• 2017 Festival

What a great time we had in 2017
(stay tuned for 2018 lineup)

On Writing

Thursday, July 6, 7:30pm Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts Rm 310 – 606 Victoria St
$5 suggested donation.
Warm up to the Fest with a talk on the writing craft by EMLF writer-in-residence Fred Stenson

100 Mile Opening Gala

Friday, July 7, 7:30pm, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon St $25
We take celebrated local authors—Jane Byers, Leesa Dean, Emily Nilsen, and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes—and pair them with local wines. We’ll also raise a glass for the Richard Carver Award winner.

*If you are interested in having your book at our local authors’ table on Friday night, please contact P’nina at p.nina@shaw.ca for more details.

Saturday Night Live!

Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon St $20
Literary all-stars novelist Joy Kogawa, First Nations author Lee Maracle, and novelist and screenwriter Fred Stenson take the stage, followed by a live interview with Globe and Mail arts correspondent Marsha Lederman.

 Panel Discussions

Saturday, July 8
Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts, Room 310 – 606 Victoria St $10 each

Panel 1: Gatekeepers or Collaborators?
9 – 10:30am
Editors Micheline Maylor (FreeFall), Greg Nesteroff (formerly Nelson Star), and Margaret Tessman (Articulate) discuss the creative aspects of their role, and literary veteran Fred Stenson weighs in.

Panel 2: Rituals, Attitudes, and the Role of Fear in Creativity
11am –12:30pm
What habits of mind and body make us creative, or inhibit us? Artist and teacher David Lawson, architect and performance artist Thomas Loh, author Lee Maracle, and writer/editor Micheline Maylor dive in.

Panel 3: Finishing: What to Do, and How?
2 – 3:30pm
Is creativity an endless process, a way of being in the world? Potter Robin DuPont, author Joy Kogawa, artist and curator Deb Thompson, and journalist Marsha Lederman consider the question.

No Host Brunch Sunday, July 9 12:00pm
Best Western Inn; a casual wind-down to a terrific weekend.

The Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions
offers one-on-one consultation with writer-in-residence Fred Stenson. Full details here >>

Registration information

Gold Pass
The EMLF Gold Pass lets you into all events and panel discussions. $65 ($60 until June 15th)

Gold Pass for Students & Youth
If you’re a registered student or a youth under 25, get a Gold Pass at a reduced rate of $60.

(The Holley Rubinsky Blue Pencil Sessions tickets are not part of the Gold Pass and are purchased separately.)

Tickets for individual sessions

Pay as you go via this website or at the door.

100-Mile Opening Gala $25 (wine samples and refreshments included)

Saturday Night Live! $20 (non-alcoholic drinks plus no host bar)

Panel discussions: $10 each

Holley Rubinsky Blue Pencil Sessions: $75

Buy Tickets Online

You can select the tickets to the events you would like to attend or purchase our Gold Pass for complete festival access.