Festival of Words fast approaching

Nathan Liewicki
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Sarah Simison is struggling to remember what day of the week it is.

Saskatchewan Festival of Words staff members are seen working earnestly on Wednesday ahead of the festival's July 17 launch. 

The Operations Co-ordinator for the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Simison said it gets to be that way when the closer the festival’s opening day becomes.

That day – July 17 – is fast approaching, but on Wednesday Simison told the Times-Herald that “all the little details” are – for the most part – the biggest issues the festival committee is working to cement.

“Right now we are preparing for Sidewalk Days and we will have a booth there,” she said. “We’re also getting everything ready for the workshops that are going to be here.”

Additionally, Simison noted that training sessions for the festival’s volunteers is occurring this week. However, she added that more volunteers are welcome.

Other little details include smoothing out final details with venues, caterers and travel arrangements for the nearly 30 authors who will be in Moose Jaw for the festival.

Although Simison is putting the final arrangements in place, she has also fielded a number of questions about the festival. The most commonly asked question she has been asked is: “what difference between a full pass and a flex pass?”

“People want to know how the flex pass works and whether they should just buy individual tickets for a day, or a flex pass,” said Simison.

She has explained this on previous occasions, but on Wednesday Simison reiterated that people have the ability to purchase one ticket if there is one particular author they want to see, or whether they want to attend one session just to get a taste of what the Festival of Words is.

Tickets – $10 a piece – for individual sessions can be purchased at the on-site registration desk. However, during most of the four-day festival, the traveling desk will be located at the Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL).

Simison also wants to remind festivalgoers that tickets for special events, such as the July 18 lunch with the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Judith Krause and the July 19 evening feature conversation with Mark Medley and Miriam Toews, can be purchased in advance at the Festival of Words office inside the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

Also available for purchase is works written by attending authors. McNally Robinson ships books to Moose Jaw, where Nelson and Wanda Reid of Post Horizon Booksellers will operate an on-site bookstore in the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.

For additional information, please contact the Festival of Words at 306-691-0557, or online at www.festivalofwords.com. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Public Library, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Wanda Reid of Post Horizon Booksellers Moose Jaw Museum

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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