Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival will be hosting their fifth edition on Thursday, Nov. 1 - Nov. 3 with an impressive list of Canadian literary stars.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet a diverse collection of authors, poets and screenwriters who are contributing to the culture and conversations across the nation.
Confirmed guests include:
Charlie Angus (Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise)
Margaret Christakos (Multiple)
Kevin Hardcastle (Into the Cage)
Lee Maracle (Conversations with Canadians)
Dave Bidini (Keon and Me: The Search for the Lost Soul of the Toronto Maple Leafs)
Diane Schoemperlen (This is not my life)
Elan Mastai (All Our Wrong Todays)
Natalie Morrill (The Ghost Keeper)
Tanya Neumeyer (Slam Poet)
Waubgeshig Rice (Legacy)
Kim Thuy (Ru)
Joshua Whitehead (Full Metal Indigiqueer)
“We started planning the 2018 festival the day after last year’s festival ended,” said Heather Campbell, festival director.
“Every year we create a unique mixture of authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and songwriters. This year we have a dynamic collection of diverse voices we are convinced our audience will appreciate.”
Local authors and poets will again be featured in the festival program, including the new Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate Chloe LaDuchesse and Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli with her new book La Brigantessa.
The festival will take place at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Sudbury with a variety of literary readings, masterclasses and lots of good books to discover. There will also be an industry panel for those wanting to learn more about getting their work published.
The fifth annual #Youthwords Writing Contest will be launched in the fall and will shine the spotlight on emerging young writers.
Early Bird Tickets will go on sale July 16 through Eventbrite.
"We would not be able to host this festival without all of our loyal community sponsors. We are thrilled to welcome back our returning sponsor Rotary Club of Sudbury who have been with us from the beginning and Laurentian University, Department of English," said a Wordstock news release.
"We also welcome back community partners Le Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury and the Greater Sudbury Public Library, and look forward to welcoming Follett Books as our bookseller."