Fall Festival Preview

September 11, 2014

The fall is filled with fabulous literary festivals. Think author signings, readings, writing workshops — and the opportunity to discover great new books and meet Canadian publishers and editors. 

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Find out what literary festivals are happening in your city using our handy list below — sorted by location. Simply click on your province (Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British ColumbiaNew Brunswick or Quebec); scroll to find your city; and get your literature on! 

Ontario

 

Kitchener

Word on the Street Kitchener 
September 20, 2014, 11am-5pm
City Hall, Civic Square, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A9
FREE
 
The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Communities across the country — Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon and Lethbridge — host this one-day street festival annually. Programming includes hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and a marketplace of Canadian books and magazines. All of Word on the Street’s programming is always free. 
 
Highlights: Ian Weir, author of Will Starling (Goose Lane Editions) will be reading at 11am at City Hall
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: 
http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/kitchener/

 

Windsor

Bookfest Windsor
October 23-26, 2014
Various times, locations and prices 
 
Bookfest Windsor is South Western Ontario’s only annual literary festival. Attracting an avid reading audience from both sides of the border, Bookfest Windsor partners with the Capitol Theatre, The Art Gallery of Windsor, Arcite, and the University of Windsor to host a series of unique literary and artistic author readings, panel discussions, and more. 
 
Highlights: 
 
Biblioasis Turns 10: The Windsor Edition:
7pm, September 26, 2014, at the Capital Theatre, 121 University Ave W, Windsor, ON
BookFest Windsor with celebrate publisher Biblioasis’s 10th birthday with new and veteran Biblioasis’ authors. 
 
Appearances from: 
 
Ariel Gordon, author of Stowaways (Palimpsest Press) 
John Reibetanz, author of Afloat (Brick Books)
Giles Benaway, author of Ceremonies for the Dead (Kegedonce Press) 
 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://bookfestwindsor.com/events/
 

Eden Mills

 

26th Annual Eden Mills Writers' Festival 
September 11-15, 2014
Various times, locations, and prices
 
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is an outdoor literary event that seeks to connect writers with their readers, the industry, and emerging talent. The festival hosts workshops and readings, live music, and an exhibition of publishers, booksellers and magazine producers. 
 
Appearances from: 
 
Dan Falk, author of The Science of Shakespeare (Goose Lane Editions) 
Nicholas Ruddock, author of How Loveta Got her Baby and George Murray, author of Wow Wow and Haw Haw by George Murray (Breakwater Books Ltd.) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/web/
 
 

Kingston

Kingston WritersFest
September 24-28, 2014
Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess St., Kingston, ON K7L 1A2 2 
Various times and prices 
 
Kingston WritersFest brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas through readings, performance, onstage discussions, and master classes. 
 
Highlights: 
 
Appearances from: 
Wayne Clifford, author of Theseus (BookThug)
Phil Hall, author of The Small Nouns Crying Faith (BookThug)
Wanda Praamsma, author of a thin line between BookThug)
Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlogel (Pedlar)
Brad Cran, author of The Good Life (Nightwood Ediitons) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/events.php
 

Toronto

 

 
Word on the Street Toronto
September 21, 2014, 11am-6pm
Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON
FREE
 
The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Communities across the country — Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon and Lethbridge — host this one-day street festival annually. Programming includes hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and a marketplace of Canadian books and magazines. All of Word on the Street’s programming is always free. 
 
Appearances from: 
 
Carrianne Leung, author of The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications)
Marianne Apostolides, author of Sophrosyne; Sandra Ridley, author of The Counting House; and Julie Joosten, poet and author of Light, Light (BookThug)
Maurice Mierau, author of Detachment: An Adoption Memoir (Freehand Books)
Jerry Levy, author of Urban Legend (Thistledown Press) 
Shawn Micallef, author of The Trouble with Brunch (Coach House Books) 
David Balzer, author of Curationism with Margaux Williamson, author of I Could See Everything (Coach House Books) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto/
 
 
Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair 
November 13-16, 2014, Various Times 
Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
General Admission Adults, $15; General Admission Senior & Youth, $12; Youth, FREE (ticket valid for all three days of the fair) 
 
The inaugural INSPIRE! International Toronto Book Fair seeks to bring together book lovers, readers, writers, and industry for a three-day spectacular that’s part exhibition, part market, and part cultural festival. With six stages featuring everything from literary to children’s books to cookbooks, this festival is sure to have something for everyone. 
 
