Book Launch with Dave Atkinson
Sunday October 20 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Join us on October 20th at 2 PM at the Confederation Centre Public Library for the launch of Dave's latest book in the Wereduck Series, The Wereduck Code.
It's not easy being a fourteen-year-old wereduck in a family of werewolves. In The Wereduck Code, we catch up with Kate after discovering that an ancient cure for her family's curse—one she had hoped would mean her family could finally come out of hiding—turned out to be more complicated than that.
The third installment of the critically acclaimed Wereduck series finds Kate sending away for a DNA test, thinking it will provide answers. The test's results are shocking: there appears to be a toggle in human genetic code that is switched on in werewolves. And if that toggle can be switched off, like it was for her best friend John, does that mean it can be switched on? Will the scientist who discovered it use this information for good or evil?
And where is Dirk Bragg? The tabloid journalist-turned-country-music-star—who's come close to exposing Kate's family more than once—is suddenly missing. And as John soon discovers, there's an anonymous group of hackers called D-Net hot on Dirk's trail, convinced he can reveal the truth about werewolves once and for all. With freedom and friendship on the line, the thrilling conclusion of the Wereduck series will leave readers on the edge of their seats!
Dave Atkinson is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, and broadcaster, and the author of Wereduck, nominated for a Hackmatack Book Award. His work for the CBC has appeared on The Current, The Sunday Edition, Tapestry, Maritime Magazine, In the Field, and regional radio programs across the country. He and his wife are homeschooling their three silly kids in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
PEI Book Launch for I Am Herod
Monday November 04 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us on Monday, November 4th at 7 PM at Bookmark for the PEI launch of I Am Herod.
On a whim, armchair-atheist Richard Kelly Kemick joins the 100-plus cast of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, North America's largest production of its kind and one of the main tourist attractions in Alberta. By the time closing night is over, Kemick has a story to tell. From the controversial choice of casting to the bizarre life in rehearsal, this glorious behind-the-scenes look at one of Canada's strangest theatrical spectacles also confronts the role of religion in contemporary life and the void left by its absence for non-believers.
In the tradition of tragic luminaries such as David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Goldstein, and David Sedaris, I Am Herod gives its congregation of readers unparalleled access to the players of the Passion: there's Judas, who wears a leather jacket even when it's 30˚C; the Chief Sadducee, who is ostracized for his fanaticism; Pilate, the only actor who swears; the Holy Spirit, who is breaking ground as the role's first female actor; and the understudy Christ, the previous year's real-deal Christ who was demoted to backup and now performs illicit one-man shows backstage.
Richard Kelly Kemick is the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Magazine Awards and the Norma Epstein Award. His debut poetry collection, Caribou Run, was published to critical acclaim in 2016. His writing has appeared in the Walrus, The New Quarterly, This Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Taddle Creek.
An Evening with Award Winning Author Michael Crummey
Wednesday November 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark and UPEI's Winter's Tales Reading Series is very pleased to present an evening with Newfoundland writer, Michael Crummey discussing his book, The Innocents. This incredible new book has been shortlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize, the 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award.
Join us on Wednesday, November 6th at 7 PM in the Florence Simmons Performace Hall, 140 Weymouth St, Charlottetown for an evening rich in reading and literary discussion. This is a free event. All are welcome.
Michael's latest is a sweeping, heart-wrenching, deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world.
A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them.
As they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.
This novel is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.
MICHAEL CRUMMEY is the author of a memoir, Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation; three books of poetry including Arguments with Gravity, winner of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry; and a book of short stories, Flesh & Blood. His first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize; and his second novel, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. His most recent novel, Sweetland, was also a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Book Event with Ami McKay
Thursday November 07 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark is very pleased to present an evening with Nova Scotia writer, Ami McKay, discussing her new book, Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate. Come out and enjoy an evening of reading and conversation with Ami.
The event will take place on Thursday, November 7th at 7 PM at the Confederation Center Art Gallery, 145 Richmond St, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is invited.
