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Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:57pm

In an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we've closed the WFNS Office at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, at least until the State of Emergency in Nova Scotia is lifted. 

Staff members will be working from home and can be reached by email. Workshops scheduled to take place in the near future have been temporarily suspended or moved online. Other activities, such as reading and judging for Nova Writes, online meetings for the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and manuscript reviews can continue as usual.

Here's how to reach us:

- Marilyn Smulders -
- Linda Hudson -
- Annick MacAskill -
- Andy Verboom -

The event  "The Power of Poetry: Celebrating Rita Joe," originally scheduled to take place tonight, March 16, at Halifax Central Library, has been postponed until Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 pm at Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. (In the meantime, you can watch this TV story by Global Television about Rita Joe and her important poem "I Lost My Talk".)

The Atlantic Books Awards Festival has also been shifted to the fall. Dates have not been set.

Stay safe everyone and wash those hands!


What are you reading?
The Guardian has put together a "Dystopian Reading List: Books to Read While in Quarantine" and The New York Times has compiled "Your Quarantine Reader." I notice Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel -- a personal favorite -- has made both lists. I also recommend The Last Hockey Player by WFNS member Bretton Loney. What books do you recommend for these strange times? 
- Marilyn Smulders, executive director, Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia