October 2019

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Wednesday October 2, 2019

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2019-10-02 19:30:00 2019-10-02 19:30:00 America/Edmonton An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell – SOLD OUT! Gladwell’s first new book in six years, TALKING TO STRANGERS: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know, offers an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. Winspear Centre LitFest Alberta [email protected]

An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell – SOLD OUT!

Winspear Centre
9720 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
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Gladwell’s first new book in six years, TALKING TO STRANGERS: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know, offers an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong.
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Thursday October 3, 2019

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2019-10-03 19:00:00 2019-10-03 19:00:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods – INDIGiPOD: Rick Harp & The Book Women Podcast A conversation featuring Indigenous and Métis voices in podcasting. There will be talk about books, too! Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]

AuthorPods – INDIGiPOD: Rick Harp & The Book Women Podcast

Yellowhead Brewery
10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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    A conversation featuring Indigenous and Métis voices in podcasting. There will be talk about books, too!
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    2019-10-03 20:30:00 2019-10-03 20:30:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods – MEDIA INDIGENA Live A live recording of Rick Harp's MEDIA INDIGENA, with roundtable contributors Kenneth T. Williams and Kim TallBear. Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]

    AuthorPods – MEDIA INDIGENA Live

    Yellowhead Brewery
    10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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      A live recording of Rick Harp's MEDIA INDIGENA, with roundtable contributors Kenneth T. Williams and Kim TallBear.
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      Friday October 4, 2019

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      2019-10-04 18:00:00 2019-10-04 18:00:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods – Emotional Baggage Alicia Tobin of Super! Sick! Podcast!, Retail Nightmares, and author of So You’re A Little Sad, So What? in conversation with Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate, Nisha Patel. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]

      AuthorPods – Emotional Baggage

      Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
      9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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      Alicia Tobin of Super! Sick! Podcast!, Retail Nightmares, and author of So You’re A Little Sad, So What? in conversation with Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate, Nisha Patel.
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      Saturday October 5, 2019

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      2019-10-04 19:30:00 2019-10-04 19:30:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods – The Secret Life of Canada Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen of CBC Podcasts Secret Life of Canada in conversation with previous Edmonton Historian Laureate Chris Chang Yen Phillips. This event is presented with support from the Edmonton Heritage Council and CBC Podcasts. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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      AuthorPods – The Secret Life of Canada

      Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
      9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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      Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen of CBC Podcasts Secret Life of Canada in conversation with previous Edmonton Historian Laureate Chris Chang Yen Phillips. This event is presented with support from the Edmonton Heritage Council and CBC Podcasts.
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      2019-10-05 13:00:00 2019-10-05 13:00:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods: How is That Funny? A panel on how to talk about unfunny things in a funny way with author and podcaster Alicia Tobin, and Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen of CBC's The Secret Life of Canada. Hosted by the ever-irreverent Peter Brown. $12 in advance, $15 at the door subject to availability. Note: Admission to AuthorPods events in included in the LitFest 2019 Festival Pass. The Common LitFest Alberta [email protected]

      AuthorPods: How is That Funny?

      The Common
      9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
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        A panel on how to talk about unfunny things in a funny way with author and podcaster Alicia Tobin, and Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen of CBC's The Secret Life of Canada. Hosted by the ever-irreverent Peter Brown.

        $12 in advance, $15 at the door subject to availability.

        Note: Admission to AuthorPods events in included in the LitFest 2019 Festival Pass.

