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  • Cozy Fest: Marion Agnew + Making Up the Gods

    Cozy Fest: Marion Agnew + Making Up the Gods

    Joining us on Cozy Fest is Marion Agnew and her debut novel, Making Up the Gods (Latitude 46 Publishing). In this excerpt, the character Chenoweth reflects on a bright memory from his otherwise complicated relationship with his late stepbrother.

  • Cozy Fest: Ali Bryan + Coq

    Cozy Fest: Ali Bryan + Coq

    The always hilarious Ali Bryan joins All Lit Up’s Cozy Fest with a reading from her latest novel Coq (Freehand Books), featuring a guest appearance from her dog, Lemon. (We love a pet cameo!)

  • Cozy Fest 2.0: Print and Pyjamas

    Cozy Fest 2.0: Print and Pyjamas

    Cozy Fest is back for a second season! All Lit Up’s popular all-virtual, on-demand literary festival brings 19 authors to your screens for a warm, and fuzzy way to close out the year. Read more about our comfiest book fest, below.

  • Gift Guide Week: Hollay Ghadery

    Gift Guide Week: Hollay Ghadery

    Our final Gift Guide recommender is poet and writer Hollay Ghadery whose five picks will especially appeal to the people who will stand in protest of inequalities, the ones who like their stories insightful. Read on for her book recommendations, which include exceptional poetry, personal stories, and a family drama.

  • Gift Guide Week: Stacey May Fowles

    Gift Guide Week: Stacey May Fowles

    We asked writer and Baseball Life Advice-giver Stacey May Fowles to give us some gifting advice this Gift Guide Week: her picks include a coming-of-age novel, an adorable book for kids, observances on masculinity, finely-crafted short fiction, and nonfiction about a local baseball hero (of course!).

  • Gift Guide Week: Peter Counter

    Gift Guide Week: Peter Counter

    Culture critic and writer Peter Counter’s five book recommendations for this year’s Gift Guide are more than literary gifts for your loved ones—they’re gifts of commiseration, hope, solidarity, connection, and time (and who doesn’t want more of those?). Read on for his compelling reasons to give these particular books to the people in your life.

  • Gift Guide Week: A.G.A. Wilmot

    Gift Guide Week: A.G.A. Wilmot

    We consider A.G.A. Wilmot a monarch of horror writing over here, which is why we’re thrilled they’ve come on to Gift Guide Week to share four horror (or horror-adjacent) picks; perfect for the person in your life who likes a little scary mixed in with their season’s greetings.

  • Gift Guide Week: Jessica Westhead

    Gift Guide Week: Jessica Westhead

    Author of the recently published short story collection Avalanche Jessica Westhead kicks off our Gift Guide Week with five recommendations for all kinds of readers on your list. From a character-driven literary fantasy, to an immersive poetic experience, to essays for “a kinder, gentler, fairer, healthier, and more truly loving place,” these book picks are…

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Signature Editions

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Signature Editions

    The press picks from staff at Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Signature Editions run the gamut from a collection of poetry spanning 25 years of work, a riveting domestic thriller, and a hilarious and heartfelt tribute from father to son.

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: The Porcupine’s Quill

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: The Porcupine’s Quill

    As one of the few printer-publishers in Canada, The Porcupine’s Quill produces beautiful, collectible editions from their workshop in Erin, Ontario. Their press picks for the holidays include stories set in an auto factory, a story collection of modern monstrosities, and a sumptuous hybrid of photography and poems.

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: J. Gordon Shillingford

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: J. Gordon Shillingford

    J. Gordon Shillingford’s imprint Scirocco Drama publishes some great drama to gift the actors and theatre lovers in your life. Three recommendations from Scirocco Editor Glenda MacFarlane include a funny, but poignant play about colonization and reconciliation; a witty family play about gender equality; and a handy resource for drama teachers.

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Playwrights Canada Press

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Playwrights Canada Press

    With three book recommendations for the drama readers and thespians on your list, Playwrights Canada Press serves up three gift-able plays that are character-driven, thoughtful, and imbued with humour.

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Fernwood Publishing

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Fernwood Publishing

    Hailing from both Winnipeg and Halifax, Fernwood Publishing is deeply committed to publishing works that speak to feminism, anti-racism, and social justice. These three Press Picks shared by Fernwood staff (+ cats!) are perfect for the big-hearted rabble-rouser in your life.

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Caitlin Press

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Caitlin Press

    Caitlin Press (and its imprint for lesbian writing, Dagger Editions) publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry out on the coast of BC. Today the press shares three excellent Press Picks: a quintet of linked stories about queer community, a strange and wonderful speculative story collection, and an experimental poetry collection (perfect for those who say they…

  • All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Gordon Hill Press

    All Lit Up Press Picks for the Holidays: Gordon Hill Press

    Publisher of poetry and stylistically innovative books, Gordon Hill Press offers three reflective books for the holidays: an empathetic debut collection of poetry, a new offering from an award-winning poet, and a lyrical essay collection about connection.

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