Tickets and Schedule

The festival takes place on Thursday, November 3, 2022 to Saturday, November 5, 2022 both in person at the Holiday Inn Sudbury and several virtual sessions on Zoom.

All in person sessions will be live streamed allowing audience members to participate at a distance. Live stream ticket holders will receive a link to join the platform for viewing. Virtual Zoom sessions will also receive a registration link to participate.

We offer students and those with fixed incomes an affordable ticket price to also participate.

When purchasing tickets please note the participation level: in person, live stream or virtual participation.

The full 2022 schedule is coming soon!

2022 Authors – more to come!

David Robertson was the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and the McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People Award. The Barren Grounds, the first book in the middle-grade The Misewa Saga series, received a starred review from Kirkus, was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020, was a USBBY and Texas Lone Star selection, was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, and was a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award. His memoir, Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, was a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire book of the year in 2020, and won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award at the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards. On The Trapline, illustrated by Julie Flett, won David’s second Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the best picture books of 2021 by the CCBC, The Horn Book, New York Public Library, Quill & Quire, and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Dave is the writer and host of the podcast Kíwew, winner of the 2021 RTDNA Praire Region Award for Best Podcast. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg.

Noelle (Nyx) Schmidt

Noelle Schmidt is a queer, non-binary poet. A graduate of Western University and a recipient of Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry, the Margeurite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Award and the Western Gold Medal. Their poetry can be found in SymposiumFrankenzineCommon Mag and Déraciné MagazineClaimings and Other Wild Things is their debut collection. They live in Sudbury, Ontario with their partner and two cats.

Kathy Friedman studied creative writing at UBC and the University of Guelph, and she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Her first collection of short stories, All the Shining People, was published in April 2022 with House of Anansi. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about travel, music, and mental health.

Tanis MacDonald’s memoir via instruction, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City, is now available from Wolsak and Wynn. Tanis is also a co-editor (with Ariel Gordon and Rosanna Deerchild) of the multi-genre anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House), and her book The Daughter’s Way (WLUP, 2012) was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Tessera, Prairie Fire, Studies in Canadian Literature, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The New Quarterly, and in Far and Wide: Essays from Across Canada (Pearson), and in the forthcoming anthology Far Villages (Black Lawrence Press). She is the author of three books of poetry, with a fourth, Mobile, now available from Book*hug.

Aimee Wall is the author of We, Jane, a novel, out now from Book*hug Press. She is the translator of the novels Testament and Drama Queens by Vickie Gendreau (Book*hug 2016 and 2019), Sports and Pastimes by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard (Book*hug 2017), Prague by Maude Veilleux, in a co-translation with Aleshia Jensen (QC Fiction 2019), and Open Your Heart by Alexie Morin (Véhicule Press 2021).  Her essays and reviews have appeared in Maisonneuve, Lemon Hound and the Montreal Review of Books, among other publications. Originally from Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, she currently lives in Montréal.

Casey Plett is the author of A Dream of a Woman, Little Fish, A Safe Girl to Love, the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, and the Publisher at LittlePuss Press. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. A winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, her work has also been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She splits her time between New York City and Windsor, Ontario.

Danielle Daniel is a writer, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator of settler and Indigenous ancestry. Like many Francophones with origins in Quebec, she shares a family link to an Indigenous ancestor, an Algonquin woman who inspired her first adult novel, Daughters of the Deer. Her debut middle grade novel, Forever Birchwood, flows out of her connection to the land where she was born and raised, her environmental concerns and her interest in Indigenous ways of stewardship. Her picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and a Best 100 title at the New York Public Library) and You Hold Me Up, shortlisted for the 2018 Marilyn Baillie award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and recently moved to Mnidoo Mnis (Manitoulin Island) with her family.

Rod Carley’s second novel, Kinmount, won the Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the 2021 Independent Publishers Book Awards and was one of ten books longlisted for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medallion for Humour. His first novel, A Matter of Willwas a finalist for the 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Cloud Lake Literary, Blank Spaces Magazine, the non-fiction anthology 150 Years Up North and More, and HighGrader Magazine. Latitude 46 Publishing is releasing his new interconnected collection of short stories, Grin Reaping in June of 2022. Rod is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and resides in North Bay, ON.