Grand Opening!!

3rd July 2017

MC Costas Halavrezos, poem by Sheree Fitch, performance by Wild City Roses followed by the 2017 Wordplay Children’s Book Fest with Marie-Louise Gay Alan Syliboy Starr Dobson Shawl Dancers – Joy Laking artist on site for images.

Author signings music and cake.

Rain venue River John Fire Hall.

SUGGEST wear sensible shoes, bring lawn chair or blankets to sit on — water, sunscreen, bug spray.


3rd July 2017

The children’s literary festival will take place 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017, outdoors on the grounds at Mabel Murple’s Dreamery and Book Shoppe, on Allen Road in River John, NS.

Featured authors are Marie-Louise Gay and Alan Syliboy, with author and television personality Starr Dobson as Mistress of Ceremonies. The program includes story-reading, music and activities.

SUGGEST wear sensible shoes, bring lawn chair or blankets to sit on — water, sunscreen, bug spray.

SHEEP DAYS AT LISMORE Sheep Farm and Wool Shop. Sheree will launch her new book set in River John — a folk tale about a lamb and a village. More details soon!

Shanda Cameron Reading & Signing

5th July 2017 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Meet The Author!

Read by the Sea presents Local author Shanda Cameron.

Reading “Snow Day at Farmer Browns”

Humour in Writing Workshop

9th July 2017

Humour in writing is entertaining, but much more than that. It is also a powerful tool for fleshing out your characters and helping readers identify with them. Humour works for fiction and non-fiction, for prose, poetry, short stories and novels.

The workshop is interactive, participatory, and may get rowdy. Come prepared.

(Fee: $60 – Pre Register)

Deanne Fitzpatrick hook a Story afternoon

15th July 2017 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

A much needed source book for anyone wanting to know the history and the craft of rug hooking. Includes illustrations of techniques and materials and methods. This book is a tribute to those who kept the craft alive over the years.


We hear Linda Little and Sheree Fitch will take Mabel to Festival Days Parade!

Jan Mingo Coates

29th July 2017 | 11:00am – 12:30pm

Jan L. Coates has written over twenty stories for children. She has twice been shortlisted in the Atlantic Writers’ Competition. Her novel A Hair in the Elephant’s Trunk was finalist for the 2011 Governor General Award. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.


Yoga at the Dreamery

5th August 2017 | 11:00am – 12:30pm

Yoga at the Dreamery with Josette Coulter

Increase your skill at relaxation, experience what deep relaxation feels like while still being awake.

Bring a lunch and picnic or write in the Dreamery afterwards. This event weather permitting

Gary Blackwood/Melanie Mosher

19th August 2017 | 11:00am – 12:30pm

Gary L. Blackwood started his writing career as a teen, and has since become a prolific author of novels for both young adults and middle-grade readers, in addition to penning plays and nonfiction.

In grade two, Melanie received a silver dollar for winning an essay contest and she has been fascinated with writing ever since. She now lives in a tiny green house with a bright orange door, with her husband, Jim. Melanie loves to write for children.

Melanie will be signing her new book “Goth Girl“.

Camelia Airheart

26th August 2017

Camelia Airheart, the loveable Canada goose with the faulty GPS or Goose Positioning System is headed for Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery on Saturday, August 26th. Hopefully her creators Odette Barr, Beth Weatherbee, and Colleen Landry will keep her on task and following the goose butt so that she will arrive safely in River John because they are looking forward to teaching everyone the Branta Bog ballad and Camelia’s take-off routine. They will also give an animated reading of Take Off to Tantramar and a chapter or two of Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart!

Adult Authors Friday night series: poet Alan Cooper fantasy novelist and poet Heather Pyrcz novelist Carol MacDougall journalist Joan Baxter dates to come …. & more!