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        2019-10-05 15:00:00 2019-10-05 15:00:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods – Neighbourhood Beats A candid discussion on reporting from real-life neighbourhoods and the people who call them home. With Justin Ling of Uncover: The Village, Slumtown producer Elizabeth Hames, and Carissa Halton, author of Little Yellow House. Hosted by Trisha Estabrooks. The Common LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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        AuthorPods – Neighbourhood Beats

        The Common
        9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
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          A candid discussion on reporting from real-life neighbourhoods and the people who call them home. With Justin Ling of Uncover: The Village, Slumtown producer Elizabeth Hames, and Carissa Halton, author of Little Yellow House. Hosted by Trisha Estabrooks.
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          2019-10-05 19:00:00 2019-10-05 19:00:00 America/Edmonton AuthorPods: True Crime Showdown In conversation with Justin Ling of CBC Podcasts Uncover: The Village, and the Globe & Mail’s crime reporter Jana Pruden, author of Fear on the Family Farm. Hosted by Karen Unland of the Alberta Podcast Network. $12 in advance, $15 at the door subject to availability. Note: Admission to AuthorPods events in included in the LitFest 2019 Festival Pass.   Metro Cinema LitFest Alberta [email protected]

          AuthorPods: True Crime Showdown

          Metro Cinema
          8712 109 Street Edmonton, AB
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            In conversation with Justin Ling of CBC Podcasts Uncover: The Village, and the Globe & Mail’s crime reporter Jana Pruden, author of Fear on the Family Farm. Hosted by Karen Unland of the Alberta Podcast Network.

            $12 in advance, $15 at the door subject to availability.

            Note: Admission to AuthorPods events in included in the LitFest 2019 Festival Pass.

             
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            Thursday October 17, 2019

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            2019-10-17 12:00:00 2019-10-17 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Darren Dochuk A noon-hour conversation with Darren Dochuk, author of Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America. CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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            Conversation at Noon with Darren Dochuk

            CBC Centre Stage
            10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
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            A noon-hour conversation with Darren Dochuk, author of Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America.
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            2019-10-17 18:00:00 2019-10-17 18:00:00 America/Edmonton FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Talking to Strangers Part Deux We kick off the festival with a host of passionate people, from the wide-ranging ideals of evangelists and oil magnates to a shared concern for the planet. May we all learn better how to talk with strangers. 6PM Conversation with authors Darren Dochuk and Satya Brata Das, with Glass Buffalo contributors Emily Riddle and Emma Jackson. Hosted by The Narwhal’s Sharon J. Riley. 7PM The Elevator Cabaret We'll finish off the evening's program with the rapid-fire tradition of the Elevator Cabaret! Stick around to hear quick pitches on what to put in your calendar for the rest of the fest. Your Elevator Attendant will be LitFest's head bookworm, Fawnda Mithrush. Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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            FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Talking to Strangers Part Deux

            Yellowhead Brewery
            10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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              We kick off the festival with a host of passionate people, from the wide-ranging ideals of evangelists and oil magnates to a shared concern for the planet. May we all learn better how to talk with strangers. 6PM Conversation with authors Darren Dochuk and Satya Brata Das, with Glass Buffalo contributors Emily Riddle and Emma Jackson. Hosted by The Narwhal’s Sharon J. Riley. 7PM The Elevator Cabaret We'll finish off the evening's program with the rapid-fire tradition of the Elevator Cabaret! Stick around to hear quick pitches on what to put in your calendar for the rest of the fest. Your Elevator Attendant will be LitFest's head bookworm, Fawnda Mithrush.
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              Friday October 18, 2019

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              2019-10-18 12:00:00 2019-10-18 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Annahid Dashtgard A noon-hour conversation with Annahid Dashtgard, author of Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation. CBC Centre Stage LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Conversation at Noon with Annahid Dashtgard

              CBC Centre Stage
              10062 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB
              A noon-hour conversation with Annahid Dashtgard, author of Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation.
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              2019-10-18 18:00:00 2019-10-18 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Jesse Thistle: From the Ashes An hour with author Jesse Thistle on his memoir, From the Ashes. Hosted by the Book Women podcast, presented in part with the RISE Book Club.   Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Jesse Thistle: From the Ashes

