Upcoming Virtual Book Launches

“From Thistles to Cowpies” by Jill Martin Bouteillier (May 6)

On May 6, 8pm, join the WFNS in celebrating the launch of From Thistles to Cowpies (Crossfield Publishing) by Jill Martin Bouteillier.

A unique blend of biography and memoir, From Thistles to Cowpies, a touching narrative about Canada’s early settlers, is both timely and significant. Bookended by two world wars, the novel follows two families, from the Highlands of Scotland and the windswept dunes of Sable Island, who leave everything they know to embrace the unknown in the vast plains of southern Saskatchewan. With increased interest in DNA tests, the general population is fascinated both with their own and the country’s past. What better way to understand that past than through the experiences of those early arrivals? Jill Martin Bouteillier invites readers to leave the world of instant connection behind and enter the portals of the past through the eyes of those, who like her parents, lived it.

Jill Martin Bouteillier, former consultant-historian for the National Film Board and White Gate Films, published her first book, Return to Sable, in 2015. Her second book, Sable Island in Black and White, a pictorial book of life on Sable Island at the turn of the 20th century (Nimbus 2016), won the 2017 Atlantic Book award for historical non-fiction. Her most recent book From Thistles to Cowpies, (Crossfield Publishing 2020), artfully blends memoir and biography in a touching narrative of two immigrant families who settle in Saskatchewan in the early 20th century. Modern readers enter the portals of the past through the eyes of those who lived it. Before she began writing full time, Jill was an educator on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, serving as the last principal of Lunenburg Academy. She sits on the board of Friends of Sable Island Society as Director of Education.

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“Seven-to-Five” by Michael Meagher (May 20)

On May 20, 8pm, join the WFNS in celebrating the launch of Seven-to-Five (Gaspereau Press) by Michael Meagher.

While Michael Meagher’s poems depict the everyday world of the manual labourer—the grunt work of landscaping, roofing and pest control—their true subject is the inner life of the observer. Written in language that’s open and direct, Meagher’s poems connect the disparate people and occurrences of his days into a web of relationships held together by curiosity, persistence and love.

Michael Meagher was born and raised in Ottawa, then spent most of his twenties landscaping, roofing, and manual labouring in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In 2015, he received a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, where one of his stories won the David H. Walker Prize. His writing has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, Queen’s Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Stories 29. His poetry book, Seven-to-Five, just came out with Gaspereau Press. For the last six years, he was living in Rhode Island, teaching at Nichols College in Massachusetts and raising two kids. He moved back to Halifax a few months ago, where he continues to teach online.

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“Maud & Addie” by Maureen Buchanan Jones (June 10)

On June 10, 8pm AST, join the WFNS in celebrating the launch of Maud & Addie (Fitzroy Books) by Maureen Buchanan Jones.

In 1910, two sisters, eleven- and twelve-year-old Maud and Addie, are anticipating their Summer Social in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. However, the two girls are swept out to sea as they are rowing home at the day’s end. Adrift in the North Atlantic with only the contents of a picnic hamper and a carriage blanket, they find their way through stormy seas and make landfall on a deserted island. The girls create a world for themselves among the dunes and keep company with birds and sea creatures. The ensuing adventures test their wits and forge a bond that enables them to survive. This is a castaway tale of inventiveness, courage and resilience!

Maureen Buchanan Jones is the Training Director and former Executive Director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads writing workshops in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, North Dakota Quarterly, Letters from Daughters to Fathers, Writer Advice, Equinox, Calyx, and Chrysalis. Her prose has appeared in Every Day Fiction and Orion and on WFCR-NPR. Her poetry book, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website. Maureen’s novel, Maud & Addie is available for pre-order and will be released May 6, 2021, by Fitzroy Books, an imprint of Regal Publishing House.

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