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Seed money from Awesome Foundation allowed for new anthology featuring local authors

LIVERPOOL - Sheena Masson will be one of a few local authors reading an excerpt from her short story as part of a book launch set to take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Lane’s Privateer Inn.
Soundings is a collection of 16 South Shore short stories. Three of the authors who contributed to the anthology are from Liverpool.
Pat Thomas, the book’s editor and publisher, pitched the idea for the anthology to Awesome Foundation South Shore.
“I never expected to win that pitch and come away with the money,” she said.
That was a year ago.
“I mulled over exactly how I was going to do it for about two months until just after Christmas last year, and then I put out a call for submissions through the Writers’ Federations,” said Thomas.
Additionally, she put posters up as nearby as Shelburne and as far away as Peggy’s Cove. She got a number of submissions and chose the 10 she thought were strongest or fit the scope of the anthology best.  
“In the end, I also invited six other people that I knew as writers to also consider sending in short stories,” she said.
Thomas has been a full-time editor for 12 years.
“Mostly dealing with series authors – so bestselling authors from Australia, the States, Canada and Britain,” she said.
Masson, a clerk at the Thomas H. Raddall Library, will read from her story called Fooled by Felix about a paddling adventure to the LaHave Islands. Masson wrote a series of stories about paddling on the South Shore and picked her favourite from that series for the collection.
Masson said working on her story with Thomas really helped to improve the piece.   
After the reading, there will be a question and answer period, a book signing and refreshments. People can buy books that evening at Lane’s. Following the launch, books will be available in Queens County at Lane’s and in the gift shop at White Point Beach Resort.
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There will also be readings:
Nov. 22 at the Shatford Library from 7-8:30 p.m. in Hubbards
Nov. 28 at Acadia Maple Products from 7-8:30 p.m. in Tantallon

To learn more about Awesome Foundation South Shore, visit


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