The inaugural Lunenburg Lit Festival was held in Lunenburg, NS on September 30 and October 1, 2016 at 3 locations throughout the town. The Friday and Saturday evening events were hosted at the Lunenburg School of the Arts. The location for children’s event on Saturday morning was the Theresa E. Connor Wharf at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. A walking tour of Lunenburg started at the Lunenburg Academy and wound its way through town and finished at the waterfront. Saturday afternoon’s non-fiction event was hosted at the Lunenburg Town Council Chambers, the former Lunenburg Courthouse.
The Friday evening session included the current and first Mi’kmaq poet laureate for Halifax, Rebecca Thomas, Halifax’s short story author Kris Bertin, and Newfoundland writer and icon of Canadian Literature Wayne Johnston. These three gave fantastic performances to an appreciative crowd of seventy. SSPL CEO Troy Myers was the master of ceremonies for the evening and Town of Lunenburg Mayor, Rachel Bailey, graciously welcomed everyone to Lunenburg.
Saturday morning began with the children’s “story mob” Using the Theresa E Connor as a backdrop a crowd of forty children, parents, and tourists were entertained by an interactive reading of Phoebe Gilman’s Grandma and the Pirates. Thanks to narrator MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Pirate Andrew Poplowski and cast, everyone enjoyed this TD Financial Group sponsored event.
Festival goers who wanted to experience highlights of the Town of Lunenburg joined our partners, Lunenburg Walking tours, at The Academy for an 11 am tour. Twenty-one people enjoyed the guided walk through town that highlighted literary settings and events.
The afternoon panel, highlighted Nova Scotia’s history, with Joan Dawson, Wanda Taylor, and Dean Jobb. Each author read passages from their books and Wayne Johnston kept things rolling as he moderated questions from the audience. This 2 pm event was well received by forty participants.
Lunenburg Lit wrapped up Saturday evening with 3 more authors. Ami McKay gave the audience a sneak peak of her new book Witches of New York. Bridgewater native Colin Campbell, read from Free Days with George and showed some pictures of his recent cross USA bus book tour. The evening, mc’d by SSPL Deputy Chief Librarian Jeff Mercer, closed with a tour de force performance by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke much to the delight of the over 90 in attendance.