              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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              An hour with author Jesse Thistle on his memoir, From the Ashes. Hosted by the Book Women podcast, presented in part with the RISE Book Club.  
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              2019-10-18 19:30:00 2019-10-18 19:30:00 America/Edmonton Reconciling Times Three authors present readings and discussion on varied challenges and experiences with race and reconciliation. Hosted by the Book Women Podcast. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Reconciling Times

              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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              Three authors present readings and discussion on varied challenges and experiences with race and reconciliation. Hosted by the Book Women Podcast.
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              Saturday October 19, 2019

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              2019-10-19 09:00:00 2019-10-19 09:00:00 America/Edmonton Masterclass: Gender in the Developing World with Roberta Staley Assessing the welfare of women and children is key to determining the efficacy of foreign aid and development initiatives. Documentary filmmaker and author Roberta Staley specializes in international reportage, and in this session she will discuss the importance of investigating gender in the developing world. Her writing covers violence against women, HIV-AIDS, media, maternal health, and female genital mutilation, and knowledge will be shared based on her reporting in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, and El Salvador. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected] Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Masterclass: Gender in the Developing World with Roberta Staley

              Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
              10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
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              Assessing the welfare of women and children is key to determining the efficacy of foreign aid and development initiatives. Documentary filmmaker and author Roberta Staley specializes in international reportage, and in this session she will discuss the importance of investigating gender in the developing world. Her writing covers violence against women, HIV-AIDS, media, maternal health, and female genital mutilation, and knowledge will be shared based on her reporting in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, and El Salvador. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected].
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              2019-10-19 11:00:00 2019-10-19 11:00:00 America/Edmonton Memoir Hour: Small Town Surprises Three authors discuss their experiences leaving, returning to, and reflecting on their hometowns in recent memoirs. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Memoir Hour: Small Town Surprises

              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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              Three authors discuss their experiences leaving, returning to, and reflecting on their hometowns in recent memoirs.
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              2019-10-19 15:00:00 2019-10-19 15:00:00 America/Edmonton tawâw: There is Room One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, tawâw traces Chartrand’s culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family’s acreage, to his current position as Executive Chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant in the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on Treaty 6 Territory. Hosted by Linda Tzang. Featuring bites from the Royal Alberta Museum's Cafe. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Food & Drink

              tawâw: There is Room

              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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              One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, tawâw traces Chartrand’s culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family’s acreage, to his current position as Executive Chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant in the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on Treaty 6 Territory. Hosted by Linda Tzang. Featuring bites from the Royal Alberta Museum's Cafe.
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              2019-10-19 19:30:00 2019-10-19 19:30:00 America/Edmonton Tarnished Legacies Two authors offer perspectives on the lasting legacy of residential schools and their inciting history of murdered and missing Indigenous women, along with the challenges of its ultimate inquiry.   Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Tarnished Legacies

              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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              Two authors offer perspectives on the lasting legacy of residential schools and their inciting history of murdered and missing Indigenous women, along with the challenges of its ultimate inquiry.  

              Sunday October 20, 2019

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              2019-10-18 15:00:00 2019-10-18 15:00:00 America/Edmonton Treed (in YEG) Delving into the effects climate change on city trees, foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease, and squirrels in the living room, author Ariel Gordon explores our relationships with the natural world with great passion. Join her on a walk through YEG's treasured river valley for insights on our very own urban forest. Hosted by U of A Historian Dwayne Donald. The walk will begin at the Matrix Hotel lobby, and will conclude at Yellowhead Brewery.   Matrix Hotel - Lobby LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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              Treed (in YEG)

