Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Halifax Central Library | 10am - 3pm

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About the Festival

An author's working life is a solitary one.  No one can translate the data in a writer's head to a screen or notebook. The task is theirs alone, a one-person job. - Louise Mangos In the age of technology, the chance for a book lover meet face-to-face with a writer, poet, story-teller, spoken-word artist, illustrator, editor, or publisher and vice versa is a unique opportunity and the highlight of any literary festival. Please join us on Saturday, September 14th for our 25th anniversary celebration!

Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association – The Village Tent C Lower Plaza Booth Z7

#The Village Tent C Lower Plaza Booth Z7

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

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

Main Floor Halifax Central Library

#Southwest Properties Reading Lounge Inside Library

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

Main Floor Halifax Central Library

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 Publications – Magnificent Market Booth C

Magnificent Market

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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

Magnificent Market

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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

Magnificent Market

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

Magnificent Market


Bretton Loney – The Village Tent C – Lower Plaza Booth Z5

Magnificent Market

Bretton Loney is a novelist and short story writer whose work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. In 2013 his short story, Tommy’s Mother, was shortlisted for the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. In 2015, he released Rebel With A Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story, a biography of the late Alberta physician, Dr. Harry Nikaido. Bretton lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Karen Shewbridge.  

Chocolate River Publishing – Magnificent Marketplace Booth L

Magnificent Market

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logo1 Chocolate River Publishing - Telling our New Brunswick Story Chocolate River Publishing was established to serve the youth and school library market in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. We hope to encourage literacy in our youth, provide them with the books they need for their projects, and tell our New Brunswick story to our young people and the world. We are actively seeking new manuscripts, so check out our writer’s guidelines.

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

Magnificent Market

#Literacy Lane Inside Library Booth 0

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.  

Editors Nova Scotia – Magnificent Marketplace – Booth M

Magnificent Market

#Magnificent Marketplace Raised Front Plaza Booth S

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

Evergreen Writers Group- The Village Tent C – Lower Plaza – Booth Z8

Magnificent Market

Fernwood Publishing – Magnificent Market Place Booth F

Magnificent Market

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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

Magnificent Market

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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 customerservice@formac.ca. 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

Front Lower Plaza

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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 Public Libraries

Front Lower Plaza

#Our Remarkable Host

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.

Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts – Top Centre Plaza Booth S

Top Centre Plaza

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hero_humber_3 Come visit the Humber College booth and ask about the two great opportunities we offer: an intensive one-week workshop held in October during the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in Toronto, and a 30-week correspondence program for those working on a book-length project.

Jane Doucet – The Pregnant Pause – Booth Z4

Front Lower Plaza

#Booth V located in front of library windows

MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc. – Magnificent Market Place Booth C

Front Lower Plaza

MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc. has published award winning books across Canada, the United States and South Korea. The company has a track record of not only producing quality books but also bestsellers. MacIntyre Purcell has worked with some of the country's best authors, illustrators and cartoonists, including Michael de Adder, Jon Tattrie, Dave Kelly, Amy Jo Ehman, Will Tyrell, John Boileau, Vernon Oickle and the list goes on. The company produces 10-12 books a year.