Appearances from:
 
Cara-Lyn Morgan, author of What Became My Grieving Ceremony (Thistledown Press)
Terry Mosher, author of Was It Good for You? and The Wrecking Ball (Linda Leith Publishing)
Denis Sampson, author of A Migrant Heart (Linda Leith Publishing) 
Felicia Mihali, author of A Second Chance (Linda Leith Publishing) 
Christine Fischer Guy, author of The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn Publishers)
D.D. Miller, author of David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide  (Wolsak & Wynn Publishers)
Robert Priest, author of Rosa Rose (Wolsak & Wynn Publishers) 
Joanne Arnott, author of Halfling Spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce Press) 
Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlogel (Pedlar Press) 
Frank Christopher Busch, author of Grey Eyes (Roseway Publishing)
Ursula Pflug, author of Motion Sickness (Inanna Publications) 
Bertrand Laverdure, author of Universal Bureau of Copyrights (BookThug)
Alisha Piercy, author of Bunny and Shark (BookThug)
Beatriz Hausner, author of Enter the Raccoon (BookThug)
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.torontobookfair.ca/
 
International Festival of Authors (IFOA)
 
October 23-November 2, 2014
 
Various times, locations, and prices (most ticketed events are priced at $18; $15 for members; FREE for students and youth under 25) 
 Now in its 35th year, the annual International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, public book signings and other special events. 
 
Appearances from: 
 
Catherine Graham, author of Her Red Hair Rises (Wolsak & Wynn)
Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlogel (Pedlar Press)
Julie Joosten, poet and author of Light, Light (BookThug)
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://ifoa.org/festival 
 

Nova Scotia 

 

Halifax

Word on the Street Halifax
September 21, 2014, 11am-5pm 
Halifax Waterfront, near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS
FREE
 
The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Communities across the country — Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon and Lethbridge — host this one-day street festival annually. Programming includes hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and a marketplace of Canadian books and magazines. All of Word on the Street’s programming is always free. 
 
Highlights: 
 
Pitch the Publisher: An opportunity to pitch your book live to a panel of publishers — featuring Atlantic-based Creative Book Publishing. Pitch sessions are organized by literary genres: one for non-fiction ideas at 12:00 p.m., one for children’s and young adult book ideas at 1:15 p.m., and one for fiction and poetry ideas at 2:30 p.m. The expert panel will offer suggestions and feedback on how to develop your book ideas or manuscripts for publication.
 
For more information, visit: 
http://atlanticbookstoday.ca/pitch-the-publisher/
 
Appearances from: 
 
Geordie Miller, author of Re:union (Invisible Publishing)
Ali Bryan, author of Roost (Freehand Books) 
Beaturice MacNeil, author of Keeper of the Tides with Trudy Morgan-Cole, author of A Sudden Sun; George Murray, author of Wow Wow and Haw Haw; and Vicki Murphy, author of MotherFumbler  (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/halifax
  

Alberta 

 

Calgary and Banff

 
Wordfest Calgary & Banff
October 14-19, 2014
Various locations, times, and prices 
 
 
Wordfest is a not-for-profit that brings readers and writers together for literary events year-round. This year, the major festival takes place from October 14-19, and features more than 85 writers from both the local and international stage at more than 65 events. Wordfest strives for accessible and engaging programming —events include poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, publishing workshops and youth and multilingual programming.
 
Appearances from: 
Kathleen Winter, author of Annabel and, more recently, The Freedom in American Songs (Biblioasis) 
Lisa Robertson, author of Cinema of the Present (Coach House Books)
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: 
http://wordfest.com/home
 

Lethbridge

 
Word on the Street Lethbridge
September 21, 2014, 11am-5pm
Between the Bowman Arts Centre & Lethbridge Public Library, 81- 5th Ave South between the library and the McIntyre building
FREE 
 
The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Communities across the country — Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon and Lethbridge — host this one-day street festival annually. Programming includes hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and a marketplace of Canadian books and magazines. All of Word on the Street’s programming is always free. 
 
Appearances from: 
 
Michael Hingston, author of The Dilettantes (Freehand Books) 
Christian Bok, author of EUNOIA and CRYSTALLOGRAPHY (Coach House Press)
derek beaulieu, author of with wax (Coach House Press) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: 
http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/lethbridge
 

Manitoba

 

Winnipeg

Thin Air Festival (Winnipeg Writer’s Festival) 
September 19-27, 2014
Various times, locations, and prices
http://www.thinairwinnipeg.ca/
 
Appearances from: 
Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlogel (Pedlar Press) 
Leanne Simpson, author of Islands of Decolonial Love (Arbeiter Ring Publishing)
Margaret Sweatman, author of Mr. Jones (Goose Lane Editions) 
Alison Calder, author of In the Tiger Park (Coteau Books) with Owain Nicholson, C.R. Avery, Ken Babstock, and Jordan Abel 
Nicholas Ruddock, author of How Loveta Got Her Baby (Breakwater Books Ltd.) 
Andre Alexis, author of A (BookThug) and Pastoral (Coach House)
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.thinairwinnipeg.ca/
 

Saskatchewan 

 

Word on the Street Saskatoon
September 21, 2014, 11am-5pm
23rd Street East Between 3rd & 4th Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
FREE
 
The Word on the Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Communities across the country — Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon and Lethbridge — host this one-day street festival annually. Programming includes hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and a marketplace of Canadian books and magazines. All of Word on the Street’s programming is always free. 
 
