Blind Date with a Book
We want to set you up with the book of your dreams! Featuring books with sharp and witty profiles better than anything you’ll find on Tinder.
Happening anually during the same week as Valentine's Day, Blind Date with a Book is your chance to peruse a display of discreetly wrapped books and their descriptive tags. You’re sure to find one that quickens your pulse.
Dal Reads - Dalhousie's Unity Reading Program
Dal Reads is designed to encourage people in the Dalhousie community to share their love of books. Launched in 2009, the program brings the Dalhousie community together to read the same book and take part in programming related to the book.
Programming may include author readings, book club-type discussions, film viewings, and other events and opportunities to celebrate a shared love of reading. In addition, faculty members may choose to include the Dal Reads book in their course curriculum.
Dal Reads aims to provide a common intellectual experience, and encourage discussion as the development of new and innovative programming.
A Dal Reads book:
- must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas;
- must be appealing to a broad range of readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience;
- must be in print and available for purchase in paperback, ebook, and audiobook; and
- must be strongly written with elements that will generate excitement among readers.
Dal Reads Title Selections
|The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
|Twenty-Six, Leo McKay Jr. (partnership with One Book Nova Scotia)
|Fauna, Alissa York (partnership with One Book Nova Scotia)
|Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
|A Year of Living Generously, Lawrence Scanlan
|The Hermit of Africville, Jon Tattrie
|We Were Not the Savages, Daniel Paul
|Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson
|Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi'kmaw Poet, Rita Joe
|The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
|Butter Honey Pig Bread, Francesca Ekwuyasi
|The Skin We're In, Desmond Cole
|The Boat People, Sharon Bala
In partnership with the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Libraries host an annual ghost storytelling event with professional storytellers in the Victorian Lounge in Shirreff Hall.
Reading with the winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
In partnership with the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, the Dal Libraries hosts an annual reading with the winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
The Raddall Award was first presented in 1991. Established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall himself, and with ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides “the gift of time and peace of mind” so essential to the creation of new work.
More information about the award and past winners is available through the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.
Be sure to check our events calendar for upcoming events related to our annual programming.
Canadian Literary Projects Collection Reading Series
About the Reading Series
In 1992, the Canadian Literary Collections Project launched a Public Reading Series to provide a venue for the work of both established and emerging writers, with special emphasis on those of the Maritime region. The reading series was also intended to raise the profile of creative writing on the Dalhousie campus as well as in the Halifax community.
Since 1992, the series has featured many excellent authors such as Karen Connelly, Don Domanski, Richard Cumyn, Harry Thurston, and Carole Glasser Langille. We sometimes push the envelope of "creative writing" to include such folks as local artists (Tom Forrestall), songwriters (Dan MacKinnon), filmmakers (Glenn Walton), and translators (Dalhousie professor Betty Bednarski).
Readings are usually held on the 5th floor of the Killam Library in the charming University Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, and are always lively and inspiring.
Cassette tapes of author readings are available by request at the Information Desk in the 5th floor reading room of the Killam Library. Author names are hyperlinked for those readings with video links.
|Rachel Lebowitz & Zachariah Wells
|David Adams Richards
|Nicole Dixon &
|Douglas Arthur Brown
|Penny Ferguson &
|Carol Bruneau, Pam Donoghue, Ken Ward
|Brian Bartlett, John Castlebury, Lynn Davies, Deirdre Dwyer, Carol Langille
|Deborah Joy Corey
|Margaret Hammer, Darcy Rhyno, Kay Tudor
|Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt
|Lesley-Anne Bourne, Richard Lemm
|Joe Blades, Richard Cumyn, Deirdre Dwyer
|Claudia Gahlinger, Sue MacLeod, Eleanor Schonmaier