Five Things Literary in Sudbury: Open Book Ontario — A List

Very cool! I was recently asked to write a little blurb about five things literary in Sudbury for Open Book Ontario! If you want to discover Sudbury’s literary side, here are a few good places to start.

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Terra north/nord

Sudbury’s poet laureate, Roger Nash, launched a literary eZine in 2010. Terra north/nord publishes poems, short fiction, book reviews, short essays, and information for writers in both official languages. The third issue, set for release in the fall, will be a special multi-media issue featuring photography gathered by members of the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and creative writing on those photos.

Book Club in a Bag

The Greater Sudbury Public Library offers a very special service to members of the community who need assistance forming book clubs — the Book Club in a Bag. Each bag contains five copies of the same book, a discussion guide and links to useful websites, and comes with a six-week loan period. Available titles are listed in the library’s catalogue.

Scrivener Press

Scrivener Press publishes high quality books by Northeastern Ontario writers. In its first ten years, it published mainly poetry and local history, but since 2005 it has expanded to include short stories and novels.

LUminaries Reading Series

Laurentian University’s LUminaries Reading Series presents poetry readings several times per year. Each poet reads for about 30 minutes, after which time is allocated for discussion, books sales and signings. A half hour at the end is reserved for an open mic period when members of the community can read from their own works.

Sudbury International Festival of Authors

The first annual Sudbury International Festival of Authors took place in the fall of 2010. It showcases some of the authors from Toronto’s International Festival of Authors. In the future, the festival will cluster other events around the international speakers’ presentations in an effort to make the festival more well-rounded.