Literary Events - Canada

Book Festivals, Writers Conferences and other literary events - Canada

Alberta

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

We’re bringing films and stories of adventure and exploration from around the world to our newly renovated Jenny Belzberg Theatre at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. ...

When: October

    Where: Banff AB

Edmonton Poetry Festival

The Edmonton Poetry Festival is staged annually in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hundreds of word artists from Edmonton and across the country come together to celebrate written and spoken verse. ...

When: April

    Where: Edmonton AB

InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a three-day conference every year in September. Fall Conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation, and to learn more about the craft of writing. Each year InScribe is pleased to feature a seasoned aut...

When: September

    Where: Edmonton AB

Litfest Alberta

LitFest is a celebration, a moveable feast of nonfiction. We don't just sit around and read books (although we do that too). At LitFest, books about real life come off the page. Avid readers connect with writers through a series of live events, great conversations, and exciting gatherings for 1...

When: October

    Where: Edmonton AB

StarFest: St. Albert Readers Festival

STARFest Readers Festival has events and conversations to connect with every reader, with bestselling, award-winning authors bringing comedy, drama, thrills and chills, romance, fantasy, and history....

When: October

    Where: St. Albert AB

When Words Collide

When Words Collide is an annual non-profit festival designed to bring readers and writers together in a celebration of the written word. Up to 10 tracks of programming, beginning at 1 PM on Friday and running through 5 PM Sunday, offer informational, educational, and social activities covering a wid...

When: August

    Where: Calgary AB

British Columbia

Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver's leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages....

When: February

    Where: Vancouver BC

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Denman Island, a small Gulf Islands community of 1200 people between the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, hosts the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival in July every summer. The festival is a four-day event comprised of workshops, evening panels, solo readings and paired readi...

When: July

    Where: Denman Island BC

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is a reader's and writer's festival that showcases some of Canada's best literary luminaries alongside talented local writers, with live events, panel discussions, and workshops....

When: June

    Where: Nelson BC

Infusion Young Adult Book Festival

Taking Vancouver over one book at a time! Welcome to INFUSION YA Book Festival. A space where our community of YA Book Lovers can come together and celebrate all things YA! ...

When: November

    Where: Vancouver BC

LiterASIAN

LiterASIAN is a spotlight on Asian Canadian literature, history, and culture. Readings, workshops, panel discussions, and bookfair....

When: May

    Where: Vancouver BC

North Shore Writers Festival

The North Shore Writers Festival is a celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by Vancouver's North Shore public libraries - North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and West Vancouver Memorial - as well as by the North Shore News. Admission is free....

When: April

    Where: Vancouver BC

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

Join Canada’s longest-running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices, with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood’s heritage gardens....

When: August

    Where: Sechelt BC

Surrey International Writers' Conference

The Surrey International Writers' Conference is the most comprehensive professional development conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres - from beginners to experts- the opportunity to hone their craft....

When: October

    Where: Surrey BC

Vancouver Island Children's Book Fest

BookFest is a wonderful, fun-filled day for children and adults alike. Renowned authors and illustrators come from across Canada to present their work, tell stories about their creations and lives, and inspire youth through literature and art....

When: April

    Where: Nanaimo BC

Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations. All of the Festival venues are located on Granville Island. ...

When: October

    Where: Vancouver BC

Verses Festival of Words

The mission of the Verses Festival of Words is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung; to engage diverse groups in cutting-edge, live performances as both audience and participants; to present influential artists from both the oral and literary traditions, an...

When: April

    Where: Vancouver BC

Whistler Writers Festival

This is an annual event in Whistler, which WWS started in 2002. It is a multi-venue, multi-artist, multi-day event. The program includes short seminars on various topics, a Masters workshop series for new and emerging writers on various topics of craft (e.g., writing the young adult novel, travel wr...

When: October

    Where: Whistler BC

Word on the Lake Writers Festival

A major literary event bringing together writers, readers, editors and publishers in an exciting & stimulating three day festival....

When: May

    Where: Salmon Arm BC

Manitoba

Prairie Comics Market

Prairie Comics Market is a free to attend one-day market in Winnipeg celebrating the best in comics creation on the prairies! This market will provide a space for creators of comic content, including artists, writers, craft-makers and publishers, to interact with fans, promote their material, sel...

When: April

    Where: Winnipeg MB

Thin Air: Winnipeg International Wriers Festival

Each September, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes writers from Canada and around the world for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events. With programming for adults and children, in English and in French, in the city and outside the ...

When: September

    Where: Winnipeg MB

New Brunswick

Atlantic Book Festival

The festival runs for a full week, with events throughout the Atlantic region. A gala is held the final day of the festival where the Atlantic Book Awards are given....

When: June

    Where: Moncton NB

Frye Festival

The Frye Festival is Canada’s only bilingual international literary festival and the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada. The Frye Festival offers the best of local, Canadian and international authors, including children’s authors, graphic novelists, storytellers, poets, playwright...

When: April

    Where: Moncton NB

Newfoundland

Ochre Fest

A weekend of Newfoundland books, music, art and food in Conception Bay, anchored at Ochre House Retreat....

When: July

    Where: Ochre Pit Cove NL

Writers at Woody Point

The Writers at Woody Point literary festival in Woody Point, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland had its inaugural season in 2004. The festival is organized and presented by Friends of Writers at Woody Point and, each year, has played to sold-out audiences. ...

When: August

    Where: Woody Point, Bonne Bay NL

Nova Scotia

Afterwords Literary Festival

The AfterWords Literary Festival brings the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian writers together in Halifax each October....

