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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3:08pm

Introducing "Nova Reads."

The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia is introducing a social event this winter that we're calling Nova Reads. It's envisioned as a relaxed, fun evening out during which Nova Scotia writers read from the works of Nova Scotia writers. 

For the first edition of Nova Reads, members will read favorite passages from the novels of Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990). A novelist, essayist, and professor, the Glace Bay-born MacLennan is perhaps best known as "the first major English-speaking writer to attempt a portrayal of Canada's national character," according to the Canadian Encyclopedia. His books include Barometer Rising (1941), Two Solitudes (1945), Each Man’s Son (1951), The Watch That Ends the Night (1959), and Return of the Sphinx (1967) among others.

A Rhodes scholar, MacLennan was recognized for his work with five Governor General’s Literary Awards, three for fiction and two for fiction.

Alexander MacLeod, a writer and professor of English and Atlantic Canadian Studies at Saint Mary's University, will lead things off by providing a short introduction to MacLennan before doing a short reading from Each Man's Son. 

Nova Reads takes place Tuesday, February 20th, 7 pm. The venue for the evening is The Watch That Ends The Night, named for MacLennan's novel of the same name. The restaurant and cocktail bar is located at 15 King's Wharf Place, Dartmouth. 

Interested in coming? Please RSVP at so that we can have an idea of our numbers. 


Trivia: The Tragically Hip’s song Courage from the album Fully Completely references Hugh MacLennan, particularly his novel The Watch That Ends the Night. The novel’s closing lines are paraphrased in the song’s final verse.