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Authors Festival, County Reads, open to all this weekend on ‘Zoom’

Highlights of this year’s virtual Prince Edward County Authors Festival will host six celebrated authors and five County residents will defend their favourite Canadian books to determine the best read of the year.

Hosted by the Prince Edward County Public Library, the festival begins Thursday with the popular County Reads debate, and continues Friday and Saturday with author speaker events.

Last year’s physical event was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic and took the airwaves via radio. This year, with the popularity of ‘Zoom’ well in place, all events will presented as webinars and are free of charge.

The festival opens Thursday at 7 p.m. with moderator Ken Murry hosting the County Reads debate to debate the one Canadian book everybody should read this year.

Sandra Barnes will defend The Pull of the Stars, by Emma Donohue.
John Hirsch will defend Agency, by William Gibson.
Anne Preston defends Ru, by Kim Thuy.
Kevin Scanlon defends The Good German, by Dennis Bock.
Alexandra Seay defends 26 Knots, by Bindu Suresh.

The Authors Festival Friday events include Samra Zafar, at 1 p.m. reading from, and discussing her book A Good Wife: Escaping the Life’ I Never Chose, moderated by Elizabeth Etue.

It continues at 2 p.m. with Karen McBride reading from, and discussing her book Crow Winter, moderated by Liz Zylstra.

At 3 p.m. Robert Rotenberg will read from and discuss his book Downfall, moderated by Mike Harper.

Saturday’s events are also being held from 1-3 p.m.
They begin with Bryn Turbull reading from and discussing The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts and Royal Scandal, moderated by Ken Murray.
At 2 p.m. is Jeff Rubin with his book The Expendables: How the Middle Class God Screwed by Globalization, moderated by Dr. Thomas Harrison.
At 3 p.m., Iona Whishaw will close the event with her book A Killer in Kings Cove: a Lane Winslow Mystery, moderated by Julia Lane.

All events are free of charge as ‘Zoom’ webinars. Call any branch of the library, or click here to register at www.peclibrary.org/countyreads

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