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Voglers Cove, June 12

2019-05-19 21:37:56 a-j-b-johnston

Coming up in June, I will be making my third visit to one of my favorite places, Vogler’s Cove. Details are on the poster.

I’ll be talking about the background to my two 2018 novels, “The Hat” and “Something True”, as well as about my forthcoming book on The Lincolns. I’m aiming for fast-paced and fun, with lots of images and some music by a certain band.

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Amherst, Nov. 17

2018-10-31 18:45:52 a-j-b-johnston

Nimbus Publishing has a special event planned for northern Nova Scotia on November 17. I’ll be among 40 authors present between 10 and 2 on that day.

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Lincolns Return to Truro!

2018-08-25 18:34:08 a-j-b-johnston

“Because of them, Truro was our New York.”

That’s what Halifax doctor Scott Murray, who grew up in Pictou, said to me a few years ago. He was referring to the 1960s Friday night Lincoln dances at the Colchester Legion.

No one who was ever at those dances would disagree. They were something special. None of us would have wanted to be anywhere else, than grooving to Frank MacKay and the band playing Soul and R&B.

Well, a half century later, the Lincolns are coming back—back to play in Truro at the Legion Branch 26. I have tickets for the Friday night event, but there will be a Saturday night show as well.

Fifty dollars may be fifty times more expensive than the Lincoln dances at the Legion dances used to be. But then, maybe that’s a small price for time travel?

And for a trip to our very own Nova Scotian New York.

Photos: tickets for 2018 Lincoln show; banner on The Lincolns at the Colchester Historeum; AJBJ and Rod Norrie (original Lincoln drummer); and AJBJ and Mary T around the time when the Lincolns were playing in Truro in the 1960s.

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Grand-Pré Events

2018-07-27 13:00:32 a-j-b-johnston

Wonderful weekend of events, a true cultural spectacular, coming up at Grand-Pré on Aug. 17-18, 2018.

I am delighted to be on the program. I will be having a book launch on Aug. 18 at 2 pm for my new YA novel, The Hat. It’s a 21st-century telling of the story of the Acadian Deportation. Then I will be on a panel exploring the different layers of Grand-Prés landscape.

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WW1 Exhibit Accompanies Book Release

2018-05-14 17:57:45 a-j-b-johnston

To accompany my talk at Truro’s Colchester Historeum on May 17, Elinor Maher (my sister) and Donna Meese have put together a mini-exhibit entitled “Caring for the Wounded.” Details are on the poster below. The exhibit will only be up for about a week. Thanks to Elinor and Donna for putting it together.

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