On behalf of gritLIT, I sincerely apologize to Alicia Elliott, Nick Mount, Elaine Dewar, Dana Hansen from Hamilton Review of Books and to all the Canadian authors, booklovers and publishing professionals we have hurt and disappointed with the “Is CanLit a Raging Dumpster Fire?” event that was scheduled for our upcoming festival.

Without making excuses, we want to acknowledge that we made mistakes in the planning and promotion of this event. We have reached out to Alicia Elliott to offer a personal apology and open conversation.

We truly regret the mistakes made and we commit to doing better in the future.

Jennifer Gillies
Artistic Director

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!

Thanks so much for coming to gritLIT 2017!

Once again, we are hearing from our authors and audience members that you had a great time at gritLIT this year. We are thrilled to continue to bring the best writers in the country to Hamilton to share their books, their ideas and their experience with local readers and writers. We hope you all had as much fun at this year’s festival as we did.

Make sure to check back throughout the year for news, events and the launch of the gritLIT Writing Contest.

 We are excited to congratulate the following gritLIT 2017 audience members:

Nancy W – Winner of one copy of every book from the 2017 gritLIT Festival

Kaley S – Winner of the $100 Certificate from Bryan Prince Bookseller

Simone T – Winner of the “Read Women” Book Bundle from House of Anansi Press