This Saturday, Halifax’s Word on the Street book and magazine festival at the Halifax Central Library features seven different stages, writers in eight different genres, and an exhibitor marketplace with 30 publishers and organizations. When you’ve got that much to choose from, it can be tough to decide how to divide your time—even if you’re a veteran festival-goer. Here are five events that are guaranteed to be great.
Reading Nova Scotia: The Global Attraction of Our Hyperlocal (10:00 in Room 301)
Theresa Meuse, Alexander MacLeod, Terrilee Bulger, and Halifax Magazine editor Trevor J. Adams as they talk about sharing Nova Scotia stories with the rest of the world. Why you should go: Libraries 150 will also be revealing its list 150 Nova Scotia Books of Influence.
What’s for Dinner (11:00 in the Creative Lab)
Tempt your taste buds with Krista McLellan’s World Food for Student Cooks, Simon Thibault’s Pantry and Palate and Laura-Jane Koers’ Cook Lively. Why you should go: New dinner ideas are never (OK, rarely) a bad thing.
Rising Stars (12:00 in the CBC Tent)
Meet Nova Scotia’s next generation of literary talent. 12-year-old author Alexa Wilcox teams up with students from William King Elementary to talk about their work. Why you should go: Awesome, creative kids showing off impressive work. What more could you ask for?
Hali Slam (1:00 in the RBC Room)
Check out Hali Slam (spoken word poets Deirdre Lee, Ashley Avery, Andrew Jantzen, Levi Morrison, and Rosalie Franick), the only slam poetry collective east of Montreal. Why you should go: Because they’re representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October.
Sounds of the Maritimes (2:00 in the CBC Tent)
Explore the intersection of literature, music, and East Coast culture as Amelia Curran, Charlie Rhindress, and Jason Murray discuss their latest books. Why you should go: Because we’re crossing our fingers Amelia Curran will sing (but even if she doesn’t, a presentation featuring Curran, Rhindress, and Murray still won’t let music lovers down).