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SappyFest Rescue Mission

SappyFest book of memories will help keep the dream alive.
SappyFest book of memories will help keep the dream alive.

SappyFest was just an idea in early 2006. Two hundred and fifty people showed up for that idea and those 250 people made SappyFest, the little independent music festival produced annually in Sackville, New Brunswick, a reality.

Now SappyFest is looking for 250 people to come together and support the idea of SappyFest again. This time by helping to create SappyForever, a unique and beautiful coffee table book of memories and dreams that came true.

In many ways SappyFest 8 was the best festival yet, but it was not a financial success. This was due in part to their aversion to corporate sponsorship and their commitment to their vision of a creative and inclusive space. Unfortunately SappyFest 8 was about 100 people short of breaking even, and the little festival is $15,000 in debt.

SappyFest’s black dot is a reality but they have not given up hope. They have a plan. It is called SappyForever.

The festival is asking 250 people to buy a beautiful, hard cover archive of SappyFest for $100. They hope to raise $25,000 to pay off their debt from the great festival they just put on, with the additional $10,000 covering the production and publication of SappyForever. This 160 page collection will include photos, essays, memories and a visual history of the art and design that has come to define the best days of summer for all SappyFest goers.

They will also be donating a copy to a library in every province and territory in Canada.

SappyFest is inviting each donor to contribute a photo of themselves or their friends at SappyFest to be included in a “Presented by” section. This book is for all who were there, or wanted to be there, and who believed Swamp Magic could happen.

“This has been an incredibly difficult year for our organization. It may take time for SappyFest to rebuild, but we are committed to do so,” writes Team Sappy on their indiegogo fundraising page.

This will also mark the last year that co-founders Paul Henderson and Jon Claytor will serve as artistic and creative directors. They will assist in the transition, passing on the torch to an amazing group of young people ready and willing to bring SappyFest into the future.

SappyFest has been a labour of love and a privilege for all who have been involved. So many of you have already given so much blood, sweat, tears and time to making the festival a success. The future is ambiguous and exciting and it depends on you,” Team Sappy says.

“Are there 250 people out there ready to support this beautiful idea, this indelible memory and this ambiguous future? We hope so. We have our hopes up. We believe and we hope you do too.”

To order your copy of SappyForever for $100 or to contribute any other amount to this fundraising mission, visit the SappyFest indiegogo page.

The 2013 Frye Festival: Spotlight on Words & Music

Leif Vollebekk
Leif Vollebekk

As Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening, the Frye Festival celebrates words through books and music. The Greater Moncton community will discover the folk americana sounds of Leif Vollebekk, a Montreal-based up-and-comer who’s making waves across the country and in the United States. Les Hay Babies, The Olympic Symphonium, Science Friction, Les Païens, Caroline Savoie, John Jerome and VJ Kvn Mac will also bring their own artistic talents to the Festival’s evening events.

The complete schedule of events of the 14th annual Frye Festival, which will take place April 22 to 28 in Greater Moncton, is available at www.frye.ca.

Soirée Frye

The Frye Festival’s signature event, Soirée Frye, will bring to the stage the indie-folk musical stylings of Les Hay Babies, together with the folk pop group The Olympic Symphonium, on Thursday, April 25 at the Capitol Theatre. The musical performances will follow readings by Peter Behrens, Anne Compton, Perrine Leblanc and Jocelyne Saucier. The event will also feature a tribute to 40 years of literary publishing in l’Acadie with a reading by Raymond-Guy LeBlanc, as well as a singing performance of France Daigle’s Gymnopédies by Riversong. Soirée Frye starts at 7 pm, and tickets are on sale at the Capitol Theatre box office (811 Main Street or (506) 856-4379) for $12 plus applicable fees.

Later that same night, Les Hay Babies and The Olympic Symphonium will play the Night Howl, at the Empress. Authors Sonia Cotten and Ian Hamilton will read from their books. Admission is Pay What You Can.

The Olympic Symphonium
The Olympic Symphonium

Friday Night After Party

With loop-based dance music and focus on being visually and audibly stimulating, Science Friction will play with our senses at the Friday Night After Party. Group members Jonah Haché, Denis Surette, Glen Deveau and Kevin McIntyre will not disappoint as authors, volunteers and Frye fans gather at the Empress on Friday, April 26 at 10 pm at the Empress. Free admission.

Frye Jam

Hosted by the jazz-fusion group Les Païens, the Frye Jam is always a perfect way to close off a week of festivities. This year will not be different. A colourful evening of music and readings, the Frye Jam is the perfect opportunity to relax while listening to great authors (Allan Cooper, Joséphine Bacon, Dominic Langlois and Miranda Hill) and great music by local favourites Caroline Savoie and John Jerome. Headlining the event is Leif Vollebekk and his band from Montreal.

Norwegian by descent, born in Ottawa and based in Montreal, Leif Vollebekk is an up-and-coming artist on the Canadian music scene, and the Frye Festival is happy to introduce him to our Greater Moncton audience. The singer-songwriter will present his new record, North Americana, which was released in March. The record represents more than two years’ work in studios in Montreal, Manhattan, Woodstock (NY) and Paris, in search of perfect recordings, resonant of Bob Dylan’s pre-Newport 1965 and the beginning of the James Taylor era.

