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Double Launch Reading with Margo Wheaton and Allan Cooper

Friday • May 26 • 7 PM - 9 PM • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic • 1675 Lower Water Street

Margo Wheaton and Allan Cooper will be reading from their work on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax.

Margo will be reading from her poetry collection “The Unlit Path Behind the House” (McGill-Queen’s). 

Margo Wheaton was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and currently makes her home in Halifax. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies across the country and her work has won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry. Her debut collection The Unlit Path Behind the House (McGill-Queen’s) has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (League of Canadian Poets) and the J.M. Abraham Award (Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia). Margo is currently serving as a Mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentoring Program (WFNS).


Allan will be reading from his new collection "Everything We've Loved Comes Back to Find Us" (Gaspereau).

Allan Cooper has been a full time poet for forty years. His poems have appeared in many magazines, and in 14 previous collections. He has twice received the Alfred G. Bailey Award, and in 1993 he received the Peter Gzowski Award for his contributions to literacy. Allan spends much of the year in Alma, New Brunswick, a small fishing village on the Bay of Fundy. Everything We've Loved Comes Back to Find Us was published by Gaspereau Press in April.

Refreshments will be served. All are warmly welcomed to attend.


The 2017 East Coast Literary Awards

May 31, 2017 • 6:30pm • Halifax Central Library

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the shortlists for the 2017 East Coast Literary Awards (ECLAs) today. Publishers submitted a record number of 79 titles by writers who reside in Atlantic Canada’s four provinces. And after months of reading and deliberation, peer juries of professional writers agreed on shortlists for each award in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

The ECLAs are headlined by the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. The Raddall Award’s $25,000 prize for the winning title makes it the most valuable literary award in Atlantic Canada. The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award round out the program with a $2,000 prize for each award.   

Winners of three awards will be announced at a special presentation on May 31, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Halifax Central Library. All are welcome. 

The shortlisted titles for the 2017 East Coast Literary Awards are as follows: 

The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (first presented in 1991; valued at $25,000) 
Advocate by Darren Greer (NS)  (Cormorant Books)
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (NS)  (Knopf Canada)
The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey (NS) (Viking)

The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award (first presented in 1998; valued at $2,000)  
The Back Channels by Jennifer Houle (NB)  (Signature Editions)
The Unlit Path Behind the House by Margo Wheaton (NS) (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
You Can’t Bury Them All by Patrick Woodcock (NS)  (ECW Press) 

The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award (first presented in 1978; valued at $2,000) 
Burnley “Rocky” Jones: Revolutionary by Burnley “Rocky” Jones & James W. St. G. Walker (NS) (Roseway Publishing)
Redemption Songs by Jon Tattrie (NS) (Pottersfield Press)
Notes from a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker (NS) (BookThug) 

About the East Coast Literary Awards
The ECLAs strive to highlight the best in Atlantic Canadian fiction, poetry, and non-fiction through three annual literary awards. Titles eligible for the ECLAs must be the work of writers who are engaged in our region’s cultural life and creative economy as fulltime residents of Atlantic Canada. A peer assessment process conducted by professional writers from throughout the region determines shortlists and winners. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is the steward of the three Awards, all of which have been in existence for many years and were founded by several endowments, including significant support from the families of Thomas Head Raddall and J.M. Abraham.

About the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia
Established in 1976, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia works to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of writers and their achievements; and to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture. 

Mary Corkery Poetry Reading 

Thursday • June 23, 2017 • 6:00 PM
Humani-T Café • 1451 South Park St, Halifax

Simultaneous Windows  is a metaphoric and narrative journey in which rebellion, love and loss open windows to change. Each window is a frame through which we see the limits and possibilities of a life. Poems are set in Toronto, Borneo, Rwanda and elsewhere.

Mary Corkery's career includes various roles in social justice and international development organizations, most recently KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives where she was executive director. Now retired, Mary focuses on her writing, volunteer work in support of refugees, and as chair of The Catherine Donnelly Foundation which funds social justice work.

Her poems have been published in Canadian journals including Room, Descant, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Existere, The Nashwaak Review and othersas well as Writing at Wintergreen, a 2012 anthology edited by Helen Humphreys, and Sound Me When I'm Done, a Wintergreen anthology edited by Lorna Crozier. Internationally, her work has been published in The Dream Catcher (U.K.), and Kindred (U.S.A.) and on line by The Irish Poetry Project.

Tides:The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

A global journey through the science and wonder of the oceans
July 14, 2017 • 5 PM • Halifax Central Library
In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Jonathan enjoys speaking to audiences of all kinds. He has given talks and keynote presentations at museums, aquariums, yacht clubs, government institutions, book clubs, writing conferences, grade schools, bookstores, and universities. Examples include the Seattle Center for Wooden Boats, the SeaDoc Society, the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, The Evergreen State College, Orcas Island High School, and the Padilla Bay Marine Reserve. Sailors, surfers, fishers, divers, kayakers, and beachcombers all know the importance of time and tide, but most people don’t know how complex and poetic the phenomenon is. How do you explain, for example, that the tide is twenty-eight feet on the west side of Panama and only ten inches on the east side? Or that some places see one tide a day, while others see two or even six tides a day? What’s a double high tide, or a double low tide? These are among the topics Jonathan has fun describing, illustrated with photographs and stories — and always in simple, accessible language that emphasizes the tide’s mystery and beauty.