Read by the Sea bringing writers to centre stage event

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RIVER JOHN - The 13th annual Read by the Sea festival will be abuzz with books on July 21 as it welcomes four outstanding writers to this year's Centre Stage event.

Nova Scotia's Julia McCarthy and Silver Donald Cameron will be a part of the event, along with Montreal-based Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien.

Cameron is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced professional writers, having written plays, film and radio scripts, hundreds of magazine articles and 17 books, including two novels and the environmental study, The Living Beach

His non-fiction subjects include history, the environment, travel, literature, politics, nature and boats. He has received many awards for his work including the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Award for Wind, Whales and Whiskey: A Cape Breton Voyage and four national magazine awards.

Although McCarthy has lived in many far-flung places, most notably Alaska, Georgia, Norway and South Africa, she has spent the last 15 years making her home in rural Hants County.

She's the author of two collections - Stormthrower, and Return from Erebus, which received the Canadian Authors Poetry Award.

Her poetry has appeared in magazines in Canada, the United States and the U.K.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Hage lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war before immigrating to Canada 20 years ago.

Both a writer and a visual artist, his visual works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world including the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

His debut novel, De Niro's Game, was nominated for numerous awards and won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

His second novel, Cockroach, was the winner of the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards.

Hage will be reading from his newest novel, Carnival, which will be released later in the summer of 2012.

Thien was born in Vancouver to a Chinese-Malaysian family.

Her first book, Simple Recipes, a collection of short stories, received the City of Vancouver Book Award, the VanCity Book Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her novel Certainty has been published internationally and translated into 16 languages. Thien will be reading from her fourth book, Dogs at the Perimeter.

Novels by both Hage and Thien were read by a number of bookclubs in the region over the past year thanks to the popular PageTurner initiative, which lends 12-copy sets of books by upcoming Read by the Sea presenters to local bookclubs on a monthly rotation.

The readings begin at 2 p.m. in the Legion Gardens in River John. For full details of the day's events visit


Organizations: Centre Stage, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Perimeter

Geographic location: RIVER JOHN, Canada, Nova Scotia Alaska Georgia Norway South Africa Hants County United States U.K. Beirut Lebanon Vancouver Legion Gardens

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