Let's Talk About LitFest

Summer might be on its way out, but don’t let that get you down: it means that the countdown to the Festival is officially on! Mark your calendars from October 15-25, because there’s going to be a lot going on that you don’t want to miss.

The Festival officially kicks off October 15 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 featured artists and LitFest staff and alumni on the who, what, where, how, and why you should attend upcoming events.

That’s just the beginning. This year, we’re giving you plenty to talk about with artists Jon Ronson, Simon Winchester, Wab Kinew, Rosemary Sullivan, Charles Demers, Dan Rubinstein, and Ivan E. Coyote (and many, many more—take a look at the full festival line-up here) bringing their own brand of nonfiction fare to the festival for you to enjoy. 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 all of our events

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


Jon Ronson to Headline 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 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, and was briefly the keyboard player in the late ‘80s for the Frank Sidebottom band (his stint as a musician was the inspiration for the fictional screenplay Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan). 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