All Lit Up Fall Festival Guide

September 23, 2015

We’re already in the thick of Literary Festival Season, with great events like Halifax’s Word on the Street and Winnipeg’s Thin Air Festival already in session or just passed. We’re here with a roundup of what’s yet to come, so clear your calendar! Things are about to get bookish.

Feel free to jump to your region from the list below, or just scroll down and be an armchair-attendee. (Also, we’ll be at both WORD Vancouver and Word on the Street Toronto this Sunday - come say hi!).

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We’re already in the thick of Literary Festival Season, with great events like Halifax’s Word on the Street and Winnipeg’s Thin Air Festival already in session or just passed. We’re here with a roundup of what’s yet to come, so clear your calendar! Things are about to get bookish.

Feel free to jump to your region from the list below, or just scroll down and be an armchair-attendee. (Also, we’ll be at both WORD Vancouver and Word on the Street Toronto this Sunday - come say hi!).

Alberta | British Columbia | New Brunswick | Nova Scotia | Ontario | Quebec



Wordfest Calgary
Tuesday, October 13–Sunday, October 18, 2015
Various Locations
Tickets range from $8-$45


Celebrating its 20th year, Wordfest brings the world’s pages alive at 70+ events with 70+ artists over six days, creating memorable experiences between readers and writers. This year includes readings/performances for adults and youth alike: by Lawrence Hill, Susin Nielsen, Will Ferguson, and Patrick deWitt.

ALU is stoked for: Readings from authors like Michael Hingston, Damian Rogers, Anakana Schofield, and YA’s new superstar, Raziel Reid.

For a full list of the great authors attending, please see here:



LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival
Thursday, October 15–Friday, October 23, 2015
Full list of venues here:
Most events $10-$25.

LitFest is a festival, a movable feast. We don't just sit around and read books (although we do that too). At LitFest, nonfiction content comes to life. Avid readers with nonfiction content and creators through a series of events chic gatherings and gourmet experiences.

LitFest is an exclusive event. It is the only nonfiction festival in Canada. It brings together some of the best-selling, award-winning and emerging authors of books, magazines and films. It also supports Edmonton as a local incubator for nonfiction literary talent.

This year’s LitFest features Jenna Butler, Lynn Coady, Ivan E. Coyote, and Sean Michaels.


All Lit Up is excited about: Matthew Stepanic, Douglas Gibson, and Charles Demers (but really everyone - a nonfiction festival? Come on, that’s cool). 

See the full list of authors here:


British Columbia


Vancouver Writers’ Fest
Tuesday, October 20–Sunday, October 25, 2015
Granville Island and other venues, Vancouver, BC
Prices Vary (You can buy tickets at:

The Writers' Fest is a core offering in Vancouver’s cultural life. We bring readers and writers of all ages together for must-see events that help us reimagine our lives and our worlds. Great writers from Canada and from around the world tell us their experiences here are unique. Audiences love the intimate, informal atmosphere and unparalleled conversations about books. This year’s festival brings writers like Craig Davidson, Elaine “Lainey” Lui, John Vaillant, Roxane Gay, and Wab Kinew.


ALU won’t miss our authors like Leslie Vryenhoek, Sara Tilley, JonArno Lawson, and Karen Solie, among many others.

For a full list of who’s going, see here:


Word Vancouver
Wednesday, September 23–Sunday, September 27, 2015
VPL Central Branch and Surrounding Streets, 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

Since 1995 The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literary enthusiasts. In 2013 the festival rebranded as Word Vancouver.

The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society strives to promote literacy by bringing the literature of Canadian, and particularly British Columbian, artists to as broad an audience as possible. Our goal is to attract people of all ages and backgrounds to a festival in which each event is at once educational and entertaining.


ALU Highlights: Don’t miss George Bowering [img-world i guess], Carellin Brooks, Kayla Czaga, Dina del Bucchia, Catherine Owen, and… well, we could keep going.

See the full list of authors for yourself, here: And don’t forget to find us!



Whistler Writers’ Fest
Thursday, October 15–Sunday, October 18, 2015
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC
Prices Vary (See here for tickets:

Welcome to the 14th annual Whistler Writers Festival. Each year we strive to bring the very best Canadian and international authors to Whistler for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, and opportunities for you to meet some of your favourite authors. This year our theme is fledgling to flight, which celebrates our ongoing commitment to feature both emerging and established authors on the same stage, each showcasing and supporting the other. Whistler Writers’ Fest features authors like Lawrence Hill, Camilla Gibb, Catherine Hunter, Marina Endicott, Amanda Lindhout, Nino Ricci, and Steve Toltz.


ALU can’t wait for: Elisabeth de Mariaffi, William Deverell, Arleen Pare, and Susan Musgrave, as well as Signature Editions Publisher Karen Haughian, Anvil Press Publisher Brian Kaufman, and Shillingford Publisher Gord Shillingford.

