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Halifax InternationalWriters’ Festival

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March 28, 7:30pm, $10

Joining Heather O'Neill is Nova Scotian author Linda Little, whose novel Scotch River tells the story of bull rider and lost soul Cass Hutt, whose mysterious past leads him back east. The hero of Nadia Bozak's debut novel Orphan Love is the intriguingly named Bozak, a young punk rocker bred on Black Flag, who leaves her small northern Ontario town, embarking on a violent journey to New York City.

March 29, 7:30pm, $10

Cinephiles and history buffs won't want to miss Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German, recently adapted for film, starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Modern day swashbuckler and fight choreographer CC Humphreys turns his passion into historical fiction. David Gibbons' love of maritime archaeology has led to two fictional best sellers. Krista Bridge's first short-story collection The Virgin Spy was compared to the early works of Alice Munro.

March 30, noon, Spring Garden Road Library, free

I can't think of a better way to spend my lunch hour than with best-selling author and Coast cover queen Ami McKay (The Birth House).

March 30, 7:30pm, $8

Locals shine tonight, starting with Halifax poet laureate Lorri Neilsen Glenn, heartfelt spoken wordsmith and musician Tanya Davis and Stephanie Domet, whose debut novel Homing will no doubt be gracing bedside tables around town when it's released this April. Joining the crew is recently appointed St. John's, Newfoundland, poet laureate and actor Agnes Walsh.

March 31, 3pm, $10

Just like her famous character Temperence Brennan, Kathy Reichs is a certified forensic anthropologist. Her first novel is a number-one best seller, and if that's not enough to sell you, Reichs is the inspiration for the television show Bones.

March 31, 7:30pm, $10

Proof inherent of the storytelling gene, Noah Richler's This is My Country, What's Yours? is the most compelling and complete literary atlas in Canada. Dennis Bock's The Communist's Daughter is a page-turner, a story of love set against China's Communist Revolution. Archaelogist Karolyn Smardz Frost spent 20 years researching I've Got a Home in Gloryland: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad. Coureurs de Bois, Toronto writer Bruce MacDonald's first novel, follows William Tobe, an economics grad who falls under the spell of a trickster character named "The Cobb."

April 1, 2pm, $8

If you're searching for Bobby Orr, you won't want to miss this reading by Globe and Mail sports columnist Stephen Brunt, joined by Marq de Villiers, author of Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose. If you panic over melanoma, Andy Brown—author of the funny The Mole Chronicles and publisher of the fantastic indie Conundrum Press—is your kindred spirit.

April 1, 7:30pm, $8

First she had to replace the martini shaker with a breast pump. Now Rebecca Eckler returns for a play date with her new book, Wiped: Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator. Alan Cumyn, who writes for both kids and adults, returns with a definitely mature story, The Famished Lover, a novel about a war camp survivor coping with life and love. Pictou Island's Maureen Hull is also no stranger to writing for the wee ones, her latest book is Rainy Days with Bear.

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