Between the Covers of Taproot

Whether literary or logical, artistic or analytical, everyone has the capacity to be creative. But there seems to be something outstanding about the Eastern Townships that plays on the imagination and brings out people’s creativity.

In 1999, Taproot: Poetry, Prose and Images of the Eastern Townships was produced by Townshippers’ Association to share the works of local storytellers, poets, and visual artists who have captured the unique experiences, culture and heritage of the region’s English-speaking community.  For both emerging and established writers, poets, photographers, and visual artists, each of the four volumes of this popular anthology have also offered an excellent publishing opportunity.

Townshippers’ is pleased to share with readers an excerpt from one of the many creative works featured in the second volume of Taproot with “The Devil in Ambrose Pym,” by Bernard Epps.

Ambrose Pym finished his lunch, dabbed the corners of his mouth with a corner of the napkin, refolded it carefully and laid it very precisely beside his plate. Then he reached into the pocket of his jacket slung over the chair and brought out his frog. He placed it gently on the plate facing him, sat back and regarded it expectantly.

“Hello, darling!” said the frog. “How about that kiss now?”

It was a very ordinary-looking frog with a knowing eye and a sardonic curl in the corners of its mouth. Pale on the under parts, dark green on head and back. Its voice was low and throaty but rather less like Marlene Dietrich than Marge Simpson.

He’d found it that morning on the edge of the water hazard that had gulped down his drive from the seventh tee. Unable to retrieve his ball, he’s picked up the frog with a vague idea of playing some joke on his partners. He was quite surprised to hear it speak; “Give us a kiss, darling!” it had said in that throaty voice. “And I’ll turn into a beeyoutiful woman.”

Now Ambrose Pym was as fond of beautiful women as the next man, but his wife was not, so he dropped it into his pocket, finished the remaining two holes and hurried home to…..

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Share Your Work, Be a Part of Taproot V

Townshippers’ is currently accepting submissions for the fifth instalment of Taproot which will be produced as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations in 2014. Writers, poets, visual artists and photographers of all ages are invited to submit their original works for a change of being published and read in the Taproot V.

Submissions are open until Friday, January 31, 2014. Please review the full guidelines available under the Culture tab at, before submitting entries by email or post.  For details or to request a copy of the guidelines, call 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717).

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Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  The photo “Boiling the Sap, near Way’s Mills” taken by Dr. Robert Paulette, featured alongside other images and literary works in the second edition of the creative anthology Taproot. Photographers and artists are invited to submit their works for consideration for the next volume of Taproot planned for 2014.