CBU Press Authors to be Featured at The Word on the Street Annual Book and Magazine Festival

The Word on the Street, an annual celebration of all things literary, will take place on the Halifax waterfront on Sunday September 23, and will feature readings from two CBU Press authors.

A.J.B. Johnston, award-winning writer and former historian with Parks Canada will be reading from his novel Thomas, A Secret Life. Philip Roy, a prolific writer of fiction for young adults, will read from his novel Blood Brothers in Louisbourg.

Blood Brothers has been called “…thoughtful, artfully rendered … a rich and vivid historical drama….” by Atlantic Books Today; “exceptional” and “beautifully-crafted” (keenreaders.org); and “…insightful, thrilling…” (whatsgoinon.ca).

The novel follows two young men—one French, the other Mi’kmaq—on very different paths in Louisbourg in the 18th century. One is formally educated and refined, the other curious and skilful. Their paths and their worlds collide during the violent siege on the fortress by British forces in 1745.

Philip Roy will read from Blood Brothers at 12:30 p.m. on the “What’s the Story with CBC” stage and will be at the CBU Press booth between 2 – 3 p.m.

A.J.B. Johnston’s Thomas, A Secret Life is a stunning novel set in 18th-century France by a writer whose historical knowledge of that era is second to none.

Thomas is the imagined life of Thomas Pichon, a lowly office clerk and aspiring French writer who makes extra money spying for the police of Paris. Writer, lover, spy: Life is nowhere as good, or as easy, as Thomas imagined it would be.

Johnston will read from Thomas, A Secret Life at 11 a.m. on the “Remarkable Reads with Halifax Magazine” stage and will be at the CBU Press booth between 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The annual Halifax edition of The Word on the Street takes place this Sunday, Sept. 23, on the Halifax Waterfront near the Maritime Museum wharf, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event and a book lovers’ dream, with special attention to childrens’ books.

For the complete schedule, visit: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/halifax.


For more information on the books: www.cbupress.ca