Launching a New Book about Newfoundland Ghosts

May 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

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June 13, 2013, will mark the official launch of The Ghosts of Baccalieu—a book I’ve been working on with Tricon Elementary School in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland. The students there collected local ghost stories from their family and friends and drew pictures of ghosts and we made a book!

Last November I spent two days a week in the school exploring all the aspects of making a book with the children: storytelling, writing, editing, proofreading, design and publishing. It didn’t take long for us to discover that Baccalieu Trail may be one of the most haunted places in Newfoundland — the Old Hollies scream in the wind, dead fishermen row a ghostly longboat through Baccalieu Tickle, restless spirits lurk on the lonely barrens, and a woman in white appears on a deserted highway at midnight. The students  collected some very spooky tales that have been told and told again through many generations.

The project was made possible by an ArtsSmarts grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (supported by the Department of Education through the Cultural Connections Strategy), as well as the enthusiastic support from the staff at Tricon Elementary and members of the community who passed on the stories. I really enjoyed my time at the school—the children gave me a rousing welcome every time I walked into a classroom. They were especially fond of the Silky Ghost, and kept begging me to bring her back.

The Silky Ghost will be “appearing” at the launch party at the school at     1 p.m. on June 13. Members of the public are welcome. There will be selected readings from the book and the students drawings and book covers designs will be on display.

But be warned: you have to drive across the barrens to get to the school and there are some very creepy ghosts that hang out there, including a blueberry-picking ghost, a ghost that floats into cars, and a ghost that once scared a man so badly he ran home barefoot and left his new shoes behind.

The Ghosts of Baccalieu is being published by Baccalieu Books, a publishing company I have started to showcase books made by children about Newfoundland.

To buy a copy of The Ghosts of Baccalieu, go to this website: http://www.theghostsofbaccalieu.com.

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Entry filed under: Author Presentations in Schools, Canadian Children's Books, Children's Books, Ghosts, Heritage, Newfoundland, Non-Fiction, Non-fiction, Oral History, Storytelling, Uncategorized.

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