Independent PEI publishing company Selkirk Stories will launch The View from Enmore Road, a collection of short stories by Dori MacLean of Tyne Valley in September.
The View from Enmore Road introduces the Enman and Frost families in the early decades of the 20th century. Their lives were full of joy despite hardship, of abundance despite lack, and of fun and laughter despite isolation. Above all readers will read of the importance of community and family.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved hearing stories of past times. Stories about what life was like during my parents’ childhood were always my favourites. I was fascinated by the varied personalities of the neighbours on the Enmore Road and of the struggles and joys of day-to-day life of my grandparents and great-grandparents. I want to ensure that these stories are not forgotten. So I have recorded them here for those who like to immerse themselves in stories of a time long gone.”
PEI native Dori MacLean is one of nine children born to parents from Enmore Road. She holds a teaching certificate from Prince of Wales College and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She spent her career as an English teacher in her home province. The View from Enmore Road is her first book. MacLean is well known in Tyne Valley as a storyteller, where she has presented at the Green Park Museum and Bideford Parsonage Museum. She loves reading, writing and photography. She lives with her husband Dan MacLean in a farmhouse near Tyne Valley.
The launch and book signing will take place at the Tyne Valley Fire Hall on September 11 at 2 pm. Copies of the book will be available at Island bookstores as well as online in paperback and e-book formats.