Coming Mid-October 2020
Blood and Salt by Robert MacKinnon
Boularderie Island Press
Robert MacKinnon is an ex-RCMP officer, an armchair historian, and a world-renowned maritime salver and treasure hunter. Blood and & Salt captivates readers with more of Robert’s tales of shipwrecks, buried treasure, unscrupulous privateers and lost villages. But that’s not all. Blood & Salt also explores Robert’s own intriguing Highland Scots heritage as a member of Clan MacKinnon. This affords him a deep connection to monumental historic events such as the Highland Clearances and the Battle of Culloden, as well as a direct blood relationship to Donald 1st, 7th century King of the Picts,and a Norse princess known as Saucy Mary.
This eclectic collection of stories shares with readers many other aspects of Robert’s professional and personal experience. He tells a chilling story of being the first RCMP officer at the crash site of Air Canada Flight 621 in 1970, arriving to find the DC-8 and all of its 109 passengers and crew disintegrated beyond recognition. Another tale reveals Robert’s long-time association with Frenchie, a Mi’kmaw man who gives him, and readers, an up-close-and-personal lesson in Mi’kmaw traditions and legends. And true to his nature, Robert presents readers with his own deeply held views on a variety of topics, like unfair maritime law, government bureaucracy and Cape Breton independence.
And in case you’re not already hooked, Blood & Salt revives the age-old debate: Was Captain Kidd really a visitor to the Mira River?
Second Chance by Mona Knight
Boularderie Island Press
Second Chance is the next adventure in The Fortune Saga series and picks up where Banjo Flats left off. Fortune returns home to Banjo Flats, in the Dakota Territory, where she earned her reputation as a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ kind of gunfighter. She agrees to accompany the federal marshal to Deadwood to bring back a notorious outlaw, and life gets complicated when she rescues a pair of young orphaned brothers along the road. While in Deadwood she picks up the trail of a lost gold shipment and is forced to confront a dark memory from her past and settle a long-standing score with the cold-blooded Mose Horn.
Mona Knight is a journalist, a short-story writer, and a novelist. Originally from Ontario, Mona spent much of her working career in Toronto as a correspondent for a third-world sponsorship agency. She retired to Cape Breton with her husband in 2008 and wrote for a number of years for a local newspaper, The Victoria Standard. Her debut novel, Banjo Flats, was published by Boularderie Island Press in the fall of 2017. She has also published several short stories in local anthologies: Unearthed, by Third Person Press; Thirteen Ways From Sunday, by Boularderie Island Press; and Aubade, by Boularderie Island Press.
A Touch of Elegance by Charlotte Musial
Boularderie Island Press
A Touch of Elegance is a lavish collection of heart-warming, witty, sometimes mystical tales of love and loss, betrayal and redemption…and other angst-ridden issues of the human condition. Take young Willow, for instance, whose elegant dinner party takes a decidedly inelegant turn when her aging hippie parents show up uninvited. Or Ben, the hero of Saving Face…and Other Parts, who meets Margot, a new neighbour, whose mystique leaks through the picket fence separating their backyards; Ben learns a lot from Margot…not the least of which is how to cook a turkey with giblets. What’s in a Name spotlights the author’s whimsical sense of humour when Mary Lizzie, wife of Rory for over sixty years and mother of his six children, propelled by one final insult to her life’s work, almost decapitates him with a well-aimed meat cleaver. But there’s more. The author has cleverly linked each of her stories with lyric, narrative and dramatic works of poetry that complement the themes of her short fiction, and offer to readers an ever-present background murmur of life by the sea. In Ode to an Oyster, she comically chastises an oyster for being…well…an oyster.
Charlotte Musial is the author of the poetry collection The Night Life of Chairs. She was born in Scotchtown, Cape Breton. She graduated St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing with an RN diploma, and for many years she practised as a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia. Later, she graduated CBU with a BA and taught essay writing, grammar, and comprehension at that institution. Charlotte’s personal essays, features, short fiction, and poetry have found homes in local, regional, and national venues. These include The Cape Bretoner, The Atlantic Advocate, Pottersfield Portfolio, Canadian Writers Journal, and, more recently, as short fiction in anthologies published by The Nashwaak Review (St. Thomas University Press), Thirteen Ways from Sunday (Boularderie Island Press), Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories (Third Person Press), and Breton Books.
The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm by Julie Curwin
Boularderie Island Press
The folks who populate The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm are a motley crew—as colourful and sundry a collection of characters as ever turned up between two covers. You will meet Selenium Man, the Half-Girl, Perky One and Perky Two, the Broken Man, Frederick Nietzsche (not his real name), The Frog, the psychiatrist-with-the-hyphenated-name, and Eno the aging dragon who has an annoying habit of eating Evelyn Burtleby’s novels before she can finish them. In this offbeat treasury of tales, the author rummages around in the psyche of her characters—some of them patients, some medical professionals, and one who is both—all of them bogged down, to varying degrees, in emotional eddies of delusion, euphoria and/or mania as they search for their own version of reality.Julie Curwin’s clinical experience, superior intelligence and razor-sharp wit guarantees a great read as you tag along on these clever, sometimes farcical and always amusing jaunts into the unknown.
Julie Curwin is a psychiatrist who divides her time between Sydney and Boularderie Island, Cape Breton, where she lives with her husband Chris and a variety of furry friends. Her short stories have won numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for World Backwards (2008) and the David Adams Richards Prize for a group of short stories. The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm is her first book.
He’s Around Here Somewhere by Dr. James V. O’Brien
A Slish Productions Publication
In this engaging memoir, Dr. James V. O’Brien invites the reader to ride shotgun with him as he drives along the highways and byways of his past—a journey that recounts a spectacular 50-year medical career. His experiences are fascinating—but hold onto your hat, as there are a few potholes along the way. O’Brien was born in London at the onset of WWII and his education, apprenticeships, residencies and practices couriered him to Dublin, Winnipeg, the Yukon, Halifax and Cape Breton. The early years of his career intrigued as well as frustrated him, as this was a world of medicine still heavily dependent upon the norms and traditions of both the Victorian and Edwardian eras. He’s Around Here Somewhere reveals the many amazing people O’Brien encountered during his career. They are recalled with humour, hope and at times, regret. However, O’Brien never strays from the “Hippocratic Oath” — Do No Harm.
James V. O’Brien resides in Big Harbour, Cape Breton, together with his wife, Heather Laskey. They have three children and two grandchildren.