              Matrix Hotel - Lobby
              10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
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                Delving into the effects climate change on city trees, foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease, and squirrels in the living room, author Ariel Gordon explores our relationships with the natural world with great passion. Join her on a walk through YEG's treasured river valley for insights on our very own urban forest. Hosted by U of A Historian Dwayne Donald. The walk will begin at the Matrix Hotel lobby, and will conclude at Yellowhead Brewery.  
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                2019-10-20 10:00:00 2019-10-20 10:00:00 America/Edmonton Masterclass: The Drama of Ordinary Lives with Candace Savage Most people lead unremarkable, and little unremarked upon, lives. They are born, grow up, have children (or not), find work, perhaps grow old, and die. We can be sure that each of these life passages was filled with effort and feeling. Yet all that remains to the next generation is a scattered assortment of clues: the bare data of genealogy, the testimony of old photos, the uncertain evidence of family anecdotes. In this lively, conversational workshop, Candace Savage will explore techniques for telling rich, personal stories about long-departed people based on fragments of evidence. Drawn in part from what Candace learned while writing her latest book, Strangers in the House, this discussion will be of special importance to anyone interested in writing narrative history or in exploring their own family stories. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected] Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                Masterclass: The Drama of Ordinary Lives with Candace Savage

                Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
                10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
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                Most people lead unremarkable, and little unremarked upon, lives. They are born, grow up, have children (or not), find work, perhaps grow old, and die. We can be sure that each of these life passages was filled with effort and feeling. Yet all that remains to the next generation is a scattered assortment of clues: the bare data of genealogy, the testimony of old photos, the uncertain evidence of family anecdotes. In this lively, conversational workshop, Candace Savage will explore techniques for telling rich, personal stories about long-departed people based on fragments of evidence. Drawn in part from what Candace learned while writing her latest book, Strangers in the House, this discussion will be of special importance to anyone interested in writing narrative history or in exploring their own family stories. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected].
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                2019-10-20 12:00:00 2019-10-20 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Masterclass: Eat, Drink, Write with Jennifer Cockrall-King Jennifer Cockrall-King has done it all from restaurant reviews to culinary trends, chef profiles to co-authoring a cookbook. Bring your passion for food and drink and learn how to take the next step in your writing. Open to all levels of writers. Presented with the support of Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected] Matrix Hotel - Amber Room LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                Masterclass: Eat, Drink, Write with Jennifer Cockrall-King

                Matrix Hotel - Amber Room
                10640 100 Ave Edmonton, AB
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                Jennifer Cockrall-King has done it all from restaurant reviews to culinary trends, chef profiles to co-authoring a cookbook. Bring your passion for food and drink and learn how to take the next step in your writing. Open to all levels of writers. Presented with the support of Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected].
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                2019-10-20 12:00:00 2019-10-20 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Voices of Change Two authors with stories of incredible change, exploring the politics of bodies through personal transition and an international scandal/sensation. All daring greatly. Hosted by Anya Zoledziowski.  **Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joshua M. Ferguson is no longer able to appear at this event. We apologize for any inconvenience to ticket holders. Their appearance on October 19 remains as scheduled.** Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                Voices of Change

                Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
                9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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                Two authors with stories of incredible change, exploring the politics of bodies through personal transition and an international scandal/sensation. All daring greatly. Hosted by Anya Zoledziowski.  **Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joshua M. Ferguson is no longer able to appear at this event. We apologize for any inconvenience to ticket holders. Their appearance on October 19 remains as scheduled.**
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                2019-10-20 13:30:00 2019-10-20 13:30:00 America/Edmonton Memoir Hour: Adventurers More memoir! These authors share stories on journeying far from home, by boat, on land, and toward the skies. Hosted by Spencer Sekyer.  Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                Memoir Hour: Adventurers

                Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
                9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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                More memoir! These authors share stories on journeying far from home, by boat, on land, and toward the skies. Hosted by Spencer Sekyer. 
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                2019-10-20 16:00:00 2019-10-20 16:00:00 America/Edmonton Ayelet Tsabari: The Art of Leaving With fierce, emotional prose, Ayelet Tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to escape our grief, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves. Winner of the the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, this is a speaker to remember. Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                Ayelet Tsabari: The Art of Leaving

                Yellowhead Brewery
                10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                  With fierce, emotional prose, Ayelet Tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to escape our grief, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves. Winner of the the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, this is a speaker to remember.

