Well! This space sure has been quiet for a while. In case you didn’t notice, no event happened for summer 2013.
Some kind people wrote to me to ask me what was going on, and I was all cagey and weird, but now I am finally able to make a (limited) announcement about the future of Blog Out Loud.
First let me say, there won’t be an event in 2013.
The good news, however, is that there will definitely be an event in 2014 – in April.
The April 2014 event will be presented in concert with our new co-host – the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Yay!
Both the Writer’s Festival and I are really excited about this match. First of all, they’re going to be bringing a top-notch location to Blog Out Loud, complete with a great sound system (and people to support it), internet access, snacks and beverages, and even a little book shop.
Second, and more importantly, they’ll bring quite a lot of prestige to the event – imagine telling your mom that you’ll be reading at a festival that has featured the likes of Margaret Atwood, Alexander McCall Smith, Will Ferguson, David Adams Richards, and Adrienne Clarkson in the past. Pretty awesome, right?
For now, we’re still working out the details, but I can confirm that the event will (as in the past) run on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, and it will be an official event for the Spring 2014 Writer’s Festival. As in the past, local bloggers will be invited to submit their favourite post from the past year (er, or possibly two years, by the time I get around to accepting submissions) and the submissions will be selected by a panel of expert readers.
And then we’ll all hobnob with the literary glitterati. Whoo hoo!
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. In the meantime, as soon as I have more information, it’ll show up here and on Twitter.