LitFest is Canada’s only nonfiction literary festival. Since 2006, performance venues and concert halls across Edmonton have opened their doors each October to welcome and showcase the top voices in literary nonfiction from YEG and beyond. The 11-day festival connects nonfiction fans with the authors and writers, guiding conversations that matter to Canadians from climate change to politics to social issues–even the ever-changing trends in cuisine.

LitFest offers festival attendees the chance to explore a wide variety of nonfiction in a multitude of formats, including author panels, readings, live performances, and master-class writing workshops. We are passionate about celebrating the diverse talent that makes up the landscape of nonfiction literature, and we can’t wait to see you at the festival!

Treaty 6 

LitFest respectfully acknowledges and is grateful to gather on Treaty 6 territory, which is valued as a meeting place and home to many Indigenous nations, including the Cree, Nakota-Sioux, Tsuu-T’ina, Blackfoot, and Metis as well as many others. We extend our hand in respect and friendship to these nations and strive to honour the tradition of sharing stories from many voices on this land.


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