New Literary Festival Planned For Fredericton

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Word Feast: Fredericton’s Literary Festival will welcome authors from across the country for inaugural event September 18-24, 2017.

Fredericton’s annual festival calendar has just expanded to include a new celebration of words and authors. At a launch event held last Thursday at the Fredericton Public Library, organizers announced plans for the inaugural, Word Feast: Fredericton’s Literary Festival.

The week-long event will take place September 18-24, 2017 and will include workshops, readings and lectures by award winning writers from across the country including Toronto author Rebecca Rosenblum.

Rosenblum’s 2017 novel So Much Love was a recent finalist for the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.  She is also the author of two award-winning collections of short fiction, The Big Dream and Once, which was named one of Quill and Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Rosenblum will deliver the first annual Word Feast lecture on Friday September 22 and reading from her novel on September 23.

The festival will also welcome Griffin Prize and Governor General’s Award winning poet Don McKay along with many New Brunswick authors, including Riel Nason, Allan Cooper, and the recent winners of the second annual NB Book Awards.

In a June 1 media release, Word Feast organizers stated the festival’s goal is to “inspire creativity and foster literacy among readers and writers of all ages, from all walks of life”, and have announced plans for a number of in-school workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, and graphic novel writing as part of the event’s first year of programming.

The festival will also launch the Wolastoq Speakers Series, a lunchtime series of talks on subjects including translation, editing, and self-publishing.

More information on Word Feast will be announced in the coming weeks.

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