Following is a list of upcoming events: readings, writing workshops and seminars, and so on. Unless specified otherwise, events happen in Nova Scotia, Canada. We strongly encourage you to check dates and times with hosting organizations as typos and sudden changes happen. Follow us on Twitter, @WFNS, to hear about these events and more day-to-day.


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Julia McCarthy Launches Poetry Collection: All the Names Between

Julia McCarthy will read from her new poetry collection, All the Names Between. With special guest, Montreal poet, Sue Elmslie reading from her new collection, Museum of Kindness. Sunday November 19th, 2-4pm at the Writers Federation Offices, 1113 Marginal Rd., Halifax. Refreshments. Books will be available for purchase from both authors.

Location: 
Writers Federation Offices, 1113 Marginal Rd., Halifax.
Date: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Scotiabank Giller Light Bash

Join us for an evening of prizes, cocktails, and CanLit to celebrate the Scotiabank Giller Prize and to support Frontier College (Nova Scotia) / Collège Frontière (Nouvelle Ecosse), Canada's original literacy organization. View the Giller Prize live on the big screen.

Location: 
Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Seasons for Seeking Book Launch Concert: Rumi’s Poetry for the Celtic Seasons

This evening of Celtic and Middle Eastern fusion pairs the art and wisdom of Rumi and the Gaels to launch author Lewis MacKinnon's new book Ràithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking. Acclaimed musicians Saeed Foroughi, Scott Macmillan, Mohammad Sahraei, and traditional Gaelic milling group An Cliath Clis blend Persian and Gaelic musical traditions to accompany the author's reading of Rumi’s poetry in Gaelic translation as well as original poems from his new book. MacKinnon is the 2011 winner of the Bardic Crown at the Royal National Mòd in Scotland.

Location: 
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen St., Halifax
Date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Emma Fitzgerald Launch Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore

Come meet the acclaimed artist and author Emma Fitzgerald, as she launches her new book Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore at the Lunenburg School of the Arts! As Emma Fitzgerald sketches, residents of these communities share their insights and histories. They appear in her whimsical drawings, which portray Nova Scotia's South Shore in every season. You will meet a fourth-generation female sail maker in Second Peninsula, learn the recipe for summertime rose vinegar, and discover how winter Bluenose dark rum is made in Lunenburg.

Location: 
Lunenburg School of the Arts 6 Prince Street Lunenburg NS
Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lexicon Books Holiday Open House - with Signings by Carol Bruneau, Vicki Grant, & Laurie Swim!

Come to our third Annual Holiday Open House! All day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.! We are excited to have Vicki Grant (11-12:30), Laurie Swim (1-2:30), and Carol Bruneau (3:30-5) here to sign their new books and chat over the course of the day. Plus snacks, drinks, free gift wrapping, prizes, and 15% off purchases all day long!

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg NS
Date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters: Polish Your Speaking Skills

Creatively Speaking Toastmasters invites members of the writing community and other creative friends to come to a meeting and see how Toastmasters works. Writers tend to be introverts; Toastmasters helps us connect with the outside world with confidence and eloquence! Increasingly, authors are not only expected to put good words on the page, but also to have good speaking and presentation skills. What do you write? Have you got an interesting and concise answer for that question? You might be invited to share your work by participating at an open mic event.

Location: 
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month, at the offices of WFNS: 1113 Marginal Rd., in downtown Halifax. Enter through the WFNS door, opposite NSCAD's Port Campus.
Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

No Such Thing as a Small Language: An Evening in Literary Translation with Sebastian Schulman

A book reading and discussion on Schulman’s recently published translation of Spomenka Štimec’s Esperanto novel, Croatian War Nocturnal (Phoneme Media, 2017); and other adventures in Esperanto as well as Yiddish literary translation.

Location: 
Khyber Center for the Arts, 1880 Hollis St. Halifax NS
Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

Kris Bertin & Alexander Forbes Sign The Case of the Missing Men!

Come in to see Kris Bertin & Alexander Forbes, and their wonderful new graphic mystery novel The Case of the Missing Men, out through excellent local publisher Conundrum Press! This book has been in the works for a long time, and it's a marvelous thriller that will remind you of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, AND David Lynch. An excellent choice for a unique Christmas present - and you can get it signed by the author and illustrator right here in the shop!

Location: 
Lexicon Books 125 Montague Street Lunenburg NS
Date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

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