Our next festival happens April 11-14, 2019, and we already have some exciting plans to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Check back for updates, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @gritlitfestival for news as it happens.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the gritLIT booth at Supercrawl to say hello. Great to see so much excitement about Canadian books and authors! A special thank you to all who made a donation to the festival. Your support helps us to keep bringing great writers and events to Hamilton.

Finally, congratulations to the winners of our Supercrawl “Finish the Famous Book Quote” Contests…

Jenny S.   “There is no Frigate like a Book to take us Lands away” (Emily Dickinson)

Kyle  “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” (Mark Twain)

Katie I.  “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Maya Angelou)

Laura K.  “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint .” (Mark Twain)

Janet H.  “You don’t have burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. (Ray Bradbury)

David K.  “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)

… and to H. I. whose ticket was drawn as winner of the Taste of gritLIT Book Bundle.

Happy reading to you all!


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.

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