VJ Kvn Mac will provide multimedia projections during the performances, a first for the Frye Festival. As usual, Les Païens will accompany the authors’ readings. Frye Jam takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 10 pm at the Empress. Tickets on sale at the door (doors open at 9:30 pm) for $14.

About the Frye Festival

The Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening. The Frye Festival presents events year-round, culminating in a week of festivities at the end of April. The 14th annual Frye Festival will take place April 22 to 28, 2013, in the Greater Moncton area and will feature 30 local, Canadian, and international authors taking part in various events. Details at www.frye.ca.

Les Paiens
Les Paiens (photo by Louis Philippe Chiasson)

On Leif Vollebekk’s North Americana

Leif Vollebekk spent two years searching for perfect takes. This search took him from his home in Montreal to a studio in Manhattan, from a farmhouse in Woodstock, NY to a mansion outside Paris, and the result is a dusty, polished, new, old record called North Americana.

“I wrote the songs, I found the best band in the world, and then all I had to do was find the right studio, for the right take,” he says. “And it took forever.”

After his 2010 debut, Vollebekk knew the kind of album he wanted to make next: a record like the ones he loves by Gillian Welch or Ryan Adams, that feel old and familiar even when they’re new. But also a record that speaks to the listener through its lyrics, with songs “that can hold up in a storm,” that are packed full of perfect little mistakes.

So he started writing. Ten new songs, the best he had ever written, with lines about love and the end of love, about journeys and homecoming, about the death of friends and drinking yourself dry. Now Vollebekk laughs: “I thought the record was done when I was finished writing the songs. ‘All we need to do is record it!’”

But when you’re searching for the perfect take, recording is no small task. It happened only piece by piece, session by session, song by song, over the course of seasons.

The players were these: Vollebekk, singing, playing guitar and piano, harmonica, rusty fiddle on “When the Subway Comes Above the Ground”; the jazz musicians Hans Bernhard (bass) and Philippe Melanson (drums). “I wanted to be able to roam with them wherever I go,” Vollebekk says. Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld played violin, arranging her own parts. Joe Grass played pedal steel. And Adam Kinner played tenor sax.

The heart of the songs was always recorded live, to tape. Old school, spontaneous, one real captured moment. To find these moments, they travelled. To Montreal’s legendary Hotel 2 Tango studio, working with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Coeur de Pirate, Godspeed You! Black Emperor). To New York City, working with Tom Gloady (Ryan Adams, Sigur Rós, Patti Smith). To La Frette studios, in La Frette-sur-Seine, France. And then back to Montreal, for one song at Breakglass studios. Vollebekk even tried recording with John Simon, the producer whose credits include Music from Big Pink and Songs of Leonard Cohen. At his home in upstate New York, Simon listened to “Cairo Blues,” then travelled up to Montreal to record it. “There was just not a good take,” Vollebekk says. “I ended up doing it a few months later, again at the Hotel, between takes of something else – and that’s just how it went.”

North Americana took years. “All this time,” Vollebekk says, “trying to get one take.” But the result is a beautiful, alive, human – shambling ballads, noisy folk songs, vivid portraits of a 27-year-old’s watercolour life. “I feel like I created a record from 1970something that no one’s heard before,” Vollebekk says. “I’m haggard and this record is all I got.”

Les Hay Babies

Just looking at them, the fresh-faced Les Hay Babies might seem just that, babies. They are just 19 to 21 years old. But one listen to any of their songs, and you’ll hear that they are old souls, too.The indie-folk trio hail from three small Acadian villages in New Brunswick. They’ve been crafting a colourful folky music with only a guitar, a banjo, a ukulele, powerful lyrics, and of course, warm harmonies that could melt anyone’s heart. July of 2012 saw the release of their first EP, Folio, a bilingual disc featuring six group originals. They have performed all over the Maritimes, Quebec, France, Switzerland, and Germany. A full-length album is set to be released in 2014.

Olympic Symphonium

Crafting delicately arranged folk-pop that drips with bittersweet melodies, soaring harmonies, and an awful lot of passion, The Olympic Symphonium have been sharing their quiet world with us since 2005. They are and always have been a collaborative effort between three multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, and friends: Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, and Graeme Walker. They released their debut album, Chapter One, in 2007, and followed up with More in Sorrow Than in Anger in 2008 and with The City Won’t Have Time to Fight in 2011

Science Friction

Science Friction is a loopbased dance group focused on being visually and audibly stimulating. The band is comprised of Les Païens members Jonah Haché on guitar/bass/vocals/keys/DJ’ing and Denis Surette on guitar/space sounds, Les Improbables member Glen Deveau on drums and Kevin McIntyre on projections/keys.

Jonah Haché – Messy Messages (Live at Plan B 13-02-28) from Jonah Haché on Vimeo.

Les Païens

Les Païens arguably put Moncton on the jazz/rock map in Canada. 2012 brings a new set of tones and sounds to the band. Adding to the original sound of guitar, bass, drums and winds, we can now add loops, laptops and synth and a new member to the canvas. Founded in 1994 and four albums to date, the quintet has shared gigs with artists including Charlie Hunter, Slowcoaster, Big Sugar, Kermit Ruffins, Kyle Eastwood and Jean Leloup.

Caroline Savoie
Caroline Savoie

Caroline Savoie

Caroline Savoie is an 18 year old singer-songwriter-composer with over 80 original songs to her credit. Inspired by everyday life and mostly composed on her acoustic guitar, she brings the same crisp, inventive phrasing and soulful tone to each individual song, regardless of genre, making it distinctively her own. She sang for the first time in front of an audience in 2008. Since that time, singing and playing guitar has been her passion. Caroline sings in French and in English.

