As followers of Fictionophile are aware, I spend the majority of my summer at our cottage on Cape John in beautiful Nova Scotia. Here is a view out my cottage front living room window that I use as my computer background to remind me of summer on cold winter days…
The Cape is just a few miles outside of the small village of River John – a village that is becoming more and more a literary destination.
For seventeen years now River John has hosted the “Read by the Sea” festival. Authors have come and read from their latest books and the festival has been very well attended. My personal favorite “Read by the Sea” festival was when the emphasis was placed on mystery authors and I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Giles Blunt, Maureen Jennings, and Linden MacIntyre.
This year the 18th annual Read by the Sea lineup consists of
On Monday, I was delighted to attend the official opening of a small independent bookstore in the village. The renowned children’s author Sheree Fitch has opened her “Mabel Murple’s Bookshope and Dreamery“. She named her store after her famous book’s character and Mabel’s love of the color purple was evident everywhere!
The grand opening event attracted more than 600 people and was a delightful afternoon of readings, music, and children’s entertainment.
On Thursday of this week we will be attending an event entitled “Haunted Cape John” which will tell some of the the area’s history and lore. This event is hosted by the River John Historical Society and will be presented by local author and historian, John Ashton.
River John is a happening place in the summer. This is very evident every year during the week of River John Festival Days which is coming up from July 21st-July 29th.
Last summer River John hosted a week long artist’s colony which culminated in a sale at the village school. I was fortunate enough to attend a shoreside supper in which the artists were the guests of honor and I got to meet them all.
Yes, there is no place I’d rather be in the summer than on
beautiful Cape John.