The Eighth Annual NorthWords Writers Festival will take place in Yellowknife, NWT, May 30 – June 2, 2013.
The 2013 festival will feature all the events you’ve grown to love — readings, panel discussions, mentorships and our world-renowned Erotica Open Mike — and more. You will have a chance to get up to the mike to read your work and you will be able hobnob with nationally-renowned authors as well as your northern favourites. There will be laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, a completely cathartic literary weekend.
Mark your calendars now!
The theme of this year’s festival is Generation North to honour the flowering of northern literature which started with the publication of Richard Van Camp’s The Lesser Blessed in 1996 and continues today. Each year, more northern books are being published. In 2012 alone, at least seven new books appeared on the NWT literary scene, including Old Town by Fran Hurcomb, Talking Tools by Patrick Scott, Nighthawk by Jamie Bastedo, Godless but Loyal to Heaven by Richard Van Camp, On Good Ice by Bill Braden, Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire by Allice Legat and Coming Home, a northern anthology published by NorthWords and Enfield and Wizenty which features the work of 17 northern authors, half of whom published for the first time. Quite an accomplishment for a territory of 42,000 people! It is clear the time has come for northern writing. Northerners are telling their stories and the world is listening. Today’s writers are truly a Generation North.
In the coming weeks, we will be announcing our author lineup and the festival program so keep an eye on our website!