Event Title: “An Islander Strikes Back”, book Launch with Patrick Ledwell
Location: The Guild
Featured Artists: Patrick Ledwell
Description: Patrick will Launch his new book “An Islander Strikes Back”A tiny land, on the outer lip of the known universe. A changing time, with empires flattening all places into one. And a scrappy group of misfits, who unite to fight a future they don’t even recognize yet.
Sound familiar? That’s because we’re describing Prince Edward Island.
In his new collection “An Islander Strikes Back,” Island-born author Patrick Ledwell takes a look at the world around him, and decided to highjack the trip for comic purposes. Sure, his little province is behind the mainland. But this gives Ledwell a unique perspective: being able to see exactly where the Island is going, about 10 years before it gets there.
A follow-up to his hit book “I Am an Islander,” “An Islander Strikes Back” plants its battleflag on a faultline between past and present, here and there, and releases the pressures for natural laughs. The short pieces tap into a wide range of deep-seated questions, roiling beneath the surface of things, such as “Does an aging population make me more attractive?” and “How can I possibly become alpha to my dog, when I pick up his deposits in a grocery bag?”
In “An Islander Strikes Back,” Patrick Ledwell sounds a rallying cry for comedic resistance everywhere. Won’t you join him?
Event title: POETRY WHILE YOU WAIT @ BOOKMARK
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Location: Bookmark (Charlottetown)
Featured Artist: Deirdre Kessler
Description: Come meet PEI’s Poet Laureate, Deirdre Kessler. Deirdre Kessler is the author of two dozen books for children and adults. She teaches creative writing, children’s literature, and a course on Lucy Maud Montgomery with the Department of English of the University of Prince Edward Island.
Be at Bookmark on Friday, May 5th, share a request and Deirdre will compose a poem for you. An artisanal poem just for you!
Event title: BOOK SIGNING – Sile Post author of Your Own Ones
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1 PM
Location: Bookmark (Charlottetown)
Description: A lyrical, visionary novel of one woman’s transcendental journey back to the old country, now lost in the unsustainable ways of the new. “reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver, with echoes of the warmth and humor of Maeve Binchy” [Joyce Mandeville, Orange Prize nominee]―will appeal to a wide range of readers, both caretakers of the land and of the heart. “Come Away,” (in the words of W.B. Yeats), “to the waters & the wild” of Your Own Ones―an Irish State of Wonder.
Event Name: TLC Preschool Storytime
Location: Cornwall Public Library
Description: Join us for stories and rhymes!
Promoting the six early literacy skills (while having fun):
- Liking books = Print Motivation
- Hearing words = Phonological Awareness
- Knowing words = Vocabulary
- Telling a story = Narrative Skills
- Seeing words = Print Awareness
- Knowing letters = Letter Knowledge
Event title: A is for Adventure!
Time: 7 PM TO 9 PM
Location: CONFEDERATION COURT MALL
Featured Artists: Jan-Sebastian and Christopher Hoyt
Description: These guys believe that adventure can bring families together and help children develop the tools to lead extraordinary lives. The A for Adventure Children’s book is aimed to inspire and ignite the imagination, using dazzling art and playful rhyme. The goal of the book is to motivate children of all ages to explore the world around them. Come enjoy the adventurous presentation of the authors, Jan-Sebastian and Christopher Hoyt. This event is geared towards Grades 4 to 7 but all are welcome!
Event Name: Stories on the Bus
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Description: Board the T3 Trius Transit #1 University Ave. Express bus at 10:30 from Confed Centre/Grafton St. for stories with Children’s Librarian Jennifer Howard. Stories continue on the return trip from the Charlottetown Mall. Remember, children ages 5 and under travel for free when accompanied by an adult.
Event Title: Teddy Sleepover at the TD Bank
Time: 4- 5 pm
Location: TD Bank (in the Confederation Court Mall)
Description: TD Bear invites Teddies to a sleepover at the Queen Street branch of the TD Bank. There will be stories, games and and fun for the Teddies. Teddies are to arrive between 4 and 5 Friday and to be picked up Saturday morning between 9 and 9:45. Teddies only!
MAY 3 – 7
Event Title: I Saw The Light
Location: City Cinema
Showtimes: CLICK HERE
14A, language may offend, substance abuse
Dir: Marc Abraham, US, 124 min.
Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones
“Among doomed crooners, Hank Williams ranks near the top of the hit parade of angst, oppression, and addiction. One of the most influential pop musicians of the 20th century, he died in 1953 at just 29 years old, succumbing to a heart worn out by booze, drugs, love, and, as his ex-wife Audrey stated in the papers for their second divorce, ‘a life of wild extravagance.’… Tom Hiddleston puts in a performance as Williams that ranks with that of Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in I Walk the Line. And Hiddleston gets to do it in a better movie. Director Abraham relates the checkered life of Williams in compressed, often eloquent shorthand – brief scenes, images, and edits that relate years or months of misery and triumph. Much of the dialogue has the homespun, epigrammatic edge of some of Williams’s lyrics… Abraham makes it easy for his cast’s career-making performances.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe.
As part of Reading Town Week there will be a giveaway of the book the film is based on at each screening!