The fourth annual Lunenburg Literary Festival – known as Lunenburg Lit – takes place September 26-28, 2019. Building on three successful years, Lunenburg Lit 2019 highlights Canadian authors featuring several local writers. An additional day of events added this year includes Pitch the Publisher, an opportunity for emerging authors to pitch their book-in-progress to three local publishers.
Held in several locations throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg Lit showcases the cultural diversity, architectural history, and natural beauty of the town and region.
Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey commented “It is wonderful to have well-known, local authors and literature featured in various settings around Lunenburg. Story-telling is a powerful way for people to connect in a positive way and Lunenburg Lit Fest celebrates and inspires more of that through this week-end full of events. Expanding to offer insight into the publishing process is an exciting addition. Check out the program and enjoy Lunenburg Lit.”
Lunenburg Lit begins Thursday, September 26 with two free events at the Lunenburg library in the historic Lunenburg Academy. Midday, Jan Coates launches her middle-grade novel Say What You Mean (Mean What You Say).The first Pitch the Publisher event kicks off Thursday evening at the Lunenburg Council Chambers, with a dozen authors pitching their books to Nimbus Publishing, Nevermore Press, and MacIntrye Purcell Publishing.
Evening events on Friday, September 27 take place at the beautiful Lunenburg School of the Arts. Hosted by Canadian-American novelist Bill Kowalski, the line-up features novelist and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell reading from The Waiting Hours, Cape Breton columnist and author Lesley Crewe reading from her recent collection of columns Are You Kidding Me?, and Giller-Prize nominee Craig Davidson reading from his latest, The Saturday Night Ghost Club.
Saturday, September 28 features the popular Literary Walking Tour hosted by Lunenburg Travel co-founder and folklore buff, Ashlee Feener. The annual non-fiction panel, Saturday afternoon at the Lunenburg Council Chambers, discusses the craft of writing non-fiction and answers audience questions. The panel includes well-known gardening writer and radio show host Niki Jabbour, historian and author of The August Gales and As British as the KingGerald Hallowell, and former Canadian Armed Forces captain, editor, and award-winning essayist Kelly S. Thompson.
Lunenburg Lit concludes Saturday evening at the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Local poet and children’s writer Janet Barkhouse reads from her debut poetry collection, Salt Fires. Novelist Amy Spurway also reads from her debut, Crow. And Governor General’s Award and Giller Prize nominee Michael Crummey reads from his anticipated forthcoming novel, The Innocents.
Tickets can be purchased at any branch of South Shore Public Libraries, at Lexicon Books, or at Lunenburg Bound Paper and Books. Ticket prices: $20 for each evening event or $50 for an all-event pass.
Lunenburg Lit is organized by South Shore Public Libraries. Full schedule and details are available on the Lunenburg Lit website: www.lunenburglitfestival.com