TRURO - Truro native A.J. (John) B. Johnston will launch a novel Saturday at the Colchester Historical Museum.
‘Thomas: A Secret Life' is set in 18th century France. Johnston, a retired Parks Canada historian and author of more than a dozen books, will hold a reading and question and answer period regarding the book.
The launch begins at 2 p.m.
Born and raised in Truro, Johnston attended Dalhousie University for his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degree, followed by his doctorate from Université Laval.
His career at Parks Canada began in 1974 and for 24 years he was based at Fortress Louisbourg. Since his retirement in 2000 he has been busy as a consultant and author.
He has delivered talks and conference publications at locations throughout Canada and the U.S, Italy, France and in Scotland.
Johnston has published 12 books, most of which are on the French history of what is now Nova Scotia. He's had over 50 articles published in both general interest and historical publications.
‘Thomas' is Johnston's first novel, in which he traces the adolescent adventures of a boy - Thomas Pichon. Thomas steals away to Paris and begins a new lift that will eventually bring him to New France.
In 2011 John's contributions toward French education and culture were recognized when he received the Ordre des Palmes Academiques [Order of Academic Laurels] from the Government of France.
During the Colchester Historical Society's meeting on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, Nova Scotia Community College lecturer on parapsychology Darryll Walsh, author of ‘Ghosts of Nova Scotia' and other books will be featured.
His seasonal talk is titled ‘A Night of Legend and Mystery.'
For more information on either event, call the museum at 895-6284.