Arichat, Aug. 20

August 2014

I’m very much looking forward to my upcoming trip back to Cape Breton. I’ve not been on the distinctive republic of Isle Madame for far too long. That absence ends on Wednesday, August 20. I’ll be at LeNoir Landing, 708 Veterans Memorial Drive, Arichat, talking about the quartet of period fiction I’m halfway through with The Maze and its predecessor, Thomas, A Secret Life. I’ll talk about where those books are coming from and where the series is heading, and do a couple of readings. The event begins at 7 pm.

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Nouvelles sur Ni’n na L’nu

July 2014

Les premiers pas sont pris pour avoir une version en français du livre sur les Mi’kmaq. Il sera intitulé, Ni’n na L’nu : Les Mi’kmaq de l’Ile du Prince-Édouard. La traduction est terminée et un premier jet du design est fait, et par le même grand talent qui a désigné l’exposition, Stéphane Breton. Le lancement du livre en français est prévu pour le 10 octobre au Musée canadien de l’Histoire à Gatineau. Work is advancing at good speed on the French version of Jesse Francis’ and my book on the Mi’kmaq. Launch is set for October 10 at the Canadian Museum of History in the National Capital Region.

The Maze … is out

May 2014

The new novel is now in bookstores and available as an e-book.

Actors playing Thomas and Hélène, central characters in both Thomas, A Secret Life and The Maze, were strolling around Halifax on June 7 giving away 50% discount coupons and excerpt samples. The discounts are for two independent bookstores in Halifax and one in Sydney.


My presentations on The Maze in Truro, Dartmouth, Pictou and River John  are all done. The only one left at this time is for August 20, at 7 pm. I’ll be at LeNoir Landing, 708 Veterans Memorial Drive, Arichat on Isle Madame, reading from and talking about The Maze and its predecessor, Thomas, A Secret Life.

Nouveau film sur Louisbourg

January 2014

Le nouveau film documentaire — Louisbourg, un rêve d’Amérique — a été diffusé en France sur FR3. Le film était tourné pendant 2013, le tricentenaire de la fondation de Louisbourg, par Marc Jouanny et Françoise Mamolar. Il contient beaucoup de belles images, un narratif génial, et des entrevues avec plusieurs historiens, y compris moi. J’espère que dans un proche avenir le film serait diffusé au Canada.

Royal Visit, 1994

October 2012

A photo with a twist

October 2012

The photo of me with two distinguished people is real, sort of. Yes, I accompanied Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip on their 1994 tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg, but there were others in the entourage as well. My step-mother wanted to crop out the others: Premier John Savage, federal Minister Dave Dingwall and others. So she went to a photo shop and this is the result. You can make out some of the feet of the missing people if you study the ground.