                  Monday October 21, 2019

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                  2019-08-27 12:00:00 2019-08-27 12:00:00 America/Edmonton CLC Brown Bag Lunch: Kai Cheng Thom In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Literature Centre. Free to attend. Old Arts Building, University of Alberta, mainfloor lounge LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                  CLC Brown Bag Lunch: Kai Cheng Thom

                  Old Arts Building, University of Alberta, mainfloor lounge
                  113 Street & 91 Ave
                  U of A Campus Edmonton, AB
                    In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Literature Centre. Free to attend.
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                    2019-10-21 18:00:00 2019-10-21 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Election Night: Can’t We Get Along? A plea for empathy across lines on election night, featuring Humble the Poet, Kai Cheng Thom, Ayelet Tsabari and Ami McKay. Hosted by Dave Cournoyer. Admission is by donation; proceeds are shared by Metro Cinema and LitFest. Festival Passholders must RSVP to reserve a seat. Metro Cinema LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                    Election Night: Can’t We Get Along?

                    Metro Cinema
                    8712 109 Street Edmonton, AB
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                      A plea for empathy across lines on election night, featuring Humble the Poet, Kai Cheng Thom, Ayelet Tsabari and Ami McKay. Hosted by Dave Cournoyer. Admission is by donation; proceeds are shared by Metro Cinema and LitFest. Festival Passholders must RSVP to reserve a seat.
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                      Tuesday October 22, 2019

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                      2019-10-22 12:00:00 2019-10-22 12:00:00 America/Edmonton CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Ami McKay Weaving together family history, genetic discovery, and scenes from her life, Ami McKay tells the compelling, true-science story of her own family's unsettling legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from carrying the mutation that not only killed many people you loved, but might also kill you. Presented with the Canadian Literature Centre.  Canadian Literature Centre LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                      CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Ami McKay

                      Canadian Literature Centre
                      3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
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                      Weaving together family history, genetic discovery, and scenes from her life, Ami McKay tells the compelling, true-science story of her own family's unsettling legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from carrying the mutation that not only killed many people you loved, but might also kill you. Presented with the Canadian Literature Centre. 
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                      2019-10-22 18:00:00 2019-10-22 18:00:00 America/Edmonton Genetics: A Love Story A discussion on family, genetics, and early detection with authors Ami McKay and Renée Pellerin. Hosted by Keren Tang.  Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                      Genetics: A Love Story

                      Yellowhead Brewery
                      10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                        A discussion on family, genetics, and early detection with authors Ami McKay and Renée Pellerin. Hosted by Keren Tang. 
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                        2019-10-22 19:30:00 2019-10-22 19:30:00 America/Edmonton Let’s Talk About (gasp) Sex Three authors discuss the myriad manifestations of female sexual experience, including but not limited to polyamory, lesbianism, virginity, patriarchal nonsense, and other such things. Hosted by Breanna Mroczek.  Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                        Let’s Talk About (gasp) Sex

                        Yellowhead Brewery
                        10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                          Three authors discuss the myriad manifestations of female sexual experience, including but not limited to polyamory, lesbianism, virginity, patriarchal nonsense, and other such things. Hosted by Breanna Mroczek. 

                          Wednesday October 23, 2019

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                          2019-10-23 19:00:00 2019-10-23 19:00:00 America/Edmonton Nonfiction Story Slam Slammers be slammin' again! Sign-up at 7pm, slam at 7:30pm. Ten tellers. Five minutes. One winner. Let the game of truth begin! Seating is limited. Please arrive early; passes do not guarantee admission. 99Ten LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                          Nonfiction Story Slam

                          99Ten
                          9910 109 St NW Edmonton , AB
                            Slammers be slammin' again! Sign-up at 7pm, slam at 7:30pm. Ten tellers. Five minutes. One winner. Let the game of truth begin! Seating is limited. Please arrive early; passes do not guarantee admission.
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                            Thursday October 24, 2019

