An Ode to Festivals

Canlit festival swag

The Word on the Street book and magazine festival hits the Harbourfront this Sunday, September 25, 2016. After four years of attending, I decided to spice things up this year and volunteer for the first time!

If you’ve never attended Word on the Street you should definitely check it out this weekend. Literary festivals are the bomb for so many reasons. You get to rub elbows with those in the biz, get some sweet deals on books, and most importantly, discover new and hot Canadian literature. If there’s one thing you should learn from this blog it’s this: can lit kicks ass (Thanks, St. Jerome’s!) and we should be celebrating it in the streets.

The only thing more fun than celebrating literacy is celebrating it as a community, and I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the Toronto literary scene after spending five glorious years in KW with its own vibrant, active literary community. Seriously, local literary communities are fantastic. People are very supportive of the literary arts, just take a look in your own town and you will probably find something. To prove it here is a long list of awesome experiences and wonderful fiction I’ve discovered at a myriad of festivals and literary events:

If you want to experience all of this, and more, in person, (and to make this post even more of a dumping ground for links) check out these festivals and events below. You may even spot me there!