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Join us for three amazing, pre-festival partner events!


Wednesday, April 1st

Battle of the Books with the Hamilton Public Library
7:00 pm at Central Library (Wentworth Room – 1st floor)
gritLIT once again joins forces with the HPL to present our fourth annual Battle of the Books. Come watch ten well-known local personalities discuss, debate and mud-sling in defense of their favourite titles from the 2015 Evergreen Reading List. Hosted by CHCH anchor Annette Hamm.


Thursday, April 9th

Poetry with HPC
7:30 pm at Homegrown Hamilton
Join Katherena Vermette and Deanna Young for an evening of award-winning poetry at our pre-festival partner event with the Hamilton Poetry Centre.


Sunday, April 12th

LitLive Partner Event
7:30 pm at Homegrown Hamilton
gritLIT joins forces with Hamilton’s long-running LitLive reading series for an evening of readings encompassing everything from octogenarian adventurers to serial killers to our national obsession with hockey. Readers include Elizabeth Bachinsky, M.A.C. Farrant, Janet Hepburn, Stephen Smith and Michael Lista.


Then, come see us at the Art Gallery of Hamilton for an unforgettable weekend of readings, discussions and workshops.


Thursday, April 16th

Chapbook Launch Party
7:00 pm
Winners of our 2014 gritLIT Short Story and Poetry competitions share their work as we mark the launch of the annual gritLIT chapbook.

The Life Bohemian
8:30 pm
Celebrate la vie boheme! Heather O’Neill and Elyse Friedman share their tales of the lives and legacies of struggling artists. Come dressed in your best Bohemian garb for a chance to win a Bryan Prince, Bookseller gift certificate, and join us after the reading for music, cash bar and free goodies.


Friday, April 17th

The True North
7:00 pm
Explore the rugged and dangerous wonders of Northern Canada with award-winning authors James Raffan and Kathleen Winter.

Homes and Native Lands
8:30 pm
Richard Wagamese, Krista Foss and Tasneem Jamal present their intensely powerful novels exploring our relationships to our ancestral lands.


Saturday, April 18th

Secrets and Lies
1:30 pm
Alison Pick and Alison Wearing share true-life tales about secrets that can tear families apart and their own journeys of discovery and acceptance.

Short…Not Always Sweet
3:00 pm
Discover the art of short-storytelling with three masters of the craft: Kathleen Winter, Heather O’Neill and Denise Roig.

The Capitalist Regime
7:00 pm
Author Richard Swift discusses his controversial book and his assertion that finding alternatives to capitalism is no longer a leftist academic issue – it is a planetary necessity.

Monsters – Human and Otherwise
8:30 pm
Be thrilled and amazed by literary tales of terror from Andrew Pyper, Russell Wangersky and Claire Cameron.


Sunday, April 19th

Unearthing the Past
1:30 pm
Christine Fischer Guy and Stephen Marche offer up compelling stories of odyssey, discovery and long-buried regrets.

Men of International Mystery
3:00 pm
Let acclaimed mystery writers David Rotenberg and Ian Hamilton transport you from Namibia to Shanghai with their electrifying tales of conspiracy and criminal underworlds. Then, join us in the Fisher Gallery for meetings with some famous literary detectives and a chance to win amazing prizes.

Closing Night with Steel City Stories
7:30 pm
Some of Hamilton’s best storytellers close out the festival with stories inspired by the word and concept Epilogue.