Susan Haley and Dana Mills to give readings in Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Kings County writers Susan Haley and Dana Mills will read from their new books in Wolfville this week.

The readings will be at Il Dolce far Niente Espresso Bar on Elm Street on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

Haley’s novel, Petitot, is the story of a man named Marcus, who takes a teaching job in a tiny northern-Canadian native community. History unfolds as he discovers the writings of Émile Petitot, a controversial, 19th-century missionary Oblate priest, linguist and ‘explorer.’

In October, Mills’ collection of short stories, Someone Somewhere, was released. In his debut collection, the Central Kings High School graduate writes with unsentimental clarity on contemporary rural life.

Lynn Coady, this year’s Giller Prize winner, has endorsed Mills’ book. She says, “Dana Mills brings a truly original voice and sensibility to these mesmerizing stories which are by turns violent, joyous and heartbreaking. You’ve never read anything like them.”

Mills’ stories have appeared in Geist, subTerrain and The New Quarterly. His story, Steaming for Godthåb, was shortlisted for the 2008 Journey Prize.

Both he and Haley live outside Wolfville.

Organizations: Central Kings High School

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Elm Street

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