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Authors Festival opens with story-telling celebration Sunday

peauthrfest-logoThe 2016 Prince Edward County Authors Festival, April 13 – 16, reaches a milestone 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the festival committee has enlisted a stellar line-up of Canadian authors and planned a variety of events to entertain and inspire readers and writers of all ages and interests. (Click here for full schedule)

“A festival with events held in one of Canada’s excellent independent bookstores, on what is one of Canada’s most charming main streets, in one of Canada’s most interesting counties. A pretty great combo.” said Stuart McLean, an alumni author.

The festival kick-off fundraiser on Sunday, April 10, at 1p.m. in Mount Tabor Playhouse, Milford, is a nod to the festival’s roots. A ‘Celebration of Story-Telling’ will feature Janet Kellough and Suzanne Pasternak, and will introduce Guelph-based story-teller Brad Woods to the County.

The festival will include four ticketed events: The Humourists – Greg Hollingshead, Iain Reid and Bill Richardson; Masters of Mystery – Giles Blunt, Peter Robinson and Canada’s “king of suspense” Linwood Barclay; Poetry Breakfast & Non-Fiction Event with poets Giles Blunt, Andy McGuire and Rob Taylor then readings and Q&A with Ann Walmsley; finally back-to-back Fiction Panels with Heather O’Neill, Marnie Woodrow, Michael Winter, Samuel Archibald, Giles Blunt and Nino Ricci.

On Thursday evening a festival favourite is back, our own “battle of the books”, the 7th Annual County Reads, hosted by CBC Radio host and author Bill Richardson. Bill will also be the star of Seniors Moments, a free event on Friday morning at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Picton, where he will be reading from and discussing his latest book, The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: Poems of the Late Middle Ages.

To bring the festival to a younger audience, award-winning children’s book authors, Lindsay Mattick and Ruth Ohi, will visit elementary schools in Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington. The author of the Boy Sherlock Holmes series, Shane Peacock, will visit students at PECI in Picton, and the Picton Library will host a pizza lunch for teens followed by a Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction Panel featuring authors Kenneth Oppel and Tim Wynne-Jones.

“I’ve been to the festival twice, in 2011 and 2013,” said author Iain Reid. “Both years I had a lovely time. Everyone, from the hosts and volunteers to the audience and shop employees, are all extremely kind and pleasant.
Books and Company is one of my favourite bookstores, and I love the food at Miss Lily’s Cafe. It’s a pleasure to be invited to such a wonderful event.”

All events are at the Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company, 289 Main St., Picton, unless otherwise indicated.
Festival passes (four events) are $25, single event tickets are $10.
For information about more authors, books and satellite events, or to buy tickets, go to the festival website, or call Books & Company at 613-476-3037.




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