• 2018 Festival

2018 Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

On Writing

Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm
Nelson Public Library
602 Stanley Street Nelson

Admission by donation ($5 suggested)
Warm up to the Fest with a talk on the writing craft by EMLF writer-in-residence Susan Musgrave

Literary Craft Crawl

Friday, July 13
3.45 pm
Backroads Brewing – 460 Baker St. Nelson
4.20pm The Savoy Brewery at The Falls – 198 Baker St. Nelson
5pm Torchlight Brewing Co. –
125 Hall St. Nelson
Taking the festival to our community.

Friday afternoon pub crawl involving local emerging writers and three Nelson craft brew pubs

100 Mile Opening Gala and Craft Beer Tasting

Friday, July 13, 7:30pm, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon St
We take celebrated local authors—Jordan Abel,  Sean Arthur Joyce & Rayya Liebich —and pair them with NBC beers: all natural, traditional and full-flavoured!

Featuring emcee councillor Anna Purcell interviewing Globe and Mail arts correspondent Marsha Lederman

Purchase tickets for the 100 Mile Opening Gala and Craft Beer Tasting

*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! The Couple’s Edition

Saturday, July 14, 7:30pm, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon St
Three internationally-renowned literary couples share the spotlight: 

  • Multi-disciplinary writer Susan Musgrave and her husband, Stephen Reid, whose novel Jackrabbit Parole was written while serving time for bank robbery.
  • Giller prize-winner Esi Edugyan and her husband, award-winning poet and novelist Steven Price.

Couples will be interviewed live with Globe and Mail arts correspondent Marsha Lederman.

Purchase tickets for Saturday Night Live!

Panel Discussions

Saturday, July 14
Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room 91 Baker St, Nelson

Panel 1: Murder at the Festival

9 – 10:15am
Judy Toews, Rachel Greenaway, Roz Nay, Dave Butler
Moderated by Deryn Collier
Purchase Tickets for Panel 1

Panel 2: Creative Couples

10.45am –12pm
Susan Musgrave & Stephen Reid and Esi Edugyan & Steven Price and Clinton Swanson & Antonia Banyard
Moderated by Tom Wayman
Purchase Tickets for Panel 2

Panel 3: Risk & Resilience: challenges and strategies for artists:

2 – 3:15pm
Jordan Abel, Slava Doval, Brian Kalbfleisch and Genevieve Robertson
Moderated by Rayya Liebich
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No Host Brunch
Sunday, July 15
Location TBA
a casual wind-down to a terrific weekend.

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

Registration information 

Gold Pass $70 ($65 before July 1)
The EMLF Gold Pass lets you into all events and panel discussions.

Gold Pass for Students & Youth $65
If you’re a registered student or a youth under 25, get a Gold Pass at a reduced rate.

(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 and Craft Landing (beer samples and refreshments included) $25

Saturday Night Live! The Couples Edition (non-alcoholic drinks plus no host bar) $25

Panel discussions:
Panel 1  Murder at the Festival $10
Panel 2 Creative Couples $10
Panel 3 Risk & Resilience: challenges and strategies for artists $10

Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions (with writer-in-residence Susan Musgrave)