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October 2016

Lunenburg Lit Festival

October 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lunenburg School of the Arts, 6 Prince Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Canada
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So excited to be a part of the inaugural year of the Lunenburg Lit Fest! "Lunenburg Lit wraps up Saturday evening at the Lunenburg School of the Arts featuring Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, Bridgewater native Colin Campbell, fresh from his US tour of Free Days with George, and Ami McKay reading from The Witches of New York, scheduled for release November 2016."

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Wolfville—The Witches of New York launch

October 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main Street
Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada
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by donation

UPDATE: This event is Sold Out, BUT you can take your chances on a "wait list," OR attend Ami's reading in HALIFAX the following night, October 26 at the Halifax Central Library. Thanks so much for your interest!!! *Note to those attending: Books will be available at the launch, but if you've pre-ordered through Box of Delights, I encourage you to pick up your book(s) earlier in the day to save time the night of the event. Ami McKay and Box of Delights Books cordially invites you to attend the official launch of The Witches of New York! Reservations are required

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Halifax Central Library

October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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With the bestselling debut novel The Birth House, Ami McKay became a beloved, award-winning author. She is back with her most beguiling novel, The Witches of New York, a tale that lures us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women as they navigate the glitz and grotesqueries of the Gilded-Age New York. While writing the novel, Ami McKay discovered several women in her family tree were accused of practicing witchcraft. Step behind the scenes and pages with the author.

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November 2016

Etobicoke – A Novel Spot

November 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A Novel Spot Bookshop, Dumbarton Shopping Ctr. 270 The Kingsway
Etobicoke, Ontario Canada
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So excited to be stopping by A Novel Spot Bookshop to chat about The Witches of New York. It's an intimate venue, so please RSVP through the bookstore's website. Hope to see you there!

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Toronto – TPL eh List Author Series

November 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Hello, Toronto! I'll be introducing my latest novel, The Witches of New York—"a tale of three remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft." Q&A and book signing to follow.

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Port Hawkesbury NS

November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia Canada + Google Map

The Port Hawkesbury Literacy Council presents Feis 2016 Midwives and Moonshine, Thursday, November 3 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Enjoy a wonderful evening complete  with a delicious dinner, 50/50 draw. an silent auction. The event will feature readings by two of Nova Scotia's own authors. Ami McKay is the author of the Virgin Cure, ad most recently the Witches of New York. He book, the Birth House was a #1 best seller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literacy Award, and is a book club favourite around the world. David Muise identifies

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Kamloops BC

November 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

Thrilled to be part of the 2016 Kamloops Writers Festival! Hope to see you there.

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Calgary-Wordfest Presents

November 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calgary Public Library – John Dutton Theatre, 616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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$17 – $20

Hey Calgary! I'm coming to the main branch of the Calgary Public Library to share stories of my latest novel, The Witches of New York. This event includes a reading and on-stage interview, followed by a book signing after the event. Can't wait!

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November 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St.
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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Free (but RSVP)

Join bestselling author Ami McKay for a special preview Incite event this November, as she shares passages from the hotly anticipated The Witches of New York. Audience members will also gain a sneak preview at The Vancouver Writers Fest’s 2017 season of Incite!

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Winnipeg —McNally Robinson

November 10, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
McNally Robinson Grant Park (Travel Alcove), 1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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"An Evening With Ami McKay. In conversation with Joanne Kelly and signing her new novel The Witches of New York (Knopf Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series."

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Uxbridge—Blue Heron Books and Brunch

November 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wooden Sticks, 40 Elgin Park Drive
Uxbridge, Ontario Canada
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"Our final Books and Brunch of 2016 is on Sunday, November 13. In an unusual pairing, mystery writer Linwood Barclay returns with the third in his Promise Falls trilogy, and joining Linwood is The Birth House author Ami McKay reading from her new book, The Witches of New York."

