Regular tickets - $12.00; Student/Senior tickets - $10.00
MainStage Pass (Mon-Friday) - $35.00

Every evening, five dazzling writers will share their new books with you. On-stage bookstore and bar let you mingle with the stars.

September 23, 2019 - Trust Me:
Five novels delve into the ways we act and react with each other.

David Albertyn‘s debut noverl Undercard is a fast-paced story of masculinity, friendship, and championship sports set in a 24-hour-period in Las Vegas.
Lauren Carter tells the story of a young woman grappling with the reality that her mother murdered her father and his lover in This Has Nothing to Do With You.
From Man Booker nominee Adam Foulds⁠⁠ comes a tragi-comic of desire and delusion, a yearning for fame and conflicting destinies in Dream Sequence.
Christian Guay-Poliquin won the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction with his novel about strangers forced to trust each other as society collapses, now in English translation as The Weight of Snow.
Oakland Ross tells of an unlikely friendship between a Canadian teenager and a South African girl which sparks a journey to untangle an unsolved murder in Swimming with Horses.

September 24, 2019 - Poetry Bash:
Five poets take the world apart and put it back together again in an evening to remember.

Jim Johnstone demonstrates the combination of skill and insight that secured him this year’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, presented by Prairie Fire.
Kaie Kellough explores place, identity, language, and experience in his latest collection, Magnetic Equator.
Monica Kidd⁠—poet, publisher, bookbinder, and family doctor⁠—connects observation and intuition in Change Encounters with Wild Animals.
Cam Scott‘s ROMAN/SNOWMARE is both a daybook of anti-capitalist ideation and a homoerotic reinvention of the prairie long poem.
Deanna Young‘s Reunion is a haunting pastoral-gothic hybrid, both parable and cautionary tale.

September 25, 2019 - Real Life:
Tonight’s writers find inspiration in actual experiences, expressed in memoir, history, or fiction.

In Sister Language, Martha Baillie collaborates with her sister Christina Baillie, a writer and artist with schizophrenia, to break out and connect with the larger world.
Taras Grescoe’s timely Possess the Air: Fascism, Freedom, and the Fate of Mussolini’s Rome, tells of resistance, risk, and sacrifice by people who opposed the rising tide of populism and xenophobia.
Candace Savage’s Strangers in the House excavates the history of her house in Saskatoon to reveal the bigotry that underlay the settlement of English Canada.
Inspired by real-life events, Joan Thomas’s Five Wives tells the story of the women left behind when their missionary husbands are killed in the Ecuadoran rainforests.
Jenny Heijun Wills, born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada, writes about her reconnection to her past in the memoir Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.

September 26, 2019 - Making Do, Getting By:
How do you cope? Tonight’s writers look at ways people try to deal with life.

Christy Ann Conlin’s Watermark is a collection of “North Atlantic Gothic” stories, a gallery of gritty and lyrical portraits, each unmasking the myth and mystery of the everyday.
Adnan Khan’s There Has to Be a Knife explores the expectations—both intimate and political—folded into the representations of brown men.
Fawn Parker’s brutally honest and devastatingly funny novel Set-Point explores intellectual parody, mental and physical illness, and the relationship between technology and sex in a group of Montreal millennials.
In Steven Price’s Lampedusa, the last Prince of Lampedusa, haunted by memories of Fascism and the war in 1950s Sicily, struggles to complete his novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), one of the greatest works in Italian literature.
In The Country Will Bring Us No Peace, the English translation of a novel by Quebec writer Matthieu Simard, a couple flees the city for an idyllic village, only to discover that people there have started to disappear.

September 27, 2019 - On the Edge:
Things aren’t what they seem in the stories of tonight’s writers…

In Melissa Barbeau’s The Luminous Sea, a young research assistant discovers a creature unknown to science, and as her supervisors exploit the find, she must endanger herself to save them both.
Kris Bertin’s story collection Use Your Imagination examines the complex labyrinth of lies, delusions, and compromises of daily life.
Michael Christie’s novel Greenwood is a multi-generational, cross-Canada saga of inheritance, sacrifice, nature, and love that takes its structure from the nested growth rings of a tree.
Tim Conley’s Collapsible is a collection of thirty fictions coming at the reader in a variety of shapes and guises running the gamut from elliptical micro–fictions to tales of the inexplicable.
Karen McBride’s Crow Winter follows Hazel, a grieving young woman who moves back to her First Nation reserve and discovers a way to cross the boundaries between this world and the next.

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