Six books published by Cape Breton University Press will share the various stages at The Word on the Street, September 22, 11am to 5pm, on the Halifax Waterfront.
New to the region’s biggest book and magazine festival is the “Open Book” tent to be located immediately behind the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
“Open Book” will highlight literature from the region’s predominant cultures: Aboriginal, Acadian, African-Canadian, Celtic and English, as well as other immigrant experiences.
CBU Press authors making presentations on the “Open Book” stage are Cassie Deveaux Cohoon (Jeanne Dugas of Acadia – 11am), Trudy Sable and Bernie Francis (The Language of This Land, Mi’kma’ki – 1pm) and Michael Newton (editor of Celts in the Americas – 3pm)
The “Remarkable Reads” tent aboard HMCS Sackville will feature a “cooks and books” panel featuring Anne Marie Lane Jonah (co-author of French Taste in Atlantic Canada – 11:30am), while the “Vibrant Voices” tent, focusing on books for young adult readers, will include Hugh R. MacDonald (Trapper Boy – 1pm).
“Dynamic Dialogues” will include a railways panel discussion with Herb MacDonald (Cape Breton Railways: An Illustrated History – 4pm). CB Railways is shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson prize for non-fiction, the winner of which will be announced Saturday evening at a Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia ceremony on September 21.
Mike Hunter, Editor-in-Chief at Cape Breton University Press, says he is “delighted” about the selection of these authors and their books for Word on the Street, especially as Cape Breton University Press only publishes 8-10 books per year.
“This is a great opportunity to reach some pretty large audiences,” Hunter says, “and is a credit to all their hard work and dedication to their research and stories.”
“To have six CBU Press books featured is also very satisfying,” he adds, “and a credit to past, present and future authors who come to us with their projects.”