Category Archives: St. John’s Newfoundland

New Life in Quidi Vidi Village | Ellen Curtis, Newfoundland Quarterly

“Picturesque Quidi Vidi Village is home to a bevy of beautiful colours and buildings. History hides in every nook and cranny here, but so does innovation. This fusion of old and new is represented best in Mallard Cottage, an 18th century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, currently enjoying a rebirth under the ownership of chef Todd Perrin. We spoke to Todd recently to find out what new things the future holds for Quidi Vidi Village, and for the province’s food industry.”

To read the entire article by Infinity author Ellen Curtis, click here.

Fantasy from the Rock Review by Sambath Meas!

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by Sambath Meas

“Fantasy from the Rock” is a collection of short stories from authors who love telling folklores about humans, fairies, trolls, dwarves, elves, witches, and fortunetellers. There are a few stories that don’t quite fit, nevertheless; due to their strangeness, they still fall into this fantasy genre. What they all have in common, however, is their entertainment value. The authors are experienced writers and storytellers and obviously, they love their craft. Many of the stories reveal moral lessons, which folklores of ancient time had often taught us. Like human beings, magical creatures have their negative and positive sides. They’re flawed just like us human beings. Those who allow evil and negative spiritual forces to dominate them threaten other beings as well as the environment in which they live and share with others. My favorite stories are the ones with moral lessons. Thankfully, many are teeming with them. Continue reading Fantasy from the Rock Review by Sambath Meas!

Engen Books sponsoring the International Small Island Cultures Conference June 15 – 19 2017!

Engen Books is a proud sponsor of the 2017 International Small Island Cultures Conference happening all this week at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Nearly 60 presenters will be attending from Newfoundland and Labrador, elsewhere in Canada, Australia, Cayman Islands, France, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics are just as varied, and will include presentations on island identity, narratives, music, legends, mythology, literature, migration, gender, fisheries, tourism, creative industries, geography, health and wellness.

Although tickets for the conference as a whole have been sold, throughout the weekend our table will be open to the public and Engen Books authors Matthew LeDrew, Ellen Curtis, Amanda Labonté and editor Erin Vance will be present to sell books and talk about opportunities for your authors, editors, and smart creatives in the province. Come join us from 8am-5pm June 17, 18, and 19th!

Join the Facebook event here!

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Thank you for having us, @harriscentre! 🙂

Jacobi Street cover revealed!

Jacobi StreetOn May 31 we let it slip that we would be releasing a novel on August 25 at Avalon Expo 3, and now there’s finally a cover image to go along with the newest novel from Matthew LeDrew, Jacobi Street.

LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, one only lightly touched on until now in works such as Inner Child, At Midnight The Dawn, and Scarlett.

The novel will be the last to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, Transformations in Pain and the short story Revving Engen. Continue reading Jacobi Street cover revealed!

Engen 10th Anniversary Announcements | Late 2017 Releases!

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As we’re about to head into June, we feel it’s time we announced the second half of our amazing 10th anniversary plans! We have some more incredible title to announce, as well as appearances at some of our country’s greatest conventions and some special events of our own as well!

New Titles
Supernatural Causes: Critical Condition by Amanda Labonté. The second novella in the ongoing adventures of College freshmen Liesel Andrews as she interns at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld. Releasing June 15!

Jacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew. LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, and is the last novel to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, and Transformations in Pain. See LeDrew’s twisted take on some of horror’s most sacred icons. Releasing August 25, 2017 as a part of Avalon Expo!

Supernatural Causes Episode 3 releasing August 2017!

Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry. Carberry returns to his violent and gore-filled world where the evil Pharmakon corporation have let a plague of zombies loose upon the world, and we see this through the eyes of normal rural Newfoundlanders just trying to survive. The ultimate clash of culture and pop-culture! Releasing December 2017!

Faith by Matthew LeDrew. We couldn’t round out our tenth year without returning to the character that started it all. In the third book in the Xander Drew series, Xander sees the return of some of his oldest and most feared enemies and the demons of his past come back to haunt him in Los Angeles… and for those waiting for all-out Womb action over the last two books, you’ll get it! Releasing December 2017!

Events

Central Pop Con: June 11-12 2017. Includes appearances by Ellen Curtis (Infinity, From the Rock), Amanda Labonté (Call of the Sea, Supernatural Causes), & Heather Reilly (Fantasy from the Rock)! In the area? Join the facebook group for a special panel!

