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Rebecca Boutler, left, and Lori MacAdam, from the P.E.I. Public Library, join Robert Henderson, minister of tourism and culture, in announcing Island: The Collected Stories by Canadian author Alistair MacLeod as part of the One Book One Island program. The launch was held Wednesday at the Confederation Centre Library in Charlottetown.
The name says it all.
Island: The Collected Stories by author Alistair MacLeod was announced Wednesday as this year’s selection for the One Book One Island promotion at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Library.
The program selects one book every year as a way to promote literacy in Prince Edward Island and foster an Island-wide discussion on reading.
Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson said he couldn’t imagine a more fitting title for this year’s promotion.
“Not only is Alistair MacLeod an award-winning Canadian author with roots in the Maritimes, but he also writes many of his stories in a cabin on a high hill in Cape Breton with a distant view of Prince Edward Island,” said Henderson.
“I encourage all Islanders to pick up a copy of Island from local public libraries or bookstores and join in this great annual promotion of reading and literacy.”
Island is a collection of 16 short stories written by MacLeod at various points in his career and was published in 2000 by McLelland and Stewart after the success of his award-winning No Great Mischief prompted a renewed interest in the author’s earlier works.
The event, which was hosted by CBC’s Matt Rainnie, saw both English and French readings of MacLeod’s work.
“You pick up one of these stories and you can’t put them down, the writing is so crisp, evocative and just so sensitive,” said Rainnie.
MacLeod, who was born in Saskatchewan but grew up in Cape Breton, will visit the province this October to do three public readings at Island libraries for the promotion.
The first will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Confederation Centre of the Arts library.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, MacLeod will do a reading at 2 p.m. in Stratford Public Library, and at 7 p.m. in the Summerside Rotary Library.
Copies of Island are available in both official languages at all 27 public libraries on P.E.I. Two Charlottetown bookstores, the Bookmark and Indigo, are also offering a 10 per cent discount on the purchase of the book when customers present a P.E.I. public library card.
More information is available at www.library.pe.ca/onebook.