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Exhibitor Marketplace

We're excited to welcome exhibitors to #BookitHfx19.  The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is Nova Scotia's biggest outdoor bookstore, providing you with an opportunity to connect and speak with, the many people who fuel the publishing industry across Canada.

An Epiphany at Midnight Comix, Paul Bourgeois – Village Tent B Upper Plaza Booth U

An Epiphany at Midnight Comix is a semi-annual eight-part comic book series about life dealing with issues like divorce unemployment spirituality and sex. Website

Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association – Main Tent Booth M

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The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association is an industry support organization representing book publishers located in Atlantic Canada. The publishers in Atlantic Canada believe a vigorous Atlantic-owned-and-controlled book publishing industry  is essential to the economic, cultural, educational and social life of Atlantic Canada. The APMA works towards growing and maintaining a strong Canadian-owned book publishing industry in Atlantic Canada. The APMA coordinates promotional projects such as the Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Ideas, the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and Pitch the Publisher, in addition to organizing professional development sessions and industry growth projects for its members. The APMA are the folks behind Atlantic Books Today, which brings readers across Atlantic Canada the latest news about books, writers and so much more. Atlantic Books Today includes news, features, excerpts, reviews and everything readers want to know about all kinds of books—fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, cookbooks, guidebooks, children’s books, poetry, art, photography, nature, social issues, folklore, young adults, mystery and the list goes on! Atlantic Books Today is a full-colour magazine available three times a year (spring, fall and holiday editions) at bookstores, libraries, cafes and schools throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Books Today website serves as a hub for all things related to Atlantic Canadian books and authors. Visit today for digital editions of the magazine, web-exclusive content and to sign up for our newsletters.

Barbara Carter – Healing Art – Village Tent C Lower Plaza Booth Z6

Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Barbara's interest in drawing began around the age of ten. In her teen years, she wanted to pursue art as a career, but circumstances prevented that from happening. In her early twenties, she threw out her art supplies and did what everyone around her was doing-I got married and started a family.
In 1990 she began instructing art classes for children. For twelve years she travelled to numerous school in Lunenburg County, NS, offering after school classes. Soon after she began dabbling with writing. As she instructed art classes for high school students and my children approached their teens, she felt the need to write about my teen years to better understand the struggles she'd had.
Over the years teaching allowed Barbara to explore different media and incorporate what she'd taught into her work. No longer focusing on selling her art, she explored mixed-media: painting on wood, wood-burning, gluing fabric on wood, chalk pastels, oil pastels, collage, etc.  Today she follows where my inner voice leads.

Bookmark Official Bookseller – Booth Main Floor Inside Library

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s0o85cX4Bookmark began with a pregnant new wife and a guy’s need to stop roaming the world and find a way to support a new family. Christmas of ’72 was our opening in Olde Charlottetown. It was a great time for the publishing industry; wonderful author tours with the likes of Smallwood, Berton, Lesveque, Chretien, and Howe.  Canadiana was at its best. Our Halifax location, also known as Bookmark II, is situated on the corner of Spring Garden Rd and South Park St in beautiful downtown Halifax. We’re directly across from the Public Gardens, and within walking distance to a number of fantastic stores, restaurants and cafes.

Books By Shirley M. Hartung – Village Tent C Lower Plaza Booth Z5

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A retired teacher, Shirley loves children and although known in the past for her series of Best Selling cookbooks specializing in gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes, she is now enjoying venturing into the world of children’s literature. Her first project Grounded which took several years to research and write is now followed by her latest book entitled Different But The Same. This is Shirley’s first children’s picture book. Shirley is a member of Dovetale Writers, a local group who meet regularly and have produced three anthologies. Website

Boulder Books – Main Tent Booth C

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Boulder Books is an independent Canadian book publishing company headquartered in Newfoundland & Labrador, with an office in Nova Scotia. Since opening for business in 2002 Boulder has become a leading publisher of significant books, including field guides, historical works and fiction. In 2017, Newfoundland in the First World War, by Jenny Higgins won the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. In 2015, Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, by Jenny Higgins won the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. In 2010, Boulder won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award for Birds of Newfoundland: Field Guide by Ian Warkentin and Sandy Newton. Boulder’s reputation for publishing high-quality works has been established by maintaining high standards in editing and book design. By continuously improving the quality of our books, we hope to build an ever-growing base of readers for our authors. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Also, we acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation through the Publishers Assistance Program    

Boulder Publications – Magnificent Market Booth C

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boulder-publications Boulder Publications Boulder Publications is an independent Canadian book publishing company headquartered in Newfoundland & Labrador, with an office in Nova Scotia. Since opening for business in 2002 Boulder has become a leading publisher of significant books, including field guides, historical works and fiction. In 2010, Boulder won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award for Birds of Newfoundland: Field Guide. In 2015, Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, by Jenny Higgins won the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. Boulder’s reputation for publishing high quality works has been established by maintaining high standards in editing and book design. By continuously improving the quality of our books, we hope to build an ever-growing base of readers for our authors.

