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St. Albert Readers Fest welcomes the stars of the Canadian literary world, including Clara Hughes, Alissa York, and Ian Brown, for unique talks and opportunities for fans to meet the people behind these life-changing books.

Margaret Atwood

Author of over a dozen historical and speculative fiction novels, including her most recent bestseller MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood is one of Canada’s foremost literary figures. At the 10th annual Kreisel Lecture, she will deliver a memorable lecture on the state of Canadian letters.

Chris Hadfield

Over his 21-year career as an astronaut, Col. Hadfield has orbited Earth 2,600 times and become a worldwide sensation by making outerspace accessible to his followers on social media. At this exciting talk, he’ll share his insights into science and space travel and inspire attendees to shoot for the stars.

Robbie Burns: A Man’s a Man for a’ That

Ottawa Storytellers explore the life and work of Scotland’s national poet, whose lyrics and style influenced other writers such as Alexander McLachlan, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From $22.

Ain’t Misbehavin’?

Ottawa Storytellers tell tales from the lives of musicians Fats Waller, Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorne, Glen Sherley, and Charlie Chaplin, while local musicians perform some of their songs. From $22.

Shane Koyczan

The award-winning spoken word poet first captured international attention when he performed at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics — and again for his poem “To This Day”, which has received over 14 million views on YouTube. His work spans a number of mediums, including written and spoken word, video, opera, and musical performance. From $25.

Ottawa International Writers Festival

Devotees of the writer’s craft won’t want to miss the festival’s spring edition. Authors from across Canada and around the world congregate to cover a range of topics, including politics, poetry, science, history, and more. Various locations; see website for ticket information.

Z00 The A B Series

World-class readings of performance, sound, and experimental poetry. $23; students and seniors: $19.

Z04 Ottawa International Writers Festival – Spring Edition

Some of the world’s most acclaimed writers head to Ottawa for this biannual festival. From fiction and poetry to science and politics, it’s an opportunity to explore the world with some of the finest – and most creative – thinkers. April xx to xx. See website for ticket info and event schedule. Various locations.