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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival 2017!!

A note from our friends at EMLF:

Greetings, and thanks for being a supporter of Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival!

We hope you’ll join us July 6 – 9 in beautiful Nelson, BC

We’re getting in touch to give you an early snapshot of the 6th annual EMLF. We’re excited about who’s coming so far, and hope you are, too. And, as you’ll see below, this email is also to solicit some of your time, energy and expertise to make this year’s festival the best yet.

100-mile Gala: Our Festival favorite is back, this year featuring a West Kootenay Authors’ Showcase—four local writers with new books published since the last Festival: Jane Byers, Leesa Dean, Emily Nilsen and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes(Nelson’s 2017 Cultural Ambassador). Also, as usual, we’ll be presenting the Richard Carver Award, other local award-winners, and so much more to toast with local wines and much merriment.

L-R Joy Kogawa, Lee Maracle, Marsha Lederman

Saturday Night Live! Our Saturday night authors have both left an indelible mark on Canada through their writing.
Joy Kogawa is one of North America’s most celebrated writers. She is the award-winning author of three novels, seven collections of poetry and two books for children. Her novel Obasan is based in part on the author’s experiences being interned in Slocan during World War II. She has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and is a long-time peace and reconciliation activist.
Lee Maracle is an award-winning author of short stories, novels, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Born in Vancouver, she is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. Now on the faculty of the University of Toronto, she is also an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
Joining them will be our 2017 Writer-in-residence (TBA) for the Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions—stay tuned.
And Marsha Lederman, western arts correspondent for the Globe and Mail, will interview the three Saturday Night Live! authors on stage.

Our Saturday Panels celebrate multi-discipline creativity, with plenty of interactive brilliance with visiting and local thinkers.

Last year’s publisher’s panel: Nancy Wise, Julian Ross, Ralph Maurer

Watch our Website and our Facebook page for more information as our line-up grows.
Do you have the skills and passion to make EMLF shine?
We’re looking for people with energy, know-how, and a willingness to put their shoulders to the wheel to make the Festival even better! We need people with interest and experience in:

Identifying new funding and partnership opportunities
Creating community fundraising initiatives & raising awareness of EMLF
Helping to secure a “nest egg” for a more financially secure festival
Regional, provincial, and national promotion
Website, social media, eNewsletter
Creating and/or distributing posters and brochures
Event photography
Festival & special events on-the-ground Volunteers:
Assist with publicity tasks, including postering
Drive visiting presenters to/from airport & events
Staff the door & info tables, set up chairs, arrange refreshments etc. at events
We’d love to hear from you! Contact Lynn at [email protected]

…and stay tuned for more as we finalize our 2017 lineup.


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