Volunteers to be recognized in Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne counties
WESTERN NOVA SCOTIA -- As spring approaches, so too does National Volunteer Week, Canada’s annual tribute to volunteerism, which this year is set for April 23-29.
Fans of the historical romance-mystery book series Outlander will want to book off May 3 as author Diana Gabaldon holds a page-turning meet and read in Halifax.
“The event will follow like a traditional author visit,” said Michael Hamm, manager at Bookmark bookstore.
“She will address the audience and probably read some sections from her work, depending on what she wants to do. We will then have a Q&A period followed by a meet and sign with Diana, which will be the highlight of the evening.”
Gabaldon was only scheduled to visit Moncton for a meet and read event, but Bookmark contacted her publisher and got her visit extended to Charlottetown and Halifax.
The book series follows Second World War Army nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to Civil War-era Scotland after her husband begins research on his family. She is then taken by a Scottish Gael and left to find a way back to her own time.
The author was listed as the #1 New York Times bestselling authors due to the series, which has also been adapted into a hit TV show hitting its third season this September.
“She opened up new ground with a writing device she used – time travel,” said Hamm.
“There are classic novels that use that as well, but Diana has brought that into a contemporary format. It was that device that intrigued people, and her research into that era of Scotland is impeccable.”
He also noted her clever blending of romance, mystery, adventure and her ability to jump barriers such as age and gender as a large factor of the series’ attraction.
The meet and read will be held at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $23 including taxes.
Tickets are all general admission and seating is first come, first served, said Hamm.
“If you are a huge fan and want centre seats, get here early.”