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                            2019-10-24 12:00:00 2019-10-24 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Bob McDonald A noon-hour conversation with Bob McDonald, host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks, and author of An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space. Glass Bookshop LitFest Alberta [email protected]

                            Conversation at Noon with Bob McDonald

                            Glass Bookshop
                            City Centre West, Upper Level
                            10025 102A Avenue Edmonton, AB
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                              A noon-hour conversation with Bob McDonald, host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks, and author of An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space.
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                              2019-10-24 18:00:00 2019-10-24 18:00:00 America/Edmonton An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space Acclaimed science commentator Bob McDonald takes us on a tour of our galaxy, unraveling the mysteries of the universe, and helping us navigate our place among the stars. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                              An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space

                              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
                              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
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                              Acclaimed science commentator Bob McDonald takes us on a tour of our galaxy, unraveling the mysteries of the universe, and helping us navigate our place among the stars.
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                              2019-10-24 19:30:00 2019-10-24 19:30:00 America/Edmonton Anna Mehler Paperny: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me With courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence, award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny's stunning memoir chronicles her experience of depression and her quest to explore what we know and don't know about this disease that afflicts almost one fifth of the population—providing an invaluable guide to a system struggling to find solutions. Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
                              Feature Author

                              Anna Mehler Paperny: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

                              Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
                              9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
                              Tickets
                              Moderator / Host
                              With courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence, award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny's stunning memoir chronicles her experience of depression and her quest to explore what we know and don't know about this disease that afflicts almost one fifth of the population—providing an invaluable guide to a system struggling to find solutions.

                              Friday October 25, 2019

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                              2019-10-25 12:00:00 2019-10-25 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Conversation at Noon with Anna Mehler Paperny A noon-hour conversation with Anna Mehler Paperny, author of Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me Glass Bookshop LitFest Alberta [email protected]

                              Conversation at Noon with Anna Mehler Paperny

                              Glass Bookshop
                              City Centre West, Upper Level
                              10025 102A Avenue Edmonton, AB
                                Tickets
                                A noon-hour conversation with Anna Mehler Paperny, author of Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
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                                2019-10-25 19:00:00 2019-10-25 19:00:00 America/Edmonton Mental Health Remix A night to mix and mingle, and to address our worst and best fears: Talking about our feelings with strangers. Join a host of writers for this evening of loose lips and big feels. Expect short readings and discussions with authors on the act of writing on personal stories, writing as therapy, and other light-hearted fare.  Yellowhead Brewery LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                                Food & Drink
                                Soireés & Gatherings

                                Mental Health Remix

                                Yellowhead Brewery
                                10229 105 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                                  and more...
                                  A night to mix and mingle, and to address our worst and best fears: Talking about our feelings with strangers. Join a host of writers for this evening of loose lips and big feels. Expect short readings and discussions with authors on the act of writing on personal stories, writing as therapy, and other light-hearted fare. 

                                  Saturday October 26, 2019

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                                  2019-10-26 10:00:00 2019-10-26 10:00:00 America/Edmonton Masterclass: From Seen to Scene with Lorimer Shenher Many find moving their story idea or life experience from their heads to the page incredibly daunting. Lorimer Shenher talks about his process for ensuring the topics he writes about keep him engaged throughout the process of creating a book. From writing good scenes to navigating delicate ‘characters’ or topics, Lorimer tells of what has worked for him, what he’s doing differently, and how each experience helped on his writing path. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected] Matrix Hotel - Prism Room LitFest Alberta [email protected]
                                  Workshop

