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Word on the Street day planner

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On Sept. 21, Atlantic bibliophiles will celebrate Canada’s annual book festival in Halifax. Noted authors Vincent Lam and Lainey Lui are on the program, alongside local favourites George Elliott Clarke, Lesley Crewe and Beatrice MacNeil. Don’t miss a minute with our must-see guide to this year’s festival! For moms Visit the Wonderful Words tent to hear three readings offering different perspectives on becoming a mother, as…

Meet the team behind Word on the Street Halifax 2014

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We asked this year’s hard-working team which festival events they’re most excited to see Genevieve Allen Hearn, executive director: “The cartoonist panel should be pretty cool especially in light of Faith Erin Hicks’ recent Will Eisner Comic Industry Award win.” Rémi Lefebvre, festival manager: “I’m really excited for the hustle and bustle of it all. Not to mention, witnessing six month of hard work come together.”…

Trailer Park Boys actor and PEI native Jonathan Torrens

Breezy reads

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Actor and PEI native Jonathan Torrens shares his summer reading wish list You often hear book publishers referring to the most common places people read as “the three Bs”—beach, bed and bath. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find me in one of those places from now until Labour Day weekend with these books by my side… My fascination with lighthouses and the peculiar individuals who tend…

Halifax Central Library-Atrium

Step inside the new Halifax Central Library

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Watch for the Fall issue of Atlantic Books Today in newspapers, and at bookstores, libraries and cafes in September.  In July, Atlantic Books Today was invited to tour the new Halifax Central Library while it was under construction. Our designer, Joseph Muise, shot the exclusive photos below. Click on any image to enlarge it and pick up the Fall issue in September for more photos. The…

Nova Scotian Poet Shauntay Grant

Under the reading tree

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Nova Scotia writer Shauntay Grant’s summer picks When I was young, I had a favourite reading tree. It was a wonderful old maple with lots of green and three special branches that met to form a rustic wooden chair. Late afternoons, I’d settle inside this nook and, week by week, work my way through the stack of books I’d set aside for summer reading. It’s been…

Cornwallis statue in Halifax

Courting controversy

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An author’s perspective on the public reaction to a hot-button historical subject The first time I wrote about Edward Cornwallis, it was for a front-page article in the Chronicle Herald in 2010. A company selling hair-care products in Halifax had run an ad for “real human hair extensions” featuring models posed with a statue of Cornwallis in a downtown park. Given the city founder’s notorious role…