AFTERWORDS
LITERARY FESTIVAL

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PANELS & READINGS

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OPENING NIGHT AT AFTERWORDS
DAVID BERGEN AND ALEX PUGSLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH RYAN TURNER, PLUS JESSE WENTE IN CONVERSATION WITH TRINA ROACHE


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM  | DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
PAUL O’REGAN HALL, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
 

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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.

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KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
CHELENE KNIGHT IN CONVERSATION WITH STEPHANIE DOMET


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7:00 PM — 9:00 PM  

LIVESTREAM

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.


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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!

$5
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Access two great events with one ticket!

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.


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SILENT READING
AT THE IMBIBERY


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM 
GOOD ROBOT BREWING COMPANY

Take some time for quiet reading and reflection on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Proceeds for this event will go to the Mi'kmaq Child Development Centre.


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YOUNG ADULT COMIC BOOK PANEL
WITH LYNETTE RICHARDS, PATRICK ALLABY & MOLLIE CRONIN


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
1:00 PM — 2:15 PM 
BMO COMMUNITY ROOM, HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY

 

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! Her debut graphic novel, Call Me Bill, is published by Conundrum Press/Emanata. 

 

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.

 

Mollie Cronin is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and curator from Kjipuktuk (Halifax, NS). In 2015 she received a BA in Art History from NSCAD University before accidentally becoming a cartoonist that same year. Her comics and fat-positive illustrations have been featured on the hit Hulu show Shrill, illustrated Sofie Hagen’s 2019 book Happy Fat, and have been made into clothing, tattoos, and a newspaper comic strip called Art Brat Comics. Cronin currently teaches comics classes in NSCAD’s extended studies program and is writing her first graphic novel about a fat punk girl living in a swamp.
 

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SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE FESTIVAL
JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IN CONVERSATION WITH MEGAN LESLIE, PLUS LISA MOORE IN CONVERSATION WITH LAWRENCE HILL


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM  | DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
MCINNES ROOM, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
 

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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.”


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 IN CONVERSATION 
MIKMAQ STORYTELLERS CIRCLE
WITH SHALAN JOUDRY, PLUS THERESA MEUSE AND RAYMOND SEWELL IN CONVERSATION


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM 
WINDSOR JUNCTION


Join these three storytellers in the sharing circle as they talk with each other about Mi'kmaq narratives and ways of storytelling. Proceeds for this event will go to the Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre. Space is very limited, address will be supplied with your ticket.

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ENGAGING THE CLIMATE
IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHERINE BUSH, WAUBGESHIG RICE, MADHUR ANAND & KIM STANLEY ROBINSON


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
1:30 PM — 4:15 PM | DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM
MCINNES ROOM, DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
 

PRESENTED BY CLEAN FOUNDATION WITH SUPPORT FROM ARTS NOVA SCOTIA

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The fourth annual AfterWords Literary Festival presents Kim Stanley Robinson in conversation with Madhur Anand. 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 McInnes Room 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, Waubgeshig Rice, and Madhur Anand will be on hand to sign books after the event. 


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PRESENTED BY ARTS NOVA SCOTIA

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Sue Goyette's poetry explores—among other themes—the wilderness within us and without us. She writes with deep humanity and hospitality, and with an uncanny ability to look at the stuff of our lives slantwise, and show it in to us anew. She has won the Pat Lowther Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the Griffin Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. Her book Ocean was the Nova Scotia Masterwork in 2015. Her new book is Monoculture.

Madhur Anand's debut collection of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, named one of 10 all-time "trailblazing" poetry collections by the CBC and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. Her second collection of poems is Parasitic Oscillations. She is a professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph, where she was appointed the inaugural Director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research. Sue and Madhur will be in conversation with each other about poetry, the natural world, and our place in it.

Then, Lawrence Hill joins filmmaker, historian, and poet Sylvia Hamilton in conversation about his bestselling, much beloved book The Book of Negroes. First published in 2007, The Book of Negroes is a sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.
Published around the world, the novel won numerous prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. We're honoured to help celebrate this remarkable novel.


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