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Sunday life drawing sessions

Sunday life drawing sessions with live nude model are held Sundays from 2–4 pm at the Gertrude Cot [ ... ]

Speak–Easy Toastmasters

Speak–Easy Toastmasters meet the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:00–8:15 pm a [ ... ]

A Devil Named Hernandez

A Devil Named Hernandez
Mima

The 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
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RED

RED

The Island Storybook
March edition

RED: 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
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Redness

Redness
Richard Neftin

Author 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
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A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & expanded Edition
Franklin L. Pigot

The 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
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A learned man

A learned man
John William Smith—August 10, 1927–March 16, 2018

John William Smith was born in Toronto in 1927 to middle-aged parents, both of whom had immigrated to Canada from England around 1910. He was an only child; his childhood was solitary, but happy. He made meticulous model airplanes and boats that he carved out of balsa wood. John was highly intelligent and won all the awards in all the grades all
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A gift of Island poetry: John Smith

SIGNS OF LIFE ARE

Signs of life are everywhere. The garden
won’t stop growing. When we turned our backs, moss,
heather, thyme, violets, forget-me-nots, and strawberries
took over. As gardeners, they’ve proved among the best.

The text goes on repeating itself: the walls
are made of it. The dead were the designated
auditors, but since we’ve ceased to believe in them,
it’s become a way of life for the
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A gift of Island poetry: Brent MacLaine

Curated by Deirdre Kessler

Every one will bloom.

Those that fade will do so painlessly.
They will go gently into memory
and be icons for confused lovers in a future time.
Regret will be a strange devastation
in a foreign land.

Those that endure will be exemplary,
their brilliance undoing any hint of shadow.
Hymns and poetry will be unnecessary.

And finally,
mistakes, miscues, untimely words,
missed
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The Shoeman Curse: A Dramedy

The Shoeman Curse: A Dramedy
Chris A. MacKinnon

Chris 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
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Seizing the Ivy: A Pompey Tale

Seizing the Ivy: A Pompey Tale
Barbara Parsons

Seizing 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
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The Ballad of Billie Potts

The Ballad of Billie Potts
Robert Penn Warren
Illustrated by P. John Burden

One of the most significant early works of Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)—the American writer and literary critic who is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes in both fiction and poetry—The Ballad of Billie Potts has, in the decades since it was released in Warren’s 1943 volume Selected Poems, proven far more universal than its setting of the
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Some Upcoming Events

Fräulein Klarinette

Piano and clarinet recital at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall January 26
UPEI UPEI Clarinet Profess [ ... ]

Jack Frost Winterfest at Eastlink Centre

February 15–18
Charlottetown Emmy-Award winning entertainers, Imagination Movers, will bring their [ ... ]

Debussy Préludes

St. Paul’s Church
January 18 Pianist Sarah Hagen will perform Debussy’s first book of Préludes  [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

A gift of Island poetry: Judy Gaudet

Curated by Deidre Kessler Anticipation Outside my window the world is hovering
on hummingbird wings [ ... ]

Coy—power trio

Talking Bands by Evan James Ceretti Story Sheidow (guitar, vocals), Emilee Sorrey (drums, vocals), [ ... ]

Distinguished alumni

Holland College awards Jan Cowper, Irwin MacKinnon, David Poirier The Holland College Foundation ha [ ... ]