October 2018

Change Schedule View

Click on a date below to see the day's line-up

11th
Thu
12th
Fri
13th
Sat
14th
Sun
15th
Mon
16th
Tue
17th
Wed
18th
Thu
19th
Fri
20th
Sat
21st
Sun

Filters

Thursday October 11, 2018

12:00
PM
-
01:00
PM
2018-08-29 12:00:00 2018-08-29 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Carissa Halton A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with local author Carissa Halton. CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

Conversation at Noon with Carissa Halton

CBC Centre Stage
10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Tickets
A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with local author Carissa Halton.
Event Sponsors
06:00
PM
-
08:00
PM
2018-08-29 18:00:00 2018-08-29 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Festival Opening: The NOT Fiction Party With all the fake news out there, do you ever wonder what's really happening in the writing world? Where advent calendars top book sales charts, poetry is delivered on coffee sleeves, and short stories come out of machines at the airport—that's YEG for you. Join us for a discussion on Edmonton's creative literary scene to kick off LitFest 2018. Festivities will also include the rapid-fire Elevator Cabaret, where special guests spill the beans on the rest of the LitFest line-up. 99Ten LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

Festival Opening: The NOT Fiction Party

99Ten
9910 109 St NW Edmonton , AB
    Tickets
    Panelist
    Performer/Artist
    Performer/Artist
    With all the fake news out there, do you ever wonder what's really happening in the writing world? Where advent calendars top book sales charts, poetry is delivered on coffee sleeves, and short stories come out of machines at the airport—that's YEG for you. Join us for a discussion on Edmonton's creative literary scene to kick off LitFest 2018. Festivities will also include the rapid-fire Elevator Cabaret, where special guests spill the beans on the rest of the LitFest line-up.

    Friday October 12, 2018

    12:00
    PM
    -
    01:00
    PM
    2018-08-29 12:00:00 2018-08-29 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon With Lindsay Wong A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Lindsay Wong. CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

    Conversation at Noon With Lindsay Wong

    CBC Centre Stage
    10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
    Tickets
    Author
    A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Lindsay Wong.
    Event Sponsors
    07:00
    PM
    -
    09:00
    PM
    2018-08-29 19:00:00 2018-08-29 19:00:00 America/Edmonton STARLIGHT: Honouring Richard Wagamese A special conversation honouring Richard Wagamese and the posthumous release of his final novel, Starlight, with CBC's Shelagh Rogers, Patti Laboucane-Benson, and Wayne Arthurson. A discussion to acknowledge Wagamese's contributions to Canadian literature, and to examine the scope of Indigenous writing in Canada today. Metro Cinema LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

    STARLIGHT: Honouring Richard Wagamese

    Metro Cinema
    8712 109 Street Edmonton, AB
      Tickets
      Author Panelist
      Moderator / Host
      A special conversation honouring Richard Wagamese and the posthumous release of his final novel, Starlight, with CBC's Shelagh Rogers, Patti Laboucane-Benson, and Wayne Arthurson. A discussion to acknowledge Wagamese's contributions to Canadian literature, and to examine the scope of Indigenous writing in Canada today.

      Saturday October 13, 2018

      09:00
      AM
      -
      11:00
      AM
      2018-08-29 09:00:00 2018-08-29 09:00:00 America/Edmonton WORKSHOP: How Much Truth is Too Much Truth? With Angie Abdou In this intimate workshop, Angie Abdou will explore the unique challenges of memoir writing. How do you write about family (about children, about parents, about spouses) while respecting their autonomy and privacy? In a narrative form that relies so much on candid honesty, how does a writer decide where to draw the curtain and protect intimate family details from the eyes of the writer? When does the work warrant going deep into personal lives? How does a writer make these decisions – to serve the book while also honouring the family? Through a mix of exercises, examples, and theory, this workshop will explore strategies for immersing readers in vivid scenes and building emotional investment in a story. Bring a pen and paper! Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

