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Frank Jadis

A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64
Barbara Jadis-Bruised Head

Frank Jadis: A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64—Barbara Jadis-Bruised HeadA new family history of a prominent Island Mi’kmaq family has just been published, Frank Jadis: A Mi’kmaq from the John Jadis Clan, Mi’kmaq Chief of Lennox Island, 1948-52, 1962-64.

Frank Jadis (1908-1986) was the Chief of Lennox Island Band on PEI for six years—1948-52 and 1962-64. During that time, he lobbied for many improvements for Lennox Island, including the construction of a new school, the Sisters of St. Martha convent,  water lines, and the causeway. He worked at a national level with Chiefs across Canada, and in 1966 he was selected for the Atlantic Advisory Board for the Department of Indian Affairs.

Frank Jadis was a descendant of the John Jadis Clan of Nova Scotia. He and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas, and their seven children lived on Lennox Island before moving to Scotchfort, PEI. 

This new book by Barbara Jadis-Bruised Head, youngest daughter of Frank and Mary Jane Jadis, uses the style of a family photo album to document the Jadis history and their numerous accomplishments. It is printed in full color, and features archival family photos from the early 1900s in Shubenacadie, NS, concluding with current family photos of Frank Jadis’ many descendants, most of whom live on PEI.

The book offers numerous genealogies: James Jadis (NS) genealogy beginning 1822; Frank Jadis genealogy; Mary Jane Thomas genealogy; Mary (Morris) Thomas genealogy; the Maloney genealogy (NS) beginning 1848; and the Snake Peters genealogy.

The book is available at the Bookmark in downtown Charlottetown, and at the UPEI bookstore.

Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820–2016

Leonard Cusack

Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820–2016—Leonard CusackFrom 1888 to 2016 on PEI, the Owen Connolly Estate has funded approximately $3 million to help thousands of Island students of Irish Catholic heritage gain a higher education, and achieve career success. A new book, Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016, by historian Leonard Cusack, is the remarkable rags-to-riches story of the man who created this legacy, and the people who protected it.

Owen Connolly is best recognized today as the man whose bust sits atop the Churchill Arms building on Queen Street in Charlottetown. But in 1839 he was a young immigrant lad escaping poverty and repression in his homeland of Ireland when he first stepped onto the docks in Charlottetown, PEI. Over the next forty years he rose from being a dirt-poor farmer in Watervale to one of the wealthiest man on Prince Edward Island.

His story unfolds against the backdrop of 19th century boom times. By 1852, Connolly had set up a store in Charlottetown and within a few years was wholesaling goods to other merchants. He expanded into importing and exporting, banking, real estate; set up branch stores in Souris, Cardigan, and Montague; and became one of Charlottetown’s most prominent citizens.

Owen Connolly was a special kind of entrepreneur; with little formal education, he could write well and was good with numbers. When he died in 1887, he left almost all of his fortune to provide bursaries to poor Irish Catholic students from PEI. Many of those students studied at St. Dunstan’s, or more recently, at UPEI. Seven of them are profiled in a color section of this new book: Regis Duffy, Father Art O’Shea, Albert Fogarty, Joe McGuire, Danny Murphy, Ron Keefe, and Randi Doyle.

The management of Connolly’s estate is also an amazing story. Its many trustees, including many prominent figures in the Roman Catholic church, have steered the estate through some tumultuous times and continue to operate it on a sound financial basis: its value today is in the millions.

Leonard Cusack’s narrative is both a skilfully woven biography of Owen Connolly and a history of his legacy of education on Prince Edward Island. This new book is co-published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and the Connolly Estate, and is available in both soft and hard cover editions at Island bookstores, including UPEI bookstore.

The launch is on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 pm at the PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown. The event will feature the Irish group, Omos.

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition

Frank Pigot and the Hillsoborough River Association

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended EditionOn December 4 from 7 to 9 pm at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on the corner of West and Kent Street, the Hillsborough River Association will launch A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition’s A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition in Charlottetown. 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 locations in Charlottetown including McAskill Woodworking Ltd., Back Alley Music and Bookmark. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Somewhere Sun

Mark Belfry

The Somewhere Sun—Mark BelfryMark Belfry’s The Somewhere Sun will launch December 6 at 7 pm at The Haviland Club. Mark wants everyone to celebrate with him, and so as with his first launch is offering a free beverage with every book purchase, and even with the random gift of a free book.

The Somewhere Sun follows from the end of The Suncaster, in which several people pass through an experimental device used to distribute sunlight. The results are catastrophic even for those who survive—Teria Keats is adrift in time, frightened, in mental pain and in danger of being lost forever until she discovers new powers to control her drift.

Through the crisis, Kieron Keats, Teria’s father, also begins to find himself. A big man twisted by the insidious pressure of the New Age into little more than a decorative object, Keats is uncovering love and self-reliance under his submissive New Age programming.

Neither daughter nor father are they aware that evil followed Teria through the suncaster—or that, under The Somewhere Sun, evil is getting a new face.

Like The Suncaster, The Somewhere Sun is a novel for seekers and ideas people. In a future based on the present and the past, this is a story of emergent humanity, of who we may become and who else we might be along the way.

Writing was always Mark Belfry’s intended career but it was only after years of experience—private, public and voluntary—and by learning a little from everyone he knew and met, says Mark, that he felt he could write something meaningful, something you would want to read. Mark and his wife Tricia have made their home in PEI for almost thirty years. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six

The Oulipo
Anthology various authors

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six The Oulipo Anthology—various authorsLocal author Jeff Bursey is in good company in the latest anthology from Verbivoracious Press. Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six: The Oulipo (October 2017) is a 500+-page collection featuring work by a roster of internationally respected writers (David Bellos, Andriana Minou, Lance Olsen, and Philip Terry, among others) who were invited to write a piece of fiction, an essay, a poem, or something else, and choose their own constraints. Bursey’s contributions are two chapters from Ennead, a novel-in-progress. One is comprised of notes a businessman makes during trips (on his work, the other passengers, and a particular girl) and the other looks at a married couple going through a rough patch. The chosen restraint is to deliberately not use one letter from the alphabet for each chapter.

Verbivoracious Festschrift: Volume Six: The Oulipo is available from Bookmark and other booksellers, from online sites, and directly from the publisher by writing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 www.thebookofwhy.com.

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 vickireddingauthier.com 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 facebook.com/bwcontinuum for more details and the launch’s time and place.

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