John Jerome

Moncton’s John Jerome has been an active part of the Hub City’s music for the past decades. Whether it’s as part of bands such as Heimlich, John Jerome and the Great 88 or one of the dudes behind the webseries The McDons House, this singer songwriter / filmmaker is definitely leaving his mark. He is currently leading the quintet John Jerome and the Congregation who are concluding a cross-Canadian tour after releasing Ask Not What We Can Do For You But What We Can Do Together in March 2012.

Frye Festival Unveils its 2013 Program

frye From April 22 to 28, the Frye Festival will feed imaginations and celebrate words and ideas with people of all ages. Thirty renowned authors from Canada and beyond, as well as rising stars of the local literary scene, will be in town to share ideas and inspire readers. On the menu: book clubs, literary evenings, conversations, music and readings, writing workshops, talks, school visits and so much more.

The complete schedule of events can be found at www.frye.ca. Many events are Pay What You Can (PWYC) or free.

The Frye Festival’s official opening will take place on Monday, April 22 at 11 am at Moncton City Hall. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Brains on Tap
Test your literary trivia knowledge at Brains on Tap, the Festival’s annual bilingual trivia night organised in partnership with the Association of Professional Librarians of NB. Join us on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm at Tide and Boar (700 Main Street, Moncton). Individuals or teams of four to six people can register in advance at www.frye.ca.

Les Hay Babies
Les Hay Babies

Soirée Frye is the perfect event to discover everything that the Frye Festival has to offer: great literature, music and the winners of our high school writing contest. A reception to meet the authors will follow. Two of New Brunswick’s best musical groups, Les Hay Babies and The Olympic Symphonium, will share the stage for the first time ever. Four authors will also be reading excerpts from their work: Perrine Leblanc (L’homme blanc), Jocelyne Saucier (Il pleuvait des oiseaux), Peter Behrens (Travelling Light) and Anne Compton (Alongside). The event will also feature a tribute to 40 years of book publishing in Acadie with poet Raymond-Guy LeBlanc and a musical rendition of the poem “Gymnopédies” by France Daigle, performed by Moncton’s own Riversong. This not-to-be-missed event will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $12 plus fees.

Immediately following Soirée Frye, Night Howl offers a mix of words and music with authors Sonia Cotten and Ian Hamilton, Les Hay Babies and The Olympic Symphonium who will once again take the stage, though in a more casual setting. Empress doors open at 9:30 pm, event starts at 10 pm and is PWYC.

An evening with great Canadian authors
Four of Canada’s most prominent authors will be on stage together at the Empress Theatre for A Window to the World on Friday, April 26 at 8 pm. Peter Behrens (The Law of Dreams), Marq de Villiers (Water), Perrine Leblanc (L’homme blanc) and Kim Thúy (Ru) are all Governor General’s Literary Award winners and will come together in this event to discuss the world from a Canadian perspective. A Window to the World is presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. Simultaneous translation will be available. Admission is $12.

An After Party will follow, starting at 10 pm at the Empress. It provides a great opportunity to meet and chat with authors while listening to some great music with Science Friction, a loop-based dance group focused on being visually and audibly stimulating. Free admission.

Alistair MacLeod
Alistair MacLeod

Maillet-Frye Lecture with Alistair MacLeod
The Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye lecture will be presented by Canadian literary heavyweight Alistair MacLeod, who grew up and still spends summers in Cape Breton. Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition, will host a Q&A with the author following the event. Join us on Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm at théâtre l’Escaouette (170 Botsford St., Moncton). Tickets ($16.50 plus fees) are on sale at the Escaouette box office.

Book Clubs
For those who want to know everything about their favourite author, book clubs offer a great insight into their creative process. Admission to all book clubs is PWYC.

Author of the award-winning Ava Lee series, published in more than 20 countries and currently being adapted for film, Ian Hamilton will meet mystery-lovers on Thursday, April 25 at 2 pm at the Moncton Public Library.

Canadian novelist and short story writer Alix Ohlin will be discussing her book Inside, a Giller Prize finalist, on Friday, April 26 at 2 pm, at the Moncton Public Library.

CS Richardson’s second novel, The Emperor of Paris, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Richardson is also an award-winning book designer and will meet the fiction-lovers on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 am at the Delta Beauséjour Café.

On Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm, Quebec author and former Radio-Canada journalist Daniel Lessard will chat about his novel La revenante at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre (second floor). Jocelyne Saucier, winner of the Radio-Canada 2012 prix des lecteurs for her novel Il pleuvait des oiseaux will also be at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre on Friday, April 26 at 6:30 pm for a conversation hosted by French author Olivier Barrot. Finally, author of acclaimed novel La fiancée américaine, Éric Dupont will be meeting his fans during a book club on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am at the Delta Beauséjour Café.

Community Read
The Frye Festival’s Community Read invites French and English-speaking readers to enjoy one book in the language of their choice and come meet its author for a bilingual chat. The Festival invites everyone to read Ru in its original French or in its English translation and to meet acclaimed Canadian novelist Kim Thúy on Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm. The event takes place at Moncton city Hall and is PWYC.

