Let's Talk About LitFest

The countdown to the Festival is on! Mark your calendars from October 15-25, because there’s a lot you won’t want to miss. Tickets and Festival Passes are on sale NOW at Tix on the Square (unless you’re looking for tickets to An Evening with Jon Ronson, you’ll need to pick those up in-person or online at the Winspear Box Office). By the way, there are limited quantities of Festival Passes available, so get yours TODAY

The Festival officially kicks off October 15 at the Mercury Room with the launch of local author Jenna Butler’s book, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail. Then, stay on for the Elevator Cabaret where you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with fellow lit-lovers and hear pitches from LitFest participants on the who, what, where, and why you should get your ticket for LitFest's upcoming events.

That’s just the beginning. This year, we’re giving you plenty to talk about with artists like Jon Ronson, Simon Winchester, Wab Kinew, Rosemary Sullivan, Charles Demers, Dan RubinsteinIvan E. Coyote (and many more—take a look at the roster of festival artists here). Whether you want to talk politics, gender, walking, music, history, food, Aboriginal art, or shame—or even all of the above—we’ve got an event for you. Be prepared to join the conversation by checking out our full line-up of events

Jon Ronson Headlines LitFest 2015

We are thrilled to finally announce that Jon Ronson will be headlining our 2015 festival with his latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Ronson is set to appear at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Well-regarded for his participatory style and investigations of topics on the cultural and scientific fringe, Ronson is best recognized as the author of New York Times bestselling titles The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. His previous works are international bestsellers The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists.

Ronson has also worked in radio, produced several documentaries for BBC and Channel 4. Ronson has written columns for The Guardian, City Life, and Time Out, given a stimulating TED Talk in 2012 about his book The Psychopath Test, and regularly contributes to This American Life.

His dry humor and adept storytelling are sure to make this appearance at LitFest—his first-ever visit to Western Canada—an engaging and fascinating event. Tickets are $25 (or $20 if you're a student), and are on sale NOW