• 2016 Festival

Warm-up event: Caroline Adderson on the Writing Craft

Wednesday, July 6, 8:00pm

Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley Street

Admission by donation

Our writer-in-residence offers a public talk on the writing craft. Caroline Adderson was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize twice for her novels and story collections. She won the CBC literary competition three times, and took home the Marion Engel Award. In addition to seven books of fiction for adults, she has penned six children’s novels. What’s the secret of great writing? Come and find out.

Read more about Caroline Adderson here >>

No ticket required. All are welcome!

100-Mile Opening Gala

Thursday, July 7, 7:30pm

Hume Room, Hume Hotel, 422 Vernon Street


In our signature event that celebrates local, humourist and CBC personality Grant Lawrence reads selections from Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and The Lonely end of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, jazz chanteuse Jill Barber croons her way into our hearts, and we raise a glass to the talented winners of the Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine fiction and poetry contest and the Richard Carver Award. Admission includes fabulous entertainment, free wine tasting, a no-host bar, good things to eat and much merriment.

Read more about Grant Lawrence and Jill Barber here >>

Tickets available now! >>

Reading The Earth

Friday, July 8, 7:30pm

Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street

$20 (tickets available through the Capitol Theatre and Otter Books unless you are a Gold Pass holder)

MC’d by CBC personality and author Bill Richardson, our environmental writing triple-header brings you award-winning author and journalist J.B. MacKinnon (The 100-Mile Diet, The Once and Future World), Richard Cannings (MP and author of British Columbia: A Natural History and Birdfinding in British Columbia), and naturalist, columnist, essayist and biographer Briony Penn, featuring multimedia presentations and intermission edibles by our own Kootenay Co-op. Bring your environmental sensitivity and your good questions for a follow-up Q & A.

Read more about each of these presenters here. >>

Tickets available now! >>

Saturday Night Live!

Saturday, July 9, 7:30pm

Hume Room, Hume Hotel, 422 Vernon Street


Multi-award-winning fiction writer Caroline Adderson (The Sky is Falling, Ellen in Pieces to name just two) brings her brilliant words to Nelson’s literary stage. Funnyman, author, and CBC personality Bill Richardson joins us with his new book of irreverent poetry The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: Poems of the Late Middle Ages. Stick around for lively conversation between our feature authors moderated by Selkirk College writing instructor Leesa Dean, and bring your great questions to find out what makes these talented people tick. Raise a glass to Canadian writing! There is also a no-host bar.

Read about Caroline Adderson and Bill Richardson here. >>

Tickets available now! >>

Saturday Panel Discussions

Saturday, July 9

All panels are at the Chamber of Commerce in the beautifully restored former CPR building, 91 Baker Street (upstairs).

Admission is $10 for each panel. Tickets available now >>

Choose all three for an illuminating and entertaining creative journey.

Panel 1:

Writing the Land

9:00 – 10:30 am

J.B. MacKinnon, Grant Lawrence, Briony Penn and Eileen Pearkes explore the importance of land-based writing in building understanding and appreciation for the world we occupy.

Panel 2:

Once Upon a Time

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Musician and author Jill Barber, author Caroline Adderson, and illustrator Murray Kimber discuss children’s literature in Canada: its present state, and its potential.

Panel 3:

Publishing: perish or prosper?

2:00 – 3:30 pm

In an industry that is experiencing galloping change, what is the future, and how can we get there in one piece? Rolf Maurer from New Star Books, Julian Ross from Polestar, and Nancy Wise from Sandhill Book Marketing take it on.

Marina Endicott and Bessie Wapp on the 2015 panel Marina Endicott and Bessie Wapp on the 2015 panel “Gathering the Elements” (Will Johnson photo)

No Host Brunch

Sunday, July 10 12:00pm

Baker Street Grill, 153 Baker Street
Join us for a casual wind-down to a terrific weekend.

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