Music and Words
The Frye Jam is always a great evening filled with excellent music and readings and this year’s edition will not disappoint. On Saturday, April 27 at 10 pm at the Empress Theatre, authors Joséphine Bacon, Allan Cooper, Miranda Hill and Dominic Langlois will read excerpts from their work accompanied by the jazz/rock group Les Païens. The quintet will also accompany local singing sensation Caroline Savoie and Moncton’s own John Jerome. Then, everyone will have the chance to discover the music of Leif Vollebekk from Montreal and VJ Kvn Mac who will offer video projections, a first for the Frye Jam. Admission is $14.

Statue of Northrop Frye
Statue of Northrop Frye

So much more!
On Wednesday, April 24, the Frye Festival will feature some of our most talented up and coming Francophone and Anglophone writers during Prelude: Emerging NB Writers. Julie Aubé, Katrine Noël, Wanda O’Connor, Kerry-Lee Powell, and Emily Skov-Nielsen will read at the Tide and Boar at 7:30 pm. This evening is presented in collaboration with the Writers’ Federation of NB. Admission is PWYC.

Our Authors in Conversation events take place at Moncton City Hall on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, each featuring four authors discussing a specific topic (admission is $10 each). First, Anne Compton, Daniel Lessard, Alix Ohlin and Jocelyne Saucier will talk about the effects of criticism, positive and negative, on their career at Don’t Judge a Book by Its Back Cover. Then, The Back Story will feature Joséphine Bacon, Deni Y. Béchard, Éric Dupont and CS Richardson talking about how life experiences and personal backgrounds shape their stories.

Come hear Éric Dupont, Dominic Langlois, Alix Ohlin and CS Richardson read at Beer and Books on Friday, April 26 at 5 pm at the Tide and Boar. Entrance is PWYC.

School-Youth Program
The Frye Festival School-Youth program is a vital component of the Festival that helps more than 10,000 students discover the magic of the written word through their interactions with authors from Canada and around the world. Authors will visit classrooms and auditoriums throughout New Brunswick all week, at no charge to the schools.

Café Underground is an annual meeting of young people brimming with creativity and talent. These budding writers are already wielding their pen (or keyboard) with passion and ardour. The evening features performances by high school students who have written prose, poetry and songs. Fans, friends, and parents are invited to attend at the Empress Theatre on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm. Free admission.

Budding Writers puts the spotlight on local students from grades 5 to 8 who will read from their work on Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Capitol Theatre. The 2013 ambassadors, authors Charlotte Gingras and Sara O’Leary, will be there to meet the young writers. Free admission. Imagination at Work features the works of students in Kindergarten to grade four, and all works will be available online through our Beyond the Fridge initiative.

KidsFest begins at 9:30 am at Moncton’s Public Library and Blue Cross Centre on Saturday, April 27. Children and parents are in for a wonderful morning of crafts, contests, word games, a photo booth, book swaps and readings by Sylvie Desrosiers (in French) at 10 am and Philip Roy (in English) at 10:30 am. At 11 am, we will celebrate the Moncton Public Library’s 100th anniversary with Mascot Palooza and a giant cake. Free admission.

The Frye Festival will end the 2013 celebrations on Sunday, April 28 with Poet Flyé says bye bye at 11 am at the Greater Moncton International Airport. Poet flyé Gabriel Robichaud will perform his poèm flyé and the winner of the 2012-2013 Frye Academy debate will be announced. Musical guests Sébastien Michaud and Denis Surette will also be there. Admission is free and snacks will be provided.

Tickets for Soirée Frye are on sale at the Capitol Theatre (811, Main), at (506) 856-4379 or online at www.capitol.nb.ca. Tickets for the Maillet-Frye Lecture are on sale at the théâtre l’Escaouette (170 Botsford St.) or (506) 855-0001. Tickets for all other events will be on sale at the door.

About the Frye Festival
The Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening. It presents events year-round, culminating in a week of festivities at the end of April. The 14th annual Frye Festival will take place April 22 to 28, 2013 in the Greater Moncton area and will feature 30 local, Canadian and international authors taking part in various events. Information about the Festival and its mission is available at www.frye.ca.

Debra Komar Appearances in Moncton Area this Week

The Ballad of Jacob Peck, published by Goose Lane Editions.
The Ballad of Jacob Peck, published by Goose Lane Editions.

Writer and forensic anthropologist Debra Komar is in the Moncton area this week talking about her new book The Ballad of Jacob Peck, a tale of historic true crime about an infamous murder that took place in the Shediac area in 1805, recently published by Goose Lane Editions.

Debra will appear at:

Shediac Public Library, Thursday April 4, 6:30 pm
Riverview Public Library Lunch and Learn, Friday April 5 at 12:15 pm
Chapter’s in Dieppe for a signing, Saturday April 6 1-3 pm
Swisscot Restaurant, Dorchester, Saturday April 6 at 7 pm.

When a man kills in the name of God, who is to blame?

On a frigid February evening in 1805, Amos Babcock brutally murdered Mercy Hall. Believing that he was being instructed by God, Babcock stabbed and disembowelled his own sister, before dumping her lifeless body in a rural New Brunswick snowbank.

Debra Komar (Photo by Brian Larter)
Debra Komar (Photo by Brian Larter)

The Ballad of Jacob Peck is the tragic and fascinating story of how isolation, duplicity, and religious mania turned one man violent, leading to a murder and an execution. Babcock was hanged for the murder of his sister, but in her meticulously researched book, Debra Komar shows that itinerant preacher Jacob Peck should have swung right beside him. The mystery lies not in the whodunit, but rather in a lingering question: should Jacob Peck, whose incendiary sermons directly contributed to the killing, have been charged with the murder of Mercy Hall?

