Upcoming books

October 2012

I’ve just completed the second novel that follows the adventures and moral dilemmas of Thomas Pichon and will shortly begin a complete review and revision before sending it off to the publisher for the next stage. Then it’ll be off to the publisher for the next stages. If all goes well, the next novel should be out in the late summer or fall of 2013.

Also appearing in 2013 will be two new history books. One is to mark the tercentenary of the founding of Louisbourg by the French in 1713. Entitled Louisbourg: Past, Present, Future it will offer an overview history, with a great many illustrations, of the place from about 5000 years ago, when its harbour was formed, up to today and on into the future to see what it may hold. Sneak preview: that future is not good and it has to do with the sea. That book will be released by Nimbus Publishing of Halifax, probably by June 2013. The other history book of mine to appear in 2013 I am co-writing with Jesse Francis. Its title pretty much tells you what it’s about: N’in na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island. It will be published by the Acorn Press. It’s a companion publication to a travelling exhibit of the same name that Camus Productions has conceived and designed. It will open at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown in 2013 then travel to other venues after that.


October 2012

People sometimes ask me: what’s up with calling yourself A.J.B.? I agree it’s a little awkward, especially since I’m known to my friends as either John or J. But there’s a history to that use of the three initials. Back when I was studying History in university it seemed like it was the thing to do for historians to go by their initials. There was A.J.P. Taylor, J.H. Plumb, J.M.S. Careless and many more. And my father, on his business cards at least, was J.A.L. Johnston. My first term papers were written by Andrew John Johnston but over time I gradually adopted what I thought was the norm, just initials. I’ve been publishing with A.J.B. for so long now that I think I’ll just continue on.


October 2012

I have to confess that I’m a bit embarrassed to be creating my own web site. It suggests more than a little vanity. But then I grew up in a period when vanity was still viewed as a weakness if not a sin. (Pride, a variation of vanity, is one of what for centuries were known as the seven deadly sins.) The times, however, have evidently changed. Vanity now is called self-promotion, and is regarded widely as a survival skill. In my particular case, as someone who makes his living by generating words, I can of course see the logic in having a web site. Lots of writers do, and I’m not likely any vainer than any of them. So, rather than vanity, let’s say this site is an attempt to connect and communicate with an unknown number of potential readers. That, surely, is not a bad thing at all. This web site has a contact page, where anyone who visits here, should they wish to, can get in touch with me about anything at all.


If vanity does not entirely overthrow the virtues, at least it makes them all totter.
– La Rochefoucauld