It's been one for the books

How local bookstores helped us make it through our time at home.
In the Best Of survey we asked, "Before Covid, what did a perfect day in Halifax look like for you?"

Celebration of Life

Horror essayist Peter Counter on why scary movies might just be life-affirming.
Editor's Note: From the moment you read the forward of Peter Counter's new book Be Scared of Everything, your pulse will sit up a bit straighter, tying its shoes so it's ready to race. "The names and identifying details of the humans mentioned in this book have been changed," it reads.

Roxane Gay knows the way

The bestselling author is (virtually) visiting Halifax this weekend—so we asked her our most burning questions.
Roxane Gay at Afterwords Literary Festival Sunday Oct 4, 4pm Zoom; for tickets and details It’s early morning Halifax time when Roxane Gay answers her call from The Coast.

Behind the verse with Arielle Twist

The Indigenous Voices Award-winning poet breaks down a poem with The Coast.
It wouldn’t be fair to say Arielle Twist is on the come-up: The multidisciplinary artist and poet has been ripening words on the vines of her mind since at least spring of 2017, when writer Kai Cheng Thom became a mentor to her.

Afterwords Literary Festival releases 2020 lineup

The live, online fest features famed authors Roxane Gay and Vivek Shraya.
Maybe the worst purchase of 2020 was a calendar, but now you officially have something to write (and highlight, and underline) in yours: Roxane Gay (yup, the author of Bad Feminist, Hunger, Difficult Women and a million tweets so biting they're corrosive) is taking part in this year's Afterwords Literary Festival. The fest—which debuted last year with a strong focus on accessibility and inclusion—is moving to a live, online format for 2020, with, as a press release puts it, "a mix of readings, conversations and workshops" happening via Zoom.

Six questions with Sue Goyette, Halifax's new Poet Laureate

The Masterworks Award-winning seven-time author steps into the role of the city's verse keeper.
Hot off yesterday's news that the city has selected the incomparable Sue Goyette—author of seven poetry books and heart-disarming lines like "I bulldozed a dream on waking from it last night.

Now's the time to start a socially distant, low-maintenance book club

How to make it happen—and five books to get you started.
We had tried starting a book club before. Three times.

Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card

You can now get a Halifax Public Libraries card from the comfort of your couch.
Arthur said it first. We're saying it second.

The science of memoir writing with Ami McKay

The Daughter of Family G author is subject and source material in her latest page-turner.
Daughter of Family G (Penguin Random House) Available now In 1895 Michigan, a seamstress named Pauline Gross confided in a pathologist at that she feared she’d die young.

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? 

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Vol 28, No 3
November 12, 2020

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