Word Feast Announces 2021 Lineup

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Fredericton’s literary festival returns with a full program of events October 13-17.

Great Big Sea co-founder Sean McCann and his wife Andrea Aragon are two of this year’s featured writers.

Now entering its fifth year, Word Feast returns with a full lineup of in-person and virtual events running across various city venues October 13-17. 

This year’s festival features headliner Sean McCann and his wife Andrea Aragon who together co-authored McCann’s best-selling memoir One Good Reason. McCann and Aragon will share songs and stories taken from the book in a unique evening performance at the Fredericton Playhouse on October 16. (Grab your tickets here). 

Word Feast’s signature Poetry Bash will take place on Thursday, October 14 at York County Cider, and in-person workshops will be offered at Fredericton Public Library on Saturday October 16.

Participating authors include members of the New Brunswick Black Artists’ Alliance, Brian Bartlett, David Bradford, Lynn Davies, Triny Finlay, Liz Howard, Sophie Lavoie, Pearl Pirie, Matt Robinson, Rebecca Salazar and Sue Sinclair. The festival will also feature an international panel to celebrate Canada’s role at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, with authors Carolyn Gammon, Vanessa Moeller, Renée Von Paschen, and others.

“This year, after a particularly difficult period through the pandemic, Word Feast wants to give voice to many who are unheard or who have struggles that may be difficult to talk about,” says festival Chair Jo-Anne Elder. “This includes people who have survived trauma or abuse, are living with mental illness or addictions or are in recovery, people of colour and Indigenous people, immigrants, incarcerated people, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and youth.”

Word lovers can get a taste of Word Feast before the festival, by entering contests, or attending a summer reading at the Botanical Gardens on August 29.

More information can be found by visiting wordfeast.ca 

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