Dictionary Day, October 16

Editors Nova Scotia and The Bookmark, an independent bookstore in downtown Halifax, have partnered to salute Dictionary Day, October 16.

Although A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755 by Briton Samuel Johnson, Dictionary Day honours Noah Webster, who was born in Connecticut on this date in 1758 and is considered to have fathered the American dictionary.

Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Professor and the Madman, is a fascinating story. If you haven’t already read it, you can pick up a copy at The Bookmark!

Day trip to Wayzgoose

On Saturday, October 20, we’re planning a group visit to Wayzgoose, the annual day-long festival celebrating the art and craft of printing, held at Gaspereau Press in Kentville, NS.

According to Wikipedia, “a wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew’s Day (August 24). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight.”

The Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose will feature readings, presentations, informal and formal discussions, and an open house.