Lunenburg Lit Festival 2021

       

Sixth Annual Lunenburg Lit Festival,  September 23-25,

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

This little festival by the sea packs a big punch showcasing

Canadian literature at its finest.

Lindsay Ruck    Francesca Ekwuyasi      Morgan Murray    Ronan O’Driscoll    Marq de Villiers    Devyn Kaizer

David Huebert         Tyler LeBlanc        Lesley Crewe

Get Lit in Lunenburg.

The Lunenburg Lit Festival is a celebration of storytelling on the South Shore.  There’s no better way to get inside a storyteller’s head than have them read to you. We’re very excited to be one of the only live and in person literary events of the season.

Join us this fall to enjoy world-class literary presentations, Q&As, and stories, in historic Lunenburg.

Thursday Lineup

Kids' Event | 10:30 AM Lunenburg Heritage Band Stand

Lindsay Ruck

Lindsay is a storyteller, and does her best to inspire others through the written word. Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians is Lindsay’s first book for younger readers. Lindsay lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two children.

Lindsay Ruck is an author and editor from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her first book, Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck, was published in 2014 and was nominated for a Dartmouth Book Award. Lindsay has proudly contributed to a number of collaborative works, including The Nova Scotia Book of Fathers, Nova Scotia Love Stories and an updated edition of Canadian bestseller The Black Battalion: Canada’s Best-Kept Military Secret. Against the Grain is a biography of former Nova Scotia premier Dr. John Savage, and was released in 2019. Lindsay lived in Ottawa for over a decade and studied journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism before returning to Halifax to continue her writing career. Like her grandfather, the late Senator Calvin Ruck, Lindsay is a storyteller, and does her best to inspire others through the written word. Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians is Lindsay’s first book for younger readers. Lindsay lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two children. Visit lindsayruck.ca for more information on current titles and upcoming events.
Pitch the Publisher | 7 PM St. John's Church Hall, 64 Townsend Street

Pitch the Publisher

Chris Benjamin, author and former SSPL Writer in Residence, hosts this years Pitch the Publisher event. We'll have twelve authors pitching their books to publishers from Nimbus Publishing and Formac Publishing Company.

Chris Benjamin, author and former SSPL Writer in Residence, hosts this years Pitch the Publisher event. We'll have twelve authors pitching their books to publishers from Nimbus Publishing and Formac Publishing Company. Each author gets three minutes to tell their story. Come watch these brave folks let publishers know why their books should make it to a shelf near you.

Friday Evening Lineup

Friday Evening | 7PM

Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging.

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging.

Francesca's debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize, was a finalist for CBC's 2021 Canada Reads competition, is a finalist for a 2021 Lambda Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2021 Governor General's Award, and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Friday Evening | 7PM

Ronan O'Driscoll

I am very lucky to have lived in lots of places: Ireland, USA, Japan and Canada. I currently live and work in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my wife and 3 children.

Ronan O’Driscoll’s novel "Poor Farm" follows two people on the autism spectrum–one the child of the narrator, and the other a boy confined to a Poor Farm in Nova Scotia in the 19th century. The tale explores the attitudes and assumptions that contorted and contort the way we deal with neurodivergent people, and take us into the Dickensian grimness of Victorian-era poor houses and official policies for “dealing with” the poor and the weak. Ronan's first novel, Chief O'Neill, was recently published in Ireland and covers the incredible life of the nineteenth century Chicago police chief who saved Irish music.
Friday Evening | 7PM

Morgan Murray

Morgan Murray (he/him) is a settler from the same backwoods central Alberta village as figure-skating legend Kurt Browning (Caroline, AB in Treaty 6 territory). He now lives in the backwoods of Cape Breton (Unama'ki) with his wife, cartoonist Kate Beaton, and growing family.

