The Cumberland Connection

The small town of Cumberland on Vancouver Island knows how to do libraries right. Their new library is a bright, airy space that invites readers in to browse and stay a while. It’s located in a brand new building on Dunsmuir Street in the heart of Cumberland. When you stop by, you might want to cozy up to the beautiful fireplace, make yourself comfortable in one of the armchairs and lose yourself between the pages of a book.

Arlene Whetter, the Customer Services Librarian, invited me to the Cumberland library to read from The Gift Trilogy. What a surprise to arrive and see the warm reception prepared by Arlene, Adam Robinson and Tracy Dojack. Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

Inside-the-Cumberland-LibraryThe area in front of the fireplace resembled an intimate coffee shop setting, which is perfect for a reading. Donuts, brownies and a fresh pot of coffee awaited guests, some who’d planned to be there and others who just happened by.

No matter the size of the audience, it’s always a pleasure for me to read from the Gift books and reading at Cumberland’s beautiful, new library was no exception. It’s fun to hear the comments and field the questions that arise. As an author, you learn a lot from those questions, so thank you for that and thanks to those of you who stopped to listen. I hope you enjoyed the reading as much as I did.

J.P.-McLean-reading-at-the-Cumberland-LibraryThe Gift Trilogy books, Awakening, Revelation and Redemption are available to borrow from any branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Enjoy the read, visit my website and stay in touch. Feedback is always welcome.

And if you’d rather own a copy, you can order The Gift: Awakening with one simple click here. Your adventure awaits…

About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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9 Responses to The Cumberland Connection

  1. Vanessa says:

    Thank you Jo-Anne, for sharing this wonderful experience, I hope you have many more!!! I delight in your work a true “Gift” to the literary world!!!. Libraries have always been a very special place for me with my first visit in England at 4. My interest in books was evident as a baby with those delightful ‘soft cover books’. I love the connection of Cumberland, the imagery takes me back to my childhood visiting this picturesque place of mountain air and beauty. How lovely a library has been named as such, a great honour.


    • JP McLean says:

      Thanks Vanessa. And thanks for the memory of those “soft cover” books!


      • Jean and Carl Mclean says:

        Jo-Anne A sweet, precious angel, demure delicate flower, a living breathing example of sugar and spice and everything NICE and she’s our daughter and we love her


      • JP McLean says:

        Wow. Thanks so much. Aren’t I the luckiest daughter in the world? I’m going to print that out and carry it in my wallet. In fact, I’ll laminate copies for my sisters and brother. Ooh, I feel all warm and fuzzy … and just a little bit scared now that you’ve learned how to comment on my posts! (Love you more)


  2. Diana Stevan says:

    Jo-Anne, thanks for the post. Another great reason to visit Cumberland. it’s the cutest town with not only great music in its pubs but now a library that has a nice ambience. Sorry I missed your reading JP.


  3. Sally Rae says:

    JP ~ Sorry I missed your reading, Cumberland is currently a booming, sweet little town!! Will see you at the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival on July 20th. It is marked on my calendar!


  4. philipparees says:

    Called in response to your visit to involution-odyssey. Liked this description, not many such places of welcome in my neck of the English woods. Thanks.


    • JP McLean says:

      We’re very lucky indeed to have the beautiful Cumberland Library so close-by. It looks like you are also creating a wonderful place for writers and musicians alike. Thanks for your comment.


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