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Your 2020 Spring Festival Guide

Save the dates! Across the country, organizers and volunteers extraordinaire are programming epic celebrations of books and the amazing people who write them. Find out what's happening in your literary neighbourhood.

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The spring festival season season kicks off with the Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival in Vancouver, BC, running March 11–15, with Aisha Sasha John, Alex Leslie, Alicia Elliott, Amanda Leduc, and Andrea Warner...and these are only a handful of exciting artists at the top of their alphabetized list—just wait til you check out the rest!

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Versefest 2020, Ottawa's International Poetry Festival, takes place March 24–29, with Karen Solie, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Ben Ladouceur, Canisia Lubrin, Gwen Benaway, Kaie Kellough, Robin Richardson, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Sheree Fitch, and many others.

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A spectacular list of events take …

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Your 2019 Guide to Summer Literary Festivals

It has finally arrived, and you KNOW what we're talking about. SUMMER! Six perfect letters when laid out like that.

It's time to lay blankets on the grass or to haul out camp chairs and to sit under tents to listen to readings and panels and celebrations of books. It's Literary Festival Season, and good things are happening across the country. 

Read on to discover what literary festivals are happening near you.

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The Wordplay Festival is back July 3 in River John, NS, at Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe & Dreamery, featuring Jessica Scott Kerrin, Arthur Slade, singer-songwriter Anna Plaskett. It's all hosted by amazing emcee Sheree Fitch. 

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Festival fun continues on July 6 in River John, NS: Read By the Sea 2019 includes authors Elizabeth Hay, Kevin Major, Mayann Francis, Allan Cooper, and Colin Campbell. 

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The Elephant Mountain Literary Festiva …

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Your 2019 Spring Festival Guide

Save the dates! Across the country, organizers and volunteers extraordinaire are programming epic celebrations of books and the amazing people who write them. Find out what's happening in your literary neighbourhood.

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Poster Growing Room 2019

The Growing Room Feminist Literary Festival is back: March 8–17 in Vancouver, BC, with over 100 authors featured, including Alicia Elliott, Amber Dawn, Eden Robinson, Heather O'Neill, Katherena Vermette, Kim Fu, Lindsay Wong, and Sharon Bala.

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Ottawa's Versefest returns March 26–31, with poets including Armand Garnet Ruffo, Billeh Nickerson, Dani Couture, Dennis Lee, Gillian Sze, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Phoebe Wang, and many more. 

 

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The 20th Annual North Shore Writers Festival is happening April 5–6 at North Vancouver District Public Library in Vancouver, BC.

 

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Goes West in a Livestreamed Broadcast to Vancouver Poetry-Lovers

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The Griffin Vancouver event poster.

The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, from any country in the world. The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.

Sean Cranbury is a prize himself, and works tirelessly to spark the public's imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.

We think this makes "The Griffin" and "Cranbury" a really good fit for an event that is designed to draw readers together both locally and abroad, something we can get behind. (Have you seen our Read Local map?)

I asked Sean about Griffin Vancouver, an event that will bring the Toronto ceremony to viewers in Vancouver, and, in turn, broadcast Vancouver's own event out to the Internet-at-large. This ticketed event—no one will be turned away, however—will feature the only livestreamed broadcast of the prize ceremony from Toronto, as well as live readings from west coast Griffin-related poets, catered food, cocktails and many members of the writing, reading and publishing community.

Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.
When: Thursday, June 7, 2012. 6 p …

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