The Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canada’s largest independent literary celebration, kicks off on October 20th and runs until the 25th. From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, the Festival celebrates the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world.
This year, Nightwood poet Nick Thran and author Christian McPherson will be participating in the Festival. Nick Thran, whose most recent poetry collection Earworm was released this spring, will read at the Plan 99 Poetry Cabaret on Sunday, October 23 at 5pm. Poets Jennifer Still and Sandra Ridley will also read at this event. Christian McPherson, whose recent novel The Cube People was shortlisted for a 2011 ReLit Award, will speak at the session entitled Is It Hard to Be Funny? on Monday, October 24 at 12pm. In a conversation hosted by Peter Simpson of the Ottawa Citizen, Christian McPherson and author Miriam Toews will discuss what it takes to get humour just right on the page.