In Desmond Cole’s <i>Skin</i>

In Desmond Cole’s Skin

The author and activist shares his new book at Halifax launch event.
Book Launch: Desmond Cole in Conversation w/El Jones Feb 13, 7pm Alumni Hall, King's College 6350 Coburg Road Free

Toni Morrison’s magnificent sense of self

Author and journalist Evelyn C. White reflects on the legacy of the first and only Black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Evelyn C. White on Toni Morrison's Sula

Christy Ann Conlin's high Watermark

Already on its second printing, the novelist's latest tome is full of a different sort of high-sea story.
Watermark (House of Anansi) Available now In her new collection of short stories—already in its second printing—Christy Ann Conlin explores connections between water, life and death.

Kai Cheng Thom helps you get ready for the apocalypse

The award-winning author's latest, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World is "a call for nuance and for love in an apocalypse."
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes From The End of the World (Arsenal Pulp Press) Available Now “Reading is for losers, but watching TV is cool.”

Rebecca Rose wants you to remember Before the parade

The journalist's oral history of the early days of Halifax's 2SLGBTQ+ activism is out now.
Before The Parade (Nimbus Publishing, $19.95) Available now

Garry Leeson's The Dome Chronicles will inspire you to go off the grid

The book—which shares true tales of going back to the land in 1970s Nova Scotia—is the cure to your screen time habit.
The Dome Chronicles
 (Nevermore Press, $24.95) 
Halifax Signing Coles Scotia Square Thu Jan 9 noon-2pm “It wouldn’t be fair to say that everything that happens around here is funny, but anything that wasn’t, I’d shy away from,” explains Garry Leeson.

Irène Oore’s The Listener says it all

Halifax author’s mother-daughter memoir unpacks intergenerational trauma and the gift of resilience.
I rène Oore grew up listening to stories her mother, Stefa, told her.

Calvin Lawrence’s Black Cop tells all

The recently released memoir recounts the racism he faced as one of Halifax’s first Black police officers.
# BlackLivesMatter justifiably draws attention to how racism affects Black civilians—but what about Black police officers? 

Review: Nosy White Woman won’t make you work

Martha Wilson’s short story collection is an easy read—perhaps overly so.
There are some nice moments in Martha Wilson's collection of 16 short stories. 

Sean Michaels Wagers double or nothing

The Giller Prize-winning author bets on a life well lived with his second book.
Does art imitate life or does life chase art down the road, copying its particular posture?

Tell me a story

Hot off the news that Sydney Smith’s Small In The City has nabbed a Governor General’s award, we take a look at some of the best local kid lit to hit shelves this season.
My Hair is Beautiful In the late aughts, comedian Chris Rock released a documentary called Good Hair.

AfterWords, after all

The inaugural literary festival aims for inclusivity and intersectionalism.
AfterWords Literary Festival Oct 2-6 Various locations afterwordsliteraryfestival.com

Mckayla Eaton’s Summoned casts a spell

The young adult fantasy novel is more Chilling Adventures of Sabrina than it is Harry Potter.
You may have glimpsed Mckayla Eaton hunched over her laptop at Uncommon Grounds or Trident Booksellers & Cafe.

Fall Arts Preview: Four local reads you’ll love

From slice-of-life essays to a Vonnegut-esque classic-in-the-making, here’s the books to curl up with this autumn.
Are You Kidding Me?!: Chronicles of an Ordinary Life

Fall Arts Preview: Get lit(-erary) with these events

Bookworms, mark your calendars
Wed Oct 2-Sun Oct 6 Afterwords Literary Festival

Margaret Atwood is coming but sorry, you can't go

The revered Canadian author's Halifax debut of The Testaments is at capacity.
Thirty-four years after The Handmaid's Tale first published—and two years after the Hulu series of the same name sky-rocketed into TV stardom—Canada's most famous author is back with the novel's sequel. And she's bringing it to our dearly beloved library.

In Print This Week

Vol 27, No 38
February 13, 2020

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