Bouton D’or Acadie – Magnificent Market Booth L

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Bouton d'or AcadieBouton d'or Acadie celebrates 20 years of existence, and speaks to young people in a neat French language but whose origins date back to the early explorers came to the old France, 400 years ago. The catalog includes home authors and talented illustrators around picture books and novels, or short for first readings, more developed. Headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, the publishing house is Acadian, and some of its securities "classics" are related to the fascinating history of this unique French presence in North America. The editorial is built on respect for the young reader and the literary value of proposed projects. Many of its authors and its illustrators are Canadian, but Bouton d'or Acadie also hosted creators worldwide. The titles of the house, both authors and illustrators Acadia or elsewhere in the world, are all created in Acadia and printed in Canada.

Bouton d’or Acadie – Magnificent Marketplace – Booth L

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Bouton d’or Acadie fête ses 20 ans d’existence, et parle aux jeunes dans une langue française soignée mais dont les origines remontent aux premiers explorateurs venus de la vieille France, il y a 400 ans. Le catalogue de la maison regroupe auteurs et illustrateurs de talent autour d’albums illustrés et de romans, soit brefs pour les premières lectures, soit plus élaborés.
Les 10 à 15 titres publiés annuellement sont classés en 5 étagères: Poussette (0 à 4 ans)Trottinette (4 à 8 ans)Planche à roulettes (8 à 11 ans)Vélo de course (11 ans et plus) et Tout-terrain (pour tous). Si Bouton d’or Acadie a d’abord fait une large part au patrimoine du monde entier, elle propose de plus en plus des albums illustrés et des romans sur des thèmes contemporains. En ce sens, tout le catalogue est disponible en format numérique.
Basée à Moncton, au Nouveau-Brunswick, la maison d’édition est acadienne, et quelques-uns de ses titres « classiques » sont liés à l’histoire fascinante de cette existence française unique en Amérique du Nord. La ligne éditoriale est bâtie sur le respect du jeune lecteur et sur la valeur littéraire des projets proposés. Plusieurs de ses auteurs et de ses illustrateurs sont canadiens, mais Bouton d’or Acadie a également accueilli des créateurs du monde entier. Les titres de la maison, qu’ils soient d’auteurs et illustrateurs d’Acadie ou d’ailleurs dans le monde, sont tous créés en Acadie et imprimés au Canada.
L’entreprise se distingue par sa volonté d’innovation : en 2002, par exemple, elle a été la première à publier une série de contes amérindiens de l’est du Canada, avec textes en langue d’origine (mi’kmaq ou passamaquody) en plus du français et de l’anglais. Ces contes portent le nom de « Wabanaki », nom que se donnaient les Algonquins de l’est de l’Amérique du Nord. Certains traduisent ce mot par « enfant de lumière » ou « point du jour » : Bouton d’or Acadie tend justement à être un point de lumière pour la jeunesse.

Breton Books – Magnificent Marketplace – Front Plaza Booth D

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Delmore “Buddy Daye” Learning Institute – The Village Tent C – Booth V and Z2

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The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute is a twelve person volunteer board of African Nova Scotian professionals that has been tasked with conducting research, developing programs and providing services on behalf of our African Canadian/Nova Scotian learners. The DBDLI has a mandate that encompasses learners of all ages. The DBDLI is committed to working with and on behalf of our African Canadian/Nova Scotian communities to improve learners’ educational experiences and outcomes. The Institute has established and will continue to establish numerous partnerships with local provincial and national African Canadian organizations. The Institute also recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong working relationship with government agencies, departments and non-government organizations.  

Dollivertwist Productions – Village Tent C Lower Plaza Z8

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    Zayde’s Arcade Coming of Age in Coney Island is Andy Smith’s love letter to Coney Island and his American Jewish family. Loosely based on his formative years growing up in New York City, Zayde’s Arcade is set amidst the fearsome rumble of a roller coaster, sticky cotton candy, and an ear-splitting penny arcade. Andy's  coming of age tale tracks an innocent teenager through the summer of 1966 as he takes a job at his grandfather’s penny arcade and promptly plunges head over heels for a beautiful Italian girl, Anna. The Kingdom of God and Playboys Though this is a very frank story of rape, abuse, domestic violence, and a near-death experience, it is also a study of pushing through trauma, grief and despair to claim the wisdom and the ability to forgive the abusive men who were themselves victims of dysfunctional backgrounds. Italian Bones of Contentions Anita’s husband is missing and she blames the Mob. Unfortunately, her Italian best friend, Andy, is married to it. Who cares about the husband, he’s trash anyways according to Andy, and she has far worse challenges to contend with in her own life. Whether it’s her mother, father, brother-in-law, her ‘special’ child precocious Maria, the stove or her husband’s hens and rooster. Anita’s got problems? Forget it. Andy’s Bones of Contentions are mega-sized compared to a missing no-body. Or is that a missing body? Mum’s the word about the Mob in an Italian home. But it’s always there, hanging around…

