Lunenburg Lit Festival

Second annual “Lunenburg Lit” features Roméo Dallaire, Pauline Dakin, Nino Ricci, Terry Fallis and more.

The second annual Lunenburg Literature Festival, known as “Lunenburg Lit,” takes place September 29-30, 2017, at locations throughout the town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lunenburg Lit 2017 builds on the successful launch of the event by South Shore Public Libraries last year. “We’re excited about the literary festival,” says Lunenburg Mayor, Rachel Bailey. “It adds another dimension to the impressive line-up of cultural events and activities available in this community.”

The festival begins Friday evening with a presentation by Roméo Dallaire, author of Waiting for First Light, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children and Shake Hands with the Devil, and founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. Dallaire is joined by Nova Scotia poet Patrick Woodcock reading from his most recent book, You Can’t Bury Them All, which was shortlisted for the JM Abraham Poetry Award.

Events on Saturday, September 30 include an afternoon panel of nonfiction authors. Stephen Kimber (What Lies Across the Water and others) and Janet Maybee (Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey) discuss their award-winning books of investigative nonfiction. Journalist Pauline Dakin reads from her newly released Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood.

Lunenburg Lit continues Saturday evening with a diverse line-up of fiction writers. Local author Vernon Oickle shares excerpts from his latest book, Five Crows Silver. Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, reads from One Brother Shy. Acclaimed author Nino Ricci concludes the panel with a discussion of his bestselling novel, Sleep.

In addition to discussions and readings, Lunenburg Lit hosts a free interactive children’s event on Saturday morning at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Children aged 3 to 9 are invited to a story narrated by Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA Lunenburg, and enjoy a snack and craft. Also on Saturday morning, literary walking tour commences at the Lunenburg Academy. Well received by visitors last year, the tour highlights links between Lunenburg’s literary heritage and its renowned architecture.

Advance tickets for Lunenburg Lit are available from all South Shore Public Libraries locations (877-455-2548 or 902-543-2548) or Lexicon Books (125 Montague St., Lunenburg, 902-634-4015).

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Troy Myers

CEO and Chief Librarian, South Shore Public Libraries