      WORKSHOP: How Much Truth is Too Much Truth? With Angie Abdou

      Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
      10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
      Tickets
      Author
      In this intimate workshop, Angie Abdou will explore the unique challenges of memoir writing. How do you write about family (about children, about parents, about spouses) while respecting their autonomy and privacy? In a narrative form that relies so much on candid honesty, how does a writer decide where to draw the curtain and protect intimate family details from the eyes of the writer? When does the work warrant going deep into personal lives? How does a writer make these decisions – to serve the book while also honouring the family? Through a mix of exercises, examples, and theory, this workshop will explore strategies for immersing readers in vivid scenes and building emotional investment in a story. Bring a pen and paper!
      Event Sponsors
      02:00
      PM
      -
      03:00
      PM
      2018-08-31 14:00:00 2018-08-31 14:00:00 America/Edmonton Lindsay Wong: The Woo Woo In Lindsay Wong's jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. At once a witty and touching, Wong's memoir examines the Asian immigrant experience, along with a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness. The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. Wong will be joined in conversation with host Shawn Tse of Seconds Please! TV. The Common LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

      Lindsay Wong: The Woo Woo

      The Common
      9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
        Tickets
        Author
        Moderator / Host
        In Lindsay Wong's jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. At once a witty and touching, Wong's memoir examines the Asian immigrant experience, along with a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness. The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. Wong will be joined in conversation with host Shawn Tse of Seconds Please! TV.
        07:00
        PM
        -
        09:00
        PM
        2018-09-25 19:00:00 2018-09-25 19:00:00 America/Edmonton Vivek Shraya: I’m Afraid of Men With raw honesty, author Vivek Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, in turn releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. Her latest book explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the 21st century. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour, and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid. Featuring a special guest performance with dancer Sean Giroux. Choreographed by Sean Giroux, "waýawîstamâso", Cree translation "s/he goes to the bathroom" with dancers "Ayla Modeste, Sean Giroux, music by Jim Moore An exploration through dance of the awkwardness of a transgender having to use a public washroom. Metro Cinema LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

        Vivek Shraya: I’m Afraid of Men

        Metro Cinema
        8712 109 Street Edmonton, AB
          Tickets
          Performer/Artist
          Author
          Moderator / Host
          With raw honesty, author Vivek Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, in turn releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. Her latest book explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the 21st century. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour, and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid. Featuring a special guest performance with dancer Sean Giroux.
          Choreographed by Sean Giroux, "waýawîstamâso", Cree translation "s/he goes to the bathroom" with dancers "Ayla Modeste, Sean Giroux, music by Jim Moore
          An exploration through dance of the awkwardness of a transgender having to use a public washroom.
          12:00
          PM
          -
          01:00
          PM
          2018-10-10 12:00:00 2018-10-10 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Memoir Hour: The Parent Trap The ever-popular Memoir Hour returns! Family stories abound, from dealing with one's own parents to becoming one, from learning cultural cues to confronting tragedy, from reluctant hockey moms to absorbing "Dad advice," anyone with a parent will identify with and enjoy this bound-to-be fascinating conversation. The Common LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

          Memoir Hour: The Parent Trap

          The Common
          9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
            Tickets
            Author Panelist
            Author Panelist
            Author Panelist
            Author Panelist
            Moderator / Host
            and more...
            The ever-popular Memoir Hour returns! Family stories abound, from dealing with one's own parents to becoming one, from learning cultural cues to confronting tragedy, from reluctant hockey moms to absorbing "Dad advice," anyone with a parent will identify with and enjoy this bound-to-be fascinating conversation.
            04:00
            PM
            -
            05:00
            PM
            2018-10-10 16:00:00 2018-10-10 16:00:00 America/Edmonton Happy Hour With Jenna Butler ***University of Alberta Press regrets to announce that Heather O'Neill is not able to be in Edmonton for LitFest on October 13. Ticket holders for this event may request a refund or have their ticket value applied to another event at the festival by emailing rsvp@litfestalberta.org.*** But, the show must go on! University of Alberta Press has invited author Jenna Butler to present on her new book, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard for the Happy Hour event at The Common with host Rayanne Haines. Jenna's book examines the nature of explorer narratives and the mythic pull of the North through a feminist lens. Part travelogue and part meditation on place, Magnetic North draws reader's minds to the beauty and power of landscapes under threat and asks us why some stories in recorded history are privileged above others.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused, and thank you for your understanding. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions about your pass or ticket order. The Common LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

