Our Kids Ink Program this year will be guided by Marie Louise Gay and it will focus on creative writing. This program, sponsored by Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, is designed for the 10-13 year old age group, and takes place during the festival from 9-noon on Thursday morning at the library. Please contact the office to register interested young writers. There is no fee to participate.
Teen Writing Experience
This is an intensive five-day program where teen writers aged 14 to 18 can work with a professional writer to develop their skills. This year's instructor is Angie Abdou, and activities consist of writing exercises, talks, critiques and readings. Dawn Dumont will be this year's guest speaker. This is a shared program with our partners at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. We thank new sponsors this year from CHAB Orange Benevolent Society Children's Fund.
Teens can find application forms for the experience at the Sage Hill website, and please note the deadline for applications is May 30th.
Details for the Thursday workshops are on the festival website – watch for Performance Poetry with Sherri-D Wilson, a Great Big Book Club Discussion with Linda Spalding, Writing for Stand-up Comedy with Dawn Dumont and Navigating the Publishing Industry with Zoe Whittall. These sessions are a great opportunity to hone existing skills or adventure into a new genre. Call the office and speak with Sarah for more details or to register.
As always, there are a wide variety of attractive individual events at the festival and this year we're proud to present...
Please note we have major change as, this year's Thursday night SASKWATER READCEPTION, with its short samplings of readings from 7 authors, will take place at a new venue, Mosaic Place. The Readception event is included in the full pass, or $10 at the door. Invite a friend to join you. It's the ideal way to hear short readings and determine who you'd like to include in your schedule of readings starting the next morning at the festival. And a reminder at Mosaic Place, to be sure to enter on the main floor and use the elevator to get up to the Readception.
FRIDAY TRIBUTE LUNCH at St. Andrew's Church once again, and the lunch entertainment will be Dave Bidini telling stories about the good guy in the black hat, Canada's legendary Stompin' Tom Connors.
The FRIDAY AFTERNOON PANEL will be called "Controversial Cover Stories" involving discussion on judging a book by its cover – Just what determines your reason for picking up a book? We'll have authors tell stories about issues around book titles and jackets.
The SATURDAY AFTERNOON FEATURE will be Dave Bidini in conversation with Angie Abdou. This interview will take place in the Cultural Centre from 4-5pm. Audience questions are always lively at these sessions!
SASKPOWER "LIVE WIRES" TRIVIA has become a festival favorite event, and a chance to really get to know the authors who join in the fun. Come out for a couple of rounds of keen literary trivia with our newest trivia master, Darlene Wright. As a follow-up on last year's successful fundraiser, your team will be able to bid in the author auction to have one of the festival authors join you for the "Live Wires" Trivia. Be warned! Competition is keen, and when they tally the answers, one team will get their name on the trivia trophy!
Performance poetry is back and we're repeating the highly successful event we introduced last year, the CONEXUS POETRY SLAM COMPETITION on Friday night. Poets will be performing on the spot with no props or music allowed....it's an all out sabre-rattling word competition starring poets this year from across the prairies - on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre. The action starts at 9:00pm just after Trivia.
SATURDAY COMMUNITY PICNIC - Load your family picnic baskets for lunch Saturday at noon with CJ Katz reading from her book Taste: Seasonal Dishes from A Prairie Table and talking about locally grown food. The picnic and reading take place at the Amphitheatre in Crescent Park.
And, ....we always have a BOOK LAUNCH at the festival.....
This year, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will launch their book, Hansen-Ross Pottery: Pioneering Fine Craft on the Canadian Prairies. This book is a groundbreaking exploration of the work of David Ross and Folmer Hansen, who operated their pottery studio in Fort Qu-Appelle, from the late 1950's to 2005.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT with Wil! We've all just witnessed the Junos and Canada's rich musical landscape. This year we're pleased to present a singer/songwriter duo from Vancouver Island, Wil. After playing a season that included a 300+ dates with artists like Colin James, Matthew Good, The Tea Party, and Hawksley Workman, Wil and earned nominations at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards including nods for 'Producer' and 'Entertainer of the Year' You may remember Wil on the Travel Alberta's stunning tourism campaign, with the slow motion skiers, and then the Calgary Stampede selected his song 'Ride' as their official 100th anniversary theme song. WiL says "he feels his true passion is performing my music live, so this year's concert promises to be a highly energetic and varied showcase... We're pleased to have the concert sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw again this year. www.ibreakstrings.com
On the final day of the festival, we present the SUNDAY FAREWELL LUNCH with Sweet Saturday. "'Sweet Saturday' is Karen MacNaughton and Jaimie Atkins, of Moose Jaw, and Mandy Canning, now of Watrous, SK. A choirgirl, a music teacher, and a gospel singer discovered that the blend of their voices was much richer than any one of their voices alone. Their music includes vintage gospel, roots, folk and pop tunes, and they aspire to share the joy of a sunny Sunday made sweeter by music shared with friends." So, it's Sweet Saturday on Sunday afternoon, sponsored by Julian's Fitness.