Euphoria with Patti Larsen

Join Patti Larsen on November 1st from 6-8PM at the Haviland Club for the next Euphoria!

She’ll be speaking about her last year traveling to conventions abroad and working on a multimedia project as well as discussing a new publishing retreat program she has in the works.

It’s going to be a fun, interactive night of wine, snacks and conversation sure to inspire!

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series featuring Lee Ellen Pottie

Lee Ellen Pottie will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street in Charlottetown.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy Receiver’s delicious offerings, Lee Ellen will read.

Lee Ellen Pottie is a self-employed coordinator of many things, editor, writer, and reviewer, occasional professor at Misr International University in Cairo, and an amateur photographer and painter. She is completing a poetry manuscript about Vincent Van Gogh, based on his letters and art, and her research. Eight of these poems will be published by Alfred Gustav Press in 2018 in a chapbook called worthless. Lee Ellen has published poetry in the Windsor Review and the anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island, and forthcoming in Canada: 150 Years of Poetry. Saturday Morning Chapbooks published her chapbook called From Pushthrough to Madagascar. This October, she was a participant in the Poetry Workshop at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Lee Ellen holds an Honours BA in English from UPEI (1999) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from U. Windsor (2000). She lives in PEI with her husband, Richard Lemm, and their dog, Théo, named for Vincent’s brother.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan – a Talk

Islander, Mo Duffy Cobb has written a book detailing how world travel helped her and her family deal with personal grief.  Cobb will be talking about the family’s experiences as chronicled in her book, Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre Public Library.

Unpacked From PEI to Palawan“I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer.”

In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.

Unpacked is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series featuring Dave Stewart and Rob MacDonald

rob-and-dave-open-micDave Stewart and Rob MacDonald will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street in Charlottetown.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Dave and Rob will read.

Dave Stewart is a copywriter at Graphcom, an advertising agency in Charlottetown. As a freelancer, he has contributed to Rue Morgue Magazine, Art Decades, and Studio CX. He is a staff writer with The Buzz, and formerly with the now archived Dave wrote all 26 episodes of the animated TV adaptation of his movie review cartoon strip And Yet I Blame Hollywood, which was broadcast nationwide on CBC-TV’s late, great countercultural show ZeD. Recently, he edited and contributed to PEI’s first fiction horror anthology Fear from a Small Place, released in May of this year.

Rob MacDonald has been a writer, actor, director and producer of numerous theatrical productions in Charlottetown for over 25 years, including popular sketch-comedy revues Annekenstein and Sketch-22. Rob believes he has at least one novel in him, if he ever found the time. Recitation, his contribution to Fear from a Small Place, is his first published work of short fiction.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

The Bookmark Presents: Wayne Johnston and Linden MacIntyre

Bookmark, Charlottetown’s independent, locally owned bookseller is very pleased to present an evening with two of Canada’s best literary authors and proud sons of Atlantic Canada, Wayne Johnston and Linden MacIntyre.

BookmarkCMYKPlease join us on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM in the Georgian Ballroom at Rodd’s Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, for an entertaining evening with Wayne Johnston and Linden MacIntyre. Dr. Richard Lemm, Professor of English from UPEI’s English Department will be the moderator for the evenings events. Books will be available for sale and the authors will be signing books at the end of the event.

mLinden MacIntyre’s bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Prize. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, among other honours. The third book in the loose-knit trilogy, Why Men Lie, was also a #1 national bestseller as well as a Globe and Mail “Can’t Miss” Book for 2012. MacIntyre, who spent 24 years as the co-host of CBC’s, The Fifth Estate, is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards for his work.

m (1)Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion which won the most prestigious prize for creative non-fiction awarded in Canada – the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Toronto.

Wayne’s new book, First Snow, Last Light, is an epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction.

For more information, please see the Bookmark’s website.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series featuring Kathleen Hamilton


Kathleen Hamilton will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September  28 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Kathleen will read.

Hamilton notes that starting out as a journalist has always attracted her to true stories, “to what is real.” She says her most remembered childhood story is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. “It broke me open in a good way,” says Hamilton. She is the author of the memoir Sex after Baby: Why There is None published by Acorn Press. Hamilton’s first stage play, Shameless Hussies, was a hit comedy in Charlottetown. Her second play, an award-winning accomplishment, was Blonde Moments.

“When I teach, what’s exciting to me is when someone writes the ‘stuff’ that’s tugging at the sleeves of their heart … when they confide their stories and memories, their version of things, in their own voice.”

Hamilton says she is constantly asking herself one question when writing: “Is there a deeper truth? I feel like that’s the most important thing I have to offer.”

At the open mic, Kathleen will read from her current work-in-progress, a coming-of-age memoir entitled High Flying Girl, and will share insights from her own journey into the art of memoir.

Stay tuned for future open-mic announcements from the PEIWG!

An Evening with Jan Wong, hosted by The Bookmark


The Bookmark of Charlottetown will host a delightful conversation between Rod Weatherbie and Jan Wong on Wednesday, September 27th at 7 PM at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of 1996. She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University.

BookmarkCMYKJan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn’t keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy’s Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.


Winter’s Tales at UPEI and the Montague Library



In the great tradition of performance poets and singer-songwriters, Joseph Maviglia is known for his riveting music and poetry presentations. His songs, poems, and essays draw on diverse influences, from his Calabrian-Italian heritage and North American folk and rock, to the Beat poets and contemporary spoken word artists. During tours across Canada, Europe, and the U.S., he has supported many social justice causes through his artistry.

Maviglia will give two performances as part of the UPEI Winter’s Tales Author Reading series: on September 14, 7:30 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building in Charlottetown, and on September 16, 1:00 p.m. in the Montague Rotary Library at 11 Queens Road in Montague. Admission is free.

Originally from Ottawa, Joseph attended the Banff Centre for the Arts after studying at Simon Fraser University. He settled in Toronto where he was part of a group of singer-songwriters and poets in the vanguard of Toronto’s musical and literary circles.

Among his publications are poetry books The God Hangs Upside Down and Freakin’ Palomino Blues, and his recent essay collection, Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll. His albums include Memory to Steel and Angel in the Rain.

Joseph’s performances are sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and Department of English and the Montague Rotary Library, with generous support from the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Meet Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate

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The PEI Writers’ Guild invites the public to an evening with Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Dr. George Elliott Clarke. The event will take place Thursday September 7, 7 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. ECMA-winning musician Scott Parsons will provide musical accompaniment.

Admission is free and all are welcome. A cash bar will be available.

The 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

PEI welcomes George Elliott Clarke’s first Island visit since receiving the national honour. Dr. Clarke will share a selection of his work from a wide-ranging literary career, with particular emphasis on the first two volumes of his epic poem Canticles I, dealing with slavery and imperialism. Clarke is known for both his scholarship and his compelling speaking skills.

As an award winning Canadian writer, Clarke has published in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, prose and drama. He has received national and international recognition for his work, which is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

There will be copies of the Poet Laureate’s work Canticles, as well as recited poetry CDs available, cash sales only. A book signing and refreshments/beverages will follow the event.