Editors Nova Scotia – Magnificent Marketplace –

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Editors Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Our 1,500 members are salaried and freelance, working with individuals and organizations in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, academic and publishing sectors across the country and around the world in English and French. Many offer a wealth of editing-related services to their clients and employers. Editors Canada supports professional development through seminars, online training and conferences; promotes and maintains high standards of editing through certification and reference publications; helps in-house and freelance editors to network and collaborate; and cooperates and partners with related associations in areas of common concern. Editors Nova Scotia

Fernwood Publishing – Magnificent Market Place Booth F

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image-fplogo Fernwood Publishing and our literary imprint, Roseway, publish critical books that inform, enlighten and challenge. We are political publishers in that our books acknowledge, confront and contest intersecting forms of oppression and exploitation. We believe that in publishing books that challenge the status quo and imagine new ways forward we participate in the creation of a more socially just world. We are not afraid to take risks in this regard and are proud to publish those individuals or ideas that too often go unheard. While corporate giants act to silence dissent, we act to give dissent a voice. As an independent Canadian publisher, we also emphasize, though not exclusively, Canadian authors and the Canadian context. The quality of the books we publish and the relationships with our authors demonstrate that every member of our small team is dedicated to the publishing and political goals of social justice.

Formac Lorimer Books – Magnificent Marketplace Booth H

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formac-lorimer_logo Formac is not the biggest regional publisher in the Maritimes, but we aim to produce the most beautiful, most innovative, most challenging, most technologically sophisticated books coming out of the region. We’re on the leading edge with our website, with our ebooks, with the information we’re providing to internet bookstores. We’re using world-class software to manage our inventory and sell our books. If you see something here that interests you, you can order it direct from us. We’ll ship it to you within one business day. And if you want to talk to us to order our books, or follow up on an order, you can call us and we’ll answer the phone. For customer service, the contact is Danny Price at (902) 421-7022 or For the rest of us, see the contact page so you know who to call and how to get in touch.

Frontier College – The Village Tent C Lower Front Plaza Booth Z9

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Frontier College is a national literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society. Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health, and high unemployment. Our network of volunteers provides excellent and effective programming to improve literacy in communities across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. We value mutual respect and collaboration in all our relationships. In order to achieve our mission, we are committed to finding and using innovative ways to reach the people who need us most.  Our activities, programs, and services are inclusive of any individual for whom our assistance is welcome and needed. It was recently announced by ABC Life Literacy Canada that Frontier College is a 2018 recipient of an Honourable Mention in the Great West Life,London Life Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award!

Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society – Village Tent Lower Plaza Booth Z1A

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The Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society is a volunteer educational society incorporated under the Societies Act that is committed to promoting public awareness of and appreciation for Halifax’s profuse and diverse military heritage - Promotion: We educate the public about the national historic importance and cultural value of Halifax’s rich military heritage and history. Education: We document the Halifax area’s military heritage including military personalities and organizations that have shaped Halifax from ifs founding to the present. Preservation: We foster and encourage public interest in the preservation of buildings, statues and sites in Halifax and its surrounding area of military and historic significance. For more information visit our website at .

Halifax Public Libraries

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Halifax Regional Library was created April 1, 1996 from a merging of the Halifax City, Halifax County and Dartmouth Regional Libraries. At that time a new automated catalogue was launched allowing residents from the entire Halifax Regional Municipality to access the collections of the three former library systems. Halifax Public Libraries comprises 14 branch libraries, a website, and Borrow by Mail and Home Delivery services. The Library serves a population of approximately 400,000 spread over 5,889 sq. km. The collection consists of over 1 million items — including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and downloadable audiobooks, eBooks and videos. As part of the Nova Scotia Regional Library system, Halifax Public Libraries strongly supports other public libraries, lending more than 6,000 items per year to other libraries, including those in a government or university setting.

IBBY Canada: Booth Lower Front Plaza

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ibby_canada_1IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953. Today, it is composed of more than seventy National Sections all over the world. IBBY’s founder, Jella Lepman, believed that books could build bridges of understanding and peace between people. After World War II, she saw an opportunity to reach out to the next generation of German children, who needed not only food, medicine, clothes, and shelter, but also books. Good books from around the world could show these children that they are not alone and their experiences and feelings are shared by children from other countries and cultures. Website Twitter

Indian Ink Publishing – Main Tent Booth M

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Indian Ink is a woman-of-colour led, independent publisher that offers a platform to all authors, particularly those voices that have been historically and systemically underrepresented. Indian Ink was born out of a passion for literature and a desire to provide a rich storytelling experience to every reader. Indian Ink Publishing is focused on bringing diverse narratives into the homes of our readers. We believe that a rich story lives in every writer and consider it our number one priority to nurture that story from page to press. Authentic voices, lush imagery, and character-driven narratives are the three pillars that support our mission to create a reading experience to tantalize even the most critical reader. Storytelling is our passion. We aim to amplify underrepresented voices and capture unique experiences in the fiction and creative non-fiction books we publish. We are excited by prose that is compelling and innovative, bold and nuanced, that has the ability to transport the reader beyond their own imagination.

There are thousands of stories waiting to be told. Indian Ink would like to be a part of yours.