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Under Her Skin


  • Date: September 14, 2017
  • Location: Halifax North Memorial Public Library
  • Address: 2285 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Featuring an opening by Cathy Martin (Mi’kmaq filmmaker), Drummers from Home and a reading and book signing

Tucked away in her tattoo studio in the port city of Halifax, Shaz draws meaning and symbolism onto the bodies of her clients. After the ransacking of her home, the brutal attack on her friend and the sudden appearance of her white father, Shaz is compelled to explore the racial divides in her life and in the city around her. A chance encounter with Rashid, a parkour-performing refugee from Sri Lanka, provides a stabilizing counterpoint to the tumultuous relationships in her life.

Ultimately, Shaz discovers the complexities of truth, the meaning of loss and how we are all coloured by our experiences. In a narrative that explores racism, family dysfunction and the experiences of refugees, Under Her Skin paints the canvas of our landscape, making us aware of who we are.

Stephen Law’s writing rings with compassion and curiosity—for his characters and about the human condition. His richly-peopled Halifax is infused with detail that brings this story to life.

— Stephanie Domet, author of Fallsy Downsies

A story of emotional challenges, family conflicts and fateful decisions that can happen in any community. Each character so vivid, I found myself wanting to be a part of their lives, helping them with their decisions or the challenges they were facing, journeying with them on their emotional roller coaster, wondering what would happen next. A must read!

— Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Dalhousie University

This is an engrossing story with a time signature all its own. With lovely lyricism, Stephen Law bravely imagines his way under the skin and into the heart of Shaz, a young tattoo artist struggling to reconcile old betrayals with new crimes, the demands of loyalty to her family with the terror of new love. A compassionate and thoughtful novel, it is shot-through with moments of breathtaking writing, as when Shaz witnesses a casual act of bigotry and wonders, “Was it living next to the sea that preserved old ideas?

— Semi Chellas, writer on The Romanoffs, Mad Men and The Eleventh Hour.

Books can be purchased at your local bookstore or online at :

or better yet, come to the book launch and pick one up there and I’ll sign it! – Steve


North End Parent Resource Centre

                North End Parent Resource Centre

                5475 Uniacke StreetHalifax, N.S.B3K 5V5

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 Registration for our children’s programs




Parent and Tot: Ages 1 ½ – 2 ½ /Child Development: Ages 3 to 5/ Parent Break: Ages 0-6



Reaching out to families in the community


NECC BBQ Wednesday June 21st 2017

6th Annual North End BBQ

Join us at Isleville Park, bring your water bottle, your appetite, your neighbor and potluck salad or water melon to share! For more info please contact. Nick at or 902-453-4320
(rain date June 22 4pm-6pm)

NECC Round table @ Veith House – New Time! New Date!

Hello everyone!

Summer is so close we can almost taste it.

The NECC roundtable will be taking place this Wednesday MAY 3rd 2017 at 10:00am.

We’re moving the roundtable this week to provide our attendees more time to stay after the roundtable and exchange information.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact:

Nick at nick.stoddard(at)

Get to know your Yoga Instructor! – Saturday Yoga @Veith

Abigail holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history with a focus on gender and empowerment. These studies translate into her passion for drawing people to yoga. She promotes empowering oneself by connecting movement, meditation, and breath to explore one’s body and mind. These practices have been beneficial to her and her physical and mental health, and her goal is to share her passion and learnings from yoga to help others improve their wellbeing.

Join us Saturday at Veith House for Yoga! At 11:00am. Drop in fee of $2.50 or donate what you can!

Join us this Saturday April 8th 2017

North End Mobile Food Market

The Halifax Mobile Food Market is excited to be back and offering a selection of fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables throughout the winter months. The market will run EVERY 2nd SATURDAY from FEBRUARY 25th through to MAY 20th inside NEEDHAM COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE.

Market Dates (every 2nd Saturday):
Sat, Feb 25 – Sat, Mar 11 – Sat, Mar 25 – Sat, Apr 8 – Sat, Apr 22 – Sat, May 6 – Sat, May 20


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