Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island Online Book Launch
Wednesday October 07 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Acorn Press author Julie Pellissier-Lush and illustrator Laurie Ann Marie Martin for the online book launch of Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island.
The Mi’kmaq people have been here since the ice began to melt over this great land. They learned the medicines in nature to keep them healthy and they hunted the animals of the land and fished the waters of the sea. During the summer months they would gather in large community groups to celebrate, dance and sing. When the cold winds started to blow, they would go off in their own little family units to survive the winter. It was a hard life and it was always a struggle to make it through the long cold winters. One thing is certain, at night, by the campfire under the stars those families would tell stories, stories about who they were, where they came from, and all the lessons they needed to learn about life. Those stories passed on traditions, songs, language and the culture of the Mi’kmaq people.
Here we present to you just a couple of those stories that were passed down from generation to generation. Hear them, learn from them, experience them, but most of all enjoy them!
Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M, actress, and bestselling author of My Mi’kmaq Mother, Poet Laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before coming back home. Julie is a graduate from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends which has been performed on many different stages in the Atlantic region. It is her hope that this play will someday travel across Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history! Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.
Laurie Ann Marie Martin is a graphic and freelance artist. Her graphic design business Laurs Graphics, focuses on illustrating Mi’kmaw culture, legends and matching them to curriculum outcomes in order to create educational packages for schools. She designed and illustrated Anntastic: Anne of Green Gables Colouring Book (published by Nimbus Publishing).
What We'll Build Book Launch with Oliver Jeffers
Saturday October 10 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM
We are thrilled to offer you access to the exclusive virtual launch with world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, creator of the million-copy selling, global phenomenon Here We Are! Purchase a copy of What We'll Build and join us on Saturday, October 10th at 2:30 pm.
OLIVER JEFFERS is a highly acclaimed talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. His outstanding talent has already been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Irish Children's Book of the Year.
The Keto Solution Book Launch
Wednesday October 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Acorn Press author Angela Doucette in conversation with David Rashed and Jill Sabean. They will be discussing Angela’s new book The Keto Solution and their experiences with a low carbohydrate, high fat diet (LCHF).
The Keto Solution
A Practical Guide for Living Your Low-Carbohydrate Life
Packed with recipes and helpful hints, The Keto Solution is the only book you need for switching to a Keto lifestyle.
At the age of 40, Angela Doucette was seriously overweight and starting to show signs of metabolic disease. She had developed high blood pressure, had some concerning numbers in her cholesterol/lipid profile and was about 50 pounds overweight. She felt miserable and frustrated having tried so many weight loss and exercise programs but nothing seemed to work long term. She switched to a more “Primal” way of eating and was finally able to shift the weight. Surprisingly, though, her blood pressure decreased naturally, her hs-CRP (an inflammatory marker) dropped significantly, and her lipid profile improved without medication! As a way to share the benefits, she started a weight loss and coaching program and offers workshops as well as online and in-person meetings. She has created a peer support network through the popular Keto Solution Facebook group.
This journey has not only changed her professional outlook and career path, it has also given her hope for her future. With the knowledge and motivation to make the changes, she feels that other Maritimers can see these changes too.
“Once you see the benefits, you can’t unsee them.” —Dr. Gary Fettke
Angela Doucette graduated from Dalhousie College of Pharmacy in 1992. Her main area of practice has been hospital pharmacy, but she has also worked in Community and Long Term Care. After battling her own weight issues for many years, and losing her father to heart disease at the age of 58, Angela developed a special interest in Therapeutic Nutrition for Obesity and Metabolic Disease management. As a Pharmacist, she is particularly interested in a “food first” approach to the management of Type 2 Diabetes and helping people reduce medication use. Angela is a Certified Bariatric Educator through the Canadian Obesity Network, is a member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, and is passionate about helping others struggling with weight and other lifestyle related health challenges. She lives in Charlottetown, PE. Visit the ketosolution.ca more information.
