Are you a local author who wants to showcase your work?

This May and June we’ll be hosting READ LOCAL CUMBERLAND around the County.

Authors will get a table to sell their books and a 15 minute reading slot to introduce people to their work.

There is no fee to participate (although donations to the library are always welcome) and the author retains all profits from book sales.

To register, call the library at 902-667-2549 and let us know what date(s) you would like to book. Space is limited.

Frequently Asked Questions


Our Read Local Cumberland schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 24 – River Hebert 2pm – 4pm (8 authors max)
Friday, May 31 – Advocate Harbour 1pm – 4pm (12 authors max)
Friday, June 7 – Springhill 2pm-5pm (12 authors max)
Saturday, June 8 – Oxford 12pm-2pm (5 authors max)
Friday, June 14 – Pugwash 12pm-2pm (8 authors max)
Saturday, June 15 – Parrsboro 12pm-3pm (5 authors max)
Friday, June 21 – Amherst 11am – 2pm (12 authors max)


Requirements to participate in our Read Local Cumberland are:

  • Authors must stay for the whole time listed.
  • Authors must be available for their 15 minute reading slot. Library staff will remain at their table during the reading slot if needed.

To ensure things run smoothly at each event, library staff will be available to answer any questions that may arise, to cover author tables for quick breaks, etc.

What size are the tables?

Each location has different tables, but you can count on a table space of at least 2.3 feet by 3 feet.

What should I bring?

The library will provide a table and a chair for you. You should bring your marketing materials, your books, a cash float, and anything else that will ensure you can promote your work properly.

When should I arrive?

You should be there at least 30 minutes beforehand to give yourself time to set up.

What can’t I bring?

Marketing materials should be compact, so if it can’t fit com fortably behind your table or on it, it should stay home. Due to fire codes, we also can’t allow candles, warmer, or anything that might be a fire hazard. Electricity won’t be provided to the tables, so please plan accordingly.

How do I handle book payments?

Each author will be in charge of their own sales. The library will not be involved with sales at all and has no access to debit or credit machines. Authors are welcome to bring their own personal card machines and are invited to bring a cash float so they can make change for readers.

A young man is pictured reading the cover of a book in a library.