Cozy Fest: Print and Pyjamas

December 5, 2022

We're so excited to kick off All Lit Up's virtual festival, Cozy Fest: eleven days with as many authors, reading the coziest passages from their books. Read on to learn more about what's in store for Cozy Fest, including how to catch the readings and where to visit our festival shop.

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The Cozy Fest: Print and Pyjamas banner, featuring a border of plaid flannel and graphic pine trees in orange and white.


What is Cozy Fest?

It's a new, on-demand style literary festival custom-built to be an antidote to the busy holiday season. Our readers - authors across Canada - come to us from their homes, bundled in their fave blankets, wearing pjs or warm knits (at least three of them join us from nearby their fireplaces!). They read passages from their books that speak to hope, comfort, kindness, or resilience. We have a wide variety of featured books, from novels, short story collections, poetry collections, and a few kids' books, for good measure.

You're encouraged to follow along (ideally in your own cozy attire) and get to know more about each of our readers, but you're also welcome to take in the readings at your own pace; in fact, you can watch them all right now on YouTube, if you like.



How can I participate?

In addition to catching the Cozy Fest readings, you can chat about Cozy Fest on social media with the hashtag #ALUcozyfest, and shop the featured books in our Festival Shop.


Who is reading?

Here's a day-by-day schedule of our featured authors and their books:

December 6: Kate Hargreaves +  tend (Book*hug Press) | feature

December 7: Sharon English + Night in the World (Freehand Books) | feature

December 8: Willie Poll + Together We Drum, Our Hearts Beat as One (Arsenal Pulp Press) | feature

December 9: Leah Ranada + The Cine Star Salon (NeWest Press) | feature

December 12: Sareh Farmand + Pistachios in My Pocket (At Bay Press) | feature

December 13: Sophie Crocker +  brat (Gordon Hill Press) | feature

December 14: Shanice Nicole +  Dear Black Girls (Metonymy Press) | feature

December 15: Shira Nayman +  River (Guernica Editions) | feature

December 16: Daniel Scott Tysdal + The End is in the Middle (Goose Lane Editions) | feature 

December 19: Yvonne Blomer +  The Last Show on Earth (Caitlin Press) | feature

December 20: Jeremy John +  Robert's Hill (or The Time I Pooped My Snowsuit) and Other Christmas Stories (Dundurn Press) | feature


A poster for All Lit Up's Cozy Fest: Print and Pyjamas, featuring the authors of the festival and their photos. The tagline "Why leave the couch?" is towards the bottom.


Stay tuned all month for more Cozy Fest!


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