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Book Launches

In the Shadow of the Conquistador

by Shane Joseph


Ancient Spirit Rising

Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community
By Pegi Eyers

Ancient Spirit Rising Book ReleaseAncient Spirit Rising Book Release


Launch of Hill Spirits II – A SOTH Anthology

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Meet a 66 King St. East, Cobourg

Hill Spirits 2

Hill Spirits II an anthology of stories poems and non-fiction by Northumberland writers and members of the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group will be launched in Cobourg at Meet at 66 King St East, between 7-9 pm Tuesday May 5th. Join the celebration and hear authors reading their work. Cover charge $15 entitles you to a free copy of the book (retails at $24)

Cobourg Launch – Meet at 66 King St East, Tuesday May 5, 7 PM
66 King St East, Cobourg
Featured Readers: Brian Mullally, Katie Hoogendam, Erika Rummel, Marie Prins, Sharon Overend, Ellen Curry, Susan Statham, and Shane Joseph.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Brighton Launch – The Gates Gallery – Thursday May 14, 7 PM
240 Presqu’ile Parkway, Brighton
Feature Readers: Peggy Dymond Leavey, Gwynn Scheltema, Eric E. Wright, Felicity Sidnell Reid, Deborah Panko, Richard M. Grove and Kim Sherman Grove.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Port Hope Launch – Dreamer’s Cafe – Wednesday May 20, 7 PM
2 Queen Street, Port Hope
Featured Readers: Diane Taylor, Donna Wootton, Jim Ronson, Kate Hoogendam, Deborah Panko and Shane Joseph.
An entry fee of $15.00 entitles you to a copy of the anthology or any other Blue Denim Press title.

Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist & Diplomat

Saturday, May 02, 2015
12 noon to 2 p.m.
Lighthouse Books, 65 Main St. Brighton ON K0K 1H0. 613 475-1269.

Molly Brandt by Peggy Dymond Leavey

Peggy Dymond Leavey will launch her latest biography, “Molly Brant: Mohawk Loyalist & Diplomat,” on Sat. May 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Books, 65 Main St. Brighton. This is a drop in event, so come by and meet the author any time between noon and 2. Books will be available for signing. This is an Authors for Indies event. Show you support for our wonderful independent bookstores.

An Evening of Suspense & Mystery

Readings from three new books plus selections from freelance writer Amy James and others. Join us at: Meet At 66 King, on Thursday Oct. 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Astounding goodies always available to purchase at this favourite gathering spot!

Riptide by Eric E. Wright

New suspense novel Riptide by Eric E Wright
from the Pelican Book Group

Riptide: When Ashlyn’s husband Craig unexpectedly dumps her on St. Simons Island, she must survive emotional betrayal, financial ruin, kidnapping by the Russian mafia seeking her husband…and deal with her attraction to Remy, a Shrimpboat captain.

Readers write: *”Edge of seat storytelling that keeps the adrenaline rushing.” Patricia Day *”Riptide’s twists and turns kept my emotions on high alert! Great read!” Brenda J Wood

Read more at: http://www.countrywindow.ca.
Contact: wrightee@eagle.ca

New mysteries from Blue Denim Press

Beyond Blood

Beyond Blood by Sharon A Crawford

Beyond Blood: Dana Bowman has misgivings about starting the home-based Attic Investigative Agency with her twin brother, Bast Overture. Especially when the agency’s launch is preceded by a break and enter downstairs followed by the kidnapping of her son, David and the murder of his baby-sitter, Debbie.

Further digging reveals multiplied mayhem and run-ins with police detective Donald Fielding and CKNT TV reporter Charles Haas. The latter has the “dirt” on Bast. Dana is pushed beyond blood ties in trying to avoid an emotional meltdown as a mother and focus on finding her son. The twin detectives discover that everything seems to be connected somehow. Which connection will lead them to David, and to Debbie’s murderer? Will they be too late for David?

Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong by Klaus Jakelski

Dead Wrong: Big egos struggle for survival and money as the United States of America gets down to universal health care. Thirty-four babies are murdered at a pre-eminent heart hospital. The investigation is on, but then the Undersecretary of State for Health dies at the same Boston hospital without anyone lifting a finger!

Young surgeon, Peter Martins, and aspiring news anchor, Anne Maples, blow the case wide open while nobody in authority will listen. Bottom line: different crime – one you never expected! See Blue Denim Press at: http://www.bluedenimpress.com/index.php

Hill Spirits – an anthology by the writers of Northumberland County

Spirit of the Hills is pleased to announce its inaugural anthology with contributions from the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group.

Hills Spirit will be officially launched on Thursday, October 11, 2012. Location: Meet at 66, 66 King St. East, Cobourg.