An investigation of a crime from the Canadian frontier, the tale of Jacob Peck, Amos Babcock, and Mercy Hall remains as controversial and riveting today as it was more than two hundred years ago.

Award Winning Authors & Singer headline WordsFall in Woodstock

Award winning authors, a rising New Brunswick music star and a former Penguin Books publisher will headline Words Fall in Woodstock, October 19 and 20, 2012. WordsFall is a semi-annual presentation of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) and features a full line-up of learning, networking and entertaining events.

The gathering will lead off October 19, with an opening reception at the Best Western Hotel, Woodstock, at 7 pm.

The next morning, WordsFall gets underway with a two-hour presentation on e-publishing by Cynthia Good, the director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College and former president and publisher of Penguin Books, beginning at 10 am.

In the afternoon, the Writers’ Federation will give the stage to Woodstock and area authors at 1:30 pm and then shift the spotlight to two special guests: Gerard Collins and Joan Clark. They will have a discussion on the publishing process, moderated by Cynthia Good. Clark is the multiple-award-winning author of several novels, short story collections for adults and novels for young readers and the University of New Brunswick’s writer-in-residence. Collins is a Newfoundland and Labrador author who teaches at Memorial University. In May, his first book, the short story collection Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 NL Book Award.

At 3 pm it will be time for other newly published authors from New Brunswick to shine as they launch their books at WordsFall with readings and signings. The authors include: Corey Redekop (Husk), Susan White (Ten Thousand Truths), Andrew McAllister (Unauthorized Access), Carmel Vivier (A Pictorial Walk Through Historic Saint John; New Brunswick Facts, Firsts & Innovations), Kathy Diane Leveille (e-book release of Let the Shadows Fall Behind You), Roger Moore (Monkey Temple) and Jason Peters (Aboriginal Sports Heroes: Atlantic Canada).

There will be more readings that evening, along with music performances, at an open mic coffee house, featuring special guest Babette Hayward, of Saint John, ECMA Rising Star nominee and winner of NB Music’s Female Song of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year for 2011. She will be joined by 2012 NB Music award nominee Pipher, Collins and WFNB Richards Prize Winner Corinne Wasilewski. Admission to the coffee house is by donation.

The fee to register for the entire event is $50 and $60 for non-members, $10 of which can be applied to the $50 membership fee to join WFNB. Payments can be made via PayPal. For more information, visit the Writers’ Federation’s website at www.wfnb.ca; email info@wfnb.ca or telephone 506-459-7228.

Everyone is welcome to attend WFNB’s annual autumn celebration of poetry, prose and song.

Now in its 27th year, WFNB is a 300-member, non-profit organization that brings together writers in all disciplines and at all levels of development to recognize, encourage and promote their work.

Cynthia Good

About Cynthia Good

Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, Cynthia Good has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years.

She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada in 1982 where she was responsible for establishing a publishing program which grew into one of the most successful in Canada. Under her leadership the roster included such writers as John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean, Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay and many others.

She was named President & Publisher of the company in 1997. After 20 years with Penguin, Good resigned in 2003. She became fiction-editor-at-large for Walrus Magazine, consulted for a variety of public and private organizations and taught writing and publishing at several universities and colleges until she founded The Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. That program is now in its eighth year. As well as teaching at Humber, Good continues to consult to and about the publishing industry. She was awarded an Honorary Degree by Mount Allison University in 2006.

Joan Clark

About Joan Clark

Joan Clark is the multiple-award-winning author of several novels, short story collections for adults and novels for young readers.

Her last adult novel, Latitudes of Melt, was nominated for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2001 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Canada-Caribbean, and was a New York Times Notable Book.

She was born and raised in the Maritimes and lived in western Canada before settling in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Joan Clark is currently writer in residence at UNB, Fredericton.

About Gerard Collins

Gerard Collins

In May of this year, Gerard Collins’ first book, the short story collection Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 Newfoundland Book Award.

His first novel, Finton Moon, was published in June and has already won the Percy Janes First Novel Award.

He’s won several arts and letters awards, been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize, published in Hard Ol’ Spot, Zeugma and various other anthologies.

Gerard has recently signed on to write a YA nonfiction story for Fierce Ink Shorts, releasing March 2013, and is working on a new novel.

He has a PhD in English and teaches at Memorial University.

About Babette Hayward

This 22-year-old singer and songwriter from Saint John has, in her short musical career, received impressive accolades for her work including:

2011 Winner of Music NB Pop Recording of the year
2011 Winner of Music NB Female Songwriter of the year for her first album You Might be Somebody
2011 NewSong Mountain Contest International Finalist
2012 ECMA Rising Star Nominee
2012 Saint John Originals Awards Emerging Artist Nominee

Babette recently signed a recording deal with Montreal’s Indica and is working on her second album to be released later this year.

Scotty and the Stars Launch New Album at Moncton’s Empress Theatre

Children’s musical entertainment group, Scotty and the Stars, will be have an album release concert at Moncton’s Empress Theatre (199 Robinson Court) on Saturday, September 29 at 2 PM. Tickets are currently on sale. This show is brought to you by Fisherman’s Friend.

