Fiona: Prince Edward Island Accounts of Canada’s Biggest Storm

By Pownal Street Press

Charlottetown’s independent publishing house, Pownal Street Press, will officially launch Fiona: Prince Edward Island Accounts of Canada’s Biggest Storm on September 17 from 2–3:30 pm at the Salvador Dali Café in Charlottetown. Featured presenters include Jay Scotland, Adrian McNally Smith, PEI Poet Laureate Tanya Davis and the Island Nature Trust.

All Islanders will remember September 24, 2022, when post-tropical cyclone Fiona made landfall as one of the most intense storms to ever hit our coastal shores. In an unprecedented outage that left 95 percent of customers without power, Fiona left in her wake Islanders ravaged and disoriented. But as Islanders struggled in the days and weeks that followed, what revealed itself was a community whose spirit cannot be broken.

This collection in poetry, essay and photographs records Islanders’ experiences of the storm, from Fiona’s first shocking moments to the absolute wonder experienced as the lights came back on, home by home. It is a historical record of a weather event that will never be forgotten, and serves to capture the impact of climate change on Canada’s smallest province.

With an introduction by CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland, Fiona includes written work by the Island Nature Trust, Kim Griffin of Maritime Electric, PEI Poet Laureate Tanya Davis and former Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier Lush, the Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute, and cartoonist Wayne Wright. Works by Lisa Chandler, Jennifer Platts Fanning, Michael Pendergast, Millefiore Clarkes, Jordan Beaulieu, Jessica Fritz, Dianne Hicks Morrow and Adrian McNally Smith are also featured. Photography by the Island Nature Trust, Angela Rowlings, Andrew Lewis and more.

“This book is an important record of Island weather history,” says Kevin “Boomer” Gallant. 

Royalties from the book’s sales will be donated to the Island Nature Trust.