View a full list of the attending authors, as well as get access to the schedule, here:


New Brunswick

Saint John

Fog Lit Festival
Wednesday, September 30–Sunday, October 4, 2015
Saint John Free Public Library, Holiday Inn Express Saint John, and others, Saint John, New Brunswick
FREE unless otherwise indicated 

Fog Lit is a not-for-profit festival for readers and writers of all ages. We intend to offer a modern, all-inclusive family festival, providing an exciting lineup of mainstream events, workshops, panel discussions and readings.  Fog Lit Festival’s aim is to encourage reading and writing, while recognizing the achievements of our many talented Atlantic Canadian writers. 

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We’re excited to hear writers like Meg Coles, Anne Emery, and Kathleen Peacock.

For a full list of authors attending, click here:


Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Island

Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival
Friday, October 2–Sunday, October 4, 2015
Gaelic College, St. Ann’s, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Prices vary; buy tickets here:

An Annual Celebration of Writing, Reading and the Literary Arts. Join fellow enthusiasts in a weekend of events designed to let readers and writers personally engage with some of their favourite artists. Featured writers include: Lawrence Hill, Lisa Moore, Kathleen Winter, Ian Hamilton, Linden MacIntyre, Joan Clark, Miranda Hill and Megan Coles.


We’re thrilled to see Megan Coles and Kathleen Winter.

You can learn more about the festival here:




Kingston Writers’ Fest
Wednesday, September 23–Sunday, September 27, 2015
Kingston Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
Tickets start at $15

Readings, workshops, and performances! Every year the festival has a fresh new vibe and energy. For the past seven years the festival has enriched the culture of our city and established itself as a major Canadian festival, characterized not only by the calibre of guest authors, but also by the enthusiasm and engagement of the audience. 


ALU Highlights: Don’t miss events with writers Lesley Battler, Ulrikka Gernes and Jocelyne Saucier, just for starters.

A full list of the awesome authors attending is here:



Word on the Street Kitchener
Saturday, September 26, 2015 11am-5pm
Kitchener City Hall (200 King Street West) and Kitchener Market (300 King Street East)

Celebrate Reading in Downtown Kitchener!

Celebrate books! Promote literacy! Join in fun for the whole family, from author readings, to discussions, workshops and activities with some of Canada’s favourite authors and books, including Terry Fallis, Kenneth Oppel, and Neil Pasricha.




International Festival of Authors
Thursday, October 22–Sunday, November 1, 2015
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON
Tickets $18; Flex passes of 10 tickets available for $120

From October 22 to November 1, 2015, the IFOA will showcase literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.

Every year, the IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus. In 2015, we are pleased to present two exciting focuses: one on the work of upcoming and established poets from around the world, and the other on the rich culture and vibrant literary scene of Catalonia. Complementing the Catalan focus will be Humber’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ second annual academic conference during the IFOA, Mapping Nations, Locating Citizens, which will explore the themes of nationalism and identity.

The Festival currently boasts a line-up of over 60 authors writing in categories from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller.


We’re going to be checking out: the Poet Summit and Poetry, Power and Politics on October 24, Short and Sweet and In Conversation with Christian Bok on October 25th, and a Celebration of BookThug on October 27th. But, let’s be honest, we’re probably going to everything.

You can see it all here (filter by IFOA):


Word on the Street Toronto
Sunday, September 27, 2015 11am-6pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

Celebrate Reading at our New Harbourfront Centre Location!

Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival!

All Lit Up won’t miss:

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    Andre Alexis at the Toronto Book Awards Tent at both 11:30-12pm and 4-4:30pm, reading from his Toronto Book- and Giller-Award nominated book, Fifteen Dogs [fifteendogs] (Coach House Books)
  • Cherie Dimaline, Editor of SPIRIT, an Indigenous arts and culture magazine, at that same tent from 3-4pm
  • In the Vibrant Voices Tent: Keith Garebian (12-12:30pm) reading from Georgia and Alfred (Quattro Books), Matt Cahill (4:45-5:15pm), reading from his new mystery, The Society of Experience (Wolsak & Wynn), and Douglas Gibson (1:15-1:45pm), reading from his memoir, Across Canada By Story (ECW Press)
  • Chris Chambers at the Great Books Marquee from 3:15-3:30pm, reading from his poetry collection Thrillows and Despairos (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Evan Munday at the Children's Activity Tent at 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM, reading from Loyalist to a Fault (ECW Press)
  • ECW Press cofounder Jack David at the Wordshop Marquee from 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
  • And so many more (so, so many!)
  • Plus, we won’t be missing our own booth! Come and say hi! 

For a full schedule and list of all the participants, head to:




The month of October, 2015
Greenwood, 254 Rue Main, Hudson, QC
Tickets $15-$20; workshops a higher price

Each year, Greenwood Centre's StoryFest Committee volunteers organize a remarkable lineup of distinguished and engaging authors, poets, storytellers, and films to be part of the StoryFest schedule.  It's an autumn event not to be missed!  

Get a taste of what makes StoryFest so unique and fascinating...take a quick look at last year's amazing events or go straight to our fantastic line-up for 2015! Authors include Kim Thuy, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Tomson Highway.

ALU won’t miss Kathleen Winter’s session on October 14th.

For a full list of visiting authors, see:


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