Immersive Reading: Michelle Parise

Online

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.

Free

Immersive Reading: Vivek Shraya

Online

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.

Free

Immersive Reading: Beyond the Food Court

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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 five of the contributors, each with a musing on foods found here and in their homeland. Enjoy this with a mix of international spices and accompanying recipes.

Free

Immersive Reading: David Berry

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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.

Free

Masterclass: Confronting Our Own Bias with Lauren McKeon

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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 knows that recognizing bias is a messy and often uncomfortable task. It involves talking—and, more importantly, listening—to people who have different lived experiences than we do, and being deeply honest about our own assumptions, experiences, and shortcomings. In this 90-minute workshop, McKeon discusses strategies for tackling bias in our research and writing, and how to intentionally hold space for diverse voices. The author also talks about how she learns from each project, and why recognizing privilege and bias is constant, ever-evolving, and always worthwhile work. With host Anya Zoledziowski. Want to buy the book? Find it here. Lauren McKeon’s critically acclaimed first book, F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, was a finalist for the Kobo […]

$12.00

Masterclass: To The Bone: The Poetic in the Personal with Titilope Sonuga

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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 workshop is an excavation into the bone, into the truth, to write poems from the depth of our personal experiences. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, the workshop will ask, “Who am I?”, “What do I want to say?”, "Why does my story matter?" and “What is my responsibility to myself and to the audience in telling my story?” To maintain accessibility for all audiences, a limited number of free or by-donation tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through our Community Access Ticket Program. If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at outreach@litfestalberta.org. In collaboration with Edmonton Poetry Festival.

$12.00

Brunch of Writers

Online

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.

Free

In Conversation: Desmond Cole

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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 post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. In conversation with host Jesse Lipscombe. This event is presented by STARfest.

Free