Mona MacDonald wants to make sure the memories from families on the Northumberland Strait aren’t thrown overboard.
MacDonald’s second book, “Anchored in Time II,” is launching Saturday and paints a picture of life on the shore.
The 335-page book is a continuation of MacDonalds’ first local interest book, “Anchored in Time I.”
“I felt I hadn’t quite finished.”
The first book started with 12 interviews and snowballed into 76. MacDonald’s latest is a narrative from 106 people across many generations.
Her mostly humorous book travels to Toney River, Seafoam, Melville and Caribou River.
It features approximately 900 photos, including a special section about the fishermen of the area and images of their boats.
She wants to make sure families from the next era have a chance to reflect on the differences between lives then, now and in the future.
“I don’t want to lose these stories,” she said.
The compilation of anecdotes took 17 months to gather and write down. MacDonald is really grateful to the community for their eagerness to put things down on paper.
“It’s really their book. I just put everything together.”
I felt I hadn’t quite finished.
One thing that stands out for MacDonald when speaking to the 35 to 50-year-old generation is the role grandparents play in their lives. She says it’s very important to many families to have grandparents close while children grow.
She says the book reminds people this is not always the way it was, citing work ethic and technology as drastic changes over the past 30 years. It also gives people a chance to examine their genealogy.
“Down the road, it’ll be something to look at.”
MacDonald is expecting copies to fly off the shelves, but she doesn’t intend on ordering more than 500 copies.
Although people have asked when the third book is out, MacDonald says she has no plans for an “Anchored in Time III.”
Her next book will be a different kind of challenge. The retired teacher hopes to write a children’s book.
The book will be launched at the Toney River Community Centre on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with fiddle music from The Thursday Night Players. Books are $30.