Keenly observed stories and vignettes by Prince Edward Island raconteur Frank Ledwell express the art in everyday scenes, art that might remain unnoticed without Ledwell's sharp eye, clever pen, and strong sense of purpose. With characteristic warmth, generosity, and humour, Ledwell interweaves personal memoir and communal wisdom. Some of his stories are based on real people or incidents; others are fiction. Either way, the 60-plus stories in Island Sketchbook evoke the true, remembered landscape of Ledwell's North Shore childhood at St. Peter's Bay, his experience as a student, teacher, and professor at St. Dunstan's University, and his life as a husband and parent in rural Queen's County. Evincing the author's love of people and place, the sketches mark him as an inveterate Islander.