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PEI Book Awards

Nominee readings and awards gala in May

The Island’s best published writing has been nominated for the 2018 Prince Edward Island Book Awards. The awards are presented every two years to recognize authors, editors, and book producers in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The awards will be presented at a gala event on May 26 at the Rodd Charlottetown in partnership with the PEI
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Summer in the Land of Anne

Summer in the Land of Anne
Elizabeth Rollins Epperly
Illustrated by Carolyn Epperly

Six-year-old Elspeth’s mother has a surprise in store for her daughters. She’s taking Elspeth and her eleven-year-old sister on a surprise vacation. When she starts reading Anne of Green Gables aloud to the girls, they catch on—they’re going to Prince Edward Island!

Elspeth proudly dons her Anne hat on the ferry, ready to
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Poetry City

The City of Charlottetown will participate in the Canada-wide Poetry City initiative during April’s monthly Council meeting on Monday, April 9 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Poetry City is an annual celebration of poetry facilitated by mayors and city councils all across Canada. The event was created to bring poetry into public spaces in the months of March or April. It is designed to
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UPEI book on Owen Connolly is PEI’s Publication of the Year

UPEI book on Owen Connolly is PEI’s Publication of the Year

The book Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy was named PEI’s Publication of the Year at the annual PEI Museum and Heritage Awards ceremony held in Summerside earlier this spring. The book tells the rags-to-riches story of Irish immigrant Owen Connolly.

Upon his death in 1887, Owen Connolly was one of the wealthiest men on Prince Edward Island, and he dedicated his fortune to bursaries for young
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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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