Saskatchewan’s largest literary festival, the 26th annual Festival of Words, is set to take over Moose Jaw starting Thursday.

Sarah Simison, general artistic director of the Festival of Words, says the event is full of activities to do.

“We have almost 40 events that take place over four days and that includes programs for children, we have writing workshops, we have a concert and a film, and a whole bunch of reading sessions with authors, round tables, we have a quiz night and a spoken word showcase,” says Simison. “There’s something for everyone, that’s for sure.”

The event will take place Thursday through Sunday at the Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Museum Theater and Crescent Park.

The Festival of Words has been held virtually for the past two years due to COVID-19, but this year the event will return to in-person events.

“It’s really exciting, I really miss that part of the job, and talking to everyone, that’s the most exciting part. It’s what my whole year is gearing up for, so the staff are really excited and all of our attendees who have been coming for years and years are so excited to come back.

More than 20 authors and poets from Saskatchewan and across Canada will set sail from Moose Jaw this weekend to share their stories with the public.

“About 25% of the programming comes from Saskatchewan and the rest comes from across Canada. We have Emma Donoghue; she is best known for writing the book Bedroom which was made into a movie.

Simison made a point of mentioning that there are various ticket options for people wishing to attend the festival.

“If people only want to come to one event or workshop, you can participate in the festival event by event as you wish. We also have a Flex Pass, which is kind of pay-as-you-go, it’s $100 and you get $125 worth of punches. There’s the full pass for $200, or if you’re a student, you can get it for $55.

Those interested in the event can find all information about authors, workshops, tickets, etc. on the website of the Festival of Words.