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100 Reasons for Thin Air

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What is Thin Air?

At the 2003 Festival, Margaret Atwood flashed one of her devilish smiles, pulled a scarf up across her face, and quoted Shakespeare’s Prospero: “These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air.” Then she pirouetted and ducked into the maze of milling people. That passage—and that moment—hold everything in balance: the ephemeral quality of art-making, the durability of memory, the powerful impact when an artist meets an audience… This is THIN AIR. Each September, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes writers from Canada and around the world for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events. With programming for adults and children, in English and in French, in the city and outside the city limits, THIN AIR is an infusion of energy into the thriving literary culture of the province. The Winnipeg International Writers Festival programming spills over into the off-season as well, allowing us to showcase special writers and events at Winnipeg venues throughout the year.

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to strengthen and support a broad reading community by curating and presenting an annual festival celebrating writers and reading, and by acting as a reading resource. To serve those ends, we showcase quality writing, we create forums for conversation, creativity, and learning, and we share our enthusiasm.

Thin Air, qu’est-ce que c’est?

Chaque année au mois de septembre, Winnipeg ouvre son coeur culturel et artistique pour accueillir des écrivains d’ici et d’ailleurs. C’est une semaine de lectures, d’entrevues, de lancements de livres et de bonnes conversations. Ce buffet de littérature s’appelle THIN AIR, le Festival international des écrivains de Winnipeg. Livre en fête est la composante francophone du festival THIN AIR. Le Festival comprend des programmations pour adultes et pour enfants, en anglais et en français. THIN AIR, c’est une infusion d’énergie littéraire !

Énoncé de mission

Notre but est le renforcement et le soutien d’une collectivité élargie de lecteurs en organisant et en présentant un festival annuel qui célèbre les auteurs et les lecteurs, et en servant de ressource pour la lecture. Pour atteindre ces fins, nous mettons en valeur des œuvres littéraires de qualité, nous créons des forums de conversation, de créativité et d’apprentissage, et nous partageons notre enthousiasme avec le public.

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