Room launching feminist literary festival in March

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To celebrate its 40th birthday, Room magazine is launching the first-ever edition of Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival this year.

Room, whose mandate is to publish work by writers and artists who identify as women or genderqueer, will host the Vancouver event starting on March 8, 2017, which is International Women's Day.

The festival has recruited over 40 authors to host events and participate in panel discussions, including Lorna Crozier, Jen Sookfong Lee and 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize winner Carrie Mac.

"The programming ranges from the sorts of events you'd see at most writers' festivals to events that have more of a feminist or political slant, such as 'Funny Feminists,' 'Literary Gatekeepers and Accountability' or 'Writing in (the) Community.' barbara findlay is holding a workshop on questioning privilege as a writer, which I think will be pretty excellent," said Room publisher Meghan Bell in an email to CBC Books.

"It's a feminist literary festival, but it's a literary festival first, and we want to encourage everyone with a passion for books to attend. Literary festivals are a great way to discover new writers, and we're excited to be able to present emerging talent alongside more well-known authors. Overall, we want the festival to have a grassroots, community-driven feel."

Bell added that Room hopes to make the festival an annual event.

Find out about how you can attend by visiting Room's website.

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