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Celebrate Creativity This November with BurlLitFest

BurlLitFest is back! Burlington Public Library is excited to announce its 2022 Burlington Literary Festival Lineup. After a fully virtual event in 2021, the library is happy to be offering many events and workshops in person this fall. The celebration of authors, books, and creativity runs the full month of November.

This year, CBC host and bestselling author, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, headlines the BurlLitFest lineup. His hit memoir, Son of Elsewhere, is a one-of-a-kind reflection on Blackness, pop culture, and the challenges and rewards of finding your way in the world.

Headshot of Elamin Abdelmahmoud beside book cover for Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces


“We are overjoyed to host Elamin for this event,” says CEO Lita Barrie. “Son of Elsewhere was one of my favourite reads this year, and I hope many community members can join us for this, and our other fantastic events.”

Further highlights include an intimate writer's workshop with author and psychotherapist, Farzana Doctor, a lively evening with military historian, Tim Cook, and a gathering of stories and songs with Susan Aglukark.

Event Lineup

This year’s festival includes a combination of in person and virtual programming. Registration opens October 19th at noon. All events are free and a Burlington Public Library card is not required to attend.

Author Talks

How I Secretly Published a Book at Age 12 with Jack Crawford, November 8

Birder Murder: Putting Passion and Mystery on the Page with Steve Burrows, November 9

Stories & Songs with Susan Aglukark, November 10

Listening to Neurodivergent Stories with Adam Mardero, November 20

In Conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, November 21

The Heart of Indigenous Storytelling with Chief Stacey LaForme, November 22

Canadian War History with Tim Cook, November 28

Writing Workshops

Crafting a Family Memoir with Don Gibb, November 2

NaNoWriMo Novel Writing Workshop Series with Brian Henry, November 7, 14, 21, 28

The Aspiring Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing with Paul Woods, November 8

Poking the Bear: The Art of Writing Humour with Rod Carley, November 16

Demystifying the Mystery Novel with John Lawrence Reynolds, November 17

Emotion-Based Writing Strategies with Farzana Doctor, November 23

Creative Writers Coffeehouse: Open Mic, November 24

Journaling for Creativity & Wellness with Lynda Monk, November 30

Panel Discussions

Print's Not Dead: Indy Booksellers Roundtable with Ian Elliot, Noelle Allen, Sean Liburd, Alicia Sevillano ­Barja, November 14

Author Tips on Writing for Kids with Sylvia McNicoll, Jennifer Mook-Sang, & Karen Bass, November 15

Feminist Fiction Front and Centre with Kimia Eslah, Ariela Freedman, & Celia Edell, November 29