One Hour, Two Books with Author A.J.B. (John) Johnston

Start Date: Tue. 24 Apr, 2018 7:00 pm

One Hour, Two Books with author A.J.B. (John) Johnston

McConnell Library

Tuesday, April 24 

7 PM

Join award-winning author and historian, A.J.B. (John) Johnston for the official launch of his latest books ‘Something True’ and ‘The Hat’.

‘Something True’ is a coming-of-age novel, inspired by the true-life story of Katharine McLennan (1892-1975), a prominent figure in Cape Breton history. As the daughter of J.S. McLennan, one of the early managers of Cape Breton’s coal and steel industries, Katharine’s lifestyle allowed for travel, study and private tutors that helped her develop a range of passions and interests.

Katharine supported many local causes in Cape Breton, including the Cape Breton Regional Library. She was a long-time Library Board trustee and she donated the land that the McConnell Library sits on.

‘The Hat‘ is a young adult novel giving a fresh, 21st-century take on the Acadian Deportation from Grand Pre in 1755. It is a poignant, suspenseful novel about how two children and a whole village deal with forces and events beyond their control.

Everyone is welcome to attend this launch.

The Cape Breton Curiosity Shop will be on hand to sell copies of the books and the author will be available to sign them.


A.J.B. (John) Johnston is well known as a historian with Parks Canada for more than thirty years and as an author or co-author of thirteen books and over 100 articles on different aspects of Atlantic Canadian history. The Canadian Historical Association awarded a Clio prize to Johnston’s book Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg’s Last Decade. Johnston was made a chevalier of France’s Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of his many publications on the history of the French in Atlantic Canada.

Find out more on Katharine McLennan at


Tara MacNeil & Chris Thomson

 Cape Breton Regional Library, Programs

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