Sunday, March 14, 2010

The gritLIT Festival @ Lit Live // April 2010!

On April 11, at 7:30 p.m., Hamilton's Literary Festival gritLIT and LiT LiVe team up to bring six of Canada's leading writers to the Skydragon Centre. This is a special free event and the festival's Thank-you! to Hamilton's audiences who have supported gritLIT since its inception six years ago.

Stephen Brunt reads from Gretzky's Tears, his book on the pivotal moment in Wayne Gretzky's career. Published by Knopf Canada in 2009.

A.F. Moritz, winner of the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, brings The Sentinel to the Lit Live stage. Published by House of Anansi in 2008.

Heather Cadsby presents poetry from Could Be, her latest collection from Brick Books (2010).

K.D. Miller takes us into her first novel, the acclaimed Brown Dwarf, published by Bibilioasis.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer reads from Perfecting, her new novel published by Goose Lane Editions.

Sky Gilbert guides us into A Nice Place to Visit, his latest poetry collection from ECW Press (2009).

Stephen Brunt

Stephen Brunt, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. His most recent book, the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr, was called "not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey" by the Edmonton Journal. He is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In; The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports; Mean Business: The Rise and Fall of Shawn O'Sullivan; Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

A. F. Moritz

A.F. Moritz has written more than 10 books of poetry, has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and has won the Award in Literature of the American Academy of the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2009, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for The Sentinel. He lives in Toronto and teaches at Victoria College at U. of T.

Heather Cadsby

Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to Toronto at a young age. She obtained a BA degree from McMaster University and taught elementary school for a number of years. In the 1980s she helped organize poetry readings at the Axle-Tree Coffee House in Toronto. A co-founder of the poetry press Wolsak and Wynn, she has recently served as a director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. Could Be, recently released by Brick Books, is her fourth book of poetry.

K.D. Miller

K.D. Miller's first collection of short stories, A Litany in Time of Plague, was published in 1994. Her second collection, Give Me Your Answer, published in 1999, was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Brewing Company's Writer's Craft Award. Holy Writ, a series of personal essays which explore the link between creativity and spirituality, was published in 2001. Miller is a founding member of of Red Claw Press. Her latest book is a novel entitled Brown Dwarf, published by Biblioasis.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the former fiction editor of The Literary Review of Canada, and has also worked as a tree-planter, a lumberjack, and a baker. Her reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Toronto Star and The National Post. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, and is the Magazine Editor for the website Bookninja. Her latest book is Perfecting, a novel. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s writing is full of dark humour and razor-sharp insight. Catching human fallibility head-on, she demands examination, confrontation, and a reckoning of pain with beauty.

Sky Gilbert

Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America's largest gay and lesbian theatre) for 18 years. His novels are critically acclaimed. He has also published two collections of poetry, a theatre memoir and a novella. He was the recipient of the ReLit Award for his fourth novel, An English Gentleman. Gilbert's most recent collection of poems is A Nice Place To Visit. Sky Gilbert holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph's School of English and Theatre Studies.