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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Canadian Literary Festivals




I’m fortunate to live within easy driving distance of both Ottawa and Montreal and so have the opportunity to attend literary festivals there.  Both the Ottawa International Writers Festival (Spring Edition) and the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal were held recently. 





I decided to do some research to find out about other literary festivals I might be able to attend and I found a great article in a recent edition of The Toronto Star.  It highlights major festivals held in each province (except PEI) throughout the spring, summer, and fall:    http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2016/04/16/canadas-greatest-literary-festivals-from-coast-to-coast.html?utm_content=buffer3f38b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.

 The Writers’ Union of Canada has an even more extensive list; it lists events held in all ten provinces and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories as well.  From this site, you can link to specific information about each festival or reading series:  http://www.writersunion.ca/canadian-festivals-and-reading-series.

And on the topic of attending literary festivals, BookRiot had an article entitled “How to Get the Most from Your Literary Festival Experience” by Bronwyn Averett:  http://bookriot.com/2016/04/18/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-literary-festival-experience/.

I agree with Averett:  “What’s not to love about a good literary festival? They are filled with books, people who write books, people who read books, discussion, inspiration, and usually wine.”