Thanks for a great year!
We couldn't be more grateful to the authors, artists, hosts, staff, and volunteers who helped make LitFest 2015 possible. Venues were packed, minds were churning, and our reading lists are now full. Special thanks to all who bought a ticket, brought a friend, and participated in conversations. From the Elevator Cabaret Launch to Simon Winchester's closing night at McDougall, you made the festival a success.
From the bottom of our book-loving hearts, thank you.
What did you think?
For those who attended any LitFest 2015 events and have thoughts on your experience, please share them with us by filling out this brief audience survey. Your feedback helps us plan events, improve our operations, and you can also let us know about authors or events that you would like to see in the future.
GELA Book Drive a Smash Success
We were giddy to see nearly 400 books come in for GELA's Prison Book Drive. Throughout the festival, these books were donated by LitFest patrons and volunteers. Centered with a fantastic discussion around Ann Walmsley's The Prison Book Club, we look forward to collaborating with GELA again. For more information on how to get involved with GELA's Project, contact the committee here.
There's Still Time:
You Can Help Us Bring Great Nonfiction to Edmonton
LitFest (Alberta Book Fair Society) is a registered charity, and we rely on public support to make the festival happen. All donations contribute to authors' fees and accommodations, artist honorariums, venue costs, and technician wages. You can easily donate online through Canada Helps; choose one-time or monthly donations. Even $5/month would help cover a panelist's honorarium. That's only ONE pumpkin spice latte per month!
All donations $20 or more received by December 31, 2015 will receive a charitable tax receipt, and acknowledgement as a supporter in the 2016 festival program. Visit our page at Canada Helps to become a supporter of Canada's only literary nonfiction festival, and help us grow.
Wait For It: LitFest 2016 is around the corner!
2015 brought us authors like Jon Ronson, Wab Kinew, Rosemary Sullivan, Charles Demers, Dan Rubinstein, Ivan E. Coyote (to refresh your memory for winter reading, take a look at the roster of festival artists here). We talked politics, gender, walking, music, history, food, Aboriginal art, and shame—and 2016 is going to be even bigger (psst: We've got great plans in the works to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Stay tuned!).
Check back here to hear about our upcoming collaborations in 2016 with NorthWest Fest and Canadian Literature Centre. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in the know on all of Edmonton's literary news, or sign up for our monthly newsletter (enter your email address just to the right>> on this page; it's that easy).