Festival 2020  Events Schedule

Please note that while most of these events are free, some require paid tickets (the cost of which may also include a copy of the featured author’s book). Please note that processing fees will be added to the listed ticket price during checkout. Free events require advanced registration so that the festival can contact you regarding how to access the online content.

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Immersive Reading: Michelle Parise

Michelle Parise, Alone: A Love Story: Experience a bit of Parise's Calabrese heritage as you cook along with her reading. Food is love, family, and all things Italian.

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Immersive Reading: Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya, God Loves Hair: Colour in Juliana Neufeld's illustrations from the 10th anniversary edition of the book as you listen. This book comes with an author-signed bookplate.

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Immersive Reading: Beyond the Food Court

Beyond the Food Court: An Anthology of Literary Cuisines: The authors of this book are all writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds that call Edmonton home. The reading is a selection of short parts from ...

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Immersive Reading: David Berry

David Berry, On Nostalgia: Nothing says "memories of Edmonton" like a walk along the High Level Bridge, along with a cup of cocoa and sweet treats.

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Beyond the Food Court Launch

To kick off the festival in virtual space, the contributors to Beyond the Food Court —all writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds that call Edmonton home — gather to celebrate the launch of their anthology, ...

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$37.00 + Fees
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Big Friendship

Top-ranking podcasters of Call Your Girlfriend on their new book, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, in conversation with host Adrienne Pan.

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$12.00 + Fees
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Masterclass: Adventurous Writing: Exploring the Environment Through Creative Non-Fiction with James Raffan

James Raffan explores the challenges and opportunities that come with writing about the environment. He discusses creative nonfiction as an effective approach to engaging readers, and addresses the connections between wild spaces and Indigenous ...

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The Memoir Hour: Helen Knott, David A. Robertson & Christa Couture

Three panelists with memoirs on incredible resilience, and finding your identity amid challenges of all kinds. Panelists include Helen Knott, David A. Robertson and Christa Couture.

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In Conversation: Michelle Parise

Alone: A Love Story is Michelle Parise’s memoir of falling in love, the fallout of infidelity, and everything messy in between. Her memoir is the inspiration behind the hit CBC podcast of the same ...

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$12.00 + Fees
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Masterclass: Jottings from a Nonfiction Insomniac with Lorna Crozier

“This seminar will touch upon some of the questions that keep me awake: How do you write a memoir when your memory’s shot? How do you tell the truth when the truth hurts others? ...

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Panel: Get Outside

In these pandemic times, we’re all looking for ways to spend time in the great outdoors. Authors Gina Rae La Cerva (Feasting Wild), Julia Zarankin (Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder), and Tørbjørn Ekelund ...

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In Conversation: Ian Keteku

Join us in meeting Ian Keteku, spoken word poet, musician, and artist, with a look into his celebrated body of work, his new book and latest album, and an immersive Q and A about ...

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Harnarayan Singh: One Game at A Time

From the distinct and vibrant voice behind Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi comes the story of pursuing a dream and defying the odds, reminding us all of hockey’s power to unite. Author Harnarayan Singh ...

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In Conversation: Billy-Ray Belcourt

The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize, Billy-Ray Belcourt mines his personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be in his debut memoir, A History ...

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In Conversation: Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a multimedia artist with roots in exploring colonization through textual and poetic interpretation. His work encompasses multifaceted research and presents an intense, calculated and human look at the conditions of living ...

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Nonfiction Sto-Po Slam

Co-curated by LitFest and Edmonton Poetry Festival, this year’s Nonfiction Slam will feature prose stories and poetry entries. 4 stories, 4 poems, one winner. All glory. Grab a beverage and join in to be ...

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$12.00 + Fees
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Masterclass: On Biographies with Michael Posner

Everything you need to know about oral biography in one easy lesson, with renowned biographer Michael Posner. Want to buy the book? Find it here. Michael Posner is an award-winning writer, playwright, journalist, and ...

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$36.00 + Fees
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Sh*t, Actually with Lindy West

Sh*t, Actually is a love letter and a break-up note all in one: to the films that shaped us and the ones that ruined us. More often than not, West finds, they’re one and ...

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The Polyglot: Indigenous Languages Issues Launch

Are you fascinated by poetry, languages, and art? Are you curious to witness Indigenous language reclamation and revitalization through creative self-expression? Then please join us for The Polyglot’s launch of our double issue—nimitêyaniy and ...

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$12.00 + Fees
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Masterclass: Confronting Our Own Bias with Lauren McKeon

Whether we’re writing memoir, fiction, or reported non-fiction, our ability and willingness to confront our own bias and privilege informs the quality, richness, and intellectual rigour of our work. Editor and journalist Lauren McKeon ...

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$12.00 + Fees
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Masterclass: To The Bone: The Poetic in the Personal with Titilope Sonuga

If “the poem does not start until you start to tell the truth” then a poet’s work is to be relentless in the search for that truth both on and off the page. This ...

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Divine Bodies & Disfigured: Narratives on Disability

A one-on-one conversation with author Amanda Leduc (Disfigured: On Fairy Stories, Disability, and Making Space) and poet Brandon Wint (Divine Animal).

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Brunch of Writers

It’s Food Matters + the annual Brunch of Writers rolled into one online potluck! Host Jennifer Cockrall-King leads the way with contributors to Beyond the Food Court Luciana Erregue and Mila Bongco-Philipzig.

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In Conversation: Desmond Cole

Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a ...