Two Upcoming Author Conferences in South Algonquin | Bancroft this week


April 19, 2022

By Mike Riley

Journalist of the Local Journalism Initiative

According to March South Algonquin Library Board Minutes, submitted at the South Algonquin Township Council meeting on April 6, there will be two exciting author conferences at libraries in the municipality. This year. In May, author Kevin Callan will talk about his latest book Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey and this fall, writer Adam Shoalts will talk about his new book The Whisper on the Night Wind. CEO and Chief Librarian Charlene Alexander and the two authors provide all the details.

Alexander says Callan was originally going to come and lecture in 2020, but that was put on hold due to COVID-19. She says Shoalts visited them in 2019 and they had such a good response that they decided to bring him back to promote his latest book. She says they did similar author discussions in 2018 and 2019.

Alexander says Callan will discuss his latest work, Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe JourneyMay 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center récréatif du Madawaska, located at 26 A, chemin du Lac Major in Madawaska.

Callan is the award-winning author of 18 books and is a guest speaker at outdoor events across North America. In addition to appearing on several morning shows on CBC television and radio, he has won several film awards and has written a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. The Canadian Geographical Society ranked him among the top 100 explorers of modern times and he was named Patron Paddler by Paddle Canada. His website is and his YouTube channel is KCHappyCamper.

callan said Bancroft this week on April 14 that it has never been featured in South Algonquin Libraries before, but it is honored to be invited. He says Whitney has a fantastic community with great history and amazing people.

“I’m really looking forward to the event. The book is not new, it came out in 2019, but it is my last book, apart from the 4and edition of my A guide to paddlers in Algonquin book out in 2021,” he says.

Callan shared the following description of Once around Algonquincalled a thrilling story of misadventure on the toughest road in Ontario’s most beloved wilderness;

While sharing his love for this paddling paradise, Callan details some of the history and evolution of the park, interweaving stories from the journey. Laugh along with the stories behind the blisters and bruises in this bromance adventure tale, all told with Callan’s signature humor. With a storytelling vibe, 30 chapters share insights and describe some of the challenges of canoe travel for the uninitiated as well as seasoned canoeists.

In addition to working on the third edition of his popular Ontario’s 60 Best Canoe Routeswhich he thinks will now be in the Top 70, Callan reveals that he will publish a new book in a few weeks, a memoir titled Another bend in the river. He says it’s about growing up with great anxiety, going out into nature for healing, and choosing a career that pushes him out and encourages others to do the same. A sample of these forthcoming memoirs is available online at Explore the magazine at the following link;

Shoalts will talk about his new book The whisper of the night wind, this fall in the municipality, with the date, place and time to be determined. A professional explorer, geographer, historian and national best-selling author, he has been a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his “Extraordinary Contributions to Geography” since 2013. He completed a nearly 4,000 kilometer solo journey across the Canadian Arctic in 2017. He holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University, is involved in numerous archaeological projects, and conducts solo excavations and expeditions in remote wilderness areas. He is currently the Westaway Resident Explorer of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was named the Trans Canada Trail National Champion in 2016.

Book of Shoalts The whisper of the night wind has been called a “fantastic, fun and chilling tale” by Canadian Geographic. Shoalts told Bancroft This Week on April 14 that his new book takes readers on a journey to Labrador to investigate a strange mystery from a century ago.

“It was an adventure like no other I’ve ever embarked on and I hope it’s a book that will keep readers guessing until the end,” he says.

Although a date hasn’t been set for this fall yet, Shoalts says he’s spoken to the staff and is happy to come talk about his books and his adventures like he has before. He says he has spoken to students at local schools in Madawaska and hopes he can present there again as well.

“I always love sharing the stories of my adventures with the public and the last time I did a public lecture for South Algonquin Libraries, the response from the community was truly fantastic. There was a great turnout and excitement as I talked about my solo trip across the Canadian Arctic and my book Beyond the trees. So it will be great to come back and talk a bit about my new book,” he says.

Shoalts says he is always planning new trips and adventures, and will be setting off on another solo trip to the Canadian wilderness very soon.

“That’s all I can say for now,” he said.

Alexander says the reactions she’s had so far to these upcoming community author discussions have been positive and enthusiastic. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alexander at [email protected] or [email protected]

In addition to these author discussions, Alexander reveals that library hours will change the first week of May, with both branches extending their hours of service to include a Saturday shift. The new hours of the Madawaska branch will be; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new hours for the Whitney branch will be; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alexander says the library will also launch a public poll in May or June, details to come.

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