Thursday at the Fog Lit Festival

Thursday is the Teen Coffee House and Words and Wine night at the Festival.

The Teen Coffee House is at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary Theatre at InterAction at 228 Germain St. Melanie Mosher will be reading from her book Goth Girl before teens give their own performances at the mic.

Words and Wine is at 7:00 pm in Rothesay at the lovely mood-setting Shadow Lawn Inn, 3180 Rothesay Road. Authors Drew Hayden Taylor, Barbara Sibbald, Paul Rowe and Grace O’Connell will be reading for us and mingling as we enjoy wine from Dunhams Run.

Today’s workshop, Great Beginnings with Melanie Mosher, is at InterAction (228 Germain st.) before the Coffee House at 5:30 pm.

Welcome the Fog Lit 2017

Today is the start of five days all about reading and writing.

The opening starts at 6:00 pm at the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square. Join us for the Book Launch of the Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan, edited by Brian Bartlett. Selections will be read by Sarah Rankin, David Creelman and Scott Thomas.

After the opening, Barbara Sibbald will be giving a workshop on the Two Stages of Editing. Please register for this workshop as there are limited spaces available.

We have had a line-up change: Emily Nilsen, who was to read in the Poetry Prelude and judge in the Poetry Slam has had to cancel. Replacing her will be R. William Patry.

Walking in the Myst

A new interactive youth event where attendees get to explore YA authors’ work in a new exploratory way. Features readings by Canadian YA authors. Presented with the Teen Resource Centre.

Saturday, October 1st

Welcome to the Myst – 12 yrs +
with authors Eric Murphy, Robert Rayner, Dave Atkinson, Vicki Grant, Lisa Harrington
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Teen Resource Centre – map

Meet Our Summer Interns

This summer we are thrilled to be joined by three amazing students! Over the next weeks Liam, Pat, and Alex will be helping coordinate, plan, and prepare Fog Lit’s fourth festival for readers and writers across the Saint John area. They will be spending their summer scrambling for volunteers and sponsors, drawing up promotional materials, and reading the works of the seasoned authors that Fog Lit is bringing to Saint John this year. We hope that their youthful energy, creative experience, sweat, blood, tears, and combined passion for the arts will make this year’s Fog Lit Festival more engaging and enjoyable than ever before.

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Pat Bonner
Special Events Coordinator

Pat is a writer, filmmaker, and musician from Saint John. He graduated from UNB, where he studied English Literature and Film Production. Pat was Flourish Festival’s Artist in Residence in January, where he wrote, produced, and directed his first short film, Bad Noise. Pat recently kickstarted Saint John’s New Brunswick Short Film Showcase and is currently working on an Under-the-Stars film series in conjunction with Uptown Saint John. He’ll be putting this experience to work as Fog Lit’s Event Coordinator.

More information on the Flourish Festival can be found here.
More information on Pat’s short film, Bad Noise, can be found on its Facebook page.

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Liam Floyd
Marketing Coordinator

Liam is a third year English Literature honours student at UNB Saint John and is thrilled to join the Fog Lit team this summer. He has written for UNB Saint John’s school newspaper, The Baron, as well as his own personal blog. When he is not obsessing over pop culture, he is writing his own works, focusing mostly on stage and screenplays. He is obsessed with theatre and television while also an avid reader. Upon completion of his undergrad, he hopes to further his education in creative writing for television. Help nourish his fragile ego by following him on Twitter, @liamfloyd.

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Alex Sinclair
Sponsorship & Volunteer Coordinator

Alex is a voracious reader, occasional writer, and an actor at heart. He has performed in Saint John High School musicals, DramaFest productions, and Saint John Theatre Company’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (2011), and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” (2015). His writing is bad and he usually hides burns it, hides it, or flushes it down the toilet, but he did write and direct a play for DramaFest this year that turned out well because of the dedication and hard work of a good cast that was able to tolerate how stupid he is. Alex is heading to Dalhousie University this September after having graduated from Saint John High School. In five years, Alex sees himself dozing off in the gutters of Halifax clutching his liberal arts degree with cold, lifeless, unemployed hands.

Debra Komar

Debra KomarDebra Komar is the author of three books that use forensic methods to re-investigate historical crimes: The Bastard of Fort Stikine, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and The Ballad of Jacob Peck. She has been a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years and has investigated human rights violations for the United Nations, Physicians for Human Rights, the Iraqi High Tribunal, and other organizations. She was also a tenured professor of forensics at the University of New Mexico, where she also investigated about 150 domestic cases per year at the Office of the Medical Examiner for the state of New Mexico. She is also the author of many scholarly articles and the textbook Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice. She currently resides in Nova Scotia.

Komar’s latest book, Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character will be released in September. From the publisher:

In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the twists and turns of a coroner’s inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community.

Munroe was arguably the first in Canada’s fledgling judicial system to actively defend himself. His lawyer’s strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe’s wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. The press and Saint John’s elite vocally supported Munroe, sparking a debate about character and murder that continues to this day. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that still echo through the halls of justice more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials?

Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character can be pre-ordered through Indigo and Amazon. It will be released September 6, 2016.

Chad Pelley

A collection of short storiesChad Pelley - Author (breakwaterbooks.com) from award-winning author Chad Pelley includes a number of recognized works including “A Second Look at Nothing,” the winner of the Telegraph-Journal’s Salon Fiction Prize and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award for Short Fiction.

Chad Pelley is a Newfoundland-based author who has published two novels as well as a recent short story collection, Four-Letter Words. He has received a  number of accolades for his work including a CBC Emerging Artist award in 2009 for his debut novel, Away from Everywhere. In 2013, he published his follow-up, Every Little Thing, and attended Fog Lit’s inaugural festival.  In May, he released his first collection of short stories. Many of the stories received recognition from various publications and have won awards, including “Red” which was published in The Antigonish Review and won the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award for Short Fiction. He won the same prize for the story “A Second Look at Nothing.”

In addition to writing, Pelley is also a musician. His most recent collection of songs, “They’ll Hang a Halo Over You,” is available to listen on his Bandcamp. He also founded The Overcast, a website dedicated to celebrating Newfoundland artists and creators.

More information on Chad’s work can be found on his website and his new short story collection, Four Letter Words, can be purchased on Amazon, Indigo, or through his publisher, Breakwater Books.