Press Release Oct 21 2013


Panelists and Sessions for BookCamp Halifax Announced

HALIFAX/Oct. 21, 2013 — The program for BookCamp Halifax, which will explore the present and future of books and publishing at an ‘unconference’ on Nov. 9, is growing. Novelists, poets, nonfiction writers, publishers, publicists, and journalists are among those facilitating sessions.

“I’m thrilled to be part of BookCamp this year! I look forward to talking with other bookish people about bookish things, and to sharing my experience. I can’t think of a better way to spend an awesome Saturday,” says Stephanie Domet, host of Mainstreet on CBC Radio One, author of Fallsy Downsies (Invisible Publishing, 2013) and panelist on How to Write a Novel in 30 Days.

There is still an open call for session facilitators and topics if people would like to suggest anything or jump in. Confirmed topics and panelists so far include:

What Editors Do/Why You Need One

  • Veronica Simmonds (Invisible Publishing)
  • Laura Bast (CBU Press)
  • Penelope Jackson (Propriometrics Press)
  • Valerie Mansour (EAC)

Publishing Format (self or traditional)

  • Ron Such
  • Patti Larson (YA author)
  • Alison DeLory (children’s author, journalist)

Non-fiction Writing

  • Chris Benjamin (author, journalist)
  • Trevor Adams (editor, Halifax Magazine
  • Steph Johns (arts editor, The Coast
  • Amanda Kincaid (publisher, Line magazine)


  • Andrew Patterson (self-published poet)
  • Sue Goyette (poet, Ocean)

Book Promotion/Author & Writer Platforms

  • Heidi Hallett (Wordbird, publicity consultant)
  • Anne Verge (designer, marketer)

The “Media” in Social Media

  • Kim Pittaway (journalist, consultant)
  • Hilary Beaumont (HFX Media Co-op)

What Publishers Look For

  • Patrick Murphy (Nimbus)
  • Colleen McKie (Fierce Ink Press)

Sean Cranbury from the program Books on Radio will deliver the keynote address. Free tickets are available on-line at BookCamp Halifax 2013 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Khyber Centre for the Arts on Barrington Street.

“The panelists enrich BookCamp by offering years of expertise and experience in their particular industry, be it book publishing, journalism, poetry, children’s fiction, etc. They are a sounding board for the other attendees, but they are also expert listeners. They will both give and receive feedback,” says BookCamp Halifax organizer Whitney Moran.

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For further information please contact:

Alison DeLory​
Media Relations
BookCamp Halifax​
1-902-489-5800 (Halifax)​
Colleen McKie
Media Relations
BookCamp Halifax
1-902-393-0111 (PEI)

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