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Writers Federation of Nova Scotia offers course series for beginner writers

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The “First Words” course series is intended to be introductory and thus a welcoming space for beginner writers. The course runs over nine weeks and features three different instructors, each taking a three-week block that covers a different aspect of fiction writing. Beginning, Middle, and End April 29, May 6 & 13 Chris Benjamin  The three-act structure goes at least as far back as Aristotle, who…

A rosy picture of the next stage in human evolution

A rosy picture of the next stage in human evolution

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Humans 3.0 is a broad, well-written look at how technology is currently affecting individuals, societies and the human species, and how it may change our very natures within the coming decades. Nowak’s research is thorough. He interviews some key thinkers on the topic, as well as vampire author Anne Rice, and consults releases from financial firms, think tanks and international bodies like the United Nations and…

Becoming Fierce Author Panel at the Halifax Central Library

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All are welcome at the new Halifax Central Library on Saturday, January 31 where authors Chris Benjamin and Jo Treggiari will talk about the peaks and valleys of writing about your own angst and woeful youth, like they each did for the Becoming Fierce anthology (one of Quill & Quire’s books of the year). Jo wrote a powerful story called “Love You Like Suicide.” Chris wrote about a time of profound change and learning…

Alistair MacLeod tribute St. Mary's University Reading Series

Alistair MacLeod tribute in Halifax

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The St. Mary’s University 21st Annual Reading Series invites to to attend a reading by Nova Scotia writers from the works of one of Canada’s most beloved authors, Alistair MacLeod, on Fri Jan 30, 2015, 7:00 pm, at the St. Mary’s Atrium (5940 Inglis St.), Room 101 in Halifax. Readers include Brian Bartlett, Chris Benjamin, Carol Bruneau, Alice Burdick, Ian Colford, Valerie Compton, Deirdre Dwyer, Sheree Fitch,Lorri Nelson Glenn, Cory Lavender, Linda Little, Leo McKay, Marjorie Simmins, Silver Donald Cameron, and Carole Langille.

Crimes Against My Brother David Adams Richards

Richards paints a vivid picture of bleak lives

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Early in David Adams Richards’ latest novel, his narrator notes that his three strong, male, blue-collar rural protagonists are “smarter, more resilient and more joyful” than his middle-class, left-leaning students. He proceeds to paint a vivid picture of these men’s bleak lives, deceptions, personal and moral failings, and how they’re interwoven with the collusion of government and a multinational forestry corporation that kills their hometown. The…