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Ready to Feed Your Imagination?

WordFeast Festival Fredericton

Once we knew that Word Feast: Fredericton’s Literary Festival would take place the week after the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, our name was born. After all, a feast is needed after a harvest, and the literary arts are nourishing. Fredericton is a city rich in literary history, and we hope to see Word Feast become a lasting part of our cultural landscape

The festival dates are September 18-24, but be sure to mark our Official Launch on your calendar: it takes place Wednesday, September 22  at the Fredericton Public Library. We’ll be presenting the first ever Word Feast Community Impact Award to Bob Gibbs and showcasing the literary diversity of our community with short readings from Lucas Crawford, Dr. Arash Habibi Lashkari, Neyda H. Long, Jean-Philippe Raîche, and Rebecca Salazar.  We’ll also be featuring a reading by Peter Clair from his newly published novel Taapoategl & Pallet: A Mi’kmaq Journey. Coinciding with our launch in the gallery space is a special Book Cover and Design Exhibit. 

We are thrilled to be bringing writers from across the country to Fredericton. Known as the Poet’s Corner of Canada, Fredericton is also, arguably, the birthplace of Canadian literature, so we’ve strived to include fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novels, and children’s literature in our programming. We believe that books feed creativity and imagination, and we wanted to be sure there was something for everyone. 

Aspiring writers will find stimulating talks to feast on with our Wolastoq Speaker Series. These will take place at noon at downtown restaurants - the Cinnamon Café, the Abbey Café and Gallery, Isaac’s Way, and the Crown Plaza. And there are plenty of workshops to hone the writer’s craft with sessions on poetry, graphic novels, memoir, and fiction. 

We’ve put special care into our children’s programming, as inspiring the next generation of readers and writers is part of our vision. To help foster literacy and inspire creativity, authors will be going into Fredericton schools throughout the week. We’ll also be hosting the family-friendly Saturday Spectacular at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with music, readings, and a book illustration workshop. 

Our two marquee events take place at Memorial Hall at UNB on Friday and Saturday evenings (Sept 22 and 23). 

On Friday night we have Friday Night Fiction, featuring a reading by Riel Nason, the award winning author of The Town that Drowned and most recently, All the Things We Leave Behind. Then we’ll be treated to the first annual Word Feast Lecture, delivered this year by our festival headliner Rebecca Rosenblum, a Toronto-based writer who brings her new novel So Much Love to Fredericton. The evening rounds out with a moderated discussion with both authors led by CBC host Colleen Kitts-Goguen.

WordFeast Fredericton

On Saturday night we present Words & Music. Allan Cooper will read from his new poetry collection Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us and Rebecca Rosenblum will read from her novel So Much Love. We will also have sets of original music by local singer-songwriters Tim Walker and Jonathan Bowie

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Tickets for these two events are available at Westminster Books or the door and are just $10! Plus there will be exciting artwork available to bid on in a silent auction. 

Aside from these two events and the workshops, everything in our program is free!

In addition, we’ll also have a poetry reading at the King Street Ale House, the launch of a children’s anthology (edited by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt) at the Harriet Irving Library, a reading in Forest hill Cemetery where many famous poets are buried, and a special Odd Sundays featuring local writing groups to close out the festival. For complete details of activities, see our website wordfeast.ca.  You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Now . . . are you ready to feed your imagination? We can’t wait to see you at this year’s feast! 

Ian LeTourneau is the Fredericton’s first Cultural Laureate and chair of Word Feast. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which, Core Sample, was just published by Frog Hollow Press. He lives with his wife and son in Barker’s Point.