Short Story contest now closed!

Thank you in stacked booksCressy Lakeside Books want to thank the many authors from around Prince Edward County who submitted their work for the Short Story contest! We look forward to reading all the manuscripts and will announce the successful authors early in 2018. Stay tuned for more updates and news about this exciting project!

Upcoming workshop at Baxter Arts Centre

Join J.D. (David) Carpenter Thursday, October 12, 2017 to learn more about “Then & Now–Publishing options for today’s writer”.

Until the turn of the century, writers chose either commercial publishing or self-publishing but in 2017 exciting and viable options are available, including co-op publishing, zines, blogging, and social media. This class will provide insight into these alternatives, but will focus on which form of publishing is right for you, how to prepare a manuscript, what to include in your submission, where to submit, whether or not to seek out an agent, and how to distribute and market your own work. 

Register by October 1, 2017

Where to shop for great Summer Reading from CLB

Ready to add these great titles to your summer reading list? You’ll find a good selection of Cressy Lakeside Books in Prince Edward County, Kingston, and Ottawa too!

Or, order online: go to The Books and follow the links to each title.

Cressy Lakeside featured in Kingston Whig-Standard

WayneGradyWriter and Kingston Whig-Standard columnist Wayne Grady’s recent interview with David Carpenter and Peter Blendell shines a light on Cressy Lakeside Books, the recent publications, and what’s to come…

“We’re trying to create an imprint with some cache to it,” says David. “The quality of the writing is most important. It doesn’t matter what the genre, as long as it takes place in the County.”

Wayne Grady is one of 12 Kingston writers appearing at this year’s Kingston WritersFest. In discussing The County Murders, Grady says, “David’s wicked humour places The County Murders more in the Stephen Leacock school. Just as Leacock’s town of Orillia (which he calls Mariposa) emerges as the true hero of the novels, so in The County Murders it’s the County and Saybrook with which we fall in love as we read.”

Read the full article here.

Road Trips and Summer Reading

Where to find Cressy Lakeside BooksSummer is here!  Take a Cressy Lakeside author with you to the dock, the hammock, and in the car…

If you’re driving through Prince Edward County, pick up a copy of J.D. Carpenter’s County Murders and Peter Blendell’s audio book Moonlight at The Local. These and more titles are available in Picton at Books & Company.

Need a copy and not in the area? Shop online here (see individual titles to purchase).

The Local StoreBooks & Co.


Prince Edward County Authors Festival 2016

Join J.D. Carpenter this Friday at Books & Company in Picton, Ontario, as part of the Prince Edward County Authors Festival 2016.

David will be introducing the Friday night mystery writers session:

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Masters of Mystery – readings and conversation

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Canadian King of Suspense – readings and Q&A

Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay
Far From True

$10.00 for single event, $25.00 for a Festival Pass (all 4 events)
Tickets and passes are available at Books & Company, or online at



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