Sankara Cuisine Poetry Jam Pop-Up

Join Sankara’s Chef Aman, hailing from Saudi Arabia, to have a taste of his unique culture at the Fog Lit pop-up dinner, taking place at the Saint John Arts Centre before the Poetry Jam from 7:00-9:00 pm! This authentic cultural yet casual dinner will be accompanied by traditional and contemporary Saudi Arabian music. Vegetarians can be accommodated; please provide Sankara with any dietary needs/restrictions via email.



Chicken Kabsa with Rice (National Dish of Saudi Arabia)


Vegetarian Barley Totato Stew with Dried Lime and Tomato


Herbed Salad with Arugula, Mint, Cilantro, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Carrot, Cucumber with Sumac Lemon Vinagrette


Saudi Churros with Rose Water


While everyone is encouraged to stay for the entirety of the Poetry Jam, takeaway will be available. However, tickets must be purchased in advance; sorry, no “popping-in” for the Pop-Up! Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased here.

Fog Lit Journal Launch 2018

Fog Lit is launching our 5th Journal celebrating local writers. The authors chosen for the journal will be reading from their work.

Bernie Cormier will be hosting for us and musician Magnus LaBillois will be playing.

Saturday, February 24th, 2 pm – 4 pm,  at the Saint John Art Centre. Refreshments will be provided.

Sunday the Festival finale

We’ve reached the end of the Festival with Books and Brunch. Join us for brunch at 10:30 am at Big Tide (47 Princess St.), who have generously opened early for us.

Clyde A. Wray will be returning to MC the event while Nuala Reilly and Leo LaFleur will read. Our open mic for emerging authors follows. People who want time at the mic can sign-up at the event.

Thank you to all the people who attended our events and to the Authors, who provoked thought and entertained. We would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers that helped make this possible. We would also like to thank our sponsors and partners:

Major Sponsors
Department of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages: Building Communities through Culture and Heritage Program
Province of New Brunswick: Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
The City of Saint John Community Arts Funding Program
Uptown Saint John

Stephen and Pamela Ring
Writers Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB)
Mrs. Dunster’s
Sussex Area Community Foundation
King Cole Tea
Picaroons Traditional Ales

Saint John Free Public Library
Kennebecasis Public Library
InterAction School of Performing Arts
Print Three
Salon du livre de Saint-Jean
ARCf affaires culturelles
CBC Radio
Shadow Lawn Inn
Big Tide Brewing Co.

Saturday at the Festival

It is another big day here at the Fog Lit Festival. We have first we have workshops and readings and then we end with Authors, Ales and Acoustics.

At 9:15 am we have the first two workshops at the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square, Alice Walsh‘s How to Plot a Murder and Margaret Gracie‘s It’s All in the Details.

Laura Best will be reading at Indigo in East Point at 10:30 am from her book Cammie Takes Flight. This ia a KidLit! event.

The next workshop is Bridget Canning‘s on Characterization at 11:30 am back in the main Library.

At 12:00 pm at Westside PACT at 200 Ludlow St. is Leo LaFleur‘s The Graphic Novel, no preregistration is needed for this workshop.

In the Market Square Atrium at 2:00 pm Shauntay Grant will be reading from The Walking Bathroom. This is the second KidLit! event. At the same time upstairs in the main Library, Drew Hayden Taylor will be reading from Take Me To Your Chief.

Our last two workshops start at 3:15 pm in the main Library. Kathy Mac‘s Matter that Matters and Karen Smythe‘s Novel Ideas.

We end the day at Locavore Cafe on Canterbury St for Authors, Ales and Acoustics at 7:30 pm. Wayne Hanson will be MC and we will hear from Jason Murray, Karen Smythe, Christopher Jessulat, and Alice Walsh. Come have supper and hoist a beer and relax after a long literary day!

Friday at the Festival

Friday is a big day here are Fog Lit. First up at 2:00 pm is Novel Tea. This perennial favourite is at a new location this year. The newly refurbished Stone Church (87 Carleton St) should add new character to the event. Hance Colburne will be MC and we will be listening to and discussing with Jan Wong, Grace O’Connell, Bridget Canning, and Margaret Gracie.

You’ll have to leave a little early if you want to make it to Craig Francis Power‘s reading from Skeet Love at 4:00 pm in Heroes’ Beacon. What’s a skeet you ask? Here is the Wikipedia definition.

Starting at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre (24 Coburg), we have Poetry Prélude where we will be entranced by Kathy Mac, R. William Patry and Clyde A. Wray. Come hungry to this event as Sankara Cuisine will be selling food by the plate.

The Poetry Slam will follow at 8:30 pm where our Prélude Poets will be judging verbal combatants contestants. Think you can take the heat? Then sign-up!