A Place to Belong


We are closely monitoring the weather today and will provide updates on our website and Twitter if there is an impact on today’s events

Update as of 1:20 p.m.

Unfortunately due to inclement weather warnings, Tanya Talaga and Kamal Al Solaylee are unable to join us for Activism 2.0. We will still host a one-on-one with Judy Rebick and Jael Richardson.


Authors are still on-site from the weekend’s events. We will continue programming as planned, but also understand the weather conditions. If you are unable to attend but have purchased an advanced ticket for Sunday, get in touch after the festival.

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.

We are thrilled to present an engaging line-up for this year’s festival and look forward to seeing you in April.

Festival Schedule

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About the Venue

gritLIT festival is pleased to announce a new venue for this year’s festival, Hamilton Plaza. All events happening at gritLIT 2018 will take place at this location. Hamilton Plaza is fully accessible for people with mobility devices. We strive to maintain an inclusive venue at our events and appreciate feedback to continue improving our accommodations year-after-year.

There is a parking lot attached to the Hamilton Plaza. Entrance is by CASH ONLY. There are also two lots within a block of the venue: one at Catharine St N and King William St and one on Main St E between Catharine St and Walnut St. Street parking is also available in the area.

More information about accessibility at Hamilton Plaza can be found here.

Share the Love Campaign

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Each year, the gritLIT Readers & Writers festival brings our Hamilton community together in a safe, welcoming space for readings, discussions, interviews, and workshops that celebrate the dynamic, diverse and immersive world of Canadian books. A donation of any size to the Share the Love of Reading campaign will help us ensure that the festival keeps growing. Thank you for your support of readers, writers and the Hamilton arts community! Donate today!