Island Author Invited to Book Club

Island Author Invited to Book Club

Monday evening was the inaugural meeting of the St. Joseph Township Book Club and Island author Mike Seymour was invited to discuss his book, ‘Island Passages: The Maple Hill and Other Journeys’.

Mike’s collection of short stories was released in the summer of 2018, and selected as the book club’s first read.

Mike loves the rich and colourful history of the Island, and his stories are based on personal experiences and those of his ancestors, who came to St. Joseph Island from Ireland during the potato famine.

Stories include personal experiences such as attending Maple Hill, a one room schoolhouse on the 10th Side Road, and a summer working on the Islander ferry while the bridge was being built.

Names have been changed and some characters and details embellished in the retelling of his stories, but most locals who’ve been around long enough, can figure out who they are.

Hard Red Candy is a haunting story about pioneer life on the Island, passed down to Mike from his mother and her father, and really showcases the talent Mike has as a storyteller. The images he paints in your mind, will not leave you for days.

St. Joseph Township Book Club at library.
St. Joseph Township Book Club at library.

Later this month, Mike is releasing a book of short stories and poetry entitled, ‘Take a Hard Left at Pluto’. Mike told the book club members, “I go long periods without writing, then try to do something different”. So we can expect new themes, a poem for every month of the year, and some experimental writing. Mike's new book will be available on amazon.ca, where you can also purchase Island Passages.

The book club meets the 1st Monday of every month at 7pm at the public library in Richards Landing. Keeping with the theme of local authors, the club has chosen to read, ‘Only in Canada, Memories of an Italian Canadian' written by Ray Stortini in April.