• July 6 - 9 2017

    in beautiful Nelson, B.C.

Join us for EMLF 2017

Things are shaping up!

Here’s what we have in store (so far) for the 6th Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 6 – 9, 2017.


100-mile Gala:

Our Festival favorite is back, this year featuring a West Kootenay Authors’ Showcase—four local writers with new books published since the last Festival: Jane Byers, Leesa Dean, Emily Nilsen and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes (Nelson’s 2017 Cultural Ambassador). Also, as usual, we’ll be presenting the Richard Carver Award, other local award-winners, and so much more to toast with local wines and much merriment.

Saturday Night Live!

Our Saturday night authors have both left an indelible mark on Canada through their writing.
Lee Maracle is an award-winning author of short stories, novels, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Born in Vancouver, she is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. Now on the faculty of the University of Toronto, she is also an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
Joy Kogawa is one of North America’s most celebrated writers. She is the award-winning author of three novels, seven collections of poetry and two books for children. Her novel Obasan is based in part on the author’s experiences being interned in Slocan during World War II. She has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and is a long-time peace and reconciliation activist.
Joining them will be our 2017 Writer-in-residence (TBA) for the Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions—stay tuned.
And Marsha Lederman, western arts correspondent for the Globe and Mail, will interview the three Saturday Night Live! authors on stage.

Saturday Panels

Our panel discussions celebrate multi-discipline creativity, with plenty of interactive brilliance with visiting and local thinkers.

Plus: more in the works!

Joy Kogawa, Lee Maracle, and Marsha Lederman are some of our 2017 presenters.

Joy Kogawa, Lee Maracle, and Marsha Lederman will appear at Saturday Night Live!; stay tuned for our full lineup.

What a great time we had at EMLF 2016

Thanks to our presenters, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and participants.
You made us shine!

Award-winning novelist and children’s author Caroline Adderson was our Writer-in-residence, as well as a featured presenter alongside CBC broadcaster and author Bill Richardson.  J.B. McKinnon, author and naturalist Richard Cannings, naturalist and biographer Briony Penn were our eco-literary luminaries. Creative memoirist Grant Lawrence and celebrated jazz chanteuse and children’s author Jill Barber were special guests at our 100-Mile Gala. We celebrated local literary award-winners, heard from experts in writing, illustrating and publishing, debated ideas, enjoyed great conversations, and had a darn good time.

Audience feedback:

“The Fest was great! Lots of good conversation and ideas, and the focus was very relevant.”

From the Toronto Star, April 16, 2016:

“Arguably one of the most beautiful lit fest locales going.”

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, B.C.

We’re a big-hearted event in a small-town setting: a readers’ and writers’ festival named for the mountain that overlooks beautiful Nelson, British Columbia, EMLF brings in outstanding Canadian authors and presenters while celebrating our exceptional local talent with a line-up of readings and discussion panels to engage, inspire, and entertain.

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