The Scream Literary Festival has announced its lineup for this July’s incarnation. The Scream, for those not in the know, is an annual festival of happenings, round tables, and readings all around Toronto. While it does attract a number of senior authors, it could be best described as a party the best of Toronto’s young literati throw for themselves and their handful of fans.
Last year, at the start of the festival, I was all down on the preponderance of themed events, wishing that it could just be a succession of traditional readings. Somewhere in the middle, I remembered that readings can sometimes be boorish and exhausting, and gave myself over to the variety. This year’s theme is “Agents Provacateurs: A savvy look at radicalism and poetry”. Here’s the current list of participants. A list of specific events (including the epic annual, “Scream in High Park” closing show) is forthcoming.
Daniel Scott Tysdal
Natalie Zina Walschots
Aisha Sasha John
Nathaniel G. Moore
Brian Joseph Davis
Also, the League of Canadian Poets announced their award winners. Karen Solie won the Lowther and James Langer the Lampert. Probably my two favourite books in either category. I wonder, though, if House of Anansi is going to win EVERY major poetry prize this year, and if I’ll feel that’s at all boring or tiring by December. Nevermind the poets and their prizes though, I agree that the really substantive news is stillwhat the blogosphere thought about the press release copy.