September 18 - 24, 2017

Friday, September 22

Beer & Poetry | 5:30-7pm | King Street Ale House | FREE

Join us for a supper time reading by three poets: Claire Kelly (Edmonton, AB), Elena Johnson (Vancouver, BC), and Don McKay (St. John’s NL).

                                            Claire Kelly  Elena Johnson  Don McKay

Claire Kelly’s book, Maunder, inspired by walking around Fredericton while she was a graduate student, has just been published this year.

Elena Johnson’s first book, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2015.

Don McKay is one of Canada’s best known poets, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Governor General’s Award, among others. His most recent book is Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems (Goose Lane, 2014).

Friday, September 22

Word Feast Lecture | 8PM | Memorial Hall | $10

Join us for a reading by Riel Nason, the author of All the Things We Leave Behind (Goose Lane, 2016) and the award-winning The Town that Drowned (Goose Lane, 2011), followed by festival headliner Rebecca Rosenblum who will deliver the first annual WORD FEAST LECTURE. After the reading and lecture, CBC host Colleen Kitts-Goguen will moderate a discussion with both authors. And your ticket enters you in a draw for literary door prizes. 


Riel Nason is the award-winning author of The Town That Drowned. A professional antique dealer for many years, Nason wrote a column on collectibles for New Brunswick's Telegraph-Journal for more than a decade. As well as being a writer, she is an acclaimed textile artist. Riel lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, with her family.

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill & Quire’s “15 Books That Mattered in 2008.” Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She lives in Toronto. So Much Love is her first novel.

Saturday, September 23

WORDs and music | 8PM | MEMORIAL HALL | $10

Join us for an evening of words and music. Two singer-songwriters, Tim Walker and Jon Bowie, will each perform sets of original music. And we'll have readings from Allan Cooper, launching his new poetry collection Everything We’ve Love Comes Back to Find Us, and from festival headliner Rebecca Rosenblum, reading from her new critically-acclaimed novel So Much Love. Rosenblum’s novel has just been published this spring and was been shortlisted for the $40,000 First Novel Award.