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gritLIT 2015 is just around the corner, and we want you to join us, so we’re giving away a weekend pass! Enter the ticket giveaway below by following the simple instructions. If you’re not on social media, don’t worry! Just email jessica@gritlit.ca to be entered. Put “gritLIT Ticket Contest” in the subject line. The gritLIT Weekend Pass gets you in all #gritLIT2015 events (excluding workshops and the literary salon).

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BattleContestants at Battle of the Books 2014 prepare to defend their titles. 

Join us at 7:00 pm on April 1 when gritLIT Readers & Writers Festival once again teams up with the Hamilton Public Library for Battle of the Books.

Come watch ten well-known local personalities discuss, debate and mud-sling in defense of their favourite titles from the 2015 Evergreen Reading List. Hosted by CHCH anchor Annette Hamm.

This years’ panel of local celebrities consists of June Dickenson, Krista Foss, Molly Hayes, Liz Inman, Aidan Johnson, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Jeanie MacFarlane, Deirdre Pike, Patangi Rangachari, and Pat Wright

OLA’s Evergreen Award promotes Canadian authors and provides an opportunity for readers across the country to help determine a winner each year.

The event will be held at the Central Library in the Hamilton Room on the first floor. Admission is free.

Literary Salon with Richard Wagamese
Saturday, April 18th, 10:30am at the Sheraton Hotel
Join national-award-winning author Richard Wagamese for coffee and tea, light refreshments, and lively discussion about books, writing and more. This event takes place at the Sheraton Hotel, Ferguson Room, 2nd Floor.

Workshop: Unleashing the Demon
Saturday, April 18th, 10:30am at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
This workshop offers an in-depth look at how to write fictional villains who are both evil enough to be terrifying and complex enough to be real. Led by Giller-Prize-finalist Russell Wangersky.

Workshop: How to Catch a Polar Bear
Saturday, April 18, 12:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Winner of numerous geographical awards, James Raffan has been keeping journals of his wilderness travels since early days as a Boy Scout in Guelph, Ontario. No one was more surprised than he was when one of these journals morphed into his first bestselling book, Summer North of Sixty. Since then, journal keeping has been an integral part of his personal writing process but also something that he loves to share in his encounters with others interested in capturing the essence of experience through creative journal keeping. How to Catch a Polar Bear is a hands-on workshop that explores journal keeping as a first step in the writing process.

Workshop: It’s All About Character
Saturday, April 18th, 12:00pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Alison Pick, bestselling author and nominee for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, leads a lively and participatory workshop about character development in fiction. Come prepared to have fun and leave with an enhanced understanding of how to create dynamic, three-dimensional characters.

Workshop: Flying with Butterflies
Sunday, April 19, 12:00pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Some people love doing public talks and readings, but many would rather crawl under the lectern with a glass of wine. Drawing on her experience as both an acclaimed author and an award-winning performer of one-woman shows, Alison Wearing offers insights and inspiration for ‘flying with the butterflies’ that can fill our stomachs when we stand in front of an audience, and she shares techniques for presenting literary work in engaging and enjoyable ways. This workshop is designed for anyone who would like to become more comfortable performing their work in public.