Dan SavageLitfest is a festival, a movable feast where avid readers and nonfiction content creators meet at a series of events, chic gatherings and gourmet experiences. LitFest is the only nonfiction festival in Canada. It brings together some of the best-selling, award-winning and emerging authors of books, magazines and films. It also supports Edmonton as a local incubator for nonfiction literary talent. One of this year’s headliners is Dan Savage, a writer, TV personality, and activist best known for his political and social commentary.

He is best known for his sex advice column, “Savage Love,” syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Savage is also the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and on Salon.com. American Savage is described as:

An extraordinarily personal, deeply felt book about traditional marriage, authentic and healthy religion and a traditional sex life.

Washington Post

You’ll catch Savage on Monday, October 21, 2013 – 19:00 at the Winspear Centre. On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign he will weigh in on such diverse issues as health care, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humour.

Other Litfest headliners this year include Kate Braid, (Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World – Caitlin Press), Lawrence Hill (Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book – University of Alberta Press), Ross King (Leonardo and the Last Supper – Random House Canada), Jessica Kluthe, Rosina and the Mid-Wife – Brindle and Glass) and Sandra Martin, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada (House of Anansi Press).