“And so we became who we are: gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused. It is not a bad way to be, when all is said and done.”
― Bill Richardson

Readings, Conversations, and Performances!

When was the last time someone read you a story? Our brains are hard-wired for this – the history of storytelling and listening dates back to the primal campfire. It’s how we learned about ourselves and our world.

Every year the festival has a fresh new vibe and energy. For the past seven years the festival has enriched the culture of our city and established itself as a major Canadian festival, characterized not only by the caliber of guest authors, but also by the enthusiasm and engagement of the audience.

We bring together the very best local, national, and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction: historians, explorers, journalists, and poets to explore the written world, and share stories and brilliant conversation.

Its here! Ben McNally’s Reading List. Curl up with a stellar selection of hand-picked titles, or get a head start on your holiday shopping with Ben’s expert advice.

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Take a look at our Program-At-A-Glance (PDF) to help get a flavour of the 2015 Festival or explore in depth with our full 2015 Festival Program (PDF).


  • Free Family Literacy Event on Saturday, September 26!

    Kingston Frontenac Public Library in partnership with Kingston WritersFest hosts Family Literacy event at Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson Street, Saturday, September 26. Join us for brilliant bookish activities and meet our featured kids’ authors. Free tickets for children, parents and friends are available at the library an hour before the event. La ronde […]
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