BookCamp Halifax 2011 – Tomorrow!

I can’t think of anything more exciting than spending my weekend with a bunch of like-minded book-nerds, and so I volunteered on the organizing committee for this year’s BookCamp, happening tomorrow at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

BookCamp Halifax is a user-generated unconference designed to bring together authors, publishers, readers, educators, and anyone else interested to explore the present and future of books and book-related technologies.

The unconference is led by attendees – anyone can volunteer to host a session. The schedule so far includes  Silver Donald Cameron, Sheree Fitch, Chris Benjamin, Kimberly Walsh (Nimbus Publishing), Jo-Ann Yhard, Sue Goyette and Robbie McGregor (Invisible Publishing). Topics on the schedule include: free and open source software tools for publishing, promotion and distribution, multi-tasking 2.0: how to use social media without distracting from your day job as author/publicist, and self-promotion in the digital world.

I will be participating as a member of a book blogging panel, along with Colleen McKie of Lavender Lines, discussing and taking questions on such topics as the ins and outs of book blogging, what book blogging means to the publishing industry, the role of bloggers, and what is their influence on readers.

Registration is free, and I would love to see you there! You can register on our Eventbrite page at

For added incentive: stay till the end of day, and you are eligible to win a shiny new Kobo!

Also on this weekend: the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia is hosting their fall gala: Fall into Writing. Saturday night at 8pm, Pier 21, for only $10. And Sunday is the annual Word on the Street  festival, this year at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Add to that the closing of the Atlantic Film Festival, and I admit I am run off my feet, in the best of ways.