gritLIT / 2012

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Event summaries and photos from the 2012 gritLIT Literary Festival.
On February 16th, we announced our line-up of authors and held a well-attended fundraiser: an Edgar Allan Poe Party at the Baltimore House. Have a look!
On March 28th, we co-hosted Hamilton Reads! in cooperation with the Hamilton Public Library. Nine local luminaries converged on the Central Library, each committed to vigorously debate one of the titles on the Ontario Library Association’s reading list.
The Accident, Linwood Barclay (Doubleday Canada)
Bedtime Story, Robert J. Wiersema (Random House Canada)
The Far Side of the Sky, Daniel Kalla (HarperCollins Canada)
Mennonites Don’t Dance, Darcie Friesen Hossack (Thistledown Press)
Natural Order, Brian Francis (Doubleday Canada)
Requiem, Frances Itani (HarperCollins Canada)
Shelter, Frances Greenslade (Random House Canada)
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, Romeo Dallaire (Random House Canada)
Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir of Captivity, Mellissa Fung (HarperCollins Canada)
Various Positions, Martha Schabas (Doubleday Canada)
Our presenters included Hamilton Spectator reporter Jeff Mahoney, CFMU Programming Director Jamie Tennant, Journey Prize-winning author Miranda Hill, local activist Matt Jelly, Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, award-winning author Trevor Cole, artist, musician, and writer Tor Lukasik Fos, artist, educator, and entrepreneur Stephanie Seagram, and television journalist and news anchor Annette Hamm.
The spirit was cordial, but competitive. When the passion and debating subsided, Trevor Cole’s defense of Bedtime Story, was determined by the precision of an applause-o-meter, to be the winning presentation.