Readings from: 
 
Alison Calder, author of In Tiger Park (Coteau Books) 
Anne Lazurko, author of Dollybird (Coteau Books)
Linda Biasotta, author of Sweet Life (Coteau Books) 
Dave Margoshes, author of Wiseman’s Wager (Coteau Books)
Ed Willet, author of Song of the Sword (Coteau Books) 
Allan Safarik, author of Swedes’ Ferry (Coteau Books) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/saskatoon
 

British Columbia

Vancouver

Word Vancouver 
September 24-28, 2014
Various times, prices, and locations
FREE
 
Highlights: 
Poetry on the Bus: The World Poetry Reading Series presents A Taste of China 
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11am 
The Poetry in Transit Bus, on Homer Street 
 
11:30 am Elaine Woo 
Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions)
11:45 am Henry Rappaport
Loose to the World (Ronsdale Press)
12:00 pm Jane Munro
Blue Sonoma (Brick Books)
12:45 pm Catherine Owen
Designated Mourner (ECW Press)
1:00 pm Phinder Dulai
dream/arteries (Talonbooks)
1:15 pm Yvonne Blomer
As If A Raven (Palimpsest Press)
1:30 pm Michael Kenyon
Astatine (Brick Books)
1:45 pm Derrick Stacey Denholm
Dead Salmon Dialectics (Caitlin Press)
2:00 pm Janet Rogers
Peace in Duress (Talonbooks)
2:15 pm andrea bennett 
Canoodlers (Nightwood Editions)
2:30 pm Laura Farina
Some Talk Of Being Human (Mansfield Press)
2:45 pm Dina Del Bucchia
Blind Items (Insomniac Press)
3:00 pm Billeh Nickerson
Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp Press)
3:15 pm Donato Mancini
Loitersack (New Star Books)
3:30 pm Jen Currin
School (Coach House Books)
3:45 pm Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions)
4:00 pm Poetry in Transit
With Jennica Harper, Gabrielle Prendergast, Diane Tucker, Henry Rappaport, Jane Byers, and Danny Peart. Hosted by Evelyn Lau.
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://wordvancouver.ca/
 
Vancouver Writers Fest
October 21-26, 2014
Various times, locations, and prices
 
The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island.
 
Appearances from: 
Eve Joseph, author of The Secret Signature of Things (Breakwater Books) 
Patricia Young, author of Summertime Swamp-Love (Palimpsest Press)
Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author of Between Clay and Dust (Freehand Books) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/
 

Victoria

Victoria Writers Festival 
November 6-8, 2014
Various times, locations, and prices
 
A writers festival in Victoria with a programme full of talented, thoughtful, irreverent and funny writers, featuring workshops, readings, panel discussions, contests and book signings. 
 
Highlights: 
 
Leanne Simpson, writer, storyteller, activist and author of Islands of Decolonial Love (Arbeiter Ring Publishing) will deliver the Carol Shields Lecture on November 8. More information to come. 
 
Appearances from: 
Karen Enns, author of Ordinary Hours (Brick Books) 
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.victoriawritersfestival.org/
 
 

New Brunswick 

St. John
 
Fog Lit
October 1-5, 2014
St. John, New Brunswick 
Various times and locations
FREE
 
A literary festival for the Greater St. John area featuring writing workshops, readings, family events, and performances.
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: foglitfestival.wordpress.com/
 

Quebec

Hudson
 
Storyfest 2014
September 23-November 2, 2014
Various times, locations, and prices 
Hosted by the historic Greenwood Centre for Living History in Hudson, Storyfest is an annual Autumn celebration of writers, readers and storytelling. 2014 marks the festival's thirteenth anniversary. 
 
Highlights: 
Poetry Invitational
7:30pm, October 23, $15
Miss Clifford's Tea House, 60 Rue Cameron, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0
 
The night of readings will feature poets Stephanie Bolster, author of A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick Books) and White Stone: The Alice Poem (Vehicule Press); Monty Reid, author of Disappointment Island (Chaudiere) and The Luskville Reductions (Brick Books); and Arleen Paré, author of Paper Trail.  
 
For a full listing of readings and events, please visit: http://www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org/storyfest.html

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