In all this willful world
of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books continues to declare.
Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.
Lesley Crewe Book Launch for Beholden
Friday October 19 | 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Join Lesley Crewe at the Confederation Center Public Library on Friday, October 19th at 1:30 PM as she launches her new book, Beholden.
As real as our own family dramas, Beholden is full of Lesley Crewe's trademark laugh-out-loud moments, heartbreaking losses, incredible women with unbreakable friendships, and the sweet wildness of Cape Breton.
Lesley Crewe is the author of several novels, including Mary, Mary, Amazing Grace, Chloe Sparrow, Kin,and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a columnist and freelance writer, Lesley lives in Homeville, Nova Scotia. Visit her at lesleycrewe.com
Book Signing with Sarah McCoy, author of Marilla of Green Gables
Saturday October 20 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Meet best selling author Sarah McCoy at Bookmark on October 20th from 12 to 2 pm. Sarah's new book, Marilla of Green Gables is a bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. Watch the trailer here https://www.facebook.com/HarperCollinsCanada/videos/2173230472958123/
Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the novels The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award nominee; and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught English and writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their dog, Gilbert, in North Carolina.
Ghost Stories and Legends of Prince Edward Island
Monday October 22 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Get started on your Halloween celebrations early! Join us for a ghouhish event on Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM at The Carriage House, 2 Kent Street, for the launch of Ghost Stories and Legends of Prince Edward Island 2nd Edition. Readings by members of ACT, Charlottetown's community theatre group. Treats too!
A collection of haunting legends, delightful yarns, and spine-tingling ghost stories.
Swathed in mist, surrounded by the secretive sea, wind wailing like the lost souls of sailors around its shores, Prince Edward Island is the ideal setting for the strange and incredible, even the supernatural. Islanders have handed down, from one generation to the next, many legends and ghost stories of visiting spirits, buried pirate treasure, sea serpents, and ghostly apparitions.
Who dares to doubt the veracity of the sailors who met a phantom schooner, the fishermen who fled from a sea monster, or the countless Islanders who have dug for pirate gold, only to be terrified by something uncanny and to have abandoned their search?
Curl up on a dark night with this new second edition and find yourself transported to the magical and mysterious Prince Edward Island.
JULIE V. WATSON has written hundreds of articles for publications across North America, and she is the author of over two dozen books. Julie lives in Charlottetown.
The work of photographer John C. Watson has appeared in numerous magazines, books, and even on the sides of buses. John lives in Vancouver.
PEI Book Love featuring Eden Robinson
Thursday November 01 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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.
Jay Baruchel is coming to Charlottetown!
Wednesday November 07 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
On November 7th at 7:30 PM comedian and Montreal Canadiens superfan Jay Baruchel will be promoting his new book, Born Into It – A Fan’s Life. It’s no secret that Jay Baruchel is a die-hard fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He talks about the team at every opportunity, wears their gear proudly in interviews and on the street, appeared in a series of videos promoting the team, and was once named honorary captain by owner Geoff Molson and Habs tough guy Chris Nilan. As he has said publicly, “I was raised both Catholic and Jewish, but really more than anything just a Habs fan.”
CBC PEI Morning hosts Matt Rainnie and Mitch Cormier will host the event at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth Street. Tickets are $10 plus fees and HST and available at Bookmark or on-line at www.ticketpro.ca
In Conversation with Esi Eduygan
Monday November 12 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
We are thrilled to welcome author Esi Edugyan to Studio 1 in the Confederation Center of the Arts for a reading, Q&A and book signing. Esi’s new novel, Washington Black has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the 2018 Giller Prize. It is a dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole? The evening will be hosted by Lee Ellen Pottie, well known UPEI professor, writer and editor. This event is free.
ESI EDUGYAN’s Half Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize and the Orange Prize. Esi lives in Victoria, BC.
Mark Critch in Charlottetown
Wednesday November 14 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Bookmark is very pleased to host Mark Critch and the launch of his new book, Son of a Critch. Best known as the "roving reporter" for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch has photo-bombed Justin Trudeau, interviewed Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle (while impersonating Alan Doyle), offered Pamela Anderson a million dollars to stop acting, and crashed White House briefings. But, as we see in this playful debut, he's been causing trouble his whole life.
Son of a Critch captures the wonder and cluelessness of a kid trying to figure things out, but with the clever observations of an adult, and the combination is perfect.
CBC’s Matt Rainnie will host what is sure to be a funny event at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth Street. Tickets are $10 plus fees and HST and available at Bookmark or on-line at www.ticketpro.ca