            Happy Hour With Jenna Butler

            The Common
            9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
              Tickets
              Moderator / Host
              ***University of Alberta Press regrets to announce that Heather O'Neill is not able to be in Edmonton for LitFest on October 13. Ticket holders for this event may request a refund or have their ticket value applied to another event at the festival by emailing rsvp@litfestalberta.org.***
              But, the show must go on! University of Alberta Press has invited author Jenna Butler to present on her new book, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard for the Happy Hour event at The Common with host Rayanne Haines. Jenna's book examines the nature of explorer narratives and the mythic pull of the North through a feminist lens. Part travelogue and part meditation on place, Magnetic North draws reader's minds to the beauty and power of landscapes under threat and asks us why some stories in recorded history are privileged above others. 
              We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused, and thank you for your understanding. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions about your pass or ticket order.
              Event Sponsors

              Sunday October 14, 2018

              02:00
              PM
              -
              04:00
              PM
              2018-08-30 14:00:00 2018-08-30 14:00:00 America/Edmonton On Empathy and Emergencies: In Conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman Veteran ER physician Brian Goldman reflects on his career in scrubs. While his regular radio observations on CBC's White Coat, Black Art have delved into the fascinating (and sometimes dark) lives of doctors, his most recent book, The Power of Kindness, takes readers far from the theatre of medicine and into the world at large to investigate why kindness is so vital to our existence. Hosted by The Irrelevant Show's ever-irreverent Peter Brown. Presented with support from Kucey Dental Group. Metro Cinema LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

              On Empathy and Emergencies: In Conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman

              Metro Cinema
              8712 109 Street Edmonton, AB
                Tickets
                Author
                Moderator / Host
                Veteran ER physician Brian Goldman reflects on his career in scrubs. While his regular radio observations on CBC's White Coat, Black Art have delved into the fascinating (and sometimes dark) lives of doctors, his most recent book, The Power of Kindness, takes readers far from the theatre of medicine and into the world at large to investigate why kindness is so vital to our existence. Hosted by The Irrelevant Show's ever-irreverent Peter Brown. Presented with support from Kucey Dental Group.
                Event Sponsors
                10:00
                AM
                -
                11:30
                AM
                2018-09-10 10:00:00 2018-09-10 10:00:00 America/Edmonton WORKSHOP: The Survivors Perspective: Telling Crime Stories with Carys Cragg True crime often tells thrilling, action-packed stories about serial killers, mass murderers, and the people who investigate them. But where are the victims and survivors’ points of view? Carys Cragg wrote her memoir, Dead Reckoning, after surviving her father’s violent death and then meeting the incarcerated man who killed him, twenty years after the crime. Come and learn how to use your experiences to create an emotionally compelling story, by focusing on often untold and silenced stories—those of the people who have been devastated by crime. Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                WORKSHOP: The Survivors Perspective: Telling Crime Stories with Carys Cragg

                Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
                10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
                Tickets
                Author
                True crime often tells thrilling, action-packed stories about serial killers, mass murderers, and the people who investigate them. But where are the victims and survivors’ points of view? Carys Cragg wrote her memoir, Dead Reckoning, after surviving her father’s violent death and then meeting the incarcerated man who killed him, twenty years after the crime. Come and learn how to use your experiences to create an emotionally compelling story, by focusing on often untold and silenced stories—those of the people who have been devastated by crime.
                Event Sponsors

                Monday October 15, 2018

                07:00
                PM
                -
                09:00
                PM
                2018-08-29 19:00:00 2018-08-29 19:00:00 America/Edmonton Gender Messages: In Conversation with Elizabeth Renzetti & Rachel Giese Two of the most talked-about authors of the year come together to discuss society's messages on gender, and what it means for young girls and boys—and the nonbinary—alike. Elizabeth Renzetti's Shrewed takes wry and closely observed look at the lives of women, while Rachel Giese's Boys examines what it means to become a man. Hosted by Edmonton author (and dad), Omar Mouallem. Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University) LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                Gender Messages: In Conversation with Elizabeth Renzetti & Rachel Giese

                Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University)
                11110 104 Avenue Edmonton , AB
                Tickets
                Moderator / Host
                Author
                Two of the most talked-about authors of the year come together to discuss society's messages on gender, and what it means for young girls and boys—and the nonbinary—alike. Elizabeth Renzetti's Shrewed takes wry and closely observed look at the lives of women, while Rachel Giese's Boys examines what it means to become a man. Hosted by Edmonton author (and dad), Omar Mouallem.
                Event Sponsors