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Grimsby Author Series

November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Casablanca Winery Inn, 4 Winward Drive
Grimsby, Ontario Canada
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I'll be reading with Craig Davidson as part of the 2016 Grimsby Author Series. Can't wait! (Tickets go on sale August 11, at 9am)

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Toronto—Read for the Cure

November 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd.
Toronto, ON Canada
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I'm thrilled to announce I'll be participating in the 2016 Toronto, Liberty Grand, Read for the Cure event with author Paula McLain and Emcee, Carol Off. Good books, good company, good cause ... join us for an intimate evening of author dialogue proudly presented by: Penguin Random House Canada,   All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Research Society. For more information on Read for the Cure and their events, please visit

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November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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Looking forward to being in Ottawa again, and at Library and Archives Canada, no less!!

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Toronto—Bonnie Stern Book Club

November 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Beast Restaurant, 96 Tecumseth ST
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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"In November, Bonnie is happy to welcome back one of the Book Club’s favourite writers. With her critically-acclaimed bestsellers The Birth House and The Virgin Cure, Ami McKay has established herself as one of Canada’s most distinguished writers. This fall, Ami returns with her eagerly-awaited new novel, The Witches of New York." Date: Monday November 21, 2016 (WAIT LIST ONLY) Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Location: The Beast Restaurant Fee: 165 + HST (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of The Witches of New York sent out as soon as possible) Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

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London, Ontario

November 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brescia University College Auditorium London, Ontario Canada + Google Map
By donation

I'm honoured to once again be by hosted by The Circle at Brescia University. Hope to see you there! From their web site: "Ami is a master storyteller who weaves powerful tales with exceptional female characters.  In her own words “Most of my work comes from places where the past collides with the present, and fantastic things occur in unexpected ways. They’re all fairy tales of one sort or another, I suppose. But no matter what anyone chooses to call them, they have one thing in common: strong women doing remarkable things.” ALL WELCOME!!  Bring your mothers, sisters, friends, and

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Lunenburg—Holiday Open House at Lexicon Books

November 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lexicon Books, 125 Montague Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Canada
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Janet Barkhouse will be here from 2-4 p.m., signing her new children's book Keeper of the Light (Formac), and Ami McKay will be here too, from 6-8 p.m. to sign her brand new book The Witches of New York (Knopf Canada)! Drop in for some hot cider or eggnog and some cookies, and to have your books gift-wrapped. Inspiring, thought-provoking, delightful, unique books! Door prizes! Holiday cheer!

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April 2017

Halifax – The Hours Turn To Nothing

April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017

April 28 & 29 "Collaborating with internationally acclaimed author Ami McKay (The Birth House, The Virgin Cure), Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble presents an original work of choral theatre that explores the role midwives, nurses, and women played in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. The Halifax Explosion (December 6, 1917) killed 2,000 people and seriously injured another 9,000. The blast was the largest human-made explosion in history until the introduction of the atom bomb. Amid the stories of death, ruin, and injury, it is lesser known that many pregnant women living within range of the explosion went into spontaneous labour from

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July 2017

Ross Creek – Nothing Less!

July 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, 555 Ross Creek Rd
Canning, NS B0P 1H0 Canada
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July Two Planks and a Passion's "Theatre Off The Grid" MainStage production for 2017 is Nothing Less! co written by Ami McKay and Ken Schwartz. In the midst of the Great War, Canadian women knit their bit, bought Victory bonds and kept the home fires burning. Yet they still didn’t have the vote. Set during the spring of 1918, Nothing Less! is a moving tale of an intrepid band of small town suffragists (and the men who loved them). “Men, their rights, and nothing more. Women, their rights, and nothing less!” (Tickets available through the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts web site. See

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August 2018

Ross Creek Teen Academy

August 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, 555 Ross Creek Rd
Canning, NS B0P 1H0 Canada
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This summer I'll be co-teaching the 2018 Teen Arts Academy writing course at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre's artistic director, Ken Schwartz. "The goal of the Academy is to provide students 14–18 years old with an intensive hands-on experience in the arts in an environment that emphasizes creativity and innovation while using constructive critiques by professional artist mentors  to assist in artistic growth.  Students enroll in one discipline as their core activity with focused collaboration projects across all disciplines to create original multidisciplinary work." Check out Ross Creek's website for further

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