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Pages Festival releases inaugural lineup

The inaugural program for the Pages Festival + Conference: Unbound in Toronto is now online. The festival runs March 13″“15 at the Randolph Theatre, with conference events scheduled at the Tranzac Club.

Marc Glassman, artistic director of This Is Not a Reading Series and former owner of Pages Books & Magazines, founded the festival to explore the “evolving word” in the digital age.

The festival opens March 13 with the launch of the family memoir Davy the Punk (The Porcupine’s Quill) by celebrated folksinger Bob Bossin who will appear in conversation with former Premier Bob Rae. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) joins Glassman in conversation the following night at the Randolph Theatre, discussing the creative process of adapting scripts for film.

Bob Stein, founder and c0-director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, will open the conference March 14  at 9 a.m. with a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion on the future of publishing in all genres.

A collaborative event on March 15 may be the festival’s main attraction: artist Charles Pachter will present a sneak preview of the interactive graphic adaptation of Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It In the Bush. The presentation includes audio readings by Margaret Atwood, prose by Carol Shields, and illustrations by graphic novelist Willow Dawson, alongside a digital presentation by Xenophile Media’s Alex Mayhew and Conor Holler.

Tickets for these and other events can be purchased through the festival’s website.