Scotty and the Stars
Scotty and the Stars is a children’s musical entertainment group that delivers positive messages, active participation and musical education through original music and enthusiastic live performances.

Scott Sampson (BED/BA), Kelly Waterhouse, Nicci Blewett, and Richard Gloade provide a musical and theatrical experience where children march, stomp, clap and dance their way through this interactive and fun-filled musical journey.

Scotty and the Star’s debut CD entitled Here We Go was nominated for a 2007-2008 East Coast Music Award for “Children’s Recording of the Year.” Their sophomore album entitled Making Music was also nominated for a 2009-2010 ECMA for “Children’s Recording of the Year!” Furthermore, Scotty and the Stars were nominated for “Educator of the Year” by Music NB.

They released a children’s book entitled The Magical Adventures of Scotty in April 2011. The release of their highly-anticipated new album Time to Get Up is an exciting step for Scotty and the Stars as they expand their music across North America and pursue a career in children’s musical entertainment.

Tickets for the Scotty and the Stars release concert on September 29 are currently on sale at the cost of $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Service fees do apply.

People may purchase tickets through the Capitol Theatre Box-Office either by calling at 506-856-4379 or 1 800 567-1922, online at www.capitol.nb.ca or in person at 811 Main Street, Moncton.

Two NB Authors Win Atlantic Book Awards

Quispamsis NB author, Riel Nason's first novel "The Town that Drowned" won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award at the Atlantic Book Awards in St. John's, Newfoundland last night.

The winners of the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the first time the annual event took place outside of Nova Scotia. Amy House hosted the sold-out event, which also featured a performance by Andy Jones and few words from City of St. John’s Poet Laureate Tom Dawe.

This is also the first time that two of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards — Ches Crosbie Barristers Fiction Award and The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award — were presented as part of the Atlantic Book Awards.

The nine award-winning books represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada and by Atlantic Canadian authors and publishers. The winners are:

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
The Year Mrs. Montague Cried, by Clifton Royal, New Brunswick author Susan White, published by PEI’s Acorn Press

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award
Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada by Chris Benjamin, published by Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing

Ches Crosbie Barristers Fiction Award
Moonlight Sketches by Gerard Collins (Creative Book Publishing)

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History by Nova Scotian naturalist Harry Thurston, published by Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation

Susan White of Clifton Royal, NB, won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature at the Atlantic Book Awards in St. John's, Newfoundland last night for her book "The Year Mrs. Montague Cried".

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
Necessaries and Sufficiencies: Planter Society in Londonderry, Onslow and Truro Townships, 1761-1780 by Carol Campbell and James F. Smith, published by Cape Breton University Press

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke
Great Village by Mary Rose Donnelly (Cormorant Books)

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Sydney Smith for There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
The Town That Drowned by Quispamsis, New Brunswick’s Riel Nason, published by Goose Lane Editions

The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award
Jack and the Manger by Andy Jones, illustrated by Darka Erdelji (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)

About the Awards:

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
The impetus for this $2,000 award came from the late Ann Connor Brimer who was a strong advocate of Canadian children’s literature and saw the need to recognize and encourage children’s writers in Atlantic Canada.
Shortlisted: Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.) and Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley (Roseway Publishing)

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s award for Best Atlantic Published Book recognizes publishing companies and their hardworking professionals who bring out new books each season. Each year, a publisher whose book possesses the best balance of content, presentation, quality of design and production, as well as contributing the most to an understanding of Atlantic Canada, receives the award. The first prize of $5,000 (sponsored by Friesens) is shared between the winning publishing firm ($4,000) and the book’s author ($1,000).
Shortlisted: Salmon Country by Doug Underhill, photographs by André Gallant (Goose Lane Editions) and That Forgetful Shore by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole (Breakwater Books)

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
The Dartmouth Book Awards were established in 1989 by then mayor of Dartmouth, Dr. John Savage. The annual awards for fiction and non-fiction, valued at $1,500 each, honour the best books published the previous year in celebration of Nova Scotia and its people.
Shortlisted: Necessaries and Sufficiencies: Planter Society in Londonderry, Onslow and Truro Townships, 1761-1780 by Carol Campbell and James F. Smith, (Cape Breton University Press) and Heroes of the Acadian Resistance by Dianne Marshall (Formac Publishing)

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
The Atlantic Book Awards Society created the Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and received an endowment from the Democracy 250 committee to fund the $2,000 annual prize for an outstanding work of non-fiction that promotes awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of the history of the Atlantic Provinces.
Shortlisted: The Lookout: A History of Signal Hill by James E. Candow (Creative Book Publishing) and Imaginary Line: Life on an unfinished border by Jacques Poitras (Goose Lane Editions)

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke
The Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for fiction is sponsored by Boyne Clarke Barristers and Solicitors. Jim Connors was a volunteer juror of the fiction entries from the outset of the annual competitions.
Shortlisted: Diligent River Daughter by Bruce Graham (Pottersfield Press) and a possible madness by Frank MacDonald (Cape Breton University Press)

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Lillian Shepherd was a long-time buyer for The Book Room in Halifax. This award was established by her many friends to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work.
Shortlisted: Thank You for My Bed by Doretta Groenendyk (Acorn Press) and A Day with You in Paradise by Lennie Gallant, illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon (Nimbus Publishing)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.
Shortlisted: The Lightning Field by Heather Jessup (Gaspereau Press) and A Description of the Blazing World by Michael Murphy (Freehand Books)

Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are co-presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable John C. Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the sixteenth consecutive year for the biennial awards, which cover a two-calendar-year publishing period. The pairings are Children’s/Young Adult Literature and Fiction in one year and Poetry and Non-fiction the next year. The winning author receives $1,500 and each runner-up receives $500.
Shortlisted (Ches Crosbie Barristers Fiction Award): New Under the Sun by Kevin Major (Cormorant Books) and double talk by Patrick Warner (Breakwater Books)
Shortlisted (The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award): edge of time by Susan M. MacDonald (Breakwater Books), Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton (Harper Collins)

About the Atlantic Book Awards Society
The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.” The board of the ABAS is committed to being a truly regional organization with representation from all four Atlantic provinces.