International Small Island Culture Conference: June 15-19, 2017! Nearly 60 presenters will be attending from Newfoundland and Labrador, elsewhere in Canada, Australia, Cayman Islands, France, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics are just as varied, and will include presentations on island identity, narratives, music, legends, mythology, literature, migration, gender, fisheries, tourism, creative industries, geography, health and wellness! Engen Books has been invited to take part in this event to celebrate the changing landscape of Newfoundland Culture!

NGX: July 21-23 2017. Includes appearances by Matthew LeDrew, Ellen Curtis, Amanda Labonté, Matthew Daniels, Melanie Collins, Scott Bartlett, Christopher Walsh & Heather Reilly!

Atlanticon: September 15-17 2017: Includes appearances by Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Matthew LeDrew, Nicholas Morine (Fantasy from the Rock, Kowloon Walled City), Sarah Thompson (light|dark), Heather Reilly, and Scott Bartlett! One day only appearance by Amanda Labonté!

September 20, 2017: Novel Writing Foundations: Starting Right to Make sure you Cross the Finish Line, presented by T.H.E., a 6-week adult learning course aimed at making sure authors writing for both pleasure or publication start off with the right tools to ensure their work reaches fruition. This course will feature a mix of short instruction and group feedback on your work led by Matthew LeDrew, the author of 17 novels and partner at prominent local fiction publisher Engen Books.

 

St. John’s Mayor encourages consumers to “think local”

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

After the closure announcements of four different staples to downtown shopping this week, including Ballistic, Biped, Healy’s Deli and Templeton’s, the Mayor of St. John’s spoke out in a rallying cry to consumers this holiday season and beyond.

“It’s very unfortunate that [these] businesses have closed their doors, and in many ways it’s a reaction to the economic slow down that we are going through,” said Mayor O’Keefe.

O’Keefe went on to recognize the growing trend to do shopping online or at big box stores, commenting that shopping at venues such as these has siphoned money from local retailers.

This speaks to a trend that Engen Books has commented on before. Buying local keeps money in our local economy instead of sending it away: $20 spent online only does on person good, whereas $20 spent locally can have a ripple affect that provides for many people, and is part of the reason we have encouraged shoppers to take advantage of more local and non-box store options, such as Boom IT, Mirth Publishing, Midnight Tailors, and yes, Engen Books.

In a further statement, O’Keefe mirrored that ‘think local’ sentiment: “We can lessen that, we can minimize that, all of us together, if we shop more locally… In particular we advocate for the downtown because our downtown is very, very unique, very vibrant. We do what we can as a city and as a council to keep it in a condition where it’s filled with vitality.”

One such location downtown ideally located is Broken Books, a great alternative to big box book buying. It’s right next to the War Memorial and Fixed Coffee, great place to stop and do a little holiday shopping.

Read the full article on CBC here.

 

Shopping Guide — Buy Local this Holiday Season!

As the Holiday season approaches, you might be in the market for a unique gift for the special people in your life: something unique and pleasantly surprising to them. It’s hard to know what people already have, be they co-workers you’ve been assigned as a Secret Gift-Giver for, parents, siblings, friends, or a significant other. As a solution, we suggest: buying local and buying indie.

Buying local can help ensure your money stays within the local community, ensuring that everyone in your region has the money to properly enjoy the holiday season worry-free. Cash remaining within its local infrastructure is the backbone of making sure an economy stays stable and strong. But, on a more fun note, buying indie makes for a greater chance that the item you’re purchasing will be new to the person you’re buying it for! Rather than trying to covertly sneak a peek at their bookshelf or find a way to get information out of family and friends, you can rest assured that locally bought, independently-produced titles will be new and exciting reads to whomever you’re giving them to! 🙂

Below we’ve compiled a list of items best-suited for the different people in your life! 🙂

Continue reading Shopping Guide — Buy Local this Holiday Season!

Award-Winning author Scott Bartlett in ‘Sci-Fi From the Rock’!

Thought Super Galactic Space Explorers was going to be the only big surprise? Think again! The 2016 10th Anniversary edition of Sci-Fi from the Rock will also feature the work of multiple award-winning Newfoundland author Scoot Bartlett of Mirth Publishing!

Scott brings with him a preview lead-in to Flight or Fight, the first book in his new series, Out of Dodge.

What’s it about?

Continue reading Award-Winning author Scott Bartlett in ‘Sci-Fi From the Rock’!