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Bookfest, West Pubnico, Aug. 11

2024-07-06 07:58:04 a-j-b-johnston

I am delighted to be part of a special event taking place in West Pubnico, NS, on August 11.

It will be a bilingual affair, with lots of authors in attendance.

The details are on these two posters.

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Crossword Clue

2024-06-24 11:14:30 a-j-b-johnston

I received a message recently from Anne O’Neill. She was a longtime colleague back when we both worked at the Fortress of Louisbourg. (We were also the duo who toured Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip around the Fortress on their 1994 visit.)

Anne let me know that one of my book titles had showed up as the answer in a crossword puzzle of the Halifax Chronicle Herald. What?

Sure enough. Check out clue 39 below. By the way, the answer the clue is looking for is “Heart of Acadie.”

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Two Upcoming August Events

2024-06-24 11:07:36 a-j-b-johnston

The 2024 Congrès mondial des Acadiens (World Acadian Congress) is taking place this August across southwest Nova Scotia (Acadie).

Though I am not Acadian, I have written about Acadie et les Acadiens / Acadiennes from time to time.

I am delighted to have been invited to take part in two events this August. Both relate to my most recent book, “Into the Wind: A Novel of Acadian Resilience” (published by Acorn Press).

I’ll provide greater details regarding specific times and who else is on the program at a later date. Right now, I can share that on the afternoon of August 11 I will be at the West Pubnico Fire Hall (as part of the Festival du livre) and on the afternoon of August 13 I will be at the Lions Club in Yarmouth.

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Film or No Film?

2024-06-11 09:29:35 a-j-b-johnston

It is too early to know.

But there have been a number of emails on the potential and one face-to-face discussion in Toronto a week ago.

The project in question involves my 2023 YA novel Into the Wind: A Novel of Acadian Resilience (Acorn Press). I agree that it would make an excellent transition to the screen, but it remains to be seen if the necessary funding and other support will materialize to make it happen.

I’ll keep you posted.

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FCHS 2024

2024-05-30 09:18:35 a-j-b-johnston

I was in Charlottesville, VA, last week to attend the latest annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society. I used to be a regular attendee between the 1980s and the early 2000s, and once served as its president.

This time round I was there as both a presenter (my topic and session are reproduced here) and as a past president that the society wanted to acknowledge as it nears its 50th anniversary. One photo here shows everyone in my session: chair Robin Mitchell and fellow presenters Sue Peabody and Patti Flinn. Another photo presents some of the leadership of the FCHS, past, present, and future.

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Best Books, Louisbourg,

2024-03-12 09:04:55 a-j-b-johnston

Here is a list of six books I drew up the other day.

Best Books on the 18th-Century History of Louisbourg, Canada | Booklisti

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