With the Lunenburg Literary Festival entering its third edition, South Shore Public Libraries CEO Troy Myers says the event is set up to last. In fact, explained Myers, celebrating storytellers is a Maritime tradition that goes back generations.
“It’s burnt right into our DNA, it’s that whole oral tradition,” said Myers. And between Sept. 28 and 29, historic Lunenburg will be overrun with authors from all over the country honouring the tradition of telling a yarn.
The headliners include authors such as Donna Morrissey, Timothy Taylor and Lezlie Lowe. The festival will include readings, a literary walking tour of old town Lunenburg and a social at the Lunenburg Academy.
Myers also said the public library’s involvement in the festival was a natural fit. “We’re in the business of storytelling. I think stories are better when you hear them directly from the people who wrote or created them out of their imaginations,” he said.
And Lunenburg Lit is special, explained Myers, in the way it allows readers to interact with authors.
“When we started this, we wanted to make this a fun event. It’s not meant to be a stuffy literary festival. It’s meant to be fun,” he said.
Podcast hosts Jonathan Torrens and Jeremy Taggart will add to the fun on the Friday evening as they share from their book, Canadianity.
Former senator Wilfred Moore and local author Peter Barss are also slated to speak on the Saturday.
The festival offers the chance for the library to show off its new home at the Lunenburg Academy, which will be hosting the social. Myers said that the library is proud of its new space.
And in another twist of maritime tradition, Myers added that attendees can expect a little liquid courage.
“We tell people that there’s going to be wine and beer consumed,” he said with a laugh. But the whole festival wouldn’t be possible without a group of dedicated volunteers. “It blows me away,” said Myers. “They just love the event and give their time freely.”
Tickets are available at the door or in advance. They can be purchased from the South Shore Libraries, Lexicon Books or the Lunenburg Bound Bookstore.