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Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:56am

Our second event in the reading series we've dubbed Nova Reads is set for Monday, April 9, 7 pm at The Watch That Ends the Night, King's Wharf, Dartmouth. 

Join us for a relaxed, social evening as WFNS members read favorite passages from the work of Budge Wilson. Budge will be in attendance and will also be one of the readers during the evening. Award-winning author Jill MacLean (The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, Nix Minus One, The Beauty of Red) will provide the introduction to Budge's work and start off the readings. Other readers include Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Following the River: Traces of Red River Women), Carol Mcdougall, director of the Read to Me program at the IWK Health Centre, Sarah Emsley (Jane Austen's Philosophy of the Virtues) and Don Aker (The First Stone, The Fifth Rule, Running on Empty).

This is a free event, thanks to the support of Joe Gurba at The Watch That Ends The Night. The restaurant is normally closed on Mondays, but it will be open for our event. (While the kitchen will be closed, the bar will be open.) The Watch That Ends the Night is located in the first building of Kings Wharf over the coffee shop. (The restaurant is wheel chair accessible if you park and proceed from in front of 30 Kings Wharf Place.)

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About Budge Wilson:

Budge Wilson was born and educated in Nova Scotia, but spent many years in Ontario, returning home in 1989. She began writing later in life, after teaching and working as a commercial artist, photographer, and for over 20 years as a fitness instructor. Her first book appeared in 1984 and she has now published more than 33, with 27 foreign editions in 14 languages - and has appeared in more than 90 anthologies. Her most recent book After Swissair (2016) is a poetry collection chronicling the aftermath of the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998.

Her books have been frequently read and dramatized on CBC, American and Danish Radio. The Leaving received the ALA's Notable Book Award and was listed among its Best Books for Young Adults, named a Horn Book "Fanfare Book", School Library Journal's "Best Books, 1992", Library of Congress's "100 Noteworthy Children's Books, 1992", National Council of Teachers of English "Notable Children's Books, 1993", NYPL's "Books for the Teen Age, 1993", ALA's 1994 list of "The 75 Best Children's Books of the Last 25 Years." Before Green Gables appears to date in 11 countries and seven languages, with a Japanese animation, and was recognized by Quill & Quire as being one of the "Best Books of 2008." In 2009, Budge Wilson was the winner of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award for Before Green Gables.