Booktoberfest

Booktoberfest is an annual book fair that celebrates Nova Scotian authors and Nova Scotian presses who have published books in the past year.

The second annual Booktoberfest was a public reading and book fair celebrating authors who released books from October of 2022 to December of 2023. Readings and signings were held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, on December 21, 2023.

The books of 47 local authors and 10 local presses were available for sale:

Authors:

  • Donna Alward
  • Marcia E. Barss
  • Bruce W. Bishop
  • Heather & Nick Blackburn
  • Jill Martin Bouteillier
  • Geoff Butler
  • Ian Colford (featured reader)
  • Sarah Jane Conklin
  • Jane Doucet
  • Rosemary Drisdelle
  • John Elliott
  • Heather Fegan (featured reader)
  • Deanna Foster
  • Kathleen Foster-Alfred
  • EM Gales
  • Darlene Hawes
  • Michelle Helliwell
  • Andrea Hubley
  • Jan Fancy Hull
  • Karen Kelloway
  • Krista Keough
  • Janice Landry
  • Anne Launcelott
  • Garry Leeson
  • Bretton Loney
  • Chad Lucas
  • Jill MacLean (featured reader)
  • Vanessa McKiel
  • Noel McLellan
  • Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (featured reader)
  • Barbara Ann Miller
  • Grant Edward Miller
  • Whitney Moran
  • Louise Piper
  • Anna Quon
  • David Ross
  • GA Ruck
  • Anne M. Smith-Nochasak
  • M. E. Strautmanis
  • Pat Thomas
  • Jane Thornley
  • Steve Vernon (featured reader)
  • Darryl Whetter (featured reader)
  • David A. Wimsett
  • DJ Wiseman
  • Hui Zhou

Presses:

  • Askance Publishing
  • Bradan Press
  • Cape Split Press
  • Nevermore Press
  • Nimbus Publishing
  • Nummist Media
  • OC Publishing
  • Purple Porcupine Publishing
  • Somewhat Grumpy Press
  • WindyWood Publishing

The event was open to the public and free to attend.

The first annual Booktoberfest was a public reading and book-signing celebrating authors who released books during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic (from early 2020 to late 2022). Readings and signings were held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, on October 24, 2022.

The work of 44 local authors was featured and available for sale by the authors and courtesy of Woozles Children’s Bookstore and Bookmark Halifax:

  • AJB Johnston
  • Alyda Faber
  • Andy Tolson
  • Ann Whynot
  • Anna Quon
  • Anne Emery (featured reader)
  • Anne Simpson (featured reader)
  • Aren Morris
  • Becca Babcock
  • Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy
  • Briana Corr Scott
  • Brittni Brinn
  • Carol Bruneau (featured reader)
  • Caroline Nicholson
  • Chad Lucas (featured reader)
  • Donna Morrissey (featured reader)
  • Jacqueline Halsey
  • Jan Fancy Hull
  • Jane Doucet
  • Jim Morrison
  • Jo Treggiari (featured reader)
  • Joseph Howse
  • Kate Inglis (featured reader)
  • Kim Meechan
  • Lauren Soloy (featured reader)
  • Louise Michalos
  • Marcia Barss
  • Margo Wheaton
  • Martine Jacquot
  • Melanie Mosher
  • Michelle Wamboldt
  • Mike and Kristen Ryan
  • Monica Graham
  • Nancy Regan
  • Nicola Davison
  • Ronan O’Driscoll
  • Rose Poirier
  • Sean Bedell (WFNS President and emcee)
  • Stephens Gerard Malone (featured reader)
  • Susan MacLeod
  • Teigan Bond
  • Tyler LeBlanc (featured reader)
  • Vivien Gorham

The event was open to the public and free to attend.

Event photos courtesy of Nicola Davison’s Snickerdoodle Photography.

Partner

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Halifax Public Libraries for their annual partnership in realizing Booktoberfest.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca