Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival

gritLIT 2017 is here! Schedule and tickets available below. 

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.

Check back soon for festival weekend passes, writing workshops and special events!

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 even is pay what you can. For tickets, click here

Thursday, April 6, 2016

Poetry with the HPC (6:30 pm)

gritLIT partners with the Hamilton Poetry Centre for a vibrant presentation featuring Jacob McArthur Mooney (Don’t Be Interesting), 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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Justice for All? (6:30 pm)

A revealing look at the Canadian legal system and the people whose lives it effects. 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

Fantastical Fiction (9:30 pm)

Guy Gavriel Kay (Children of Earth and Sky) and Lesley Livingston (The Valiant) share otherworldly tales of pirates, spies and female gladiators.  For tickets, click here

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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

Kyo Maclear at the HPL (2:00 pm at Central Library – 55 York Blvd)

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.  For tickets, click here

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

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

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