s therapist. Now that she is semi-retired, Sandy has more time to develop her stories, poetry, and artwork.

Her heritage includes just about every people group on PEI. She has Acadian, Celtic, and Indigeneous roots; so she never lacks inspiration. Sandy works mostly in watercolor and ink. She has written and illustrated three children’s picture books. You can also find her poetry on the PEI Poet Laureate site: poetrypei.com 

Sandra Dodge will launch the book at the Confederation Centre Library on July 15 at 1 pm.

WHY

Corey Poirier

WHY—Corey PoirierAtlantic Canada based speaker and author Corey Poirier has released his 13th book. Based on his research into the power of learning one’s why, the new book, aptly titled WHY, is rooted in thousands of hours of personal interviews with some of the world’s top leaders. It also includes bonus insight from almost 150 thought leaders, and it’s free.

Of the book, Poirier says, “I didn’t discover my why until I was well into my twenties. I wish I would have discovered it sooner. This book is my way of helping others discover their true calling sooner, and offering it for free is my way of giving back as a thank you for all of the blessings I have received since discovering my why.”

Poirier has interviewed more than 4000 leaders including Olympian Heather Moyse, Chicken Soup Co-Creator Jack Canfield, Rick Hansen, Gordie Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist Silken Laumann, P90x Creator Tony Horton, Miami Ink’s Ami James, and Actor Kevin Sorbo.

Poirier notes that one of the things that sets these inspiring individuals apart is that they are living on purpose, and living with passion, daily.

A motivational Speaker since 2002, and an author since 2010, Poirier decided to release the new WHY book for free as a digital book for one month before preparing to list it on amazon, in stores, and bring it on the road during his talks this fall.

You can get WHY book at www.thebookofwhy.com using the word “why.”

 

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