MUN is hosting its fourth-annual SPARKS Literary Festival, a bright point in the darkest, coldest month we got. The festival features presentations from up-and-coming writers and well-established provincial literary icons. On the docket this year are Grant Loveys, Gerard Collins, Ramona Dearing, Randall Maggs, Don McKay, Wayne Johnston, Eva Crocker, Andy Jones, and numerous others. Details on that are available on the MUN website. The fest begins with a symposium on contemporary NL poetry on January 19th, then the main reading events take place on January 20 at Petro-Canada Hall. Admission is free.