The rise of fall arts: books, film, fashion

This season's cultural events will have you exploring inside and outdoors, with its stellar line-up.

Word on the Street
Sunday, September 27, 11am-5pm, Cunard Centre, free,
The annual lit festival happens this Sunday at the Cunard Centre. This year's highlights include a special appearance by Margaret Atwood's illustrious LongPen, the remote book-signing device she invented so she can sign your copy of her new novel The Year of the Flood without having to travel to a far-flung locale like Halifax. Local house Invisible Publishing has two new releases for this fall: This American Drive, which compiles Mike Holmes' comic strips (originally serialized in The Coast) from a road trip across the States, and Dartmouth writer Anna Quon's first novel, Migration Songs.

New to Nova Scotia is Montreal's indie powerhouse Conundrum Press, known for fiction, comics and art books, which recently moved to Wolfville. Publisher Andy Brown is bringing in authors Sherwin Tjia (Montreal) and Lesley Johnson (Sackville, NB), who are releasing new books, as well as Conundrum veterans Emily Holton (a NSCAD grad) and Elisabeth Belliveau, who's also completing a residency at the Roberts Street Social Centre. Brown says he's trying to "get Halifax more on the radar of what Conundrum does," and wants a focus that's "more national as opposed to regional." He anticipates more releases by Halifax writers in the future, once he's had time to "tap into" the community. –Laura Kenins


Monday Night Movies
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What would we do without AFCOOP's Monday Night Movies, our only reliable alternative cinema venue? Probably wither and die under a pile of discarded Transformer parts and Seth Rogens. On October 5 at 7pm, there's a special program called Beacons from the Yukon (CBC Radio Room, $8/membership) from the Yukon Film Society, about and shot in, yep, you guessed it, the Yukon. On October 12 (7pm, Park Lane, $10/membership), the film we were praying would come, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control, is finally here, featuring John Hurt, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. On October 26, in tribute to World Animation Day (see page 28), there's Get Animated, a collection of recent films from the NFB (CBC Radio Room, 7pm, free) and on November 9, watch for Armando Iannucci's In the Loop (Park Lane, 7pm, $10/membership). If you're an Alan Partridge fan, this British political satire is a must: starring Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan and more. –Sue Carter Flinn


Atlantic Fashion Week
October 28-29, at various locations, $15adv/$20 door each night, (starting October 1),
Make like Anna Wintour and find yourself a front-row seat for Atlantic Fashion Week. October 28 is emerging designer night at the Mercedes- Benz showroom (3585 Kempt), where NSCAD fashion students baste and backstitch their way onto the runway. Remember their names: someday they'll be on the back of your shirt. On October 29 prepare for a designer showcase at the Olympic Centre (2304 Hunter). Expect familiar designers, like Orphanage, and a few new labels. Bonus: a sample sale will follow the designer showcase.

Although it's not officially associated with Fashion Week, Akshay Tyagi's solo debut show is on October 24 at the Bus Stop Theatre, 7-9pm. Tyagi, who participated in last year's AFW, was a top-three finalist in Argyle Fine Art's Off the Cuff competition. His collection, entitled THAW, is a partnership with the young women's choir, Camerata Xara, and is inspired by Halifax winters, and the movement of water on Nova Scotian shores. —Sue Carter Flinn


Halifax Zine Fair
Saturday, October 24 at St. David's Church Hall, 1537 Brunswick Street, free
In your downtime at the Pop Explosion, support the local small press scene and pick up some zines, comics, records and more. With zine fairs accompanying May's Obey Convention and August's Sappyfest, this isn't the only zine-buying opportunity around any more, but it's the oldest and the biggest. A special guest will be zine hero Alex Wrekk from Portland, Oregon, author of zine how-to guide Stolen Sharpie Revolution, which has sold enough copies to please any press small or large. Also check out Anchor Archive's audio zine listening booth, a t-shirt printing station and the "Confession Concession" booth. –Laura Kenins


World Animation Day
Monday, October 26, 7pm and 8:30pm at the CBC Radio Room, 5600 Sackville Street, free. Sunday, November 1, 2pm and 4pm at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street, free,
World Animation Day is October 28. But, in the kooky-bendy, elastic-fantastic spirit of animation, a day can stretch into eight days of celebration. The NFB has organized a cross-Canada tour of screenings and workshops called Get Animated, to run from October 23 to 31. Halifax hosts two events on October 26 and November 1 (better a day late than never!). At the first, a co-presentation with AFCOOP, the NFB's New Visions program will be screened at 7pm, followed by an international program selected by Danny Lennon at 8:30pm. The second date, held at The Company House, features New Visions at 4pm, preceded by a special presentation at 2pm with Cordell Barker (The Cat Came Back, and Runaway, a social satire set aboard a treacherous train). –Sean Flinn

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