This Week in Lit Events: October 9-15th

October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful for a spate of literary events and festivals (five!) to go to this week.

Are you hosting an event featuring an author whose titles are available on All Lit Up? Send the event details, including author, book, date, time, and address to to be included in our listings.

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Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful for a spate of literary events and festivals (five!) to go to this week.

Are you hosting an event featuring an author whose titles are available on All Lit Up? Send the event details, including author, book, date, time, and address to to be included in our listings.

Monday, October 9th


Calgary Wordfest

Where: Locations around Calgary, AB

When: October 9-15th

More information: Wordfest’s main event is a literary festival that features upwards of 70 writers from the local, national and international stage. The Festival has approximately 70 separate events across Calgary and attracts an audience of more than 15,000. This year, authors include Dennis Lee, Angie Abdou, Dawn Dumont, Jordan Abel, Joey Comeau, Kevin Hardcastle, and many more. For a full schedule and to buy tickets, click the link below.



Wednesday, October 11th


The Size of a Bird Montreal Launch

Where: L'Euguélionne, librairie féministe, 1426 Beaudry, Montreal, QC

When: 6pm

More information: Come out to the Montréal launch of The Size of a Bird by Clementine Morrigan. 

Access info: This event will be in English. Regrettably there will be no French or ASL interpretation. The main entrance is not wheelchair accessible but the venue itself is. There is an accessible side entrance. There is a doorbell by the front entrance. Ring for assistance. The washroom is not wheelchair accessible. There will be refreshments provided but no alcohol in the space.



Thursday, October 12th

Wolfville, NS

Wanda Campbell Book Launch

Where: Acadia University Art Gallery, 10 Highland Avenue, Wolfville, NS

When: 7pm

More information: Wanda Campbell launches her collection Kalamkari & Cordillera: Poems of India and Chile at the Acadia University Art Gallery, and will read from her work. 


Knowlton, QC

Knowlton Literary Festival

Where: Centre Lac-Brome Community Centre: 270 Victoria Rd.
Knowlton Campus, Bishop's University: 99 Knowlton Rd.
Le Relais/Auberge Knowlton: 286 Knowlton Rd.

All in Knowlton, QC

When: October 12-15

More information: The Knowlton Literary Festival seeks to involve the community in activities celebrating work written in the English language by local and out-of-town authors. It also fosters verbal creativity through workshops for people of all ages and backgrounds as well as actively supporting the work of the Yamaska Literacy Council. Now preparing its eighth edition, the Knowlton Literary Festival has developed a program which features events on local history, readings by and interviews with writers from Quebec and across Canada.

This year's featured authors include Douglas Gibson, Rana Bose, Terry (Aislin) Mosher, and more. For a full schedule, click the link below.




Toronto Lit Up: The More Book Launch

Where: knife | fork | book, 244 Augusta Avenue 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON

When: 6:30-9:30pm

More information: IFOA and Pedlar Press invite you to the release of The More by Ronna Bloom as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.



Meet Debut Author: Tehmina Khan

Where: Bayview Village Library, 2901 Bayview Ave, North York ON

When: 6:30pm

More information: Tehmina Khan presents an informal discussion of her new book of stories, Things She Could Never Have. These deeply moving stories depict the lives of Pakistanis - both privileged and poor. 
No registration required. The branch will accommodate as many people as space allows. Visit Bayview Branch, or call 416-395-5460 for more information.



Bouchercon 2017

Where: Sheraton Hotel Toronto, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

When: October 12-15

More information: Bouchercon is our annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! Features authors at this year's convention include John McFetridge, Anne Emery, Ross Pennie, William Deverell, and more! For a full schedule, click the link below.




LitFest Alberta: Canada's Original Nonfiction Festival

Where: Locations around Edmonton, AB

When: October 12-22

More information: 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, fascinating conversations, and hands-on experiences. This year's authors include Elaine Dewar, Eamon McGrath, Merilyn Simonds, and more. For a full lineup and ticket information, click the link below.



Whistler, BC

Whistler Writers' Festival

Where: Locations around Whistler

When: October 12-15

More information: This is an annual event in Whistler, which WWS started in 2002. It is a multi-venue, multi-artist, multi-day event. It involves over half of WWS’ volunteer and financial resources. This year's writers include Joan B. Flood, Jim Nason, Caroline Adderson, LEanne Dunic, Lee Maracle, Suzette Mayr, and more. For a full lineup, click the link below.



Friday, October 13th

Fort Langley, BC

Susan McCaslin Author Reading

Where: Rasayana Studio, 240-9220 Glover, Rd., Fort Langley, BC

When: 7-9pm

More information: Susan McCaslin reads from Into the Open at Rasayana Studio in Fort Langley.


Saturday, October 14th

North Bay, ON

Rod Carley Reading

Where: Gulliver's Books, 57 Main St W, North Bay, ON

When: 7pm

More information: Rod Carley reads and signs copies of his book, A Matter of Will, at Gulliver's Books in North Bay, ON.


Sunday, October 15th

Guelph, ON

Stephen Henighan at Guelph Book Bash

Where: Lakeside HOPE House, 10 Cork Street East, Guelph, ON

When: 2-4pm

More information: The Book Bash Festival is a celebration of books published by Guelph and area authors over the previous year. This year’s program will recognize more than forty books, and more than thirty authors will be there to introduce their titles, sell copies, and chat with guests. Guelph’s small presses, libraries, bookstores, magazines, and other literary organizations will also be well represented. Stephen Henighan will read from Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives at the festival.



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