From April 12 to 15, Hamilton welcomes the best of Canadian books and authors to the 14th annual gritLIT Readers and Writers Festival. The tagline for gritLIT 2018 is “A Place to Belong,” and this year’s festival is built around events that celebrate, question or challenge the idea of belonging.
gritLIT 2018 features some amazing non-fiction. Onstage talks include a debate about the role of the journalist in the time of “fake news,” activism for the modern world, and a panel that tries to answer the provocative question posed by Open Book columnist Alicia Elliott: Is CanLit a Raging Dumpster Fire? Tanya Talaga also offers some hard-hitting insight into the Canadian system’s treatment of its Indigenous citizens.
We have some exciting onstage interviews, as Tom Wilson and Ron Sexsmith join us to talk books, inspiration and songwriting, and Annette Hamm from CHCH TV sits down with three of Canada’s most interesting emerging novelists – Kevin Hardcastle, Casey Plett and Nathan Ripley. As always, the focus of our events is on great storytelling, and this year we hear from some masters of the craft: Linden MacIntyre, Kathleen Winter, Carol Off, Kerri Sakamoto, Carrianne Leung, Kamal Al-Solaylee and 2017 Giller Prize winner Michael Redhill, among others.
We are thrilled to present an engaging line-up for this year’s festival and look forward to seeing you in April.