Special Event

Word on the Street

When: Sun., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2009

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

Price: free

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