The first annual Lunenburg literary festival, “Lunenburg Lit,” will launch Friday, September 30, 2016. The two-day event adds to a roster of celebrations in a town known for its vibrant arts and culture community.
Lunenburg Lit features many well-known authors from Nova Scotia and beyond. The Friday evening session, held at the new Lunenburg School of the Arts, includes Newfoundland writer Wayne Johnston (Son of a Certain Woman), Halifax’s Kris Bertin (Bad Things Happen) and the current and first Mi’kmaq poet laureate for Halifax, Rebecca Thomas.
Saturday, October 1 kicks off with a walking tour of the historic town and a children’s “story mob” on the Lunenburg wharf. An afternoon panel, hosted at the Lunenburg Courthouse, highlights Nova Scotia’s history, with Dean Jobb (Empire of Deception), Joan Dawson (A History of Nova Scotia in 50 Objects) and Wanda Taylor (The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children) speaking about their books and the art of writing nonfiction.
Lunenburg Lit wraps up Saturday evening at the Lunenburg School of the Arts with Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, Bridgewater native Colin Campbell, fresh from his US tour of Free Days with George, and Ami McKay reading from The Witches of New York, scheduled for release November 2016.
The festival is organized by South Shore Public Libraries and local residents. “We are pleased to host this celebration of world class writers and their craft,” says Troy Myers, CEO and Chief Librarian of South Shore Public Libraries. “We promise an exciting, fun-filled experience for all.”
Friday 7 pm – 9 pm, Festival Opening,
Saturday 11 am – Walking Tour
Saturday 2pm – 4pm Non Fiction Event
Saturday 7-9 pm – Saturday Night at the Festival
Tickets available at the door or in advance from South Shore Public Libraries: 1-877-455-2548 or 1-902-543-2548.