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13 Apr

2015 Atlantic Book Festival Events Listing, May 7 – May 14

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The festival runs May 7 – 14 throughout the Atlantic region and the gala is May 14 at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The festival guide can also be found in the latest Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association reading guide, Atlantic Books for the Spring and Summer.

(Skip to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island events)

New Brunswick

Thursday, May 7
8 PM
Gregory M. W. Kennedy presents Something of a Peasant Paradise?: Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755 – nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.
Bathurst Armoury (1820 King Ave.),
Bathurst

Newfoundland

Saturday, May 9
1 PM
Join Chef Mark McCrowe for a book signing and try samples of the recipes featured in his cookbook Island Kitchen: An Ode to Newfoundland – nominated for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award.
Chapter’s (70 Kenmount Rd.)
St. John’s

Monday, May 11
12:30 PM

Michael Pittman (Wow Wow and Haw Haw – nominated for Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration) explores the art of illustration with local students.

Memorial Academy,
Botwood

Tuesday, May 12
4 PM
Join Andy Jones for story time as he reads from his children’s book Jack, the King of Ashes – nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature.
A.C. Hunter Children’s Library
St. John’s

7:30 PM
Jenny Higgins presents Perished – nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.
Adrian Tanner presents Bringing Home Animals – nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.
Room 1046 , Arts & Administration Building, St. John’s Campus
Memorial University
St. John’s

Wednesday, May 13
7 PM
Panel Discussion with Trudy Morgan-Cole (A Sudden Sun — nominated for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award) and Janet McNaughton (Dear Canada: Flame and Ashes — nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature).
A.C. Hunter Reference Library, 3rd floor reading area
St. John’s

7 PM
Megan Gail Coles reads from Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome — nominated for the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award.
Erin’s Pub (186 Water St.),
St. John’s

Nova Scotia

Thursday, May 7
3 PM
Richard Starr presents Equal as Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea – nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.
Parkland at the Gardens (5732 College Street),
Halifax

7 PM
Denise Adams presents Atlantic Coastal Gardening — nominated for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award.
Halifax Central Library,
Halifax

Saturday, May 9
2:30 PM
Lindsay Ruck reads from Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck — nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Robertson.
John Paris Jr. reads from They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach — nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.
Captain William Spry Public Library,
Halifax

Sunday, May 10
2 PM
Natalie Meisner signs copies of her book Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family.
Lexicon Books (125 Montague St.),
Lunenburg

2 PM
Join us for the launch party of Carol McDougall’s Wake the Stone Man — winner of the 2013 Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature and published by Roseway Publishing.
Halifax Central Library,
Halifax

7 PM
Darren Greer reads from his novel Just Beneath My Skin – nominated for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction.
The Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre,
Middle Musquodoboit

Tuesday, May 12
10 AM
Nancy Rose presents The Secret Life of Squirrels to local students — nominated for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.
Cole Harbour Public Library,
Cole Harbour

7 PM
Vivien Shotwell reads from her debut novel Vienna Nocturne — nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award.
Tantallon Public Library,
Halifax

Wednesday, May 13
12 PM
Presentations by nominees for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction in memory of Robbie Robertson.
Natalie Meisner: Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family
Gordon Pitts: Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business
Lindsay Ruck: Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck
Alderney Gate Public Library,
Dartmouth

6 PM
Robert Ashe and John Paris Jr. present They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach to local youth.
Halifax North Memorial Public Library,
Halifax

7 PM
Linden MacIntyre reads from Punishment — nominated for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction.
Keshen Goodman Public Library,
Halifax

7 PM
Linda Little reads from her novel Grist — nominated for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction.
New Glasgow Public Library,
New Glasgow

Thursday, May 14
12:30 PM
Sydney Smith (Music is for Everyone – nominated for Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration) explores the art of illustration with local students.
Sacred Heart School of Halifax,
Halifax

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Katherine Dewar, author of Those Splendid Girls, shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, will speak on the “The Great Silence”: the absence of WW I’s wartime nurses from Canada’s historical narratives. Although they shared in the horrors of the war, their service in faraway battlefields was never considered heroic, and upon returning home, they quietly put their diaries, letters and memories away. But some couldn’t recover their lives.
Dalhousie School of Nursing (Forrest Building, main foyer),
Halifax

Prince Edward Island

Friday, May 8
9 AM
Sharon E. MacKay (The End of the Line, nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature) reads to local students.
Stonepark Intermediate School,
Charlottetown

Saturday, May 9
1:30 PM
A celebration of the book Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, by Katherine Dewar, shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. Actors will offer dramatic readings of some of the most vivid passages of the nurses’ stories. Book table and author signing. Light refreshments. All welcome. Opportunity to preview the Museum’s new First World War exhibit.
Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum, Queen Charlotte Armoury. Corner of Water and Haviland Streets. Charlottetown.