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PEC Authors’ Festival April 12-13

PEC author's festApril 12 & 13 – Prince Edward County Authors’ Festival with readings by authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry at Books & Company on April 13 (all-day pass $15 or $10 for morning or afternoon only), “Story to Story” writing workshop with Susan Glickman at Wellington Public Library April 12, 1-4 pm ($40 – pre-registration required), and the 4th annual County Reads debate April 12, 7-9 pm at Books & Company (no charge). For details: www.pecauthorfest.com on Facebook , call 613-476-3037 or visit Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton.

Friday April 12th
1-4:00 pm Story into Story: A Workshop on Plot and Character, with Susan Glickman
At Wellington Public Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington – $40. According to John Gardner in The Art of Fiction, there are three ways of arriving at a plot:
1) Borrow an existing story from life or fiction and retell it.
2) Start with a character or image that intrigues you and develop it.
3) Start with a climax and work backwards to figure out how it came about.
In this workshop we will draw on all three methods. We will read and discuss a short story, and then participants will have thirty minutes to write a new incident involving the protagonist, one which will account for the events that took place in the original story. The last hour of the workshop will be devoted to reading aloud and responding to these pieces of writing. This workshop is limited to twelve attendees. Pre-registration is required. Register at Books & Company.

Friday, April 12 7-9p.m. The County Reads: The Big Debate will be held at Books & Company  – no charge. Hear five County luminaries champion their chosen books: Treat Hull – A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly, by John Sloan; Noreen Kalman – Good to a Fault, by Marina Endicott; Cynthia Peters – Still Life, by Louise Penny; Bridget Stevenson – 419: A Novel, by Will Ferguson; George Underhill – The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt.

Saturday April 13th
Author readings and Q&A – fiction, nonfiction and poetry at:
Books & Company
289 Main Street, Picton
Admission: All day: $15
Morning or afternoon only: $10

Morning:
10:00am
Coffee and pastries
10:15am
Paul Vermeersch and his Posse of Poets, Oana Avasilichioaei, Moez Surani and John Terpstra

Afternoon:
1:00pm
Iain Reid and Susan Glickman

2:00pm
Ania Szado and Susan Swan

3:00pm
Panel discussion with the authors

Authors to be appearing this year include:

Oana Avasilichioaei: a poet and translator whose work delves into history, geography, public space, textual architecture, multilingualism, sound, translation, textual and collaborative performance. She has created visual textworks for galleries in Montreal and Vancouver, and has performed her work and given talks on poetics and translation at readings, festivals and conferences in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe. Her newest poetry collection, We, Beasts, was inspired by her fascination with fairy tales and oral storytelling. We, Beasts was awarded the 2012 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Fluent in Romanian, French and English, Avasilichioaei lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Susan Glickman: Novelist, poet, children’s author, recipient of literary awards including the Gabrielle Roy Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, essayist, literary historian, professor, editor … the list of Susan Glickman’s achievements in her masterful use of the written word is long. In the last year alone she has published, to excellent reviews, a novel (The Tale-Teller), a book of poetry (The Smooth Yarrow) and a story for young readers (Bernadette to the Rescue) – a remarkable literary tour de force.
Iain Reid: delighted the 2011 PEC Authors Festival audience with readings from One Bird’s Choice, his side-splitting account of moving back in with his quirky parents for “a couple of weeks” that ultimately stretched into a year. This memoir won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book, and we are very pleased Iain is returning to the Festival in 2013 to present his second book, The Truth About Luck: What I Learned on My Road Trip with Grandma. The road trip, by the way, turned into a staycation in his Kingston apartment and an opportunity to share memories, create new ones, and learn about inspiration and aging, life and luck. Iain writes for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC Radio and Kingston Life. In addition to his parents’ farm, he has lived in Kingston, Toronto and Ottawa.
Moez Surani: a poet, reviewer and short fiction author whose writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including The Literary Review of Canada and The Walrus. His writing has won the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Kingston Literary Award and Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest, and he has attended writing residencies in Finland, Latvia and Switzerland. Surani lives in Toronto where he is the poetry editor for the Toronto Review of Books. His most recent book of poems, Floating Life, was published in 2012.
Susan Swan: In her most recent novel, The Western Light, acclaimed Canadian novelist, journalist and teacher Susan Swan revisits the lead character from her bestseller, The Wives of Bath, to explore Mouse Bradford’s early adolescence in the 1950s. Swan has called Mouse “my favourite alter ego” and The Western Light is a remarkably vivid recreation of the decade of Mouse’s – and Swan’s – growing-up years in small-town Ontario. Readers young and old will delight in this journey in what the Toronto Star has called Swan’s “brilliant time machine of words.”
Ania Szado: Seventy years after Saint-Exupéry wrote his immortal bestseller, The Little Prince, Ania Szado has published a captivating novel inspired by an intriguing episode in the life of this renowned French aristocrat, poet, writer and airman. Studio Saint-Ex weaves a romantic tale entwining Saint-Exupéry, exiled in New York City in the early 1940s after fleeing Nazi-occupied France, his fiery estranged wife, and an ambitious young Canadian fashion designer, Mignonne. Ania is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, Beginning of Was, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
John Terpstra: Poet, writer and cabinetmaker John Terpstra is the award-winning and much-anthologized author of several books of poetry and three books of creative non-fiction, among other works. His latest publication, a meditation on urban trees entitled Naked Trees, is a new edition of the now-classic poetry collection he originally published in 1990. This new 2012 edition is beautifully illustrated with woodcuts of trees, roots, leaves and logs by Wesley Bates, another Ontario artist. Terpstra’s newest poetry collection, Brilliant Falls, is due out in May 2013. He lives in Hamilton.
Ania Szado

Paul Vermeersch: latest collection of poems, The Reinvention of the Human Hand was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He is also the author of the poetry collections Burn, a finalist for the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award, The Fat Kid and Between the Walls. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French. He is also the editor of The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology, a book of literary memoirs. He lives in Toronto and currently teaches at Sheridan College and the University of Guelph. From 2001 to 2012 he was the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He is currently working on a new book, an expansion of the work he presented in his Master’s thesis, a collection of poems on apocalyptic themes using a variety of forms to generate new poetry from existing texts.

Special Invitation:
Sean Dixon: The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and the Prince Edward County Authors Festival invite you to start the week of the Authors Festival with a special evening with playwright Sean Dixon – 7:00 pm Monday, April 8 at Books & Company. Sean’s play, The Notorious Right Robert and his Robber Bride, will be presented in August as part of the Festival Players 2013 summer season. It’s a not-to-be-missed Bonnie and Clyde cops and robbers romp set in the wilds of 1930s Canada. Dixon is also a novelist whose first book, The Girls Who Saw Everything (published as The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal in the USA and Britain), was selected as one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire. In addition, this multi-talented writer has published two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey.

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