Celebrities and authors in Charlottetown and November
November 7, 12 & 14
Charlottetown’s independent bookstore, Bookmark has announced three events for November.
On November 7 at 7:30 pm comedian and Montreal Canadiens superfan Jay Baruchel will be promoting his new book, Born Into It—A Fan’s Life. It’s no secret that Jay Baruchel is a die-hard fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He talks about the team at every opportunity, wears their gear proudly in interviews and on the street, appeared in a series of videos promoting the team, and was once named honorary captain by owner Geoff Molson and Habs tough guy Chris Nilan.
Jay Baruchel is also part owner and chief creative officer of Chapterhouse Comics. He is best known for his roles in Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, This Is the End, Almost Famous, Million Dollar Baby and the Goon movie franchise (he wrote both screenplays and directed the sequel). He is the voice of Hiccup Haddock in the How to Train Your Dragon movies and series. Born in Ottawa and raised for the most part in Montreal, Baruchel now lives in Toronto, where he continues to cheer for the Habs.
CBC PEI Morning hosts Matt Rainnie and Mitch Cormier will host the event at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown. Tickets are available at Bookmark or www.eventbrite.ca.
On November 12 at 7:30 pm the Man Booker 2018 and Giller 2018 longlisted author, Esi Edugyan, will be at Studio 1 in the Confederation Center of the Arts for a reading, Q&A and book signing. Esi’s new novel, Washington Black is an original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole?
Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize and the Orange Prize. Esi lives in Victoria, BC.
The evening will be hosted by Lee Ellen Pottie, well known UPEI professor, writer and editor. This event is free.
On November 14 at 7:30 pm, Bookmark will host Mark Critch and the launch of his new book, Son of a Critch. Best known as the “roving reporter” for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch has photo-bombed Justin Trudeau, interviewed Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (while impersonating Alan Doyle), offered Pamela Anderson a million dollars to stop acting, and crashed White House briefings. But, as we see in this playful debut, he’s been causing trouble his whole life. Son of a Critch captures the wonder and cluelessness of a kid trying to figure things out, but with the clever observations of an adult.
CBC’s Matt Rainnie will host the event at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetwon. Tickets are available at Bookmark or at www.eventbrite.ca.