                                  Masterclass: From Seen to Scene with Lorimer Shenher

                                  Matrix Hotel - Prism Room
                                  10640 100 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
                                  Tickets
                                  Many find moving their story idea or life experience from their heads to the page incredibly daunting. Lorimer Shenher talks about his process for ensuring the topics he writes about keep him engaged throughout the process of creating a book. From writing good scenes to navigating delicate ‘characters’ or topics, Lorimer tells of what has worked for him, what he’s doing differently, and how each experience helped on his writing path. All masterclass sessions are 90 minutes in length. Space is limited. Festival Passholders must reserve your spot in advance at [email protected].
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                                  2019-10-26 12:00:00 2019-10-26 12:00:00 America/Edmonton Acting & Writing (for your) Life Two perspectives on the actor's life: Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy Award–winning actor who has worked in theatre, film, and television, and published her first memoir this year, All We Knew But Couldn't Say. Richard Kemick is an armchair-atheist who joined the 100+ cast of The Badlands Passion Play, North America's largest production of its kind, and then wrote his memoir, I Am Herod, about the experience. Hosted by Sheri Somerville.   The Common LitFest Alberta [email protected]
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                                  Acting & Writing (for your) Life

                                  The Common
                                  9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                                    Moderator / Host
                                    Two perspectives on the actor's life: Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy Award–winning actor who has worked in theatre, film, and television, and published her first memoir this year, All We Knew But Couldn't Say. Richard Kemick is an armchair-atheist who joined the 100+ cast of The Badlands Passion Play, North America's largest production of its kind, and then wrote his memoir, I Am Herod, about the experience. Hosted by Sheri Somerville.  
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                                    2019-10-26 14:00:00 2019-10-26 14:00:00 America/Edmonton Food Matters: The Road Travelled One of LitFest's most popular events returns with stories and writers expounding on restaurant road trips, forever lost food experiences, and friends who inspire good taste throughout life's challenges. Enjoy tastings and nibbles, and don't forget to tip your server. Presented with support from the Alberta Craft Beer Guide.  The Common LitFest Alberta [email protected]
                                    Feature Author
                                    Food & Drink
                                    Soireés & Gatherings

                                    Food Matters: The Road Travelled

                                    The Common
                                    9910 109 St NW Edmonton, AB
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                                      Author Panelist
                                      Author Panelist
                                      Author Panelist
                                      Author Panelist
                                      Moderator / Host
                                      and more...
                                      One of LitFest's most popular events returns with stories and writers expounding on restaurant road trips, forever lost food experiences, and friends who inspire good taste throughout life's challenges. Enjoy tastings and nibbles, and don't forget to tip your server. Presented with support from the Alberta Craft Beer Guide. 
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                                      Sunday October 27, 2019

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                                      2019-10-27 11:00:00 2019-10-27 11:00:00 America/Edmonton Special Event: A Brunch of Writers Our final feast of the fest is always a treat. Join the authors for a delicious buffet brunch, readings, and a special sneak peek on LitFest's future plans. $45 advance, $50 at the door. Passes not valid for this event. Matrix Hotel - Amber Room LitFest Alberta [email protected]
                                      Feature Author
                                      Food & Drink
                                      Soireés & Gatherings

                                      Special Event: A Brunch of Writers

                                      Matrix Hotel - Amber Room
                                      10640 100 Ave Edmonton, AB
                                      Tickets
                                      Author
                                      Moderator / Host
                                      and more...
                                      Our final feast of the fest is always a treat. Join the authors for a delicious buffet brunch, readings, and a special sneak peek on LitFest's future plans. $45 advance, $50 at the door. Passes not valid for this event.
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                                      2019-10-27 14:00:00 2019-10-27 14:00:00 America/Edmonton Charlotte Gray: Murdered Midas A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes, by an all-time festival favourite. Charlotte Gray wraps up this year's fest as only one of Canada's ultimate historians can. Hosted by Marty Chan.  Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) LitFest Alberta [email protected]
                                      Feature Author

                                      Charlotte Gray: Murdered Midas

                                      Amiskwaciy Theatre, Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
                                      9810 103a Ave Edmonton, AB
                                      Tickets
                                      Moderator / Host
                                      A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes, by an all-time festival favourite. Charlotte Gray wraps up this year's fest as only one of Canada's ultimate historians can. Hosted by Marty Chan. 
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