Morgan Murray (he/him) is a settler from the same backwoods central Alberta village as figure-skating legend Kurt Browning (Caroline, AB in Treaty 6 territory). He now lives in the backwoods of Cape Breton (Unama'ki) with his wife, cartoonist Kate Beaton, and growing family. In between, he has been a rancher, a roustabout, a reporter, a tour guide, a schemer, a variety show host, and a student in Caroline, Calgary, Paris, Prague, Montreal, Chicoutimi, and St. John's. His first novel, Dirty Birds has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut, and has been a finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour, longlisted for CBC Canada Reads 2021, a finalist for three Atlantic Book Awards (winning the Best Atlantic Published Book) and the ReLit Awards, and won silver in the 2020 International Forewords Indies Award for Humour. It has also made his parents proud even though it’s full of cursing and carrying on.

Saturday Morning

FISHERMAN'S MEMORIAL, BLUENOSE DRIVE l 11:30 AM

Lit Tour of Old Town Lunenburg

Join us for a literary based walk through Old Town Lunenburg - check out the fascinating literary sites and connections right here in historic Lunenburg. Hosted by 6th generation Lunenburger Ashlee Feener. Walk starts at the Fisherman's Memorial on Bluenose Drive.

Lit Tour of Old Town will be a gentle one hour walk starting at the Fisherman's Memorial on Bluenose Drive and ending at the Lunenburg Library.

Saturday Afternoon Event

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Bluenose 100 Celebration

Our Non-Fiction event this year will be a special celebration of Bluenose 100.
Hosted by SSPL friend Dave Shannon, we'll start with virtual greetings from Keith McLaren, "A Race for Real Sailors: The Bluenose and the International Fisherman's Cup, 1920-1938". Next up will be conversation between Dave and Captain Phil Watson. Author and former Bluenose deckhand Devyn Kaizer will join us to talk about her experiences chronicled in "Bluenose: On Board a Legend". Marq de Villiers will round off the afternoon speaking about his work "Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose" that examines the history of this famous vessel against the social and economic backdrop of the east coast Atlantic shipping and fishing industries that spawned her.

Saturday Afternoon | 2PM

Marq de Villiers

Marq de Villiers is a journalist and author who never found a real job and so just kept on writing, a few million words by now, for newspapers, magazines and books, 14 and counting, with a few ghost-writing gigs tacked on, including "Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose".

Marq de Villiers is a journalist and author who never found a real job and so just kept on writing, a few million words by now, for newspapers, magazines and books (14 and counting, with a few ghost-writing gigs tacked on). Along the way he has lived in some interesting places (Cape Town, Moscow, Asturias in northern Spain, London and a short stint in Timbuktu), picked up a few awards (among them the Alan Paton Award for writing about South Africa, a Governor General’s Award for Non Fiction for his first book on Water and another GG short-list for an appreciation of pinot noir, plus the Canadian Science Writers Association Award and a nod from the Julia Child and James Beard awards for literary food writing) and, not incidentally, married the art director and editor Sheila Hirtle, who has saved his ass on numerous occasions with pointed advice and sometimes ruthless editing.
Saturday Afternoon | 2PM

Devyn Kaizer

DEVYN KAIZER studied history at Acadia University and is the Research Assistant at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Her work focuses on the Bluenose, and she spent the 2017 sailing season as the travelling interpreter for Bluenose II. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Lunenburg Heritage Society.

DEVYN KAIZER studied history at Acadia University and is the Research Assistant at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Her work focuses on the Bluenose, and she spent the 2017 sailing season as the travelling interpreter for Bluenose II. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Lunenburg Heritage Society. Devyn's book "Bluenose: On Board A Legend" documents the beautiful Tall Ship Bluenose, now a sailing ambassador for the province of Nova Scotia, and tells the dramatic story of the battles and triumphs of original Bluenose.

Saturday Evening Lineup

Saturday Evening | 7PM

David Huebert

David Huebert’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won a Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

David Huebert’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won a Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. In 2020, David published his second book of poetry, Humanimus. A new story collection, Chemical Valley, will appear in fall 2021. David teaches at The University of King’s College in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, where he lives with his partner and their two children.
Saturday Evening | 7PM

Tyler LeBlanc

Growing up on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Tyler LeBlanc wasn’t fully aware of his family’s Acadian roots — until a chance encounter with an Acadian historian prompted him to delve into his family history. LeBlanc’s discovery that he could trace his family all the way to the time of the Acadian Expulsion and beyond forms the basis of this compelling account of Le Grand Dérangement.

