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.
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 is Fred Stenson, our 2017 Writer-in-residence for the Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions. Fred has written 19 books, including his most recent work of fiction Who By Fire, which was longlisted for the IMPAC Award and joins a long list of award-winning and shortlisted books. His book Feigned or Imagined on the craft of fiction serves as inspiration and guide for practitioners of the art. Fred is a past director of Banff’s Wired Writing Studio.
And Marsha Lederman, western arts correspondent for the Globe and Mail, will interview the three Saturday Night Live! authors on stage.
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 will appear at Saturday Night Live!; stay tuned for our full lineup.