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Afterwords Literary Festival releases 2020 lineup

The live, online fest features famed authors Roxane Gay and Vivek Shraya.

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Vivek Shraya is one of the literary stars coming to Afterwords Festival this fall. Her newest book, The Subtweet, is described as "a no-holds-barred examination of the music industry and making art in the modern era, shining a light on the promise and peril of being seen." - VANESSA HEINS
  • Vanessa Heins
  • Vivek Shraya is one of the literary stars coming to Afterwords Festival this fall. Her newest book, The Subtweet, is described as "a no-holds-barred examination of the music industry and making art in the modern era, shining a light on the promise and peril of being seen."
Maybe the worst purchase of 2020 was a calendar, but now you officially have something to write (and highlight, and underline) in yours: Roxane Gay (yup, the author of Bad Feminist, Hunger, Difficult Women and a million tweets so biting they're corrosive) is taking part in this year's Afterwords Literary Festival.

The fest—which debuted last year with a strong focus on accessibility and inclusion—is moving to a live, online format for 2020, with, as a press release puts it, "a mix of readings, conversations and workshops" happening via Zoom.

Fest dates are September 30 to October 4, and other names-of-note on the lineup include Vivek Shraya (author behind 2018's bestselling I'm Afraid of Men and 2020's The Subtweet),  Halifax poet and advocate El Jones, notable Halifax author Carol Bruneau and Halifax's Poet Laureate, Sue Goyette.

 Most festival events are free, with a suggested $5 donation. Peep the full lineup and details at afterwordsliteraryfestival.com.

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