Upcoming workshops and events:
- Come away with some writing on your story and a sense of the whole
- Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
- Bring a yoga map and cushion or other props that you like to use (we will also use chairs sometimes
- Everyone bring paper and pen (you may also bring a laptop)
- Bring lunch and beverage (also restaurant on premises
- Accomodations available at the Chocolate Lake Hotel for out of towners
To register send $50 deposit to #7-11 Balcomes Drive, Halifax, NS B3N 1H9
OR send e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (non-refundable after October 1)
Space is limited to 12 people
For further information please contact
August 1 – 3
August 6 – 10
Push your writing
a small group workshop for women in the cafes of Halifax
Step away from habits, surprise your writing, challenge a few assumptions. We gather to work in the mornings, take the afternoons to write and set our own agena, and meet in the evening for feedback.
Date: Evening of August 6 to noon August 10.
Place: Halifax – specifics when you register
Register: email@example.com 902-422-2427
Postponing the reading at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville scheduled for tonight, due to inclement weather. Stay tuned — we will reschedule. Thanks for your interest and support!
Review by Ian Colford on Goodreads
Facing the Other Way
by Gwen Davies
Gwen Davies’ first volume of short fiction depicts the struggle of people young and old to find meaning and solace in the surprising obstacles and opportunities that life throws in their path. The volume’s ten loosely structured stories are also loosely linked, in the sense that we encounter the same characters at different stages of their lives, chronologically cutting a swath across the last thirty years or so of the previous century. In “No Endings” it is the summer of 1969 and Emily is hitch-hiking through Europe before starting university in the fall. Somewhat of an innocent, but intelligent and fiercely independent, Emily must grow up quickly when she finds herself on the receiving end of two gifts, each of which leaves her pondering an ethical dilemma. “Marrying Gilbert” finds Emily a couple of years later, at the height of the hippie counterculture, residing in a commune, her life in a holding pattern as she tries to navigate a delicate path between her own half-formed dreams and the demands being made on her by others. In “She Knew I’d Be There” a different young woman, Melannie, acts impulsively to help a pregnant street kid, sacrificing her own identity in the process. And the powerful and deeply felt closing story, “The Joneses of Fellowes Harbour,” set in 1997, brings characters from the previous stories together with their offspring to mourn and celebrate the life of Lorraine, who is suffering through the final stages of cancer. Gwen Davies does not write flashy prose, but it is precise and detailed and all the more effective for not drawing attention to itself. Her stories present us with characters who, well into adulthood, are still growing and learning, vulnerable and often troubled by shame, regret or disappointment. She probes their motives with a clear and impassive eye, showing us their selfishness, their weaknesses, but doing so in a manner that does not judge or condemn. These are insightful and emotionally authentic stories, filled with revelatory moments when we recognize ourselves in the characters. A notable and memorable debut from an accomplished writer, Facing the Other Way impresses on multiple levels.
Book signings in Halifax
Chapters, Bayer’s Lake, noon to 1:30
Coles, Halifax Shopping Centre, 2:30 to 4:00
Reading, signing, selling books at the Spryfield & District Market
Book Launch Facing the Other Way, October 6, 2016, North Branch Memorial Library, Halifax, NS