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Cancellation: Douglas Coupland

It has been a fairly open secret for the last couple of months that LitFest had planned to showcase Douglas Coupland at this year's festival.  Sadly, we received the following notice today:

“Due to an unforeseen responsibility which conflicts with Litfest’s event date, Douglas Coupland regrets that he will be unable to participate in Edmonton’s nonfiction festival.”

We remain huge fans of Coupland's writing, his tremendous brain, and his diverse talents, and will hope to find other opportunities to present him in the future.

LitFest featured authors shortlisted for Alberta Literary Awards

Congratulations to Myrl Coulter, Marcello di Cintio, Shaun Hunter, Omar Mouallem and Andrew Nikiforuk for being shortlisted for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards. Shaun (who appeared at the Writers Cabaret in 2012) and Omar (who is a LitFest board member and frequent festival participant) have been shortlisted for James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction.

Candace Savage wins Weston Prize

Litfest chose its authors well this year! Several authors were nominated for major prizes this fall and Candace Savage, who appeared at A Brunch of Writers and Fauna, has won the prestigious Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. The announcement was made Monday evening in Toronto.

Candace won for her book A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape published by Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation. The Weston Prize is administered by the Writers' Trust of Canada and, at $60,000, is the richest literary prize for nonfiction in Canada.

Record attendance crowns Litfest’s success

LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival confirmed its place among the front ranks of literary festivals this year, showcasing 52 authors at 35 events, and incorporating everything from a night at the Winspear Centre to quiet professional development opportunities for writers.

The Garment of Truth

LitFest was thrilled to be a part of the Subsequent Fall on October 12, an annual celebration by Guru Digital Arts College which brings together individuals and organizations from many arts disciplines, business and the tech sector to see what sorts of crazy collisions of creativity happen. LitFest was paired together with clothing designer Kathleen Todoruk of Todoruk Designs.