Cottage literary rambles

As followers of Fictionophile are aware, I spend the majority of my summer at our cottage on Cape John in beautiful Nova Scotia.  Here is a view out my cottage front living room window that I use as my computer background to remind me of summer on cold winter days…

cottage (back view)

The Cape is just a few miles outside of the small village of River John – a village that is becoming more and more a literary destination.

For seventeen years now River John has hosted the “Read by the Sea” festival. Authors have come and read from their latest books and the festival has been very well attended. My personal favorite “Read by the Sea” festival was when the emphasis was placed on mystery authors and I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Giles Blunt, Maureen Jennings, and Linden MacIntyre.
This year the 18th annual Read by the Sea lineup consists of

Other literary events have also been taking place in River John this week.

On Monday, I was delighted to attend the official opening of a small independent bookstore in the village.  The renowned children’s author Sheree Fitch has opened her “Mabel Murple’s Bookshope and Dreamery“.  She named her store after her famous book’s character and Mabel’s love of the color purple was evident everywhere!

The grand opening event attracted more than 600 people and was a delightful afternoon of readings, music, and children’s entertainment.

crowd at the opening of Mabel Murple’s Bookshoppe and Dreamery – July 3, 2017

Last night my husband and I ventured over to Caldera Distillery where the local author Monica Graham read from her non-fiction book “The Great Maritime Detective“.

On Thursday of this week we will be attending an event entitled “Haunted Cape John” which will tell some of the the area’s history and lore. This event is hosted by the River John Historical Society and will be presented by local author and historian, John Ashton.

River John is a happening place in the summer.  This is very evident every year during the week of River John Festival Days which is coming up from July 21st-July 29th.

Last summer River John hosted a week long artist’s colony which culminated in a sale at the village school.  I was fortunate enough to attend a shoreside supper in which the artists were the guests of honor and I got to meet them all.

Cape John as captured by Nova Scotian artist, Joy Laking

Yes, there is no place I’d rather be in the summer than on
beautiful Cape John.

Happy Summer everyone! Happy reading!


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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29 Responses to Cottage literary rambles

  1. Intentergy says:

    Beautiful images! What an extraordinary place with exceptional experiences! Thank you for sharing. It is definitely on my literary bucket list now. 🙂

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  2. hemavravi says:

    Plz visit my blog Litcafé☕ and give your suggestions !!!


  3. bibliobeth says:

    I only have one thing to say – can I come visit?! 😆 Looks gorgeous, what an inspirational place.

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  4. Looks so gorgeous, have a beautiful summer!

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  5. Cape John looks wonderful! Had never heard of it before. Your cottage looks so cute and cosy too. We’re going through winter here, so am very envious of your summer. Enjoy!😊

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  6. deborahkehoe says:

    What a gorgeous place to spend your time! You are one lucky lady! The event looks like a lot of fun!


  7. alexankarr1 says:

    ‘The days are just packed!‘ Sounds like you’re having fun!


  8. Hope you’re enjoying reading with that awesome view! What a huge crowd for the little book shop opening!


    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks Renee, I do enjoy reading here. Sheree Fitch is quite the local celebrity. She is very involved in the community and is always ‘doing’ for others, so it is no surprise that she had a huge turnout for her opening. Her children’s books are a staple in every Nova Scotia school and library.

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  9. The cottage is beyond adorable!

    It so nice to see reading being embraced and supported in your community!

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  10. Marilyn says:

    Beautiful cottage and great place to read

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  11. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne, thanks for sharing this enchanted paradise!

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  12. Fabulous cottage and location Lynne, have a great summer xx

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  13. What a gorgeous view!!!Enjoy every moment of it! Linda

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  14. What a stunning spot! Have a great summer x

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  15. Cathy says:

    Your cottage is gorgeous…and that view 😍 The literary aspect makes it even more appealing 🙂

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks Cathy. We love it here on Cape John. I was hesitant to write this post, but thought that the local literary events deserved mention.

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  16. That cottage is so adorable! Nova Scotia is just beautiful 🙂

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks so much! Our cottage is tiny but the seaside location makes it perfect in my eyes. I heartily agree that Nova Scotia IS beautiful!

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  17. carhicks says:

    Your view from the cottage is absolutely gorgeous. You are so lucky to have a place like that to spend your summer. The Read by the Sea Festival sounds amazing. Terry Fallis is one of my favourite Canadian authors. Enjoy!

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks Carla. Our cottage is one of the reasons I was keen to retire (even though I really loved my job). It is one of the best aspects of retirement.


  18. Gosh, that view is absolutely stunning! I wouldn’t get anything done if I had that to look at all day.

    Enjoy your summer and cottage!

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