Each year, we kick off gritLIT with Battle of the Books, where ten well-known local personalities discuss, debate, and mud-sling in defence of their favourite titles from the Evergreen Reading List.

Battle of the Books, in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, will take place March 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library (Wentworth Room).

We’re excited to have the following presenters join us this year:

  • Pauline Kajiura defending Local Customs by Audrey Thomas
  • Aidan Johnson defending All Saints by K.D. Miller
  • Chris Cutler defending They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson
  • Shannon Kyles defending Under the Visible Light by Kim Echlin
  • Pat Wright defending Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley
  • Frances Neufeld defending Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  • Cole Gately defending The Lonely Section of Hell by Laurie Shenher
  • Jeff Goodes defending Punishment by Linden MacIntyre
  • Ian Downie defending The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche
  • Grace Kehler defending The Jaguar’s Children by John Valliant

Let the battle begin!

Admission to this event is free, but we suggest you register to avoid disappointment.

gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival presents
In Conversation with Lawrence Hill

gritLIT is proud to present an intimate conversation with international award-winning author Lawrence Hill. Join Hill as he discusses his latest book, The Illegal, his writing process and the posthumous publication of his sister Karen Hill’s novel, Café Babanussa. Hosted by CHCH’s Annette Hamm.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton Waterfront Trust Centre Theatre
(57 Discovery Drive)

Tickets:    Adults $20 (Click here to buy adult tickets)
Students/Seniors $15 (Click here to buy student/senior tickets)

This event is part of Hamilton Winterfest.


The gritLIT Writers Group is finally back with a special, Hallowe’en-inspired Meet-up event. Are you an aspiring Stephen King or Mary Shelley? Bring your work to an evening of dark tales and scary stories. An open mic will be set-up for anyone who wants to captivate us with their thrilling tale. Every reader will be given five minutes. Share a fragment of your own – a postcard story, a poem or a piece from a longer work OR read something from your favourite author. Bring on all those tales from the crypt. Who’s afraid of the dark anyway?

Admission is free with purchase of food/beverage.

We would love to get your feedback about the gritLIT Writers Group. Come at 7:00pm to be part of the discussion about future meet-up events, venues and formats. Readings will begin at 7:30pm.

For full details, visit our Meet-Up page.