WOLFVILLE, NS - Author Leo Deveau will discuss his new book, 400 Years in 365 Days, on Nov. 22 in Wolfville.
The Halifax resident has assembled over a thousand entries that reflect events in the lives and histories of many of the settlements and groups in the province. He covers a range of interests from military history to arts and sports.
Deveau, who was a long-time resident of Wolfville, promises an informative, entertaining and illuminating presentation for anyone interested in Nova Scotia’s past and lively present.
Deveau has been a book sales agent, university administrator, a not-for-profit executive director, a community economic development and public policy researcher and public librarian. Currently a commentator, researcher and writer, he is also a board director of the Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society.
“I co-write various public history profiles for the society,” he said.
He is also a member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Province’s Library Association, the Nova Scotia Library Association and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.
“I aspire to engage a better understanding and clarity for those who wish to be informed and care about the many diverse and wide-ranging historical narratives that make up our province’s and our country’s history,” he says.
Deveau says he was inspired by the late Shirley Elliott’s book, which was called the Nova Scotia Book of Days. It was published in 1979 by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly when the Wolfville native was the Nova Scotia Legislative Librarian.
His next book project, Deveau says, is about the Sandford Fleming Expedition of 1872 that left Halifax to survey a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to build a rail-line through the Rockies. The working title is Before the Last Spike.
Deveau’s first book was published earlier this year by Formac Publishing. His talk will take place Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Acadia University Art Gallery. It is sponsored by the gallery and the Wolfville Historical Society.