Gaspereau Press planning readings

Wendy Elliott
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Writer Dana Mills has two readings coming up this week.

Kings County writers Susan Haley and Dana Mills are doing readings from their new books in Berwick and Wolfville in the next week.

The first reading is in Berwick at the North Mountain Coffee Company Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The second reading will be at Il Dolce far Niente Espresso Bar on Elm Street on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.


Haley’s novel, Petitot, is about 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, Mill’s collection of short stories, Someone Somewhere, was released. In his debut collection, Mills writes with unsentimental clarity of 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 and their publisher is Gaspereau Press of Kentville.

Organizations: Gaspereau Press, North Mountain Coffee Company

Geographic location: Berwick, Wolfville, Kings Elm Street

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