THIN AIR Festival


THIN AIR 2021 has been a wonderful gathering of writers and readers. Thanks for being part of our party! See you next year! // THIN AIR 2021 a été un merveilleux rassemblement d’écrivains et de lecteurs. Merci de faire partie de notre fête ! À L’année prochaine !


Our month-long celebration of books and ideas is now a virtual hub of creative content in English and French, with a lively array of real-time events in person and online. Listen to readings, glimpse the behind-the-scenes details of a writing life, sign up for a workshop or two to develop your own skills. We’re proud to share some of the best new books by writers from across the country and further afield. Discover books by writers you love, and find some new favourites to add to your list! 

Dates: September 20th – October 18th.


We’ve arrived at the END of our big book party! And what a time we had—so many lively videos, some thought-provoking and spirit-expanding online events, and the wonder of actual in-person events here in Winnipeg. Now, as the weather gets more chilly, we’re looking forward to hunkering down with some of these new books and savouring every word…


So, how will the festival work this year?

Last year, we joined the rest of the planet in pivoting to a virtual festival, and we’re going to take advantage of all the things we learned then as we roll out this year’s version.

Once again, we’re creating a lively “destination” website for festival goers to explore. Our featured writers are sharing their work with readings and conversations, and our website visitors will be able to wander through all that creative content at their own time and in their own way. Basically, a make-your-own-(bookish)-adventure!

We are keen to share our line-up of writers and their fantastic new books! We’ll be highlighting a lot of them over the next four weeks in our newsletter, but we’d love to have you follow us on our socials where we’ll be posting pretty much every weekday from now until our September 20 kick-off.


What is different this time?

We’re almost afraid to say this out loud, but… we have taken a deep breath and replaced “virtual/virtuelle” with “hybrid/hybride” on our festival logo.

Yes, we are planning a handful of in-person events in partnership with our friends at McNally Robinson Booksellers! Almost all of these events feature local writers, and they’ll be hosted on-site at McNally’s. The store’s Atrium will be partitioned off, and masks and double-vaxed status will be required to attend in person.

The events will also be live-streamed, so folks from far and near will still be able to be part of the crowd. Of course, if the pandemic flares again, we may all be obliged to attend in that virtual space…

A big shout-out to the folks at McNally Robinson who are masterminding this undertaking! Details about all of these in-person festival events will be posted to their website soon, and shortly after to our own. Stand by!