Hill Spirits Anthology

The Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group in association with Blue Denim Press is publishing an anthology of our writers’ work entitled Hill Spirits – a very apt title given our Northumberland location and the name of our association.

Eighteen writers and three visual artists from across the county have contributed.

The official Hill Spirits book launch will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11th at “Meet at 66 King East” from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Readings at the book launch will feature authors George Boycott, Pat Calder, Linda Hutsell Manning, Leah Murray Jessica Outram, Erika Rummel, and Diane Taylor. A subsequent “road show of readings” will follow:

Wednesday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 p.m: Dreamers Café in Port Hope

Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 7:00 p.m.: Arts Quinte West Gallery in Trenton

Other readings in locations throughout Northumberland County are being scheduled for November.

Members of the public are invited to come to these local events and listen to our talented authors, poets and publishers read from their own work.

There is a $15 entrance fee which includes a free copy of Hill Spirits or any other Blue Denim Press publication so that couples can receive two different books if they wish. No tickets required. Payment, by cash, Visa or Mastercard.

Capital Theatre

Intermission: Winter

Intermission Winter

Spirit of the Hills is pleased to present an Art & Photography Show and Sale on January 14 to February 28, 2013 at the Capitol Theatre at 20 Queen Street, Port Hope. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Scene’s from the Opening Reception

Photos by Judy Hopkins

Ganaraska Art

And All That Jazz V

After All That Jazz 5

Spirit of the Hills presents “And All That Jazz V Members’ Art & Photography Show” at
Ganaraska Art & Framing 93 Walton Street, Port Hope Friday, September 11 to Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00am to 5:00pm (Monday – Saturday)

Scenes from the 2015 Opening Reception

Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art Show

2016 – 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art & Photography Show and Sale

Spirit of the Hills presents the 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art and Photography Show and Sale, Saturday March 12, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Sunday March 13, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, Warkworth Best in Show: Eclectic Mix Best Painting: Warkworth Farm Supply Best Photograph: The Holmestead: Print & Business Services Best 3D-Mixed Media: Warkworth Remedy’sRx People’s Choice: The Village Pantry

Spirit of the Hills presents the 16th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Juried Art and Photography Show and Sale

Saturday March 12, 2016 (10am – 4pm) Sunday March 13, 2016 (10am – 4pm)
Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, Warkworth

Winners (& Sponsors)

Best in Show: Dania Madera Lerman (Sponsored by Eclectic Mix)
Best Painting: Olga Neinhuys (Sponsored by Warkworth Farm Supply)
Best Photograph: Carey Campbell Dinke (Sponsored by The Holmestead: Print & Business Services)
Best 3D-Mixed Media: Georgina Schaeff (Sponsored by Warkworth Remedy’sRx)
People’s Choice Award: Sherry Turner (Sponsored by The Village Pantry)

About The Juror

James Campbell, Executive Director/Curator of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington will jury the show.

Opening Gala Reception

An Opening Gala Reception was held March 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Photos by Mary Weilandt of the 2016 Winners

Best in Show - Dania Madera Lerman
Best in Show – Dania Madera Lerman

Best 3D - Georgina Schaeff
Best 3D – Georgina Schaeff
(Honorable Mention – Suzanne Towns)

Best Painting - Olga Neinhuys
Best Painting – Olga Neinhuys
(Honorable Mention – Julie MacDonald)

Best photograph - Carey Campbell Dinkel

Best photograph – Carey Campbell Dinkel
(Honorable Mention – Tom Groot)

Photography Show

2013 Juried Photography Show Winners

Cat on a Cold Stone Floor by Brian Tyson

Best in Show
Cat on a Cold Stone Floor
Brian Tyson (of Hastings)



Second prize went to Sylvie Flynn (of Cobourg) for “Ivy League”


Puffin Signals by Tony Crocker

Honourable Mention went to Tony Crocker (of Campbellford) for “Puffin Signals”


Summer Harvest by Norma Keith

The Peoples Choice Award went to Norma Keith (of Baltimore) for “Summer Harvest”


Julie Waterhouse Workshop Photo by John Charlton

The Julie Waterhouse workshop was a success, with 13 participants, who learned to be more creative, and enjoyed themselves doing so. Well over 100 people visited the show and looked at the photographs.

Word Northumberland

Word Northumberland Poster 2015

A new book for Christmas signed by the author.
Yippee !!!

Please join us November 7 2015
at the Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario St. Cobourg, ON. 10 am. to 4 pm.
meet local authors and a wonderful selection of books listen to short, entertaining readings.
learn about literacy events in your community
get answers to your questions about writing and publishing