June 7, Celebration of Life for Susan Buchanan, Baha’i Centre, 1:30 p.m.: This celebration will mark the writing life of Susan Buchanan, who passed away March 19. Susan was a strong voice in the Island’s literary community, a valued member of the TWiG writers’ group, a frequent winner of the Island Literary Awards, a teacher of creative writing at UPEI Seniors’ College, and the brainchild behind Women Write the Day! Come to celebrate her work and share your memories.
June 9, PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic, Baha’i Centre, 7 p.m.: Fantasy fiction author Peggy Hogan is this month’s featured reader. Hogan’s manuscript For a Song won second place in the adult fiction category of the Atlantic Writing Competition, and the work was then published in 2014. Her most recent book, Milo’s Burden, was published in March. During the open mic, the first ten writers who sign up (by 7 p.m.) may read their prose and/or poetry for a maximum of five minutes.
June 11, PEI Writers’ Guild AGM and Sociable, Next Door (Merchantman), 3-6 p.m.: Members and non-members alike are invited to this annual general meeting and social event. The meeting will run from 3-4:30 p.m., with a sociable featuring an open mic and prizes to follow. Come learn more about the guild and have your say on its priorities and projects.
June 11, Shopping the Bookmark, Confederation Court Mall, 9-5:30 p.m.: Reading Town P.E.I. encourages Islanders to stop by the Bookmark for this day-long shopping celebration. The event, which will include prize draws and cake, will mark the bookstore’s outstanding support of the 2016 Reading Town P.E.I. festival.
June 15, Christy Ann Conlin Reading, Confederation Centre Public Library, 6:30 p.m.: Conlin will read from her new literary ghost story, The Memento. The novel offers a strange tale of madness, murder and secrets set on the rugged Bay of Fundy.
June 18, Peggy Hogan Reading, Confederation Center Public Library, 2 p.m.: Hogan will be reading from her newest book, Milo’s Burden. In this latest offering from Hogan, a wooden carving is brought to life by a young boy. But the new-born woman, Malissa, has a terrible flaw: her only emotion is rage. It feeds the power that surges through her and will not let her rest until she holds the entire world in a vicious death grip. Milo, the young boy who animated Malissa, has inadvertently upset the forces of Lifefire, and disrupted its delicate balance. With his sister and her friend, and an old man and his mangy dog, he must travel deep within the mountains to discover the secrets of Lifefire before rage rules the world.
June 24, Jane Urquhart Reading, Confederation Centre, Studio 1, 7 p.m.: This renowned Canadian author will give a public reading as part of an event sponsored by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute. Urquhart is a novelist, poet and short story writer. Her many honours include the Governor General’s Award and the Order of Canada.