Sunday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

AX is pleased to welcome award-winning local authors Gerard Collins and Beth Powning to the gallery on December 5. Gerard and Beth both released novels during the pandemic, and they will read from their new works – Gerard from The Hush Sisters and Beth from The Sister’s Tale – before engaging in a dialogue on writing. There will be a bookseller on hand with copies of their most recent and previous works.

We’re doing something special for this event and compiling some questions for the authors in advance – we’d love to hear from you! Please send your question to We’ll choose some of your questions to ask the authors, and there will also be an open question and answer period at the end of the afternoon when you can ask questions from the floor.

Knocks Café has kindly agreed to open in the afternoon to serve light refreshments. All attendees will be required to wear a properly fitting mask at all times in the gallery – it can be lifted to take a sip of a beverage, but must be worn otherwise.

Thanks to the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for their support of this literary reading. This project is also funded in part by the Government of Canada.

About Gerard Collins and Beth Powning

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. In 2019, he turned the Finton Moon experience into a multi-media art exhibition, “The Book that Wrote Itself.” His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. In 2021, his second novel, The Hush Sisters, won an international Next Generation Indie Book Award in the suspense category and also was a finalist in the paranormal category. 

To learn more about Gerard Collins visit his website

Beth Powning lives in New Brunswick. She has published seven books: Home – Chronicle of a North Country Life; Shadow Child; The Hatbox Letters; Edge Seasons; The Sea Captain’s Wife; A Measure of Light  and The Sister’s Tale. Her books have been long-listed for the Dublin International Fiction Award, and been short-listed for numerous awards such as the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and The Edna Staebler Award, as well as being Globe and Mail Best Books. She has attended literary festivals in England, Ireland, the USA, and across Canada. Her latest novel, The Sister’s Tale, was an immediate Canadian best-seller.

To learn more about Beth Powning visit her website