                Tuesday October 16, 2018

                12:00
                PM
                -
                01:00
                PM
                2018-08-29 12:00:00 2018-08-29 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Dave Bidini A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Dave Bidini CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                Conversation at Noon with Dave Bidini

                CBC Centre Stage
                10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
                Tickets
                Author
                A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Dave Bidini
                Event Sponsors
                07:30
                PM
                -
                09:00
                PM
                2018-09-07 19:30:00 2018-09-07 19:30:00 America/Edmonton Dave Bidini: Midnight Light Bestselling author of On A Cold Road and founding member of the Rheostatics, journalist Dave Bidini uses his stint as guest columnist at the Yellowknifer newspaper to explore the "Gateway to the North," the meaning of community, and the issues facing northern residents and their daily lives. In conversation with Avenue Magazine's Steven Sandor. Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University) LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                Dave Bidini: Midnight Light

                Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University)
                11110 104 Avenue Edmonton , AB
                Tickets
                Author
                Moderator / Host
                Bestselling author of On A Cold Road and founding member of the Rheostatics, journalist Dave Bidini uses his stint as guest columnist at the Yellowknifer newspaper to explore the "Gateway to the North," the meaning of community, and the issues facing northern residents and their daily lives. In conversation with Avenue Magazine's Steven Sandor.
                06:00
                PM
                -
                07:30
                PM
                2018-09-11 18:00:00 2018-09-11 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Borderlines: So Where are You From? How do multilingual speakers negotiate the space between two or more cultures in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual environment? How can multilingual writers expand the horizon for literature in our city, province, and country? With a strong passion for English and/or their heritage languages, six Canadian writers offer their inspiration and stories; raise questions about community, nation, and belonging; and explore new ways of addressing audiences in Canada as well as at home. Panelists will include Mila Philipzig, Lisa Dublin, Leilei Chen, Luciana Erregue-Sacchi, Shimelis Gebremichael, and (Ja)nine Muster. Hosted by Nisha Patel. Presented by the Borderlines Writers Circle members of the Writers' Guild of Alberta. The Nook Cafe LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                Borderlines: So Where are You From?

                The Nook Cafe
                10153 97 St NW Edmonton, AB
                RSVP
                Panelist
                Panelist
                Panelist
                Moderator / Host
                and more...
                How do multilingual speakers negotiate the space between two or more cultures in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual environment? How can multilingual writers expand the horizon for literature in our city, province, and country? With a strong passion for English and/or their heritage languages, six Canadian writers offer their inspiration and stories; raise questions about community, nation, and belonging; and explore new ways of addressing audiences in Canada as well as at home. Panelists will include Mila Philipzig, Lisa Dublin, Leilei Chen, Luciana Erregue-Sacchi, Shimelis Gebremichael, and (Ja)nine Muster. Hosted by Nisha Patel. Presented by the Borderlines Writers Circle members of the Writers' Guild of Alberta.
                Event Sponsors

                Wednesday October 17, 2018

                12:00
                PM
                -
                01:00
                PM
                2018-08-29 12:00:00 2018-08-29 12:00:00 America/Edmonton CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Darrel J. McCleod A free noon-hour conversation with Darrel J. McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Literature Centre's Brown Bag Lunch Series. 2-09 Rutherford South - University of Alberta LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Darrel J. McCleod

                2-09 Rutherford South - University of Alberta
                Rutherford Library
                90 Ave Edmonton, AB
                Tickets
                A free noon-hour conversation with Darrel J. McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Literature Centre's Brown Bag Lunch Series.
                Event Sponsors
                06:00
                PM
                -
                07:00
                PM
                2018-08-29 18:00:00 2018-08-29 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family’s history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. Beautifully written, honest and thought-provoking, Mamaskatch—named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles. Hosted by Lewis Cardinal. 99Ten LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

                99Ten
                9910 109 St NW Edmonton , AB
                  Tickets
                  Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family’s history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. Beautifully written, honest and thought-provoking, Mamaskatch—named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles. Hosted by Lewis Cardinal.
                  08:00
                  PM
                  -
                  10:00
                  PM
                  2018-08-29 20:00:00 2018-08-29 20:00:00 America/Edmonton Non-Fiction Story Slam The special LitFest edition of Story Slam is an all-time favourite event, where slammers battle for the limelight to the audience judges' hearts. Ten writers. Five Minutes. All glory. (Arrive early, seating is limited.) 99Ten LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                  Non-Fiction Story Slam

                  99Ten
                  9910 109 St NW Edmonton , AB
                    Tickets
                    The special LitFest edition of Story Slam is an all-time favourite event, where slammers battle for the limelight to the audience judges' hearts. Ten writers. Five Minutes. All glory. (Arrive early, seating is limited.)