Miramichier Launches New Book on Filmmaking

Suzanne Lyons

Originally from Millbank in Miramichi, Suzanne Lyons is a Hollywood producer and an award-winning filmmaker. She co-founded Snowfall Films, WindChill Films Inc., and the Flash Forward Institute. Her films have been distributed by Miramax, Disney, Lionsgate, and ScreenGems.

With over 25 years experience in television and film, Suzanne also conducts highly successful workshops on producing and has just published a book through Focal Press called Indie film Producing… The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for 70 years. They provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: film and digital video production.

Indie Film Producing explains the simple, basic, clear-cut role of the independent film producer. Producing your dream project, creating award-winning films on a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film—it’s all doable, and this book guides you through the entire process of being a successful producer and how to successfully maneuver through the sphere of social media marketing and fundraising tactics.

Suzanne pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how

Suzanne Lyons book on Indie Film Producing can be purchased directly from the publisher or at Amazon.com.

easy and fun it can be. Laid out in a step-by-step, A to Z, matter-of-fact style that shows you how the producer’s role can be easy, how to treat the film as a business, and especially how to avoid the painful pitfalls faced by so many producers, this book gives you the essential tools you need to make your film a success from the ground up.

It begins with the earliest stages of concept development, continues through production & post, and ultimately concludes with distribution. Suzanne shows you how to create a buzz for your film through marketing and promotions. Indie Film Producing contains interviews with global producers who have produced films using social media, festivals, apps, and more, giving you real-world insight that can be applied to your own films.

For more information about Suzanne visit her website www.suzannelyons.net. You can buy her book directly from the publisher or it’s also available at Amazon.com.

Four NB Authors Up for Atlantic Book Awards

Doug Underhill, of Miramichi, has been shortlisted (along with photographer André Gallant) for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award for Salmon Country.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society recently announced the full shortlist for the nine different book prizes that make up the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards. Of the 26 books up for awards, four are written by New Brunswick authors. Congratulations to Riel Nason of Quispamis, Jacques Poitras of Fredericton, Susan White of Clifton Royal, and Doug Underhill of Miramichi.

The awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction; thought-provoking non-fiction and deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, to beautiful coffee table books; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults.

The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 10–17 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details will be available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca in the coming weeks.

Winners of the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland, marking the first time this event has ventured outside Nova Scotia. Newfoundland comedienne Amy House hosts the awards celebration, which also features a performance by Andy Jones. Tickets for the awards celebration are $12; they are available at the LSPU Hall box office, by phone at 709-753-4531, or online at rca.nf.ca.

The board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the sponsorship of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; the City of St. John’s; the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association; Advocate Printing; The Chronicle Herald; The Telegram; The Guardian; and The Telegraph-Journal.

The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
Vicki Grant, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret (HarperCollins Canada)
Gloria Ann Wesley, Chasing Freedom (Roseway Publishing)
Susan White, The Year Mrs. Montague Cried (Acorn Press)

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, sponsored by Friesens
Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada by Chris Benjamin (Nimbus Publishing)
Salmon Country by Doug Underhill, photographs by André Gallant (Goose Lane Editions)
That Forgetful Shore by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole (Breakwater Books)

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
Carol Campbell and James F. Smith, Necessaries and Sufficiencies: Planter Society in Londonderry, Onslow and Truro, 1761-1780 (Cape Breton University Press)
Dianne Marshall, Heroes of the Acadian Resistance (Formac Publishing)
Harry Thurston, The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History (Greystone Books, in association with the David Suzuki Foundation)

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
Carol Campbell and James F. Smith, Necessaries and Sufficiencies: Planter Society in Londonderry, Onslow and Truro, 1761-1780 (Cape Breton University Press)
James E. Candow, The Lookout: A History of Signal Hill (Creative Book Publishing)
Jacques Poitras, Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border (Goose Lane Editions)

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke
Mary Rose Donnelly, Great Village (Cormorant Books)
Bruce Graham, Diligent River Daughter (Pottersfield Press)
Frank Macdonald, A Possible Madness (Cape Breton University Press)

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Doretta Groenendyk, Thank You for My Bed (Acorn Press)
Patsy MacKinnon, A Day with You in Paradise by Lennie Gallant (Nimbus Publishing)
Sydney Smith, Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
Heather Jessup, The Lightning Field (Gaspereau Press)
Michael Murphy, A Description of the Blazing World (Freehand Books)
Riel Nason, The Town That Drowned (Goose Lane Editions)

Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction
Gerard Collins, Moonlight Sketches (Creative Book Publishing)
Kevin Major, New Under the Sun (Cormorant Books)
Patrick Warner, double talk (Breakwater Books)

The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award
Andy Jones, Jack and the Manger (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)
Susan M. MacDonald, Edge of Time (Breakwater Books)
Janet McNaughton, Dragon Seer’s Gift (HarperCollins Canada)

Frye Festival Celebrates Northrop Frye’s 100th birthday!

