Review of The Hat

December 2018

In the Chronicle Herald of Dec. 17, 2018, Brendan Ahern offers a review of my YA novel, The Hat. The reviewer got a few things wrong, like my initials, but overall I thought he did a good job. My only big regret is that the paper did not include an image of the cover of the book. So I’m putting one here.

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/living/the-novascotian/historian-and-author-abj-johnston-has-a-new-take-on-the-deportation-of-the-acadians-268054/

The Hat - book cover by Lio Lo

Cape Breton Christmas

December 2018

I am one of many writers to have a short piece in the newly published Cape Breton Christmas, No. 5, edited by Ron Caplan. All stories are short; mine is three pages.

Giving Books?

December 2018

I am delighted to see my coming-of-age novel Something True featured in the Cape Breton Catalogue. Copies can be ordered from Cape Breton Books, or picked up at Woozles in Halifax, the Colchester Historeum in Truro and the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop in Sydney. Or via Amazon.

VR and the Fortress

November 2018

I am equal parts intrigued and excited—to be asked to contribute to a Virtual Reality project on the Fortress of Louisbourg. Looking forward to learning more about that possibility in the days ahead.

Cape Breton Catalogue

November 2018

I am super pleased to see “Something True,” my novel about Katharine McLennan’s coming-of-age story, to be on the front cover mix of the Cape Breton Magazine’s 2018 gift catalogue. Thank you, Ron Caplan!

Something True (cover)

Work in Progress

November 2018

Research and writing of the story of The Lincolns marches on. Huge thanks go out to all the former members of the band and to a number of their keen fans. I have now passed what I believe was the halfway point. Onward I go.