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2019 Word on the Street Halifax Schedule

WoTS Halifax Festival Line-Up Updates as of September 1st.

Contemplative Life

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Suzanne Stewart – The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons


Set in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasonspaints vivid portraits of contemporary labourers whose harvests mark the rhythms of the seasonal year. Each of the twelve monthly chapters tells the story of a labour unique to that month, including jobs like tuna fishing, cranberry farming, maple syrup production, sheep farming, beekeeping, lobster fishing, and foraging for wild mushrooms. Stewart revitalizes an older, contemplative view of the sacredness of time. In keeping with the genre of nature writing, her book offers a meticulous way of looking at the world as she blends first-hand observations of seasonal change with stories of the labourers. The Tides of Timeoffers a refuge from the rush of urban life. It turns to the seasons, rural life and literature for an alternative mode of time, which is fluid, rhythmic, and gentle. The symplicity is there—close at hand.This manuscript is my first book. It is the outcome of my MFA in Creative Nonfiction, which I completed at the University of King’s College in Halifax. My shorter creative nonfiction works, essays, book reviews, literary criticism, reviews of art exhibitions, and profiles of visual artists have been published in numerous journals.

As an academic with a PhD in English literature and a specialization in the poetry of the Romantic period, I have taught at the University of Saskatchewan, Mount Allison University, and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, where I am presently located.

I bring to my observations of rural life a literary lens. I admire the dignity of labourers and appreciate the delicate details in nature in ways that are reminiscent of the writing of William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, and Robert Frost, among others.

When not writing, reading or teaching, I spend my time outdoors: running, hiking, walking, and cycling year-round. My journeys into the countryside, during all four seasons, have inspired this book and shaped my aesthetic experience of the world.

JoDee Samuelson – The Cove Journal: Life on the Islands South Shore

Over the eight years of writing her popular monthly column for PEI’s entertainment newspaper, The Buzz, artist JoDee Samuelson captures the soft edges of rural life on the peaceful South Shore of Prince Edward Island.

The passing of the seasons, the rise and fall of gardens, the friendship with neighbours, and simple daily life are all presented against the endearing backdrop of “the Cove.” JoDee’s expressive illustrations that accompany each chapter add the perfect touch.

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, filmmaker, and artist JoDee Samuelson has lived on the beautiful South Shore of Prince Edward Island for the past thirty years. Her animated films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning numerous awards for this Island filmmaker. She is a member of the Canoe Cove Women’s Institute, a woodcarver, painter, gardener, and a baker of delicious bread.

Linda Brooks – Orchestra in My Garden: Lessons Learned from Digging Deep

ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN: Lessons Learned From Digging Deep shares the author’s journey of gardening, motherhood and creativity in 17 essayed reflections on the garden as a metaphor for life. Brimming with warmth, insight and wit it beautifully brings together personal and relatable essays, gardening tips, stunning photos from Linda’s own 14-year garden, and 22 original and thematically linked songs included as a free download, all reflecting the life lessons learned from literally digging deep.

Singer. Songwriter. Author. Mom. Wife. Dog lover. Wannabee master gardener. ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN: Lessons Learned from Digging Deep marks Linda’s first turn as an author. She grew up on a third-generation farm in New Brunswick, is an ECMA nominated musician with five albums of original work to her credit and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University and a law degree from Dalhousie Law School. The Nova Scotia House of Assembly formally recognized Linda in 2012 for inspiring recording work and positivity as an artist.