Wild Rose–Issue #2
Romance author Nicola R. White, who is based in Halifax, is producing a romance comic with two artists from PEI, Kara Brauen and Sandy Carruthers. Wild Rose is a reimagining of the Irish folktale of Eliza Day and it explores class, race, religious intolerance, and women’s roles in 18th century Europe. In 1790s Ireland, a peasant girl seeks revenge against the English aristocrat who courted her then betrayed her and left her for dead. A Kickstarter campaign for issue #2 can be found at kickstarter.com.
Eptek Centre Book Club
First Thursday of each month
The members of the Eptek Centre Book Club hold their monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. New members are welcome. Eptek Art & Culture Centre is a site of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and is located at 130 Heather Moyse Drive on the Summerside waterfront, adjacent to the Harbourfront Theatre. Info: 902-888-8373, www.peimuseum.com, FB EptekCentre
Write Where You Are: A fall writing retreat at The Hideout
For the Love of Fountain Pens
Submitted by Debi Mais-Murphy
There is something very tactile and sensuous in laying down a very wet ribbon of ink on paper with a favoured fountain pen in hand. Your mind slows, your thoughts coalesce, you pause, relax and experience a suspended moment in time free from the pings of our modern-day digital demands. This, to some degree captures my experience and hence my infatuation with fountain pens, ink and paper. To do lists, notes to self, cards, correspondence and drafts of heartfelt communications become somehow less arduous. Tasks such as these slant towards joyful with the ever so slight friction of the nib tip inking words across the paper. The pleasure of writing with a fountain pen is reminiscent of the excitement of making those first child like scribbles with a crayon or pencil.…
A group of Charlottetown area pen aficionados have been meeting over the last 18 months to talk fountain pens, nibs, ink, paper, pen care, manufacturers and the ultimate goal of writing. These get togethers are open to the curious, beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike.
An Evening with David Helwig
To date, Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist David Helwig has published close to fifty books and edited numerous others. He has written for television and radio, worked at the CBC, taught at Queen’s University, been Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island, and named to the Order of Canada. Yet, he remains little known.
David Helwig: Essays on His Works is the first book to gather new essays, an interview, and earlier material in order to introduce and explore Helwig’s body of work while documenting the broad range of his literary talents and accomplishments.
The editor of this edition, Ingrid Ruthig, writer, poet, visual artist, said, “Within any literary community there are those writers who simply go about the business of writing—diligent, dedicated, building a body of work without fanfare. They seem disinclined to court chatter and celebrity, to inflate image and ego, or to stake out a place centre-stage. David Helwig is one of those unassuming craftsmen. Since he first aspired to it more than six decades ago, he has been living ‘the life of a writer.’”
On September 25 at 7:30 pm at The Carriage House, 2 Kent Street, Bookmark and PEI’s Poet Laureate PEI, Deirdre Kessler, along with twenty Island poets and writers, will celebrate David Helwig and his literary accomplishments. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Cornwall Library Book Sale
September 28 & 29
21st Annual Book Sale will take place September 28 from 12–5 pm and September 29, 9:30 am–2:30 pm, at Cornwall Library, 39 Lowther Dr (in the Cornwall Town Hall). Find great books at great prices. 902-629-8415
Book Love PEI
The PEI Public Library Service is partnering with The Bookmark in Charlottetown for a new annual literary event. Book Love PEI will be an author focused event to celebrate the work of a selected author and get Islanders excited about reading.
The new program will be launched with Canadian author Eden Robinson on November 1 at 7 pm in Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.
The British Columbian author was born in Kitamaat and is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Robinson received an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her books include: Traplines (1995), winner of Britain’s Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize; Monkey Beach (2000), which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; Blood Sports (2006) and Son of a Trickster (2017), which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
PEIWG Board of Directors
The PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) has elected its 2018–2019 Board of Directors. President Keith Burgoyne stepped down and is taking on the role of Past President. Local author and entrepreneur Mo Duffy Cobb was elected as the new President. Bruce McCallum and Cindy Midgley will continue in their roles as Vice President and Treasurer, respectfully. New member Sophia Ball will resume the role of Secretary. Members At Large voted in include: Christine Gordon Manley (new), Julie Pellisier Lush (new), Richard Furlong (staying on), Gillian Mahen (new), Katie Mac (new), Nicole Lewis Kemp (new), and Kelise Danielle MacDonald (new). The Board thanked outgoing members Lorraine Clements, Kathy Birt, and Brad Bernard for their dedication and hard work. The Guild facilitates writing workshops throughout the year, as well as the open mic nights at Receiver Coffee and other professional development opportunities for local writers. There are approx 175 members of the PEI Writers’ Guild, and the Board invites anyone with an interest in writing to consider becoming a member. Members get a discount on workshops and a chance to participate in planning writing events for PEI. www.peiwritersguild.com