About the Project

In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Nova Scotia Library Association and Nova Scotia’s nine regional library systems present Libraries 150, a province-wide library project to promote reader engagement in the celebration of Nova Scotia’s writers and citizens, ideas and attitudes, culture and environment, stories and treasures.

The cornerstone of Libraries 150 is the 150 Books of Influence, a compilation of 150 books that Nova Scotians feel have somehow influenced or defined them. The titles on the list will be those books that have captured Nova Scotians’ hearts and minds; books that tell Nova Scotia’s stories and inspire its citizens.

Canada’s 150th Anniversary is a perfect opportunity to examine and consider those books which reflect our current state as a people and province, as well as books that mark our progress over the decades since Confederation. This project will memorialize the literary works of Nova Scotia, and leave a cultural legacy for future generations of readers that will be forever accessible to the public. The primary criteria for the books will be that the author be Nova Scotian and/or the book be about Nova Scotia.


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one.”
— George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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