Weaving together family history, genetic discovery, and scenes from her life, Ami McKay tells the compelling, true-science story of her own family's unsettling legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from carrying the mutation that not only killed many people you loved, but might also kill you.
The story of Ami McKay's connection to a genetic disorder called Lynch syndrome begins over seventy years before she was born and long before scientists discovered DNA. In 1895 her great-great aunt, Pauline Gross, a seamstress in Ann Arbor, Michigan, confided to a pathology professor at the local university that she expected to die young, like so many others in her family. Rather than dismiss her fears, the pathologist chose to enlist Pauline in the careful tracking of those in her family tree who had died of cancer. Pauline's premonition proved true--she died at 46--but because of her efforts, her family (who the pathologist dubbed 'Family G') would become the longest and most detailed cancer genealogy ever studied in the world. A century after Pauline's confession, researchers would identify the genetic mutation responsible for the family's woes. Now known as Lynch syndrome, the genetic condition predisposes its carriers to several types of cancer, including colorectal, endometrial, ovarian and pancreatic.
In 2001, as a young mother with two sons and a keen interest in survival, Ami McKay was among the first to be tested for Lynch syndrome. She had a feeling she'd test positive: her mother's side of the family was riddled with early deaths and her own mother was being treated for the disease. When the test proved her fears true, she began living in "an unsettling state between wellness and cancer," and she's been there ever since. Intimate, candid, and probing, her genetic memoir tells a fascinating story, teasing out the many ways to live with the hand you are dealt.
AMI McKAY is the author of three internationally bestselling novels--The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York and the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night. She began her writing career as a freelance radio journalist, and in 2001 wrote and produced a radio documentary, also called Daughter of Family G, that traced her decision to undergo genetic testing. It won a Silver Medallion at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, was nominated for a Gabriel Award, and aired on both The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio and on National Public Radio in the US. Her non-fiction work has also appeared in Elle Canada, The Independent, Canadian Living and Chatelaine. Born and raised in Indiana, McKay now lives in Nova Scotia.
Book Launch with Bren Simmers
Friday November 15 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Local author Bren Simmers will launch her new book Pivot Point on November 15th at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown. Doors will open at 7 pm, and Simmers will give a short reading at 7:30 pm. Following will be a concert by Adam Hill, who releases his new album that evening as well.
Pivot Point is a lyrical work of creative non-fiction about a group of women who, along with their partners, take a week-long wilderness canoe trip in British Columbia’s Bowron Lakes Provincial Park. Confronted by situations that challenge their comfort levels physically and psychologically, the characters are shaped by the experience both as a group and as individuals. A tribute to the changing nature of friendship and the importance of wild spaces, the book reflects on the pivotal moments that forever change our perspective and our trajectory.
Since Simmers is primarily a poet, she began this manuscript as a long poem. In the midst of the process, however, it became evident to her that the story needed to be told through prose. The new form allowed her the freedom to instill the work with breath that reflects the vast spaces of the journey and a more conversational tone that gives life to the characters. Having not abandoned the compact poetic voice entirely though, each short section of the story is punctuated by a single poem. In this way, the book finds that central balancing point of any body in motion.
Published by Gaspereau Press, the book is generously decorated with illustrations by Halifax artist Emma FitzGerald. Simmers is also the author of two poetry collections, Hastings-Sunrise, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and Night Gears. She is delighted to call Charlottetown home.
An Evening Of Adventure With Adam Shoalts
Tuesday November 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark and the PEI Adventure Initiative are pleased to present an evening with one of Canada's greatest living explorers, Adam Shoalts, discussing his new book, Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic. Come out and enjoy a wonder filled evening of reading and conversation with Adam.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 PM at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is invited.
A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer."
In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's greatest wilderness. A place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it's still possible to wander for months without crossing a single road, or even see another human being.
Between his starting point in Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory, to his destination in Baker Lake, Nunavut, lies a maze of obstacles: shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes, and gale-force storms. And Shoalts must time his departure by the breakup of the spring ice, then sprint across nearly 4,000 kilometers of rugged, wild terrain to arrive before winter closes in.
