Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Halifax Central Library | 10am - 3pm

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    Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature.   Plans for our 2018 Festival our now underway and our call for author submissions is now open!

Brenda Thompson – A Wholesome Horror: Poor Houses in Nova Scotia

Brenda Thompson’s poignant treatise on the treatment of the poor in Nova Scotia and the evolution of private and government-subsidized poor houses. None of these 32 buildings remain. This is a very important book that makes us pause and ask serious questions.

Brenda Thompson was raised in the Hippie era of peace, social justice and acceptance. Having grown up in that environment, Brenda became educated in social justice issues, earning an MA from Acadia University. Brenda worked for many years (both paid and volunteer) for non-profits in the area of human rights. Now (finally) mortgage free, she became self employed to concentrate on her passions of writing, social justice and history. Brenda is married to a very a patient man and has two amazing daughters. She lives in a geodesic dome in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia.