Edmonton’s Litfest, the only non fiction festival in Canada, brings avid readers together with nonfiction content and creators through a series of events, chic gatherings and gourmet experiences. It showcases some of the best-selling, award-winning and emerging authors of books, magazine and film content. It also supports Edmonton as a local incubator for nonfiction literary talent. This year’s festival “What’s the Big Idea?” runs from October 12 to 23, 2011. CBC’s Centre Stage in Edmonton Centre will feature readings and interviews with some of Lit Fest’s hottest authors on October 14, 17, 19 and 21 at noon, free and open to all. Alice Major, Edmonton’s first poet laureate, will be launching her latest collection of essays: Intersecting Sets on October 18 at the Milner Theatre at the Edmonton Public Library. Adrienne Clarkson will also be launching a new book, Room for All of Us, a collection of personal stories that explore the immigrant experience. Doug Gibson, long time editor at McLelland & Stewart, one of Canada’s finest literary publishing houses, will tell first hand stories about many of Canada’s most beloved writers. I had the pleasure of hearing some of his stories myself while a student of the master of publishing program at Simon Fraser University ten or so years ago. I also had the pleasure of working with David Chereos, the ED of LitFest while he was a practicum student at the Fringe Theatre Festival many festivals ago and remain a fan of his. Stevie Cameron will be presenting her recent book on the Picton Murders — Keeping it Straight. To see much more information, buy tickets, sponsor or volunteer see www.litfestalberta.org.