March 06, 2013
WordsThaw In Time For Spring
Spend a day and evening on March 23 with some of BC and Alberta’s finest writers, thought-provoking panelists and most avid readers. WordsThaw 2013, Victoria’s second major literary happening in less than six months, will provide local residents with an annual continuation of the conversation following the Victoria Writers Festival in October.
The event, hosted by The Malahat Review at the University of Victoria, has been dubbed an intellectual icebreaker and “not to mix metaphors, but it will also perfectly bookend each year with two amazing writing festivals,” says Malahat Review editor John Barton.
The inaugural spring symposium takes place 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in room A240 in UVic’s Human and Social Development building. From 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., there will be three panels: on relevance of fiction (sponsored by Focus magazine); how the new food writing is facing up to sustainability and food security challenges (moderated by food and travel journalist Don Genova); and how writing on poverty can be a source of inspiration and a call to action (organized by the Victoria Writers Festival). The “Words on Ice” evening reading begins at 8 p.m. with an exciting lineup of new and established voices. Early bird tickets are available until March 13.
The Malahat Review, founded in 1967, is one of Canada’s leading literary journals, featuring prize-winning poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and reviews.
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