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Fall 2013′s Book and Writer’s Festivals

Some of this years’ finest book festivals have already come and gone, but this weekend kicks off another amazing series of author readings, book signings, seminars and so forth! Here are some of the notable book and writer festivals coming up this weekend:

We’ll be spending our Sunday at Word on the Street in Toronto, Ontario. You can find us checking out some amazing platforms such as Vibrant Voices of Ontario, the Wordshop Marquee, and the interactive program, This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage.  Better yet, Word on the Street is a free community event hosted in four other Canadian cities:Kitchener (September 21)  Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Halifax(September 22nd).

Catch up with us there via Twitter, @SumbolaCoSI, or follow the festival itself @torontoWOTS.


Have you found yourself in Winnipeg, Manitoba?  Check out the Winnipeg International Writers Festival: Thin Air!  Thin Air offers a “literary feast” of lectures, book launches, and many other events available in both in French and English.  The festival runs Sept 20-28, and opens with a reading from mystery and crime novelist, Gail Bowen.

You can follow all the exciting updates on Twitter @WPGTHINAIR.


Thinking of checking out Vermont for the weekend?  Perfect timing, since this weekend is the annual Burlington Book Festival.  Running from Sept 20-22, the festival will kick off Friday Night with an opening ceremony hosted by Fran Stoddard.  Other special events will include the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, the Families at Phoenix Series, and, of course, the Literary Pub Crawl.

Follow them on Twitter: @BurlBookFest.


If your spending your weekend in the Mount Rushmore state, check out Deadwood, South Dakota’s Festival of Books.  They’re so thrilled about this weekend, they’ve even got an app for it! Running September 20-22nd, the festival will feature  workshops, book signings, readings… and a Zombie Walk.  Why not?

You can follow the all the excitement on Twitter: @sdbookfestival


September 21-22nd, if you’re in Washington, DC, check out the Library of Congress National Book Festival. You can celebrate two full days with over 100 writers, illustrators and poets at the National Mall.  Book signings will be available from notable authors such as Thomas Keneally, Joyce Carol Oats, and Margaret Atwood.  This weekend also offers the reward of the Book Festival Badge for Scouts!

Follow all the action on Twitter:  @librarycongress


Any other literary events going on this weekend?  Let us know in the comments or connect with us on Twitter! For more festivals throughout the year, check out our festival board on Pinterest.

Cli-Fi: Global Cautionary Tales


Climate-themed fiction has taken the reading world by storm this year.

The term, cli-fi has been in circulation for a few years, coined by activist and reporter Dan Bloom. This year, “cli-fi” has gone viral after notable media outlets such as NPR, Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian took a liking to it.

The stories have been described as “cautionary fables of climate change”, and a platform for considering, debating, and growing a dialogue on its consequences.  Whether the “clima-pocolypse” is the main conflict, or simply a back drop to the story, the united message authors of this speculative genre are sending is that climate change impacts, and will continue to impact everyone.

Looking for a hot cli-fi read?  You can find The Weather Composer by James Mahu in the Sumbola Bookstore- keep your eyes peeled for more!

Do you have a favourite cli-fi novel?  Add it to the comments below, or email us at Social@Sumbola.com