Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival

gritLIT 2017 is here! Schedule and tickets available below. Weekend Passes available at bottom of page.

Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St W. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. Registration for workshops or literary salon is $25 online or $30 at the door.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Battle of the Books with the Hamilton Public Library (7:00 pm at Central Library, 55 York Blvd)

Join us as ten local luminaries defend, joust and mudsling (in the nicest possible way) to win audience support for their selected book from the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award nomination list.

With Sharon Bray, Chris Cutler, Cole Gately, Molly Hayes, Aidan Johnson, Pauline Kajiura, Shannon Kyles, Jeff Mahoney, Emma Reilly and Bernadette Rule. Hosted by CHCH Anchor Annette Hamm. This event is free admission.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

 grit (LIT) Live (7:30 pm at the Staircase Theatre – 27 Dundurn St N)

Festival week opens with our annual partner event with the LitLive Reading Series. Featuring Andrew Baulcomb (Evenings and Weekends), Graham Jackson (The Jane Loop), Joe Ollmann (The Abominable Mr. Seabrook), Molly Peacock (The Analyst), Phoebe Wang (Admission Requirements) and Sarah Raughley (Fate of Flames). This event is free admission. 

Thursday, April 6, 2016

Poetry with the HPC (6:30 pm)

gritLIT partners with the Hamilton Poetry Centre for a vibrant presentation featuring Robin Richardson (Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis), Vivek Shraya (Even This Page Is White) and two team members from Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP). For tickets, click here

War and Remembrance (8:00 pm)

Two perspectives on war on its legacy, featuring Diana Bishop (Living Up to a Legend: My Adventures with Billy Bishop’s Ghost) and Leslie Shimotakahara (After the Bloom). For tickets, click here

The Disappeared (9:30 pm)

Gripping, unnerving stories about characters on the verge of disappearing from Iain Reid (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) and Rebecca Rosenblum (So Much Love). For tickets, click here

Get all three Thursday evening events for $25! For Thursday Evening Pass, click here

Friday, April 7, 2017

Lunch with the Dewey Divas (1:00 pm at Bryan Prince Bookseller)

Join Dewey Divas Andrea Colquhoun and Rosalyn Steele for a sneak peek at the best of summer reading from Penguin Random House and HarperCollins Canada. This event is hosted by gritLIT 2017 author Diana Bishop, and lunch is included. For tickets, click here

Justice for All? (6:30 pm)

A revealing look at the Canadian legal system and the people whose lives it affects. Featuring reporter Christie Blatchford (Life Sentence) and memoirist Diane Schoemperlen (This Is Not My Life).  For tickets, click here

Identity and Self-Determination (8:00 pm)

Join Ivan Coyote (Tomboy Survival Guide), Bev Sellars (Price Paid) and Leslie Shimotakahara (After the Bloom) for an illuminating discussion about how we identify ourselves and how we are identified by others.  For tickets, click here

Worlds Away (9:30 pm)

Novelists Guy Gavriel Kay (Children of Earth and Sky) and Lesley Livingston (The Valiant) use Renaissance Europe and the Roman Empire as inspiration for tales of adventure and intrigue, pirates, spies and female gladiators.  For tickets, click here

Get all three Friday evening events for $25! For Friday Evening Pass, click here

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Writing Workshop: Memoir Writing with Diane Schoemperlen (9:30 am)

Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life, looks at how to turn personal experiences into readable and relatable stories. To register, click here

Author Talk: Price Paid (11:00 am)

Award-winning author Bev Sellars debunks myths and addresses misconceptions about First Nations in this riveting discussion of her book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. This event is pay-what-you-can. For tickets, click here

Reading in the Digital Age (12:30 pm)

Author Merilyn Simonds (Gutenberg’s Fingerprint) and novelist/blogger Kerry Clare (Mitzi Bytes) examine how we enter the world of stories in the digital age.  For tickets, click here

Literary Salon with Ivan Coyote (2:00 pm)

Join award-winning author and performance artist Ivan Coyote for tea, sweets and one-on-one conversation at a lively, round-table discussion where you decide the topics. To register, click here

Kyo Maclear at the HPL (2:00 pm at Central Library)

Follow Kyo Maclear’s journey from urban birdwatching to inspiration in Birds, Art, Life – a joyful examination of creativity and life’s small pleasures. This event is in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library.  Free admission 

Our Canadian Families (3:30 pm)

Ann Y. K. Choi (Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety) and Scaachi Koul (One Day We’ll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter) offer insight into the modern Canadian family.  For tickets, click here

Get two Saturday afternoon events (Reading in the Digital Age and Our Canadian Families)for $15! For Saturday Afternoon Pass, click here

Writing Workshop: The Art of Blogging with Kerry Clare (5:00 pm)

Author Kerry Clare draws on her 15+ years of experience blogging to show how to build a blog that works for you. A great workshop for both beginners and people who blog at work. To register, click here

Democracy (In)Action (6:30 pm)

What if it is not our political system that is broken but our understanding of it? Dale Smith discusses his book The Unbroken MachineFor tickets, click here

Anatomy of a Marriage (8:00 pm)

An intimate look inside two imperfect marriages and their far-reaching consequences with Shari Lapeña (The Couple Next Door) and Kate Taylor (Serial Monogamy). For tickets, click here

Women and Power (9:30 pm)

Annette Hamm talks with Denise Donlon about her long career as a leader in the Canadian music industry and her book, Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances). For tickets, click here

Get all three Saturday evening events for $25! For Saturday Evening Pass, click here

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Writing Workshop: The First Page with Merilyn Simonds (10:00 am)

Merilyn Simonds is the author of 16 books and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Join her for an in-depth look at the all-important first page including tips and techniques for drawing readers into your story from the very first line. To register, click here

Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction with Kate Taylor (11:30 am)

Kate Taylor‘s first novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean Region). Join the author as she discusses how to use historical characters and events as building blocks for exciting, original new stories. To register, click here.

Youth Writing Workshop: Fantasy Fiction with Sarah Raughley (1:00 pm at Central Library)

YA Author Sarah Raughley shares tips and techniques for creating great fantasy fiction. This event is free admission but registration is required. For writers aged 13-17. To register, click here

Hamilton Writes (1:00 pm)

Celebrate the work of three hometown authors with readings from Marnie Woodrow (Heyday), Jamie Tennant (The Captain of Kinnoull Hill) and Paul Benedetti (You Can Have a Dog When I’m Dead). For tickets, click here

Telling our Own Stories (2:30 pm)

Memoir author Denise Donlon (Fearless as Possible), poet Chris Pannell (Love Despite the Ache) and graphic novelist Teva Harrison (In Between Days) share three different approaches to telling their own stories. For tickets, click here

Get two Sunday afternoon events (Hamilton Writes and Telling Our Own Stories) for $15! For Sunday Afternoon Pass, click here

Drafts and Drafts (4:30 pm at Mills Hardware)

Close out festival weekend by joining authors Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Marnie Woodrow and three Hamilton writers for a drink and readings from their latest works-in-progress. To meet our 2017 Drafts and Drafts authors, click here. Tickets include one drink. $12 advance, $15 at door. For tickets, click here.

gritLIT Weekend Pass: $60

Purchase a gritLIT Festival Weekend Pass and get admission to all 16 reading events (value: $160) for only $60!

Pass includes all paid reading events taking place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton plus Lunch with the Dewey Divas at Bryan Prince Bookseller. Drafts and Drafts at Mills Hardware: pass includes admission to event. cost of drinks is extra. Writing Workshops and the Literary Salon are not included. To purchase a weekend pass, click here