Literary Festivals

Literary festivals are celebrations of books, the literary arts and the creative process. Festivals often involve seminars, workshops, launches and signings. The opportunity to purchase books is also often an option available at many of these festivals.


Atlantic Provinces

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Read by the Sea

Read by the Sea, at River John, NS, now in its 18th year. Second Saturday of July (this year, that’s July 8). Related activities include Pitch the Publisher, Kitchen Party, and more. Includes a children’s festival, WordPlay, on a different date.

Mandate: to bring some of Canada’s finest authors to Nova Scotia’s North Shore each summer.

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Prince Edward Island

New Brunswick


Atwater Poetry Project

Monthly readings by established and emerging poets from Montreal and across Canada. Founded in 2004 by Oana Avasilichioaei, the Atwater Poetry Project continues to offer Montreal an inspiring range of poets and poetry, and to cultivate with Canadian and international writers a respected professional venue.

Resonance Reading Series

The Resonance Reading Series is a monthly reading series dedicated to showcasing the best of poetry, prose, and other text-based work.

Writers Fête

The Writers Fête – the only literary festival in western Québec – showcases the originality, multidimensionality and cultural diversity (First Nations, French, English and other cultures) of the literary arts.  It provides thought provoking and original contexts to literary arts professionals for presenting new works and ideas to a critical audience.  May 12-14, 2017 in Wakefield Québec.


The Art Bar Poetry Reading Series

The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad.

Brockton Writers Series

The Brockton Writers Series (BWS) is a bi-monthly literary reading series that host writers who reflect Canadian literature and Canadian diversity.

The 2014 NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival will take place in Bracebridge, Ontario Oct 3-5, 2014.  Sixteen Canadian Authors will be participating throughout the weekend. The events will be kicked off with a Writers’ Workshop on Friday.

Pages Un-Bound

Pages UnBound has its roots in Pages Books & Magazines, a bookstore opened by Marc Glassman in 1979 at 256 Queen Street West. It’s Festival runs every May.

Raconteurs Storytelling

Raconteurs is a monthly event series in Toronto featuring true, personal storytelling live on stage without notes or props. Each event features a theme — a jumping off point to give the evening’s stories a common thread.




Flywheel Reading Series

A free monthly reading event curated by filling Station Magazine running since 2003. It’s a diverse series that welcomes the participation of writers of all kinds of literature; especially interesting in innovative and original work.

STARFest (St. Albert Readers’ Festival) began in 2011 and is organized and presented by St. Albert Public Library. Held in the Fall, it brings in award-winning, best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors from across Canada and beyond.

British Columbia

Whistler Writers Festival  

Since 2001, Whistler Writers Festival brings together the very best Canadian and international authors for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, speaker panels, spoken word events, music and more.

Vancouver Writers Fest

For the past 29 years, the Festival has been a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists taking place over six days in October, on the cultural oasis of Granville Island.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

A curated inclusive and independent literary arts reading series that celebrates world-class writers from Vancouver and beyond.


Northwest Territories

NorthWords Writers Festival Society
Held annually in Yellowknife, NorthWords NWT aims to support and promote northern and aboriginal writers and to grow a northern literary culture.


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