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Wordstock Sudbury returns in November with ‘hybrid’ festival

‘We are aiming for a compromise with minimally one day for an in-person experience’

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival is pivoting like many festivals across the country in 2020. 

The seventh edition of Northern Ontario’s premier literary festival will be presented as a hybrid event Thursday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 8, with most sessions online and a day of sessions in-person.

“We knew it was important to continue offering great literary conversations to Northern Ontario despite the pandemic measures,” said festival director Heather Campbell, in a press release.

“We are aiming for a compromise with minimally one day for an in-person experience.”

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wordstock Sudbury said it remains committed to following current guidelines and recommendations from public health authorities. 

The festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Holiday Inn Sudbury.

Festival-goers can experience inspiring conversations and diverse perspectives – all through a literary lens – with celebrated Canadian authors, poets, playwrights and songwriters. We will again offer several masterclasses for all levels of writers.

Plan to join the conversation with confirmed guests:

  • Lee Maracle and her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter
  • Amanda Leduc, author of Disfigured: On Fairytales, Disability and Making Space
  • Terry Fallis, award winning humour writer, Best Laid Plans and Albatros
  • Robert Sawyer, award winning science fiction writer, The Oppenheimer Alternative, Quantum Night, Calculating God
  • Chelene Knight, author of Dear Current Occupant
  • Danny Ramadan, author of The Clothesline Swing
  • Eleanor Albanese, author of If Tenderness be Gold
  • Rod Carley, author of A Matter of Will

This year, Wordstock is also excited to announce its commitment to accessibility and inclusivity for the festival, supported by the Ontario Trillium Grant.

The festival said it is also delighted to welcome back community partners Greater Sudbury Public Library, Salon du livre du grand Sudbury and Expozine Sudbury. This year’s official festival bookseller will be New Liskeard’s independent bookstore Chat Noir.

Wordstock said it counts on government support to bring the literary arts to northern Ontario and acknowledges the support from Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Greater Sudbury, Arts and Culture grant, Celebrate Ontario and Canadian Heritage.

More information can be found on the festival’s website, as well as Facebook and Instagram.