The Grand Finale!

Main Stage closes out the 2024 Read by the Sea literary festival on Saturday, July 6 (11:10am – 3:30pm) with four of Canada’s literary greats.

Featured authors for 2024 are Newfoundland and Labrador poet Mary Dalton; Halifax-raised Toronto author Mai Nguyen; hockey dad, coach and teacher Karl Subban; and “the dean of Canadian science fiction” Robert J. Sawyer.

Watch this page for more information about this stellar line-up.

Have you read works by any of our featured authors? Recommend their poetry, prose, and creative non-fiction to other Read by the Sea enthusiasts by sending us your reader reviews. We’ll share them here as part of this year’s festival (using only your first name and your province/territory or country of residence). Submit your reviews (250-word maximum) using the Contact Us form.

Karl Subban

Karl Subban has been a coach, a teacher, a principal and a parent for more than thirty years. Hailing from Jamaica, Subban didn't play hockey until he moved to Canada as a child. He raised three NHL players, P.K., Malcolm and Jordan. Karl Subban is the author of the instant national bestseller How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life, a must-read account of one of the sport's most fascinating families.

Pasha Malla

PASHA MALLA is the author of five works of poetry and fiction, including the story collection The Withdrawal Method and the novel People Park. His fiction has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Prize, an Arthur Ellis Award and several National Magazine awards. His work has also been long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Pasha’s latest novel, Kill the Mall, was released in February 2021.

Stephen Maher

The Writers Workshop "Fiction Thrillers" will be led by Stephen Maher, a journalist and novelist originally from Truro, Nova Scotia. Steve is an interviewer for the 2021 MainStage. An award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist, he is the author of three novels, Deadline, Salvage and Social Misconduct. He makes his home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Suzanne Stewart

Suzanne Stewart’s writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Goose, The Globe and Mail, Saltscapes Magazine, The Antigonish Review, English Studies, Essays on Canadian Writing, The Craft Factor, and Newest Review. She has published a creative non-fiction book, The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons (Pottersfield 2018). Having completed an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a PhD in English literature, Suzanne currently teaches at St. Francis Xavier University. Read by the Sea welcomes Suzanne as a MainStage interviewer.

Lana MacEachern

Lana MacEachern is a library technician and former journalist/columnist whose work has appeared in Nova Scotian daily and weekly newspapers and The Seniors' Advocate. A longtime Read by the Sea fan and frequent festival interviewer, she is now a member of the festival's organizing committee. Lana writes poetry and creative non-fiction and is working up the courage to submit her work to literary journals. She lives on Nova Scotia's Northumberland shore.

“No book event has been more gratifying- than Read By The Sea, in River John in that little country in Nova Scotia where I was born.
Consider the setting. An appreciative, attentive, and inquisitive audience in lawn chairs, summer hats, and picnic baskets finding their own summer sanctuary under the warm sun, or welcome shade beneath the big leafy hardwoods, the gentle cooling breeze and salt air off the Northumberland Strait.
More than “read” by the Sea, it was live, learn, understand, marvel, rejoice, discover and celebrate by the Sea, like wind and waves upon the shore washing away so much of what sets us apart as Canadians and helping us see and hear that which brings us together.
For those of us who like to read words we’ve written, events like Read by the Sea are our greatest rewards.
We read so others can listen,. What struck me the first time I walked onto the River John grounds, several summers ago to hear a dear friend- Giller Prize winner Liz Hay, who I worked with in Yellowknife years ago- was the sound – the crystal-clear sound.
What joy to have been able to attend then. What a joy to have returned to read my own words last summer and what an even greater joy it is to know I was heard.
Thanks to all of you, especially — Ron McNutt the sound man.”

Whit Fraser
Author of True North Rising
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