AfterWords Literary Festival – Opening Night with Alex Pugsley and David Bergen

September 24, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, NS B3J 1E9

Opening Night at AfterWords features Alex Pugsley (Shimmer) and David Bergen (Here the Dark)! The authors will be in conversation with writer and festival co-director Ryan Turner on Saturday, September 24 at 7PM ADT. The event is in-person and free to attend. Books will be available for sale.

More details here.

Order your copy of Shimmer here!


In ten vividly told stories, Shimmer follows characters through relationships, within social norms, and across boundaries of all kinds as they shimmer into and out of each other’s lives.

Outside a 7-Eleven, teen boys Veeper and Wendell try to decide what to do with their night, though the thought of the rest of their lives doesn’t seem to have occurred to them. In Laurel Canyon, two movie stars try to decide if the affair they’re having might mean they like each other. When Byron, trying to figure out the chords of a song he likes, posts a question on a guitar website, he ends up meeting Jessica as well, a woman with her own difficult music. And when the snide and sharp-tongued Twyla agrees to try therapy, not even she would have imagined the results.


Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker. Following the publication of his first novel, Aubrey McKee, he was named one of CBC’s Writers to Watch. He has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards, Hot Doc Awards, National Magazine Awards, and is a winner of the Writers’ Trust Journey Prize. His fiction has appeared in The WalrusBest Canadian StoriesBrick, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications. His next book, The Education of Aubrey McKee, the second in a multi-part series, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.