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Word On The Street Halifax is one of many festivals that contribute significantly to the economic wealth of Nova Scotia.  We do more than place writers on stage. We proudly host some of the finest talent in Canadian literature, with a strong focus on Atlantic Canada. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary.  Save the date and join in the celebrations!

Marq De Villiers – Hell and Damnation: a Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment

In Hell and Damnation, bestselling author Marq de Villiers takes readers on a literary journey unknown since the time of Dante’s Inferno. Not confining himself to the nine circles of Christian Hell, he offers a multi-faith guide going back to time immemorial. From Jewish Gehenna and Muslim Jahhannam to Buddhism’s constellation of hells, and beyond, de Villiers has eternal torment covered for the sinners and sceptics among us.

Born in South Africa, Marq de Villiers is the author of ten previous books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, which won the Governor General’s Award, and most recently Our Way Out: First Principles for a Post-Apocalyptic World. A member of the Order of Canada, Marq lives in Port Medway, NS with his wife, Sheila Hirtle.