Lunenburg Lit Festival

September 24 – 26, 2020

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 | 10AM Lunenburg Heritage Band Stand

Jo Treggiari

Jo Treggiari is a best-selling and multi-award nominated author of young adult thrillers. Jo's latest book The Grey Sisters was a Governor General's Literary Award finalist.

Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press and also Germany’s Ars Edition, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her novella Love You Like Suicide, was released as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus and sold out within days. Her acclaimed psych-thriller Blood Will Out, was published by Penguin Teen in 2018. Her most recent book is the much-praised Governor General’s Literary Award finalist The Grey Sisters (Penguin Teen 2019). Jo lives with her two children in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where she co-owns a curated, spirited, independent bookstore Block Shop Books
Pitch the Publisher | 7PM LAMP Auditorium

15 Authors - 2.5 Minute Pitch - 4 Publishers

Chris Benjamin, former SSPL Writer in Residence, will host editors Ernie Hadley, Vernon Oickle Emily MacKinnon and Bruce Walsh. The slate of 15 Pitchers is now full.

Our Editors from Nevermore Press, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, Nimbus Publishing and House of Anansi will be listening keenly then sharing constructive criticism to the Pitchers.T

Friday Evening Lineup

Friday Evening | 7PM

Chris Benjamin

Chris Benjamin is a journalist, editor and fiction writer. His fourth book, a collection of short fiction called Boy With A Problem, will be published in September by Pottersfield Press.

Chris Benjamin is a journalist, editor and fiction writer. His fourth book, a collection of short fiction called Boy With A Problem (nimbus.ca/store/boy-with-a-problem.html), will be published in September by Pottersfield Press. He recently completed a Writer in Residency for the South Shore Public Libraries (southshorepubliclibraries.ca) with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
He is the author of three previous books: Indian School Road, which was named a Nova Scotia Book of Influence by the province’s librarians and publishers; Eco-Innovators, which won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and was a finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize; and Drive-by Saviours, a novel that made the Canada Reads Top Essential Books List.
He is currently Managing Editor of Atlantic Books Today and lives in Halifax.
Friday Evening | 7PM

Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan's creative and critical work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, Boston Review, and elsewhere.

Author of two poetry collections, Any God Will Do and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018 and 2020); a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017); and four chapbooks, as well as coeditor (with Sarah Giragosian) of Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems (University of Akron Press, 2022), Virginia Konchan's creative and critical work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Friday Evening | 7PM

Carol Bruneau

Carol Bruneau is the author of eight books: three short fiction collections, her latest Brighten the Corner Where You Are, inspired by the life of Maud Lewis, has just been released.

.Carol Bruneau is the author of eight books: three short fiction collections, including A Bird on Every Tree (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press, 2017), and five novels, her latest Brighten the Corner Where You Are is inspired by the life of Maud Lewis.
Last year’s A Bird on Every Tree was a finalist for the 2017 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, both of which her first novel, Purple for Sky, won in 2001.
Her other novels include These Good Hands (Cormorant Books, 2015) which explores the life and art of French sculptor Camille Claudel, and Glass Voices, a Globe and Mail Best Book in 2007, and book club favourite. First published by Cormorant, the novel was translated into German and released as Glasstimmen in 2010, and, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the original was re-released by Nimbus in Spring 2018. Another earlier novel, Berth, is being re-released by Nimbus later this month.
Bruneau’s reviews, stories, essays and articles have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies. A mother of three sons, she lives with her husband in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Saturday Morning

SAINT BARNABAS' CHURCH, BLUE ROCKS l 11:00 AM

Last Goin' Off Book Launch

Nevermore Press presents a Book Launch of "The Last Goin' Off" by Rhian Calcott - Saint Barnabas' Church, 1396 Blue Rocks Road Lunenburg, NS- Event details at https://www.nevermorepress.ca/events/2020/7/13/the-last-goin-off-book-launch

Nevermore Press will be hosting an in-person book launch . We hope you will be able to attend!
Please note that due to the COVID-19 virus we have put some safety protocols in place. We hope to see many of you there to celebrate Rhian reaching this goal.
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 South Shore Public Libraries' own 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 Non-Fiction Lineup

Saturday Afternoon | 2PM

John Langley

John Langley is the author of several historical books about the sea. John's latest book "Casey" is about Frederick Walker “Casey” Baldwin, one of Alexander Graham Bell's associates.

John G. Langley is the author of Steam Lion, a biography of Samuel Cunard, the shipping magnate born in Halifax. After a successful career in law, Langley retired from active practice, and, with a lengthy background as an avid collector and student of Cunard history, established the Cunard Steamship Society. He has been a consultant to producers of films and documentaries on the life of Samuel Cunard and vessels of the Cunard Line. He lectures extensively aboard Cunard liners and other cruise ships. He lives in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. John's latest book "Casey" is about Frederick Walker “Casey” Baldwin—athlete, engineer, aeronaut, sailor, politician, activist, conservationist—was a true gentleman, modest to a fault. As one of Alexander Graham Bell’s young associates, Casey was the first Canadian, and the first born in the British Empire, to fly—a full eleven months before the historic 1909 flight in Baddeck of the Silver Dart.
Saturday Afternoon | 2PM

Bobbi - Jean MacKinnon

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for CBC New Brunswick. The first edition of Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland was a national bestseller and a finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. It won the New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for CBC New Brunswick. MacKinnon previously worked at the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Telegraph-Journal. She is the winner of a Saint John Arts Award and an Atlantic Journalism Award, and a finalist for two National Newspaper Awards and three Atlantic Journalism Awards. The first edition of Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland was a national bestseller and a finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. It won the New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction. A revised and expanded edition, entitled Shadow of Doubt: The Trials of Dennis Oland, was published by Goose Lane last October, following Oland's retrial for second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, multimillionaire Richard Oland.
Saturday Afternoon | 2PM

Philip Moscovitch

Philip Moscovitch is a freelance writer, editor, and audio producer with a passion for telling stories who has been publishing non-fiction for more than 25 years.

