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Growing Room 2018: A Feminist Literary Festival

March 1 - March 4

Free - $20

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists. The second annual Growing Room will return from March 1-4, 2018, and will take place on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples.

The 2018 festival will feature acclaimed authors such as Gurjinder Basran (Someone You Love is Gone), Maggie de Vries (Rabbit Ears), Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want to Talk About Race), Bev Sellars (They Called Me Number One), Gwen Benaway (Passage), Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Signal to Noise), Casey Plett (A Safe Girl to Love), Farzana Doctor (All Inclusive), and Caroline Adderson (Ellen in Pieces), along with more than 30 other established and up-and-coming names. Guests will also be delighted to see a handful of familiar faces from 2017, including Amber Dawn (Sodom Road Exit), Betsy Warland (Oscar of Between), and Carleigh Baker (Bad Endings).

The festival will include 18 panels and readings, nine workshops, an opening night party featuring music by Too Attached (Vivek Shraya and Shamik Shraya) at the Fox Cabaret, and a small number of special events and partner events, including a live recording of Room’s new podcast, Fainting Couch Feminists.

For the first time, the festival will also offer affordable literary consultations with editors and writing mentors Anna Ling Kaye, Chelene Knight, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Adèle Barclay. Panels and readings cover diverse topics such as the problems with White Feminism, trauma and selfcare, and the complexities and responsibilities of writing about family and other loved ones. Workshops will include new offerings by Farzana Doctor, Molly Billows, Jillian Christmas, Adèle Barclay, Chantal Gibson, Maggie de Vries, and Jónína Kirton and Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, and the return of 2017 festival favourites Jen Currin and barbara findlay.

Panel and readings are by donation with the option to attend for free, while workshops cost between $15- $20 and tickets to the opening night party are $15.

Although the festival is branded as feminist, events are open to anyone with a passion for literature.

Full event details will be announced on Monday, January 15, 2018. Registration for events will open on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at midnight.


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