gritLIT 2018 is, excuse the pun, in the books! Despite the terrible weather, our 14th gritLIT Festival was a stunning success. Thanks to all the authors and audience members who braved the storm and joined us for a weekend of amazing readings, informative master classes and some of the most provocative panel discussions we have ever hosted.

Thank you to the staff at the Hamilton Plaza Hotel for providing us a fantastic venue and for being so attentive and helpful throughout the festival. We look forward to more happy years in our new home! gritLIT is also proud to partner with Jaime Krakowski, owner of Epic Books on Locke Street South. Jaime and her wonderful team did double duty this weekend, running the retail store and the festival bookstore simultaneously. Thanks so much to all of them for their hard work and tireless good cheer.

I am so grateful to our board of directors for their support and to the amazing gritLIT management team who give their time all year to ensure that the festival is a success. gritLIT could not happen without the efforts of Elizabeth DiEmanuele, Jesse Dorey, Lynne Sargent, Brittany Green, Elizabeth Obermeyer, Elysha Ardelean, Kathleen Slofstra, Eileen Griffett, Sue Lagacy, Lorrie Bowman and our many festival weekend volunteers.

Finally, we are eternally grateful to the sponsors, foundations and government agencies that help us to keep bringing great literary programming to Hamilton every year. We will be tweeting out messages of appreciation over the next week, but you can find the full list here: http://www.gritlit.ca/sponsors/.

If you value the arts in Hamilton, please support the businesses and organizations that support the Hamilton arts community.

We are already looking forward to gritLIT 2019 and will have lots of exciting events in store for our 15th festival. Watch our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for details. Until then, keep warm and happy reading!

Jennifer Gillies, Artistic Director

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