Welcome Book Lovers

As incoming Artistic Director, I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the 2014 Festival, which promises to be the best yet. This year’s crop of books is unparalleled; and we’ll be bringing beloved award-winners and exciting new writers from Canada and around the world. This year, we will offer a veritable banquet, a smorgasbord of fresh voices, enticing thoughts, and delicious possibilities, for readers of all ages and tastes. Join me at the feast – September 24!

Sharpen your minds,

Barbara Bell

Wally Lamb opens Kingston WritersFest!

Now in its sixth year, Kingston WritersFest has confirmed itself as a prime Kingston cultural event and one of the top Canadian literary festivals. Our audiences visit from as far away as Vancouver, North Carolina, Vermont, and the UK, as well as Quebec and Ontario, and our authors come from around the world and down the block.

International best-selling author Wally Lamb opens the Festival on Wednesday, September 24, in the International Marquee. Author of She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, and We Are Water, