Lit FestivalThe 11-day festival connects nonfiction fans with the authors and writers that are guiding conversations that matter to Canadians, from climate change to politics, social issues, and  ever-changing trends in cuisine. Festival attendees explore a wide variety of nonfiction related content, including author panels, readings, live performances, and master-class writing workshops. Single tickets for each production and all access festival passes are now on sale. Here’s my favourite picks for this year’s festival: 

Thursday, October 13

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The 10th “Nonfictionversary” of the Festival kicks off with the release of Globe & Mail reporter Marty Klinkenberg’s anticipated book, The McDavid Effect. The author followed the young hockey prodigy throughout his first year in the NHL, and brings insight into how a single player can effect the morale of an entire city.

Marty Klinkenberg, formerly of the Edmonton Journal, is a three-time National Newspaper Award winner for long-form stories. His year-long series on Connor McDavid in The Globe and Mail traced the young star’s rookie year in the NHL. The McDavid Effect is his first book.

Peter Brown, the moderator and host of the event, was the long-time host of CBC Edmonton’s drive-home show Radio Active. Now he produces the sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show, which is recorded in Edmonton and airs nationally on CBC Radio. He also performs in the live improvised soap opera Die Nasty and writes about himself in the third person.

Monday, October 17

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Nonfiction is everywhere, and it touches us everyday through the media. CANADALAND is Canada’s only independent, crowd-funded news and media criticism organization that publishes investigative stories and four weekly podcasts. Live from Metro Cinema, CANADALAND’s Jesse Brown and Katie Jensen will be joined by a panel of local media and writers for a taping of a podcast episode, followed by an audience Q&A.

Tuesday, October 18

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New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha has been deemed “a pied piper of happiness” by the Toronto Star. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a positive work-life balance. His new book, The Happiness Equation:Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (also an international bestseller), illustrates how to apply a unique set of principles to improving and managing everything—your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships and ultimately, of course, your happiness.

Thursday, October 20

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Alberta has long been seen as politically paralyzed. But it has always been a cauldron of discontent, producing the Reform Party, the Wildrose movement, the modern Conservative Party of Canada, and Stephen Harper. Notley Nation tells how this pent-up energy exploded in an unexpected direction with an NDP victory that presaged the Trudeau Liberal win on the federal stage.

Sydney Sharpe is a journalist and author or co-author of eight books, including The Gilded Ghetto: Women and Political Power in Canada. She was a senior columnist for the Calgary Herald and Calgary Bureau Chief for the Financial Post, and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and anthologies. She lives in Calgary.

Don Braid has been a political reporter and columnist for more than forty years in Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary. He has written about every Alberta and federal government since Peter Lougheed and the original Trudeau. With Sydney Sharpe he co-wrote two previous books on politics. Don lives in Calgary.

See more information on the festival, the complete schedule and purchase tickets at: https://litfestalberta.org/event/litfest-2016