July 14, 2012 will mark the centenary of Northrop Frye’s birth, and the Frye Festival is commemorating the 100th anniversary with a series of special events throughout the year. While keeping all its traditional activities, including book clubs, conversations, writing workshops, school/youth programs, Soirée Frye and late-night events, the Frye Festival is adding new community-focused events to its 2012 programming.

“Northrop Frye is Moncton’s most famous son, and we want to celebrate his amazing legacy with the entire community,” says Dawn Arnold, Chair of the Frye Festival. “Frye wrote a lot about how literature helps us to train our imaginations, develop critical thinking skills and the power of literature to create a tolerant and civil society. In 2012, the Frye Festival will continue to feed imaginations will all our regular Festival fare, but we are also thrilled to add exciting projects to our program, like public art, a 24-hour playwriting competition and much more.”

The Frye Festival is pleased to announce the support of Canadian Heritage, as part its Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, for Frye’s centennial celebrations. The program is designed specifically to increase opportunities for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

Bronze sculpture of Northrop Frye
The Frye Festival has commissioned three local artists to create a life-size bronze sculpture of Northrop Frye. The commission was awarded to Darren Byers of Byers Harrison Studios Inc. who will be collaborating with artists Fred Harrison and Janet Fotheringham. The three have partnered to create the artwork, which will feature Northrop Frye sitting on a park bench with a book open on his lap. The sculpture will be installed in front of the Moncton Public Library (Downing St. entrance), and the Festival’s hope is to unveil the sculpture in time for Frye’s birthday in July.

Janet Fotheringham has extensive experience in molding and casting and has been doing life sculpture since 1996. Darren Byers has worked as a furniture maker for over 25 years and as a sculptor for the last 18 years, producing commissions and private work throughout North America and Fred Harrison has worked on many murals throughout Canada. In April 2011 Darren and Fred completed “The Workers Memorial” in Saint John, a larger than life size bronze monument to honour anyone who has suffered physical or mental injuries or who has died while on the job in the greater Saint John area. This will be the first time that all three artists have collaborated.

24-hour playwriting competition
The Frye Festival is inviting amateur and established playwrights to take part in a unique 24-hour competition. From 4 pm on Friday, April 20 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 21, individuals will have the chance to prove their writing skills as they write a one-act play about Northrop Frye and/or his ideas. Participants will be fed, caffeinated and encouraged, and will participate in the official language of their choice in one of two categories: student and other. Four winners (one for each language and each category) will walk away with $500. Plays will be judged by Governor General award-winning playwrights Catherine Banks and Herménégilde Chiasson, along with local celebrity and playwright Marshall Button.

The model for the Festival’s 24-hour playwriting competition is based on an established model by the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, which has been organizing their event for 15 years.

Special issues of ellipse magazine
A special issue of ellipse magazine will be published to mark the 100th anniversary of Frye’s birth. Under the direction of Jo-Anne Elder, ellipse is mandated with promoting literary translation and intercultural awareness. The Special Edition will feature new writing by authors from the Maritimes and across Canada, all of which will honour this great thinker. An official launch reception will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 4 pm at Moncton City Hall.

Frye Centennial Talk and Conversation between Frye and McLuhan
Professor Ian Balfour of York University will present an original talk on Northrop Frye, the man and the ideas. However, before his presentation, two local actors will present a short, hilarious conversation between Northrop Frye and his contemporary, Marshall McLuhan.

The Frye Festival is also planning many more events and community projects, which will be unveiled throughout the year.

About Northrop Frye
Northrop Frye was one of Canada’s most prominent and celebrated public thinkers and a pioneer in literary criticism. He wrote extensively about symbols in literature and about structure, and his theories attracted international attention. He was considered one of the greatest scholars and thinkers of the 20th century, hailed as the “modern Aristotle” and the “Einstein of the Humanities” after his death. He is also “one of the top dozen most-cited intellectual writers of all time,” with the likes of Plato and Shakespeare.

Frye was born on July 14, 1912 in Sherbrooke, Québec. He was seven years old when he moved with his family to Moncton, New Brunswick, where he developed many of the ideas that he would go on to explore the rest of his life. In 1929 Frye won a typing contest and left Moncton to study at the University of Toronto, where he remained as student and teacher most of the rest of his life. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 20 books, lectured at more than 100 universities around the world, received 39 honorary degrees, won the Governor General’s Award for Literature, was a Companion of the Order of Canada, had a postage stamp created in his image and in 2010 the Northrop Frye School in Moncton was named in his honour.

About the Frye Festival
The Frye Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest literary happening and Canada’s only bilingual international literary Festival. The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 23 to 29, 2012 in the Greater Moncton area. The complete list of authors will be unveiled February 20, 2012. More information about the Festival and its mission is available at www.frye.ca.

Upcoming Events
Pop & Frye with George Elliott Clarke
Monday, March 19, 2012, Navigator’s Pub, Moncton

Pop & Frye with Herménégilde Chiasson (La vieille femme près de la voie ferrée)
Wednesday, March 29, 2012, Théatre l’Escaouette, Moncton