Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. (click here to read more)

Africville nominated for Governor General's Literary Award

Shauntay Grant's Africville (Groundwood, 2018), a collaboration with illustrator Eva Campbell, has been named a finalist for a 2018 Governor General's Literary Award.

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Africville Book Launch

Join Shauntay Grant for the launch of her newest picture book Africville - a collaboration with illustrator Eva Campbell - on Thursday September 13th, 11:00AM - 12:30PM at the Africville Museum (for details please contact event hosts Prismatic Arts Festival).

Shauntay will also be joined by former Africville residents for a special presentation of her book at Halifax's annual Word On The Street Festival. Stop by the Halifax Central Library from 2:00PM - 2:50PM on Saturday September 15th, and stick around afterwards for a book signing.

Africville is available for purchase online at Groundwood Books, Chapters Indigo, and Amazon, and locally at bookstores.

NS Public Libraries Summer Tour

Africville now available for pre-order

Shauntay Grant's newest picture book, Africville (Groundwood Books), is available for pre-order from Chapters Indigo and Amazon.

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

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