Opening Night at AfterWords features David Bergen and Alex Pugsley in conversation with writer and festival co-director Ryan Turner at 7:00 PM. Jesse Wente will then be interviewed by journalist and teacher Trina Roache at 8:30 PM. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Books will be available for sale. This event is presented in partnership with The University of King's College.
Hear Chelene Knight in conversation with writer and festival co-founder Stephanie Domet. Chelene Knight is the author of three books, including her debut novel Junie, published September 2022 by Book*Hug. She is currently working on a commissioned book on Black self-love and joy forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2023. Chelene is the founder of Breathing Space Creative Literary Studio and represents a boutique list of clients as a literary agent with Transatlantic agency.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM CAFE LARA
Help us celebrate the fourth annual AfterWords Festival! Featuring readings from Anna Quon, David Huebert, K.R. Byggdin, Katherine Alexandra Harvey, Luke Hathaway and Daniel Cabena, and host Sarah Mian. This licensed event at Cafe Lara will fill up fast, so snag your ticket now!
Amanda Parris is an award winning writer, producer and tv/radio host. Her play Other Side of the Game was awarded the 2019 Governor General Literary Award for Drama. Her latest theatrical work The Death News won the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Web Program or Series. Amanda is also the creator, executive producer and showrunner of the critically acclaimed digital series Revenge of the Black Best Friend which launched on CBC Gem in 2022. The series was an official selection at the Canneseries Festival where it made its international premiere. She'll be in conversation with Juanita Peters, in an event presented with the help of Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Then, three short story writers take the stage: Alexander MacLeod's new book of stories is called Animal Person. Elaine McCluskey's new volume is called Rafael Has Pretty Eyes. They'll join festival co-founder and writer Ryan Turner in conversation. Both events happen in the McInnes Room. You can access both with one ticket.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 1:00 PM — 2:15 PM BMO COMMUNITY ROOM, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
Meet Lynette Richards and Patrick Allaby, and learn about their work as graphic novelists.
Lynette has been cartooning her whole life. She chose Stained Glass as her professional medium because it is both a trade and an art that has used sequential narration for over 1000 years! Lynette owns and operates Rose Window Stained Glass in beautiful Terence Bay NS. She is a Craft Nova Scotia Master Artisan.
Patrick Allaby has published two graphic novels about type 1 diabetes with Conundrum Press, Martin Peter (2019), and The Water Lover (2021). His work manifests itself in print and on stage, where he has been performing hand-drawn slideshows since 2016. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo (2019) and currently lives in Sackville, NB.
Your ticket includes access to two incredible conversations at AfterWords Literary Festival!
First, Lisa Moore reads from her new book This is How We Love, and joins Lawrence Hill in conversation. These two award-winning, beloved Canadian authors will be in conversation about all aspects of the writing life at 7:00 PM.
Then, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould will sit down with Megan Leslie, herself a former Member of Parliament for Halifax, at 8:00 PM. Ms Wilson-Raybould, author of the memoir "Indian" In the Cabinet, was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville from 2015 to 2021 and served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Associate Minister of National Defence. She was a 2021 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy finalist for “Indian” in the Cabinet. A member of the We Wai Kai Nation, Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.”
The fourth annual AfterWords Literary Festival presents Kim Stanley Robinson, in Conversation. Robinson is widely acclaimed as the leading speculative fiction writer of our time, and is in high demand as a speaker at climate change conferences.
As part of the festival's Engaging The Climate programming, Catherine Bush and Waubgeshig Rice open the show, live on stage at The Spatz Theatre in Halifax. Then, Kim Stanley Robinson joins the live audience from his home in Davis, California.
This hybrid event will include a moderated audience Q&A with Kim Stanley Robinson. Books will be available for sale, and Catherine Bush and Waubgeshig Rice will be on hand to sign books after the event. This event is presented in partnership with Clean Foundation.