                    Thursday October 18, 2018

                    05:00
                    PM
                    -
                    07:00
                    PM
                    2018-08-29 17:00:00 2018-08-29 17:00:00 America/Edmonton Little Yellow House: A Talk and Tour in Alberta Avenue As Carissa Halton's family made their home in one of the oldest parts of the city—Alberta Avenue—her writing reflected on the revitalization that is slowly changing the view from her little yellow house. Join us at OTTO for a conversation about the book and the neighbourhood, with a short walking tour to follow (event will start and end at OTTO. Stick around for dinner if you like!). This event is presented with support from Walkable Edmonton. OTTO Food and Drink LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    Little Yellow House: A Talk and Tour in Alberta Avenue

                    OTTO Food and Drink
                    11405 95 St Ed, AB
                    Tickets
                    Moderator / Host
                    As Carissa Halton's family made their home in one of the oldest parts of the city—Alberta Avenue—her writing reflected on the revitalization that is slowly changing the view from her little yellow house. Join us at OTTO for a conversation about the book and the neighbourhood, with a short walking tour to follow (event will start and end at OTTO. Stick around for dinner if you like!). This event is presented with support from Walkable Edmonton.
                    Event Sponsors

                    Friday October 19, 2018

                    12:00
                    PM
                    -
                    01:00
                    PM
                    2018-08-29 12:00:00 2018-08-29 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Andrea Warner A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Andrea Warner. CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    Conversation at Noon with Andrea Warner

                    CBC Centre Stage
                    10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
                    Tickets
                    Author
                    A free noon-hour conversation at CBC Centre Stage with author Andrea Warner.
                    Event Sponsors
                    07:00
                    PM
                    -
                    08:00
                    PM
                    2018-08-29 19:00:00 2018-08-29 19:00:00 America/Edmonton Marcello Di Cintio: Pay No Heed to the Rockets Journalist Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again. In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors and books, exploring what literature means to modern Palestinians and how they make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily violence of survival. Conference Centre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University) LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    Marcello Di Cintio: Pay No Heed to the Rockets

                    Conference Centre, Allard Hall (MacEwan University)
                    11110 104 Avenue NW
                    Room 11-204 Edmonton, AB
                    Tickets
                    Journalist Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again. In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors and books, exploring what literature means to modern Palestinians and how they make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily violence of survival.
                    Event Sponsors

                    Saturday October 20, 2018

                    09:00
                    AM
                    -
                    10:30
                    AM
                    2018-08-29 09:00:00 2018-08-29 09:00:00 America/Edmonton WORKSHOP: Writing Raw with Mike Barnes Writing Raw: How to Explore Personal Material That Is Touchy, Dark, Intimate, Tangled, Problematic, Risky, Taboo or Downright Radioactive How do you write about subjects that are raw, in all the senses of that word? “Raw” experience can mean many things: intimate; painful; crude; unprocessed; exposed; frank; harsh; undiluted. Such material holds out unusual promise, for the writer and for a potential reader. And it poses unusual challenges. Whatever is most raw is usually most private, hidden from others and often from oneself. Unearthing it is difficult, delicate, painful. Valuable, potentially; but fraught. Dilemmas bedevil every stage of the writing. Should I write about this stuff? At what cost to myself? At what cost to others? How can I approach it—in what form? What genre: fiction (what type)? Nonfiction (what structure)? What language can I use? How will it change the experience to record it? What do I do with parts of the story that belong to others? How much should I disclose? Can I share it—with whom? Can I—should I—publish it? Everyone has raw experience. Some want to write about it. Having written about my own mental illness, and now about my mother’s dementia, I’ve discovered a few strategies—and many more questions—about working with the raw. This workshop will use a collaborative approach to explore some of the ways this tricky, transformative work can be done. Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    WORKSHOP: Writing Raw with Mike Barnes

                    Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
                    10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
                    Tickets
                    Author

                    Writing Raw: How to Explore Personal Material That Is Touchy, Dark, Intimate, Tangled, Problematic, Risky, Taboo or Downright Radioactive

                    How do you write about subjects that are raw, in all the senses of that word? “Raw” experience can mean many things: intimate; painful; crude; unprocessed; exposed; frank; harsh; undiluted. Such material holds out unusual promise, for the writer and for a potential reader. And it poses unusual challenges. Whatever is most raw is usually most private, hidden from others and often from oneself. Unearthing it is difficult, delicate, painful. Valuable, potentially; but fraught.

