The Nelson crew that put together the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Nelson debuts new literary festival

A unique new festival is coming to Nelson and it doesn’t involve camping in a tent for three days.

A unique new festival is coming to Nelson and it doesn’t involve camping in a tent for three days.

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival debuts tomorrow night with a focus on local.

“The theme is writing and reading ‘the local,” said Lynn Krauss with the festival. “How can real lives in real environments find expression? And how can that articulation of ‘the local’ find an audience? What does the local really mean? You can get really metaphysical with that. Does it mean where you were born or what you carry with you? Why do people come to Nelson and feel that it is now their home? Do writers consciously use that in their work? You could talk forever about that.”

Through the weekend — which includes a gala event pairing BC wines with local authors like Anne DeGrace, Susan Andrews Grace, Ernest Hekkanen and Rita Moir — the questions around local will be discussed and debated.

“We are really excited about the festival,” said Krauss. “There is a lot of interest from the community. One of the opportunities we are offering through the festival is called Pitch a Literary Agent. There was such interest that the eight spots have filled up and people are asking for more.”

Even though the festival hasn’t yet begun, Krauss feels it’s already a success.

“We’ve sold 10 gold passes,” she said. “I think it’s been successful just in support from funders and from the community. For me it’s already been successful. Hopefully that translates into those coming out to the events.”

In addition to Pitch a Literary Agent and the gala event, there are many other things for local literary lovers like a spoken word cabaret featuring local talent like Elena Banfield and Bessie Wapp, as well as award-winning poet Sheri-D Wilson.

Wilson is the founder and director of both the Calgary Spoken Word Festival and the Banff Centre’s Spoken Word Program. She’s giving a workshop on Saturday morning.

The festival begins Thursday with workshops and events throughout the weekend.

For more information visit


Just Posted

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Leafs Roundup: Nelson goes 3-for-3

Leafs beat Creston Valley, Osoyoos and Spokane

Voters pack Nelson mayoral forum

Candidates answered questions from journalist Glenn Hicks

EDITORIAL: Nelson mayor’s race uninspiring

An incumbent mayor, a former mayor and a clown walk into a forum

VIDEO: Monday Roundup!

Elections stuff, youth homelessness, WEED!

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Most Read