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Throughout September and October, experience the fun of lit festivals across Canada right here on 49th Shelf. Look for great festival coverage, author interviews and contests to win fabulous prizes including tickets to festival events and book packages.

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Festival features from our blog

Your 2018 Spring Literary Festival Guide

February 8, 2018 by Kerry Clare

Mark your calendars, everybody! Across the country, incredible festival volunteers have been conspiring to pull off amazing literary celebrations over the next few months and the season promises to be …

Canadian Litfests for Fall 2016

September 12, 2016 by Kerry Clare

With the arrival of September, Canadian litfest season goes full-throttle. Here are all the details on what's going down ...

Your Guide to 2016 Summer Literary Festivals

June 13, 2016 by Kerry Clare

All the info you need to start getting your fest on. 

Eight Reasons We're Counting Down to the FOLD

March 28, 2016 by Kerry Clare

From May 6th to the 8th, CanLit's attention turns to Brampton, Ontario, where the inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity will finally take place after more than a year of planning and scheming.

Our 2016 Spring Literary Festival Guide

February 29, 2016 by Kerry Clare

As winter turns to spring, Canadian readers will be celebrating books and reading at these Chafabulous fests.

2014 Literary Festival Guide

June 23, 2014 by Kerry Clare

Summer is here! And so are the festivals...

Anthony De Sa on the Intimate Allure of Dark Worlds

October 23, 2013 by Julie Wilson

In his debut novel, Anthony De Sa revisits the 1977 sexual assault and murder of a young boy that tore Toronto the Good apart.

Mathew Henderson on Lust and Loneliness on the Oilfields

October 16, 2013 by Julie Wilson

Poet Mathew Henderson on hard labour and lust and loneliness on the oilfields.

Priscila Uppal: How to Mourn the Living

October 9, 2013 by Julie Wilson

Priscila Uppal talks about reconciliation and writing the reality of the mother who abandoned her as a child.

Shelf Exposure, Ep. 4: Donna Morrissey

October 2, 2013 by Julie Wilson

Donna Morrissey shows us some priceless family mementos alongside some of her most-read books.

Lauren B. Davis: The Great Era of the Drunken Writer Is Over

September 27, 2013 by Julie Wilson

In The Empty Room, Lauren B. Davis finds the courage to ask what life would look like had she not chosen sobriety.

Hot Writers to Watch at Eden Mills Writers' Festival, by Clare Hitchens

September 20, 2013 by Kiley Turner

Clare Hitchens, publicist for Wilfrid Laurier University Press and Young Adult Author Coordinator with the Eden Mills Writers' Festival, did us a favour by agreeing to write up some of her recollectio …

No One-Trick Pony, Ashley Spires Says So Long to Binky

September 18, 2013 by Julie Wilson

Ashley Spires on life after her Binky the Space Cat series and other tales of inspiration.

September Lit Fests (2013): #Fest2Fest Across the Country

September 10, 2013 by Kerry Clare

September is one of the most exciting months on the Canadian literary festival scene. Why not plan a weekend road trip to one of the following fantastic events? 

August Lit Fests in Canada (2013): Newfoundland, Alberta, BC, and Ontario

August 4, 2013 by Kiley Turner

These lit fests are popular not only for their stellar line-ups of readers and events, but also their stunning environments.

Catch These Authors at Canada's July Lit Fests in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia

July 10, 2013 by Kiley Turner

There are dozens of authors appearing across the country in July, and that's not all: check out the festival links to see what other fun they have planned!

2013 Literary Festival Guide

June 24, 2013 by Kerry Clare

It's here! It's here! Summer is here, and with it comes the height of the literary festival season.

2013 Canadian Literary Festivals: Guide to the Pre-Season

February 11, 2013 by Kerry Clare

Our coast-to-coast guide of literary festivals to look forward to this spring.

Anakana Schofield (Malarky) appears at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

October 16, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: As part of #Fest2Fest, Anakana Schofield talks about the incident that lead to the now infamous sex scene(s) in Malarky.

CS Richardson (The Emperor of Paris) appears at the International Festival of Authors 2012 (IFOA)

October 14, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Podcast: As part of Fest2Fest, CS Richardson discusses The Emperor of Paris, and his unabashed love of romance and the book as objet d'art.

Heather Birrell (Mad Hope) appears at Vancouver Writers Fest 2012

October 10, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: For Fest2Fest, Heather Birrell talks about her short story collection, Mad Hope, and appearing at literary festivals.