                    Dilemmas bedevil every stage of the writing. Should I write about this stuff? At what cost to myself? At what cost to others? How can I approach it—in what form? What genre: fiction (what type)? Nonfiction (what structure)? What language can I use? How will it change the experience to record it? What do I do with parts of the story that belong to others? How much should I disclose? Can I share it—with whom? Can I—should I—publish it? Everyone has raw experience. Some want to write about it. Having written about my own mental illness, and now about my mother’s dementia, I’ve discovered a few strategies—and many more questions—about working with the raw. This workshop will use a collaborative approach to explore some of the ways this tricky, transformative work can be done.

                    Event Sponsors
                    11:00
                    AM
                    -
                    01:00
                    PM
                    2018-08-30 11:00:00 2018-08-30 11:00:00 America/Edmonton WORKSHOP: Writing from Afar with Marcello Di Cintio In a world where every place has been discovered, what is the point of travel writing? In this workshop, we will discuss the changing role of narrative travel journalism in today’s hyper-connected world. When writers go off to seek stories in the great wide world, what are their goals and responsibilities, how do they portray the Other, and how far should they go to create compelling art? Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    WORKSHOP: Writing from Afar with Marcello Di Cintio

                    Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
                    10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
                    Tickets
                    In a world where every place has been discovered, what is the point of travel writing? In this workshop, we will discuss the changing role of narrative travel journalism in today’s hyper-connected world. When writers go off to seek stories in the great wide world, what are their goals and responsibilities, how do they portray the Other, and how far should they go to create compelling art?
                    Event Sponsors
                    02:00
                    PM
                    -
                    04:00
                    PM
                    2018-09-19 14:00:00 2018-09-19 14:00:00 America/Edmonton Food Matters: Who’s Feeding You? A celebration of some of YEG's finest food artisans, along with the book that salutes them: Food Artisans of Alberta. The authors and artisans will be joined by Trina Moyles, who discusses the importance of female providers in her book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World. Tastings of various foods (and wine!) will be provided. Tickets are limited, and always sell-out, so be sure to book in advance. Presented with support from Your Holistic Earth, Canada's first holistic health care system: www.yourholisticearth.ca . Matrix Hotel - Amber Room LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    Food Matters: Who’s Feeding You?

                    Matrix Hotel - Amber Room
                    10640 100 Ave Edmonton, AB
                    Tickets
                    Author
                    Moderator / Host
                    Author Panelist
                    and more...
                    A celebration of some of YEG's finest food artisans, along with the book that salutes them: Food Artisans of Alberta. The authors and artisans will be joined by Trina Moyles, who discusses the importance of female providers in her book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World. Tastings of various foods (and wine!) will be provided. Tickets are limited, and always sell-out, so be sure to book in advance. Presented with support from Your Holistic Earth, Canada's first holistic health care system: www.yourholisticearth.ca .
                    Event Sponsors

                    Sunday October 21, 2018

                    02:00
                    PM
                    -
                    04:00
                    PM
                    2018-10-04 14:00:00 2018-10-04 14:00:00 America/Edmonton Billy-Ray Belcourt: This Wound is a World Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” The highly acclaimed, multiple-award winning Edmonton poet Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a de-colonial kind of heaven, where everyone is at least a little gay. The Aviary LitFest Alberta info@litfestalberta.org

                    Billy-Ray Belcourt: This Wound is a World

                    The Aviary
                    9314 111 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
                      Tickets
                      Moderator / Host
                      Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” The highly acclaimed, multiple-award winning Edmonton poet Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a de-colonial kind of heaven, where everyone is at least a little gay.
                      Purchase a Festival Pass!
                      Purchase Here

                      eNewsletter Signup