September 23-27, 2015 | Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront
Readings, conversations, performances!
Kingston WritersFest offers events aimed to delight, surprise, and engage readers of every age and taste.
Hear authors read from their work and discuss the ideas that shape our world, warm our hearts, and stir our imaginations. Join the conversation, too, during the time set aside for questions from the audience. Later, chat with authors as they sign books following their onstage appearance.
Tall Tales from the East Coast
Moderated by Mark Sinnett
Join Newfoundlanders Michael Winter and Michael Crummey as they talk with Mark Sinnett (The Carnivore) about tales fictional, real, and somewhere in between. Anyone from the Rock is familiar with tall tales, fish stories, recounting of events long past, and reminiscences of extraordinary landscapes and weather. Michael Winter’s Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead is part unconventional history, part memoir-travelogue, and part philosophical musing, in which he shares his experience of walking in the footsteps of the brave lads from Newfoundland who fought the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and whose stories are in danger of disappearing. Michael Crummey’s Sweetland tells the story of a crazy old coot who, in the face of government pressure and the lure of a generous resettlement package, refuses to leave his island home. By turns darkly humourous and heartbreakingly sad, Moses Sweetland’s story is also one of ghosts from the past, the forces of nature, and the fragility of living memory.