Nimbus Book Contract

October 2018

Yesterday, at Nimbus Publishing in Halifax, I signed the contract for a book on The Lincolns. The working title at this stage is “Dreams to Remember: The Life and Times of The Lincolns”.

(“Dreams to a Remember” was an Otis Redding song The Lincolns regularly performed; it also alludes to the warm recollections people have for the band and its dances during the 1960s.)

I would love to have any recollections people want to share about Lincolns dances, at any of the many places they played over the years. I am also looking for fresh photos from the 1960s not seen before. If you have something to share, please us the “Contact” link on this site.

Below are a couple of my photos from the Lincolns reunion concert on Sept. 14, 2018.

Memories Wanted

September 2018

I am looking for stories big and small from fans of Truro’s great ’60s Soul and R&B band, The Lincolns.

They can be expressions of affection for the guys in the band and the music they played, or maybe a romance that went wrong (or right) out on the dance floor one night. Or maybe an account of a fight that happened near you! I don’t know—there was a lot going on at each of those dances. If there’s something you want to share, and don’t mind ending up in a book, please send it along. Use the “Contact” link on this site.

Thanks.

The Lincolns … in a book

September 2018

I have written a fair number of books over the years. Until now, they’ve all been about time periods before my own. That is about to change. I have been asked to write a book about the legendary 1960s R&B / Soul group based in Truro which was called “The Lincolns.”

I could not be more pleased. I likely heard “The Lincolns” play a few hundred times. They were a huge influence on me and everyone else growing up in Truro, Nova Scotia, and in many other Maritime communities.

Between now and the end of the year, I will be looking for as many stories and anecdotes as people want to share with me. About Friday nights at Truro’s Legion, or about dances in Dartmouth, Halifax, Sydney and anywhere else the band had a devoted following.

If anyone reading this post has memories they would like to see retold in a book, please let me know. It would clog up this site to put such stories as comments on this site, so please make initial contact with me by going to my web site (ajbjohnston.com) and click on “Contact”. We can then talk by phone, email or maybe in person.

Here’s a photo of legendary drummer Rod Norrie taken after the first of our interviews.

HRM / Edward Cornwallis

July 2018

I am honored to be asked to sit upon the Halifax Regional Municipality’s new advisory committee to recommend paths forward for items associated with Edward Cornwallis’s name and with Indigenous commemoration in general. I think HRM has put together an excellent advisory body.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1586621-halifax-sets-stage-for-%E2%80%98groundbreaking%E2%80%99-review-of-cornwallis-commemorations

New Covers

July 2018

I have made adjustments to the covers for my new novels, The Hat and Something True. They are available on all Amazon platforms and in select books stores and gift shops in Grand-Pré, Louisbourg, Sydney, Truro and Wolfville.

If anyone wants to comment, please send me your thoughts.

One Reader’s Thoughts

July 2018

I really appreciate it when I hear from a reader who has liked one of my books. After all, you put them out there and don’t really know how people feel about them unless they let you know.

A few days ago, a reader named Cindy Embree sent me her feelings about The Hat.

“I just read ‘The Hat’. Thank you. It is beautifully written and the image of the hat helps us to hold on and get through this well known but painful story. Lots of truths in this book. Most of all it is a big reminder of our own injustices and sorrows. Maybe we are a little smug this season as we phrase our own criticisms of US treatment of migrants. We must forever be alert and say no to unfairness. Thanks – can’t wait to share this with all ages. How did you manage to write so gently of such a horrid occurrence – good for you – brings it right to our hearts.”

I could not ask for better feedback than that.

By the way, both of my new novels, The Hat and Something True, are available as e-books as well as paperbacks. In fact, if anyone has Kindle Unlimited, each book is free.