The Atlantic Book Festival starts today

May 7-14, take part in some free literary events

Let’s get literal! The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) has released the schedule for a week chock full of scholarly celebration (aka the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival). Starting May 7 and continuing until May 14, events will take place across all our salty sweet Maritime cities.

After a week of bookish bliss, the finale will be the awards show at Alderney Landing Theatre hosted by Mainstreet host and #stormchip ambassador, Stephanie Domet. You will need tickets to attend the awards show but the rest of the events are free! Free! Free!

Peggy Walt, in charge of promotion for the event, says they will be presenting the ABAS Pioneer Award for the second time at the awards. It’s “kind of like the Stompin’ Tom Connors award, for someone who has been there since the beginning, working in the trenches,” of the local publishing and literary world.

These events will take place in some of your favourite places, libraries. HRM’s traditional libraries will be hosting as well as the new Halifax Central Library. “It’s really exciting,” says Walt, on the new venue available for the week, “the library in general has been so supportive.”

Events will be happening in all the Maritime provinces, click here for the full list.

Atlantic Book Festival events in Halifax:

Thursday, May 7

3pm: Richard Starr presents Equal as Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea, nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Parkland at the Gardens (5732 College Street).

7pm: Denise Adams presents Atlantic Coastal Gardening, nominated for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road).

Saturday, May 9

2:30pm: Lindsay Ruck reads from Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck, nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Roberson and John Paris Jr. reads from They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach, nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing, Captain William Spry Public Library, (16 Sussex Street).


2pm: Join us for the launch party of Carol McDougall’s Wake the Stone Man, winner of the 2013 Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature, Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road).


Wednesday, May 13

12pm: Presentations by nominees for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Robertson: Natalie Meisner (Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family), Gordon Pitts (Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business), Lindsay Ruck (Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck), Alderney Gate Public Library (40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth).

6pm:  Robert Ashe and John Paris Jr. present They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach to local youth, Halifax North Memorial Public Library, (2285 Gottingen Street).


Thursday, May 14

12:30pm: Sydney Smith (Music is for Everyone), nominated for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellent in Illustration, explores the art of illustration with local students, Sacred Heart School of Halifax (5820 Spring Garden Road).

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