Gillian Wigmore (Dirt of Ages) appears at Vancouver Writers Fest 2012

October 4, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: For Fest2Fest, Gillian Wigmore talks about her poetry collection, Dirt of Ages, and appearing at literary festivals.

Annabel Lyon (The Sweet Girl) appears at Vancouver Writers Fest 2012

October 3, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Podcast: As part of Fest2Fest, Annabel Lyon talks about following up The Golden Mean with The Sweet Girl, and the origins of a perfectly constructed sentence.

Vincent Lam (The Headmaster's Wager) appears at WordFest 2012

September 27, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: As part of #Fest2Fest, Vincent Lam talks about his new novel and the core similarity between his life as a physician and that of a writer.

Giller Prize-longlisted author Billie Livingston appears at WordFest

September 26, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Podcast: For Fest2Fest, Billie Livingston talks about her Giller Prize-longlisted novel One Good Hustle.

Megan Ogilvie (Menu Confidential) appears at Word on the Street Toronto 2012

September 21, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Revisit our interview with nutrition buff Megan Ogilvie in time for her appearance at Word on the Street Toronto.

Alix Ohlin (Inside) Appears at WordFest 2012

September 20, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: As part of Fest2Fest, Alix Ohlin talks about her novel, Inside, and the importance of appearing at literary festivals.

A Conversation with Sarah Tsiang, WOTS Toronto

September 20, 2012 by Kerry Clare

The author of A Flock of Shoes and The Stone Hatchling on magic, imagination and Ruth Ohi

Miranda Hill (Sleeping Funny) appears at Word on the Street 2012

September 19, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Podcast: Miranda Hill (Sleeping Funny) talks about her path to publication and her love of performance.

A Conversation with Andrew Larsen, WOTS Toronto

September 18, 2012 by Kerry Clare

The author of Bye Bye Butterflies on dads in picture books, and what he's learned from working with children.

Nora Young (The Virtual Self) appears at Word on the Street Toronto

September 15, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Nora Young appears at Word on the Street Toronto to promote The Virtual Self.

Andrew Westoll (The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary) appears at Word On the Street Toronto

September 13, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: Andrew Westoll talks about his upcoming appearance at Word On the Street Toronto.

Ami McKay (The Virgin Cure) appears at Eden Mills Writers' Festival

September 12, 2012 by Julie Wilson

As part of Fest2Fest, Ami McKay talks about attending literary fests and meeting readers in person.

Giller Prize-longlisted author Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley's Tower) appears at Word on the Street Toronto

September 8, 2012 by Julie Wilson

For Fest2Fest, Robert Hough talks about his Giller Prize-longlisted novel Dr. Brinkley's Tower.

A Conversation with Kyo Maclear, WOTS Toronto

September 6, 2012 by Kerry Clare

An interview with author of the acclaimed picture book Virginia Wolf.

Tanis Rideout (Above All Things) appears at Eden Mills Writers' Festival

September 5, 2012 by Julie Wilson

Video: Tanis Rideout talks about the expedition to complete her debut novel Above All Things.

2012 Canadian Literary Festivals: Guide to the Pre-Season

February 15, 2012 by Kerry Clare

These literary festivals are a spring-like harbinger of packed weekends to come.

Festival Schedules and Ticket Information

Eden Mills Writers' Festival
Eden Mills, Ontario | September 13–15


Telling Tales
Rockton, Ontario | September 15


THIN AIR, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Winnipeg, Manitoba | September 20–28


The Word On The Street
Locations across Canada:
Lethbridge | September 22
Saskatoon | September 22
Kitchener | September 21
Toronto | September 22
Halifax | September 22


Kingston WritersFest
Kingston, Ontario | September 25–29


Word Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia | September 25–29


Hudson, Quebec | October 1–November 30


Fog Lit Festival
Saint John, New Brunswick | October 3–October 6


Cabot Trail Writers Festival
North River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia | October 4-6


Banff and Calgary, Alberta | October 14–20


LitFest, Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival
Edmonton, Alberta | October 16–27


Victoria Writers Festival
Victoria, British Columbia | October 17–19


Thousand Islands Writers Festival
Brockville, Ontario | October 20


Vancouver Writers Fest
Vancouver, British Columbia | October 22–27


Ottawa International Writers Festival
Ottawa, Ontario | October 23-28


International Festival of Authors
Toronto, Ontario | October 24–November 3


Word on the Water
Kenora, Ontario | October 25-27


BookFest Windsor
Windsor, Ontario | November 1-3


The Wild Writers Literary Festival
Waterloo, Ontario | November 8-10


Pure Speculation Science Fiction & Fantasy Festival
Edmonton, Alberta | November 16–18

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