Phil Moscovitch is a freelance writer, editor, and audio producer with a passion for telling stories who has been publishing non-fiction for more than 25 years. A National Magazine Award finalist, his stories have appeared in publications including The Walrus, Reader's Digest, The Globe and Mail, The Gazette (Montreal), Halifax Magazine, and East Coast Living,
Moscovitz writer regularly for local news site The Halifax Examiner, and Saltscapes, where he does a series of as-told-to stories featuring people from around Atlantic Canada.
A longtime fermentation enthusiast, his book Adventures in Bubbles and Brine (Formac, 2019) explores Nova Scotia fermentation traditions (everything from craft beer to sauerkraut) and the people reviving and reinventing them.
In addition to writing non-fiction, he also produces audio documentaries, writes fiction and comics, and provides writing and editing services to corporations, agencies, and non-profits.
Phil recently graduated from the University of King's College MFA in Creative Non-fiction program, and is working on a book about new understandings of serious mental illness, as well as an upper-elementary fantasy graphic novel series.

Saturday Evening Lineup

Saturday Evening | 7PM

William Kowalski

William Kowalski is the author of fourteen books, including the international best-sellers Eddie’s Bastard (HarperCollins, 1999) and Somewhere South of Here (HarperCollins, 2001).

William Kowalski is the author of fourteen books, including the international best-sellers Eddie’s Bastard (HarperCollins, 1999) and Somewhere South of Here (HarperCollins, 2001). He is the recipient of the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for his novel The Hundred Hearts (Thomas Allen, 2013). He is also the recipient of four nominations for the Ontario Library Association’s Golden Oak Award for his works of fiction for new adult readers of English, published by Orca/Raven. HIs work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has been closely involved with the Port Medway Readers’ Festival since its inception in 2002, and more recently the Lunenburg Literary Festival. He lives in Mahone Bay, N.S. with his wife and children.
Saturday Evening | 7PM

Christy Ann Conlin

Christy Ann Conlin is the author of two acclaimed novels, Heave and The Memento; the former was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Dartmouth Book Award.

Christy Ann Conlin is the author of two acclaimed novels, Heave and The Memento; the former was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, longlisted for both the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize, and appeared in the anthology Best Canadian Stories.
Her latest book, Watermark (House of Anansi), is a collection of “North Atlantic Gothic” stories offering a gallery of gritty and lyrical portraits, each unmasking the myth and mystery of the everyday. In these evocative and startling stories, we meet people navigating the elemental forces of love, life, and death. An insomniac on Halifax’s moonlit streets. A runaway bride. A young woman accused of a brutal murder. A man who must live in exile if he is to live at all. A woman coming to terms with her eccentric childhood in a cult on the Bay of Fundy shore.
Saturday Evening | 7PM

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham is a Halifax-area author with a passion for bringing Canadian History back to life through historical fiction.

Genevieve Graham is a Halifax-area author with a passion for bringing Canadian History back to life through historical fiction. Since 2015, she's written five nationally bestselling novels about important moments in our history, and she plans to keep on that same track of writing a book a year for many years to come.
Using her love of historical fiction as a palette, Genevieve has done in-depth research into many Canadian highlights, including the Halifax Explosion, life on Nova Scotia’s home front during both World Wars, the reality of German U-boats skulking around Nova Scotia's rocky coves, the Acadian Expulsion, the Klondike Gold Rush, and the early Mounties (NWMP). Her latest, “The Forgotten Home Child”, is based on the true story of Canada’s British Home Children and was an #1 Instant Bestseller across Canada. It remained on the Canadian Fiction bestseller list for 19 weeks, including 11 weeks at #1.

Saturday Night @ Lit Fest is Hosted by Tom Urbaniak

Dr. Tom Urbaniak teaches Political Science and Community Economic Development, and works with undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. Mr Urbaniak is the President of St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society and was instrumental in having September being recognized as Polish Heritage Month in Nova Scotia beginning this fall.

Dr. Tom Urbaniak teaches Political Science and Community Economic Development, working with undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. He is Director of Cape Breton University's Tompkins Institute and Past Chair of the National Trust for Canada. The author of five books, his inter-disciplinary research spans Canadian public policy, municipal governments, governance and leadership in the non-profit sector, affordable housing, the Polish diaspora, and the role of faith communities and inter-faith initiatives in social justice. He is a frequent media analyst on national and local politics, giving interviews in the English, French, and Polish languages. He is also an Administrative Justice of the Peace for the Province of Nova Scotia.

Previous Years’ Authors

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay

Romeo Dallaire, Micheal Crummey, Wayne Johnston, Terry Fallis, Ami MacKay

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

Kids' Event

September 24 | 10 AM | Location TBA

Free

Pitch The Publisher

September 24 | 7 PM | LAMP Auditorium, Lunenburg Academy

Free

Lit Tour of Old Town

September 26 | 11:30 AM | Fisherman's Memorial, Bluenose Drive

$10

Single Evening

September 25 or 26 | 7PM | Lunenburg School of the Arts

$20

Saturday Afternoon

September 26 | 2PM | Lunenburg School of the Arts

$20

Weekend Pass

All Events Above

$50

Thank you to our Sponsors

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