Author, colleague and friend A.J.B. (John) Johnston will be speaking at the McConnell Memorial Library in Sydney on April 24, 7-9 p.m., to officially launch his two (count ‘em, two) latest novels. John’s talk is entitled “One Hour, Two Books.”
Johnston is well known for his publishing record, both as a historian with Parks Canada for more than thirty years, and as a novelist, a genre he engaged with upon his retirement. CBU Press worked with him on a number of projects over the years: From the Hearth, recipes from 18th-C Louisbourg (with Hope Dunton); Storied Shores, Chapel Island, St. Peter’s and Isle Madame in the 17th and 18th centuries; and the acclaimed Thomas Pichon Novels, Thomas, A Secret Life (2012), The Maze (2014) and Crossings (2015).
John has now self-published The Hat, a young adult novel giving a fresh, 21st-century take on the Acadian Deportation, and Something True, a coming-of-age novel inspired by the true-life story of Katharine McLennan.
John tells us that The Hat has been attracting attention in Louisiana. He’s received some glowing comments and it looks like there could be a campaign to have it read by as many young Cajuns as possible, as part of a way to engage young people in their Acadian history. Katharine McLennan’s story is a fascinating one and as someone with long-time interest in that story, Johnston is the person to tell it.
A similar event will take place in Johnston’s hometown of Truro on May 17, at the Colchester Historeum.