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Before the Holidays

What’s on the Goose’s Calendar?

The holidays are drawing near, but we aren’t out of November yet! Our calendar is jampacked with events leading into December. We have book launches, poetry readings, workshops, and plenty more online events to entertain you until the gift-giving season arrives in full swing.

Book cover for Crow Gulch by Douglas Walbourne-Gough For starters, did you vote? We’re not talking about the U.S. past election. We’re talking about books! NL Reads 2021 is accepting votes on this year’s shortlisted titles. We are partial to Douglas Walbourne-Gough’s poetry collection Crow Gulch, but there are other amazing Newfoundland titles listed as well. Head to their website and have your say on which title deserves to win. 

Crow Gulch by Douglas Walbourne-Gough
The Woman in the Attic by Emily Hepditch
Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey
One Good Reason by Séan McCann with Andrea Aragon

A graphic advertising an event with a ridged- and bumpy-textured, orange background. The book cover for Peter Powning sits to the left of the text which reads: "Sussex Book Signing. Sunday 29 November from 1pm to 4pm at AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex.

Anyone homesick for in-person events? Join us in Sussex for the launch of the newly released Peter Powning: A Retrospective / Une rétrospective. Artist Peter Powning and editor John Leroux will appear for a walk-through book launch and signing at The Arts and Culture Centre on the 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (AST). Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page.

Not Sussex bound this month? We have a host of virtual events you can tune into from the comfort of your home. Let’s start with November 21st (a very busy day for poetry).

A graphic with a blue background. The headline reads icehouse poetry & friends: Vancouver event. Four book covers are centered below the headline: The Fool by Jessie Jones, In the Vicinity of Riches by Chris Hutchinson, Everyone at This Party by Tanja Bartel, Dunk Tank by Kayla Czaga.

VerseFest has had readings, slams, interviews, and talks all month, but on the 21st, poet Dominique Bernier-Cormier and others will be featured for In/Words And Blue Mondays. There is also an icehouse poetry & friends segment on the calendar that day. RSVP on Facebook and join Tanja Bartel (Everyone at This Party), Jessie Jones (The Fool), Chris Hutchinson (In the Vicinity of Riches), and friend Kayla Czaga (Dunk Tank) on Youtube Live.

A graphic with a blue and white background advertising an event. It reads: "The Pillars of Prose. Online Writing workshop. Sunday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 6. 1pm to 3pm (Atlantic Time). Facilitator: Richard Kelly Kemick. Registration deadline: November 22, 2020." The logos for the Frye Festival and Writers' Federation of New Brunswick sit at the bottom, and to the right of the text is a black and white image of Kemick.

For all our writers, there is still time to register for The Pillars of Prose: Online Writing Workshop, facilitated by award-winning poet, journalist, and fiction writer Richard Kelly Kemick. Participants will create and edit a piece of work throughout the two sessions. Be sure to register by November 22nd!

Book cover for Blaze Island by Catherine Bush.   Book cover for Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River by Philip Lee

Last but not least, we finish the month off with two final events on November 30th. The Koffler’s Books & Ideas series will go live, featuring Catherine Bush (Blaze Island) in an online conversation with Saleema Nawaz (Songs for the End of the World). As well, Philip Lee (Restigouche) will be touring our local Fredericton stores and leaving behind signed copies of his book. Keep an eye on our Instagram so you can follow his tour and know where to pick up a signed copy!

As we head into December, there will be plenty more books and events to look out for, but we have a fun-filled calendar to tie us over for now. Thank you for being a part of such a wonderful book-loving community. We will be sure to fill your holidays with warm and cozy book posts. Till then, stay warm!

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