He travels alone up raging rivers that only the most expert white-water canoeists dare travel even downstream. He must portage across fields of jagged rocks that stretch to the horizon, and navigate labyrinths of swamps, tormented by clouds of mosquitoes every step of the way. And the race against the calendar means that he cannot afford the luxuries of rest, or of making mistakes. Shoalts must trek tirelessly, well into the endless Arctic summer nights, at times not even pausing to eat.
But his reward is the adventure of a lifetime.
Heart-stopping, wonder-filled, and attentive to the majesty of the natural world, Beyond the Trees captures the ache for adventure that afflicts us all.
ADAM SHOALTS has been called one of Canada's greatest living explorers and in 2018 was named an Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is also an historian, archaeologist, and geographer, and his book Alone Against the North was a #1 national bestseller. His second book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps was also national bestseller. Shoalts holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University where his doctoral research examined the influence Indigenous oral traditions had on explorers and fur traders in Canada's subarctic and Pacific Northwest. He has done archaeology in four countries and enjoys long walks in the woods.
The Bookshop Band LIVE in Charlottetown
Thursday November 21 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark is very pleased to present an evening with the UK based musical duo, The Bookshop Band. Bookmark commissioned the group to compose a song inspired by Margaret Atwood’s, The Testaments, and a video performance of the song was part of the Margaret Atwood event in early October. We are very pleased to give PEI booklovers an opportunity to see this group perform live.
The event will take place on Thursday, November 21st at 7 PM at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
“Not just good but achingly good”
The New York Times
“Really fabulous new music... just delightful.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“A Guardian Books’ favourite... astonishingly prolific” The Guardian
"The Bookshop Band are wonderful. If I had a bookshop I'd stock all of their albums." Margaret Atwood
The Bookshop Band are the musical offspring of an artistic love-affair between a group of award winning folk songwriters and an independent bookshop in the UK, Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. The songs are the musical outpouring of the band’s own response to books they have read.
The Bookshop Band formed in September 2010, releasing their first album in December that year. They have since released 13 albums each exploring a different theme in their responses to over 100 author’s books. They have toured extensively around the UK and abroad, from bookshops to festival main-stages, and have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3, The V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, most recently writing two songs for the launch of Philip Pullman’s The Book Of Dust and working with The V&A Museum on a musical series of previously banned books. The Bookshop Band began working with Pete Townshend in April 2019 to record the band's next studio album, due out later in 2020. He is producing the band and will be a guest musician on it.
The Bookshop Band represent a fascinating and contemporary take on the English folk tradition. Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny.
An Evening With Military Historian Ted Barris
Tuesday November 26 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Bookmark is pleased to present an evening with Canadian military historian, Ted Barris discussing his new book, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire. Come out and enjoy an interesting evening of reading and conversation.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 26th at 7 PM at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is invited.
Ted Barris once asked his father, Alex, “What did you do in the war?” What the former US Army medic then told his son forms the thrust of Barris’s latest historic journey—an exploration of his father’s wartime experiences as a medic leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944–45, along with stories of other medics in combat throughout history.
Barris’s research reveals that this bloodiest of WWII battles was shouldered largely by military medics. Like his father, Alex, medics in combat evacuated the wounded on foot, scrounged medical supplies where there were seemed to be none, and dodged snipers and booby traps on the most frigid and desolate battlefields of Europe. While retracing his father’s wartime experience, the author weaves into his narrative stories about the life-and-death struggles of military medical personnel during a century of service.
In this unique front-line recounting of the experiences of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, nurses, surgeons, orderlies, dentists and ambulance drivers, Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Barris’s sources reveal—like never before—why men and women sporting the red cross on their helmets or sleeves didn’t flee to safety but chose instead to rush to assist.
TED BARRIS is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He regularly writes in the national media and has hosted many CBC Radio network programs and shows on TV Ontario. His eighteen bestselling non-fiction books include Juno, Behind the Glory, Deadlock in Korea, Victory at Vimy and Breaking the Silence. His book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Award Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In 2018, the RCAF Association awarded Dam Busters the NORAD Trophy for “significant and unequalled contribution to Air Force traditions, history and heritage.”