Time: 1:30 to 3:30
Location: The guild
Admission: FREE (RSVP, CLICK HERE)
Featured Artists: Shortlisted youth writers from across PEI
Description: MC Patti Larsen. A celebration and recognition of excellence in creative writing by Island youth. The annual community supported awards are awarded in five categories including early and late elementary, early and late junior high and high school.
The Rotary club of Charlottetown Royalty Young People’s Creative Writing Awards are an extension of the Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards.
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!
Event Title: Poets Laureate Past & Present Under One Roof
Time: 4:00 to 5:30pm
Location: The Guild
Featured Artists: Deirdre Kessler (PEI Poet Laureate) / David Helwig / Jane Ledwell (Frank Ledwell’s daughter) / John Smith / Hugh MacDonald / Dianne Hicks Morrow
Description: On Saturday afternoon, May 7, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at The Guild in Charlottetown, there will be a rare opportunity to sight poets, often a reclusive species, who will flock together for a brief period to chirp, tweet, twitter, pipe, and sing.
Prince Edward Island’s current poet laureate, Deirdre Kessler, is ecstatic about gathering the poets laureate together in one room for a group poetry reading. “Buckle up,” she says. “The afternoon poetry reading promises to be a thrilling ride.”
Who are the poets who each will read a few poems? John Smith was Prince Edward Island’s first poet laureate. During his laureateship, John Smith gave a series of dazzling poetry talks and readings entitled “This Hour Has 1338 Years.” He has seven collections of poetry. P.E.I.’s second poet laureate, Frank Ledwell (1930-2008), will be represented by his daughter Jane Ledwell. Frank Ledwell was best known as a teacher of literature and creative writing at UPEI, where he fostered and mentored many Island writing voices. He received the Order of P.E.I. in 2006. David Helwig, P.E.I.’s third poet laureate, moved to the Island from Montreal twenty years ago. Since then he has published twenty books, the most recent a collection of poems called “Keeping Late Hours.” For nine years beginning in 2005 he wrote a monthly column for The BUZZ. Poet, editor, children’s author and novelist Hugh MacDonald of Brudenell was P.E.I.’s fourth poet laureate. “Morgan’s Boat Ride” was his 14th book as author and editor. Dianne Hicks Morrow, the fifth poet laureate, is author of two poetry collections, including “What Really Happened Is This,” which won the 2012 PEI Book Award for poetry. Her latest nonfiction book is “Fixing Up the Farmhouse.”
Partners: Reading Town PEI, The Bookmark, and Provincial Poet Laureate
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 pm
Location: The Mack
Admission: FREE (RSVP – CLICK HERE)
Featured Artists: MC Karen Mair / Shortlisted authors from the 4 ILA categories (announced April 15) / Shortlisted authors from the 3 PEI Book Awards categories / Performance by Confederation Centre Anne of Green Gables cast /
Description: A celebration and recognition of excellence in Island Literary Arts and the awarding of the first Reading Town PEI Literacy Champion Award.
The annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards recognize un-published literary excellence in 4 categories including the Milton Acorn Poetry Awards, Maritime Electric Short Story Award, Lucy Maud Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Award, Creative Non-Fiction Award.
The PEI Book Awards is a bi-annual provincial prize for published works. The awards recognizes excellence in 3 categories including Non-Fiction, Fiction and Poetry.
Reading Town PEI is very happy to announce the Champion of Reading Award. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage.
Event Title: Prince and Princess Tea Party
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Stratford Public Library
Description: Tea Party: Dress up in your Sunday finest and join us for iced tea and treats. Suitable for families of all ages.
Event Title: Puppet Play
Time: Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Confederation Centre Public Library
Description: Children are invited to an afternoon Puppet Play at the Children’s Library, Confederation Centre Public Library. This event will be hosted by the teens from the Teen Space.
Event Title: READING AT THE MALL!
Time: 10:30 AM TO 2:30 PM
Location: CONFEDERATION COURT MALL
Bring the kids to Confederation Court Mall on Saturday starting at 10:30 AM for a fun day all about books!
Kate Inglis, author of If I Were A Zombie will captivate kids and parents with her fun-loving monster poetry. author’s own love of language. The result is writing that is simultaneously literary and adventure-filled.”
“Writing like this shows a respect for the child reader and exudes the author’s own love of language. The result is writing that is simultaneously literary and adventure-filled.”
— Sue Fisher, Curator, Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection
Lori Joy Smith, the Charlottetown based artist and illustrator will share her love of
art, illustration and books in an interactive session.
Lori’s weekly trips to the children’s library with her father sparked a love for reading and children’s books. As a teenager she lived in Italy and visited some of the most beautiful museums in Europe, which left her wanting nothing more than to make art. Now she gets to put these two loves together everyday, working as an artist and illustrator.
Story Time with Barb Kissick
Retired children’s librarian, Barb Kissick, is the master of story time. Let Barb’s love of books rub off on your child during Story Time and then… meet Curious George, Pete the Cat and Clifford the Dog in person.
Other activities will include face painting and balloon tying, Usborne Books Day, and a Klutz Day promotion.
Event Title: BOOK LAUNCH with Brenda Hickey, illustrator of WeirdEST @Bookmark
Time: 2 PM TO 3 PM
Location: Bookmark (Charlottetown)
Featured Artist: Brenda Hickey
Description: Brenda Hickey is a local comic artist and writer. She’s had an unhealthy obsession with the comic artform from a very young age, and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t drawing. Come meetBrenda at 2 PM at Bookmark and see her latest collaboration, WeirdEST.
About the book…
Imagine having superpowers that physically manifest your most embarrassing emotions.
Veronica McGowan is a typical, unremarkable, average thirteen-year-old. And this is the bane of her existence. Desperate to be an “Est”-cutest, smartest, funniest-Veronica bumbles her way through8th grade, never truly being herself for fear of rejection. Being a teenager is hard enough without thewhole demoralizing world of Pearce Middle School knowing how you really feel. And nothing could be worse than everyone discovering how lame you really are. Or so she thinks…
Event Title: Ask our HUMAN Library
Location: Cornwall Public Library
Description: The public will be able to ask members of our “Human Library” questions about their work and details about the joys and challenges of their professions.
Location: Confederation Centre Public Library
Description: Join Bird Studies Canada and partners along with guest speaker, Laura Tranquilla, for the launch of the most comprehensive and current information source on the status of the breeding birds of the Maritimes Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m. Entitled, “Breeding Birds of the Maritimes”, the atlas discusses the distribution, abundance, habitats, and conservation of birds found in the Maritime provinces. Copies of the atlas in French or English will be available for purchase
Event Title: Margaret A. Westlie Book Signing
Event Time: 2 – 4pm
Location: Indigo Books Charlottetown
Description: Prince Edward Island author Margaret A. Westlie will sign books at Indigo Books in Charlottetown from 2 until 4 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016.