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Saturday, September 14, 2019

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2019 Word on the Street Halifax Schedule

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

Young Adult Fiction

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Lesley Choyce – The Thing You’re Good At

Jake’s friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria’s parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake’s basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she’s turned over to the authorities. Or worse.

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Award, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and, most recently, the Governor General’s Award.

Cate Carlyle – #NotReadyToDie

Ginny’s life suddenly comes to a screeching halt one fateful Monday when a shooter shows up at Southwestern High during first period. In lockdown with both the homeroom sub and her secret crush Owen badly wounded, Ginny finds herself teamed up with Kayla, one of the “Barbies.” Together, they must try to keep their classmates alive amid terror and pain…and there’s only one thing Ginny knows for sure: no one is making it out unchanged.

Cate began her career as a teacher and transitioned to work in school, academic and public libraries. Currently the curriculum resource coordinator at a Halifax university, Cate also reviews books for CM Magazine. Cate’s first book,
“Your Passport to International Librarianship” chronicled her international volunteer work and she has also had her fictional short stories published and shortlisted. Her first YA novel #NotReadyToDie will be released in 2019 by Common Deer Press.

Shawna Romkey – Easterly

Shoes to die for. Shoes to kill for.

They call her the Wicked Witch of the East. They hate her for her magic, her power, her family. But Stazia wants no part of becoming the next Witch Queen of Oz. She’d rather go find a place with no magic where no one makes assumptions about who she is. Then someone drops a house on her and completely ruins her day. Not only do they kill her momentarily, but they take her ruby slippers and leave her for dead.

She hunts the murderer-thief back to Kanzuss to get her shoes back. Without them, her magical energy and her life energy are slowly draining away, not to mention she’s trapped in Kanzuss and can’t get home. Without the shoes, she’ll be stuck in a sepia-toned world forever until she fades away into nothing.

With the help of a hunky lumberjack and her striped hyena she has to battle Dorothy and the Gales and make a choice: become wicked and kill to get her shoes back, or be stuck in Kanzuss and die on the other side of the rainbow.

She’s not wicked. She just wants her freakin’ shoes back!

A retelling of The Wizard of Oz with a tornadic twist.

USA Today best-selling author, Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, an Irish wolfhound and a rescue mutt she loves to death.