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AfterWords Literary Festival (online)

September 30 - October 4

The AfterWords Literary Festival was co-founded by Ryan Turner and Stephanie Domet, and in the fall of 2019, AfterWords held its inaugural edition. Mona Awad, Caroline Adderson, Lynn Coady, Andre Fenton, Nolan Natasha, and Kamal Al-Solaylee are just some of the sixteen authors the festival brought together from Nova Scotia, across Canada, and beyond. In …

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Governor General’s Literary Awards nomination deadline

October 1

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Canada Council for the Arts has extended the deadline for submitting all remaining nominations for the Governor General's Literary Awards to October 1, 2020. The competition results will be announced in 2021. Submissions received while isolation measures are in place in Ontario will not be processed …

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Canadian Library Month

October 1 - October 31

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more. Learn more here.

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National Poetry Day (UK)

October 1

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2020 the theme is Vision. Everyone is encouraged to get involved with activities nationwide on the day, and to See It Like a Poet. The Day starts conversations, it encourages love of language—and best …

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7th Annual Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry submission deadline

October 1

Fred Cogswell mentored Candice James, the New Westminster poet laureate and a founding member of Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS). He spent his last years in New Westminster, writing his last books here. The award is intended to honour his dedication both to the craft of poetry and to the poets themselves; may we …

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Ongoing

30th Medellin International Poetry Festival (online)

August 1 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm

With the aim of exploring the initiative to broaden poetry among human beings in their gravest hour, fighting the fear, the pandemic and death, and conduct a refreshing dialogue between poets, artists, academics, scientists and the laureates of the Alternative Nobel Prize in order to elucidate new avenues on the unresolved problems of human society, …

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Victoria Festival of Authors

September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 4 @ 5:00 pm

Since 2016, Victoria Festival of Authors has been the largest celebration of books and book lovers on Vancouver Island. Each fall, the festival invites authors from across Canada to share their books and ideas with Victoria’s readers. VFA has also included school-based youth programs for students of SD61 since 2019. The five-day festival includes readings, …

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