When: September

    Where: Halifax NS

Territories

NorthWords NWT Literary Festival

A summer literary festival in Yellowknife that would support northern and Aboriginal writers by allowing them to share the stage with established writers from southern Canada....

When: June

    Where: Yellowknife NT

NT Writers Festival (NTWF)

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival that emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, bringing people together to share story, language and culture. Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. Events range from pitch sessions...

When: June

    Where: Darwin/Alice Springs NT

Ontario

Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a weekend-long, science fiction, fantasy and horror event with a focus on authors and other creative professionals, held annually in Toronto.

The weekend includes discussion panels and presentations on a variety of topics including writing, publishing, tv and movies, science and co...

When: August

    Where: Toronto ON

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual three-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction....

When: June

    Where: Wingham ON

Bookfest Festival du Livre Windsor

BookFest Windsor is an annual literary festival by Literary Arts Windsor. Join us for a stellar & diverse lineup of authors from across Canada! Celebrate our 20th year of presenting the best in contemporary literature. All online and easily accessible....

When: October

    Where: Windsor ON

Burlington Literary Festival

During this month-long celebration of literature, we welcome authors, celebrate books, and (virtually) visit with local and national literary treasures....

When: November

    Where: Burlington ON

Can*Con

Can*Con is Ottawa's conference for readers and writers of Speculative Arts & Literature. ...

When: October

    Where: Ottawa ON

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

Founded in 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community. Our mandate is to inspire, enlighten and enchant by presenting a literary festival that provides stimulating, tho...

When: September

    Where: Eden Mills ON

Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

The Festival of Literary Diversity is Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and storytellers, held in historic downtown Brampton. The FOLD provides one-of-a-kind events for kids and adults that engage readers, inspire writers, and empower educators by highlighting important and underrepresen...

When: May

    Where: Brampton ON

FOLD Kids Book Festival

Celebrating a diverse array of Canadian children’s literature through events specifically designed for kids, families, and educators....

When: November

    Where: Brampton ON

Forest of Reading Festival of Trees

The Ontario Library Association's (OLA) Forest of Reading and the Festival of Trees occupy places of prominence in Canada's literary landscape. The Forest of Reading is Canada 's largest recreational reading programme of its kind. Every year, more than 250,000 Ontario children read and vote for the...

When: May

    Where: Toronto ON

gritLIT - Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival

gritLIT was established in November, 2004, by Hamilton writer and writing teacher Krista Foss. It started as a small, intimate festival, with readings taking place in the Staircase Theatre. Over the past seven years, gritLIT has evolved into a larger-scale and wider-reaching endeavor. It has spread ...

When: April

    Where: Hamilton ON

Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest, a charitable cultural organization, brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for mutual inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas that literature provokes. Through readings, performance, onstage discussion and m...

When: September

    Where: Kingston ON

Ottawa International Writers Festival (Fall)

Ottawa’s Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy is a birthright. Whether offering writing workshops to the homeless, hosting a Nobel Laureate, organizing our biannual literary celebrations or bringing a...

When: October

    Where: Ottawa ON

Ottawa International Writers Festival (Spring)

Ottawa's Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy is a birthright. Whether offering writing workshops to the homeless, hosting a Nobel Laureate, organizing our biannual literary celebrations or bringing aut...

When: May

    Where: Ottawa ON

The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

Literary festival capturing the wonderment of the written word and praising its ability to intoxicate, transport and transform....

When: March

    Where: Uxbridge ON

Toronto International Festival of Authors

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to play...

When: October

    Where: Toronto ON

Word on the Street Book Fair Toronto

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian book...

When: June

    Where: Toronto ON

Words Fest

During the first weekend of November each year, Words brings the Southwestern Ontario region together for a celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity. Words features emerging and established writers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and provocativ...

When: November

    Where: London ON

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival is an intimate three-day celebration of the literary arts. The festival features some of Canada’s most celebrated authors, poets, playwrights, and songwriters. Wordstock Sudbury creates opportunities for vital conversations that challenge assumptions, explor...

When: November

    Where: Sudbury ON

Write! Canada

Write! Canada is an annual three-day meeting of Christian writers that takes place in Guelph, Ontario. Write! Canada offers an opportunity for writers to attend seminars, speak with literary agents and meet Christian publishers....

When: August

    Where: Guelph ON

Quebec

Blue Metropolis Montreal Literary Festival

Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit and charitable organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing. The Foundation produces multilingual literary activities, such as the Blue Met International Literary Festival,...

When: April

    Where: Montreal PQ

Knowlton Literary Festival

The Knowlton Literary Festival, a three to four day festival held each October, involves the community in celebrating English language literature, particularly that written by fellow Canadians. The Festival includes presentations by published writers from across Canada and beyond, including author i...

When: October

    Where: Knowlton PQ

Montreal YA Fest

Montreal and Quebec’s only festival of its kind that brings authors of the Young Adult genre from across North America for a full-day interactive event....

When: May

    Where: Montreal PQ

Wakefield Writers Festival

Writers Fete is one of the most anticipated cultural and literary events in the region. We work purposefully to build a linguistically diverse program that showcases local and national francophone, anglophone, ethnic and indigenous literary talent....

When: October

    Where: Wakefield PQ

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words (established in 1996) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that holds an annual literary festival the third weekend in July with 60+ events over 4 days in and around historic downtown Moose Jaw. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Ca...

When: July

    Where: Moose Jaw SK