Author Spotlight: Janet Barkhouse

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:34am

Janet Barkhouse is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, a fiction writer, a children’s writer, and a poet. In the following post, she discusses her influences, how she got started as a writer, and all the things she loves about living in Nova Scotia. Barkhouse’s debut full-length poetry collection, Salt Fires, will be published by Pottersfield Press this fall.

Author Spotlight: Andre Fenton

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:35am

Andre Fenton is a member of the WFNS, an award-winning spoken word artist and filmmaker, and a novelist. We talked to him about poetry, recent changes in spoken word, living in Nova Scotia, and his first novel, Worthy of Love, which is forthcoming with Formac Publishing. Andre will be sharing his expertise in a workshop, Introduction to Spoken Word, at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia on June 21.

Guest Post: WFNS Member Jill MacLean Responds to Recent Copyright Hearing and Review

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:28am

Jill MacLean is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, a published poet, and an award-winning children’s author. On May 7, 2018, she attended a Copyright Hearing and Review of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) open mic, held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. In response to what she heard that day, she wrote the following post on her experiences with copyright law as a Canadian author.

Report from the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Gala

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Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:10pm

On Thursday, May 10th, Atlantic Canada’s community of writers came together in Halifax to celebrate the annual Atlantic Book Awards.

Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax’s Central Library was vibrant with authors, community members, and other guests who gathered in celebration of the Atlantic Book Awards. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event. 

Author Spotlight: Josh MacDonald

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:27am

Josh MacDonald is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright based in Dartmouth. We talked to him about movies, writing, paper routes, sneaking into the old Hyland theatre, and what to expect in his upcoming workshop, Building the Screenplay Behind the Movie.

 

Author Spotlight: Sherry D. Ramsey

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:22pm

Sherry D. Ramsey is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and a prolific author of speculative fiction. We talked to her about her work, the writing life, what she loves about her part of Nova Scotia (Cape Breton), and what can be expected in her upcoming workshop, Exploring Speculative Fiction.

 

Halifax Welcomes New Poet Laureate

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 4:22pm

On the morning of Tuesday, April 24, 2018, politicians, press, and arts organizers gathered at City Hall to welcome Halifax’s new poet laureate, Dr. Afua Cooper, a widely published author and the current James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University.

More than an awards ceremony

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:17pm

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) has released its schedule of free events featuring this year’s shortlisted authors and illustrators. The events take place throughout Atlantic Canada from May 2-10 and culminate with the awards gala at Paul O’Regan Hall in Halifax Central Library on Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm, when the recipients of 13 different book awards will be revealed.

East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 2:09pm

In addition to the Atlantic Book Awards gala and festival, the Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to join forces with the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association to present East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books May 9 to 11 in Halifax. Following a successful inaugural event in 2017, the three-day event will celebrate and promote books published in Atlantic Canada to Canadian and international delegates.

East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books is for authors, illustrators, publishers, event programmers and librarians.

Events include:

Outfit Your Office

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:36pm

Is your home office in need of a makeover?

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is holding a raffle with a beauty of a prize that's tailormade for writers: a complete home office including task chair (Upswing by United Chair), desk, bookshelf, cabinet (Groupe LaCasse), and task light (Diffrient). The furniture is customizable, with a variety of finishes available. 

The entire package is worth $1,800 and has been generously donated by Office Interiors. Hip, hip, hooray for the good folks at Office Interiors!

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