Library staff host literary talks this week

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

What happens when a “one woman crime wave” meets an international best-selling author? Find out on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. when Vicki Delany and Linwood Barclay join us for what promises to be a very interesting conversation! This talk will be held on Zoom and you’re invited to bring your questions. Linwood Barclay’s latest title, “Find You First”, is a riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one.

Vicki Delany, the aforementioned “one woman crime wave”, recently published “Deadly Ever After” written as her alter ego Eva Gates. Librarian Lucy’s wedding is at stake when a murder interrupts the engagement celebrations. To make it down the aisle, she’ll have to find the killer to save the date in the 8th book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. We hosted these two outstanding authors in person a few years ago, and it was a great event.

On Friday, May 28, at 2 p.m., we will host a conversation with Jayne Poolton-Turvey and Krista Richardson of the Prince Edward County Archives. Jayne Poolton-Turvey is the very proud daughter of a Dieppe Veteran and Prisoner of War. She co-authored the best-selling book, “Destined To Survive: A Dieppe Veteran’s Story”, with her father, Jack Poolton, (published in 1998 by Dundurn Press). For many years, Jayne and her father shared his story with presentations to hundreds of people, specifically students. During this time, she realized the importance of remembering Dieppe and the sacrifices made, which has inspired her to become involved in this project. Although her father died in 2005, she has continued to tell the Dieppe story, and has followed her father’s footsteps throughout Europe. Jayne has won various history awards, the most recent to acknowledge her passion for remembering Canada’s military history. Jayne is a life member of The Royal Regiment of Canada Association. This talk comes to us through the Memory Project. An initiative of Historica Canada, the Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country Each of these talks will be held through Zoom. Register by visiting

If you’re new to Zoom or need assistance, please call David at the Picton Branch of the Library (613) 476-5962. Book a free one-on-one appointment and he will walk you through the steps to get logged in. Your camera will not be turned on, so feel free to attend in your pajamas if you want!

If you need technology in order to join us, please contact us. We have a few devices which you can borrow. In addition, you can reserve a “Borrow the Internet” device which allows you to have internet access anywhere. Additionally, through a partnership with Community Care for Seniors the library has a number of tablets specifically for seniors to borrow. For information about available technology, call David or email [email protected].

-Liz Zylstra