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Celebrate Creativity This November At BurlLITFest

BurlLITFest is back! Burlington Public Library is excited to announce its 2023 Burlington Literary Festival lineup. The celebration of authors, books, and creativity runs the full month of November—and it's FREE to attend!

This year's BurlLITFest is chock-full of Canadian literary talent. Speakers include such luminaries as actor and author R.H. Thomson in a fireside chat with journalist Ian Brown, acclaimed historical fiction author Jennifer Robson, Olympian-turned-broadcast journalist Perdita Felicien, and bestselling essayist and debut novelist Alicia Elliott, to name a few.

BurlLITFest authors Jennifer Robson, Perdita Felicien, and R.H. Thomson

Guest BurlLITFest authors Jennifer Robson, Perdita Felicien, and R.H. Thomson

“We are excited to bring such a wide range of writing talent and experience to our book-loving community this year,” says CEO Lita Barrie. “Our festival is all about finding delight in the written word, connecting with others, and learning something new.”

Further highlights include an intimate writer's workshop with a bestselling memoirist, a lively and entertaining evening with four local crime novelists, and thought-provoking presentations by writers tackling a range of timely and relevant social justice topics, including the climate crisis, the plight of migrant workers, and racial inequality. And new this year, we offer writing workshops just for kids taught by popular Burlington children's authors!

Event Lineup

This year’s festival includes a combination of in-person and virtual programming. Registration opens on October 18 at noon. All BurlLITFest events are free, and a Burlington Public Library card is not required to attend.

Author Talks

Women of Crime with Melodie Campbell, Vicki Delany, Jennifer Hillier & Hannah Mary McKinnon, November 8

R.H. Thomson with Ian Brown, November 10

Historical Fiction with Jennifer Robson, November 13

Climate Justice in So-Called Canada, November 14

Cozy Mystery Queen, Melodie Campbell, November 15

Why Representation Matters in Writing with Sarah Raughley, November 16

In Conversation with Alicia Elliott, November 20

Art of Screenwriting with Chandler Levack, November 22

The Truth About Migrant Work with Gabriel Allahdua, November 23

Author & Athlete Perdita Felicien, November 26

Is AI the End of Real Authors? with Navneet Alang, November 27

Writing Workshops for Adults

The Writers Room with Brian Henry, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Writing a Memoir with Impact with Samra Zafar, November 7

Journaling for Creativity & Wellness with Lynda Monk, November 21

The Aspiring Author's Guide to Self-Publishing with Karl Mamer, November 26

BurlLITFest Open Mic, November 30

Writing Workshops for Kids

From Idea to Story with Sylvia McNicoll, November 4

Draw with Feeling! with Jennifer Faria, November 11

Prescription for Descriptions with Jennifer Maruno, November 18

Writing in Rhyme with Lana Button, November 25

Finish Strong! How to Write Endings with Jennifer Mook-Sang, November 26

Library Speakers Consortium Partner Events

Tune in to top authors from around the world at live virtual events presented by BPL's digital resource, Library Speakers Consortium. Guest authors appearing this month include actor John Stamos, poet Joy Harjo, and dystopian novelist Naomi Alderman.

See You at the Festival

Mark the date! Registration for BurlLITFest events opens on Wednesday, October 18, at noon. Avoid disappointment and register early. All events are free and open to all.