Growing up on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Tyler LeBlanc wasn’t fully aware of his family’s Acadian roots — until a chance encounter with an Acadian historian prompted him to delve into his family history. LeBlanc’s discovery that he could trace his family all the way to the time of the Acadian Expulsion and beyond forms the basis of this compelling account of Le Grand Dérangement.
Saturday Evening | 7PM

Lesley Crewe

Montreal-born, Lesley Crewe is a best-selling author, columnist, screenwriter, and key-note speaker living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has published twelve books in the past sixteen years, including Amazing Grace, Shoot Me, Hit & Mrs, Kin, Her Mother’s Daughter, Chloe Sparrow and Ava Comes Home.

Montreal-born, Lesley Crewe is a best-selling author, columnist, screenwriter, and key-note speaker living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has published twelve books in the past sixteen years, including Amazing Grace, Shoot Me, Hit & Mrs, Kin, Her Mother’s Daughter, Chloe Sparrow and Ava Comes Home. Her first novel, Relative Happiness was short-listed for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2006. The novel was adapted into a movie of the same name, which debuted in 2015, going to film festivals all over the world and winning Best Picture at the Nova Scotia Screen Awards that year.

Previous Years’ Authors

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay, Carol Bruneau, Jo Treggiari, Chris Benjamin, Christy Ann Collin,

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay, Carol Bruneau, Jo Treggiari, Chris Benjamin, Christy Ann Collin,

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay, Carol Bruneau, Jo Treggiari, Chris Benjamin, Christy Ann Collin,

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay, Carol Bruneau, Jo Treggiari, Chris Benjamin, Christy Ann Collin,

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay, Carol Bruneau, Jo Treggiari, Chris Benjamin, Christy Ann Collin,

Donna Morrissey, Shandi Mitchell, Timothy Taylor, Rebecca Thomas

Donna Morrissey, Shandi Mitchell, Timothy Taylor, Rebecca Thomas

Donna Morrissey, Shandi Mitchell, Timothy Taylor, Rebecca Thomas

Donna Morrissey, Shandi Mitchell, Timothy Taylor, Rebecca Thomas

Donna Morrissey, Shandi Mitchell, Timothy Taylor, Rebecca Thomas

Dean Jobb, Stephen Kimber, Pauline Dakin, Lesley Crewe, Niki Jabbour, Amy Spurway

Dean Jobb, Stephen Kimber, Pauline Dakin, Lesley Crewe, Niki Jabbour, Amy Spurway

Dean Jobb, Stephen Kimber, Pauline Dakin, Lesley Crewe, Niki Jabbour, Amy Spurway

Dean Jobb, Stephen Kimber, Pauline Dakin, Lesley Crewe, Niki Jabbour, Amy Spurway

Dean Jobb, Stephen Kimber, Pauline Dakin, Lesley Crewe, Niki Jabbour, Amy Spurway

Lezlie Lowe, Janet Barkhouse, Nino Ricci, Kelly S. Thompson

Lezlie Lowe, Janet Barkhouse, Nino Ricci, Kelly S. Thompson

Lezlie Lowe, Janet Barkhouse, Nino Ricci, Kelly S. Thompson

Lezlie Lowe, Janet Barkhouse, Nino Ricci, Kelly S. Thompson

Lezlie Lowe, Janet Barkhouse, Nino Ricci, Kelly S. Thompson

Get Your Tickets

Available at your local branch of South Shore Public Libraries, Block Shop Books and Lunenburg Bound Books and Paper

Kids' Event

September 23 | 10:30 AM | Heritage Bandstand

Free

Pitch The Publisher

September 23 l 7 PM l Lunenburg Library

Free

Lit Tour of Old Town

September 25 | 11:30 AM | Fisherman's Memorial, Bluenose Drive

$10

Single Evening

September 24 or 25 | 7PM | Lunenburg School of the Arts

$20

Saturday Afternoon

September 25 | 2PM | Location TBA

$20

Weekend Pass

All Events Above

$50

Thank you to our Sponsors

The Lunenburg Lit Festival is hosted by South Shore Public Libraries.