• Next full festival July 2021

    in beautiful Nelson, B.C.
    (Scroll down for 2020 offerings!)

One of Canada’s 10 greatest literary festivals.
Arguably one of the most beautiful lit fest locales going. ~ Toronto Star, 2016

EMLF 2020: the Meadow Edition.

Things being what they were, Elephant Mountain Literary Festival celebrated the written word in creative new ways. We learned how nimble we could be, fully embraced our exceptional local talent, had a great time.

Thanks to Whitewater Ski resort writer-in-residence Jayme Moye and Nelson novelist Sarah Louise Butler, who wowed us with their words at our Wild Grapes outdoor event on Friday, July 10 (and yes, there were literary wine pairings!) That week we held online, one-on-one critique sessions for writers with accomplished author/editors Jenna Butler and Verna Relkoff.

Wild Grapes was so much fun we returned to the meadow just outside of Nelson for Wine and Crime, featuring new novels by Roz Nay and Judy (J.G.) Toews (the latter read by Rayya Liebich), with a wine pairing and toast to both these beloved authors. As well, the Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writer was presented to Danielle LaRocque, with honourable mention going to Sarah Louise Butler. It was a magical event! See our gallery, below, for a selection of photos from our summer offerings.

Since 2012, EMLF has been bringing readers and writers together to share, learn, appreciate, and be inspired. This year we did all of that—just a little bit further apart. Now, we’re getting ready to plan EMLF 2021, hoping to have some of the writers-from-away who had graciously accepted our invitation this year (and were willing to commit to next) along with our fine local talent. Whatever happens, we know we can make it work and continue to grow the Festival to meet whatever challenges come our way.

Huge thanks to our sponsors, supporters, presenters, and especially you—our audience. To join our mailing list please email emlf@emlfestival.com.

Please bear with us while this website is under reconstruction.

Jayme Moye - EMLF 2020

Jayme Moye

Sarah Louise Butler - EMLF 2020

Sarah Louise Butler

Carver Award-winner Danielle LaRocque - EMLF 2020

Carver Award-winner Danielle LaRocque

Rayya Liebich reading for Judy Toews, who was unable to attend - EMLF 2020

Rayya Liebich read for Judy Toews, who was unable to attend

A rapt Wine and Crime audience - EMLF 2020

A rapt Wine and Crime audience

Roz Nay read as the sun set - EMLF 2020

Roz Nay read as the sun set

2020 Sponsors

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