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We Scream for CanLit

This year’s Scream Literary Festival kicks off in Toronto tonight with a launch at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring poets Dennis Lee, Souvankham Thammavongsa, George Elliott Clarke, and Shapour Shahidi. Now in its 15th year, the festival has grown into a week-long program of events, leading up to next Monday night’s evening-long reading at High Park, featuring a 12-author lineup that includes Sean Dixon, Roy Miki, Priscila Uppal, and Zoe Whittall. Other events between now and then include a panel on science and poetry and another on the state of poetry criticism; a sold-out dinner reading with Christopher Dewdney; a Saturday-night gala at Hugh’s Room; and lots more.