Nova Scotia Literary Festivals

Information in this database was gathered through research in summer of 2021. Please consult individual websites for festival dates and schedules.

To submit or update a listing, please contact communications@writers.ns.ca with all required information and the subject line “Nova Scotia Literary Festivals.” 

Festival NameLocationWebsiteAudienceTypical Dates
AfterWords Literary FestivalHalifaxafterwordsliterary
festival.com
Generallate September / early October
Cabot Trail Writers FestivalSt. Ann’scabottrail
writersfestival.com
Generallate September / early October
East Bound: Talking Atlantic BooksHalifaxatlanticpublishers.ca/
eastbound
Generalmid May
Lunenburg Lit FestivalLunenburglunenburglit
festival.ca
Generallate September
Port Medway Readers' FestivalPort Medwayportmedwayreaders
festival.com
Generalsummer
Read by the SeaRiver Johnreadbythesea.caGeneralearly July
Word On The StreetHalifaxthewordonthestreet.ca/
halifax/festival
Generalmid September
Hackmatack Festival of ReadingHalifaxhackmatack.ca/
2021-festival-of-reading
Children's bookslate May
Read by the Sea – WordPlayRiver Johnreadbythesea.ca/
wordplay
Children's booksearly July
Hal-ConHalifaxhal-con.comScience fiction & fantasylate October
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