Jill Sabean offers peer support within the Keto Solution community. She has Bachelor of Arts (UPEI) and Masters of Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy (UNB). Jill lives on PEI with her husband and two daughters.
“I’ve always struggled with my weight and received a diagnosis of diabetes a month before starting LCHF.
My husband and I dove right in and there’s no looking back for us. Between the two of us, we’ve lost almost 200 pounds, I’m no longer diabetic, and our energy, mental clarity, and overall quality of life is so much better than before LCHF. We’ll never go back to eating a high carb diet. We can’t. We were so unhealthy and unhappy. Keto Solution has been such an amazing support to us. It’s helped us by providing a solid education in how this way of eating makes you healthier, how to eat LCHF in a healthy way, providing recipes and ideas, and providing support.”
David Rashed is a Consultant with the Keto Solution community. He is a graduate of Fanshawe College London ON. He works with Digital Applications and is a Musician and Media Producer.
“I started LCHF September 2017, I've always struggled with weight and TRYIng to eat correctly with no luck, always finding it a constant struggle to lose weight. Always trying to lose other than just living and not worrying about it. I'm grateful for Angela's expertise in this area and she was able to confirm a lot of things I've been reading / watching and researching.
My testimonial is the best thing I'm able to offer, I'm just tired of Trying. Now I'm doing.”
A Celebration of David Helwig
Wednesday October 14 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
When the poet and novelist David Helwig - a recipient of the Matt Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement and a member of the Order of Canada - died in October 2018, he left behind a substantial catalogue of unpublished work. A House in Memory, a selection of Helwig's last poems, was assembled by his daughter, Maggie. It shows an author still at the height of his powers, creating work in complex formal structures, contemplating mortality, memory, and the landscape of his adopted home of Prince Edward Island, and paying tribute to his literary predecessors. The collection also includes unpublished poems from earlier in Helwig's career. Ranging widely through time, space, and literary tradition, A House in Memory features some deeply personal poems. As Maggie Helwig says of her father, "he could not cease to be a poet as long as he had breath in this world.
On October 14th at 7:30 pm please join us along with members of PEI’s literary community and some of David’s close poet friends from across Canada to virtually celebrate the launch of this posthumous collection and David’s contribution to Canadian poetry. The event will be moderated by David’s close friend, author and former poet laureate of Prince Edward Island, Hugh MacDonald and will feature Island poets reading David’s poetry, conversation with David’s daughter, Maggie, and partner, Judy Gaudet.
You are invited to join us by registering by emailing email@example.com or 902-566-4888. Copies of A House in Memory are available online at bookmarkreads.ca or at the store. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to the event.
In Conversation with Matt Haig
Saturday October 17 | 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Direct from the UK, join us for a HarperCollins sponsored Indies Fest event with best selling author, Matt Haig
Daughter of Black Lake Book Launch with Cathy Marie Buchanan
Tuesday October 20 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
By the bestselling author of The Painted Girls. Join us for the virtual launch of Cathy Marie Buchanan's newest book, Daughter of Black Lake on Tuesday, October 20th at 8 pm. Purchase a signed copy of Daughter of Black Lake and receive access to the exclusive virtual launch.
When a remote, ancient settlement is threatened, it is up to one girl to save her family and her community.
It’s the season of Fallow, the first century AD. In a misty northern bog surrounded by woodlands and wheat fields, lies a settlement far beyond the reach of the Roman invaders, who are still hundreds of miles to the southeast. Here, life is simple, or so it seems to the tightly knit community. Sow. Reap. Honour Mother Earth, who will provide at harvest time.
A girl named Devout comes of age. She flirts sweetly with the young man who has tilled the earth alongside her all her life, envisioning a future of love and abundance. Seventeen years later, however, the settlement is a changed place. Famine has brought struggle, and outsiders, with their military might and foreign ways, have arrived at the doorstep. For Devout’s young daughter, life is more troubled than her mother ever anticipated. But this girl has an extraordinary gift. As worlds collide and peril threatens, it will be up to her to save her family and her community. Immersing readers in a lost world of pagan traditions, Daughter of Black Lake is a transporting story of love, family, survival and the sublime power of the natural world.
CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN’s work has been translated into nine languages. Her previous novel, The Painted Girls, was a #1 national bestseller in Canada and a New York Times bestseller. Lavished with praise, it was selected as a People pick, included in Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List,” and named a best book of the year by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, was a New York Times bestseller and is one of the Canada Reads Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. Buchanan holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.
In Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel
Wednesday October 21 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual evening of conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Emily St. John Mandel on Wednesday, October 21st at 7 pm AST. Purchase the book at Bookmark and receive a link to access the event. Customers who have previously bought the book at Bookmark can also request the link to access the event. A limited number of signed bookplates are available. The event will be hosted by the amiable UPEI professor, Dr. Greg Doran.
EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL is the author of four novels. Her last novel, Station Eleven, was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books; and has been translated into thirty-one languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Her new novel, The Glass Hotel has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
In Conversation with Anna Olson, Jenna Hutchinson & Ashley Kosowan
Wednesday October 28 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark and Penguin Random House Canada are pleased to present a virtual conversation with baking sensations Anna Olson and Jenna Hutchinson on Wednesday, October 28th at 8 PM. The event will be moderated by Tara O'Brady, author of Seven Spoons. Purchase or pre-order a copy of Baking Day with Anna Olson or Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats and receive access to the exclusive live virtual event.
ANNA OLSON is the internationally known host of the Food Network's Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, and the author of eight bestselling cookbooks on baking and cooking, including Appetite's Bake with Anna Olson and Set for the Holidays with Anna Olson. Anna is a professionally trained chef and lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael.
JENNA HUTCHINSON is a self-taught baker and cake designer, and co-owner and founder of Jenna Rae Cakes. She is known for her classic, elegant approach to cake design, and for her trendy and intricate creations. Jenna’s favourite sweet treats are Salted Caramel Macarons. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
ASHLEY KOSOWAN is a graphic designer and photo stylist, and co-owner of Jenna Rae Cakes. She got her start in the wedding industry as Creative Director for a local wedding magazine and went on to design and manage the Jenna Rae Cakes brand. Ashley’s favourite sweet treats are Salted Caramel Macarons and Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In Conversation with Margaret Atwood and Lorna Crozier
Thursday November 19 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark and Penguin Random House Canada are pleased to present a virtual conversation with Canadian best-selling authors Maraget Atwood and Lorna Crozier on Thursday, November 19th at 8 PM. The event will be moderated by Jared Bland, publisher of Dearly and Through the Garden. Purchase or pre-order a copy of Dearly or Through the Garden and receive access to the exclusive live virtual event.
Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s newest collection of poetry has been described as the collection of a lifetime. By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.
Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognizable and celebrated themes, but distilled - from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.
Through the Garden, Lorna Crozier's new memior is a deeply affecting portrait of a long partnership and a clear-eyed account of the impact of a serious illness, writing as consolation, and the enduring significance of poetry from one of Canada's most celebrated voices.
When Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane met at a poetry workshop in 1976, they had no idea that they would go on to write more than forty books between them, balancing their careers with their devotion to each other, and to their beloved cats, for decades. Then, in January 2017, their life together changed unexpectedly when Patrick became seriously ill. Despite tests and the opinions of many specialists, doctors remained baffled. There was no diagnosis and no effective treatment plan. The illness devastated them both.
During this time, Lorna turned to her writing as a way of making sense of her grief and for consolation. She revisited her poems, tracing her own path as a poet along with the evolution of her relationship with Patrick. The result is an intimate and intensely moving memoir about the difficulties and joys of creating a life with someone and the risks and immense rewards of partnership. At once a spirited account of the past and a poignant reckoning with the present, it is, above all, an extraordinary and unforgettable love story.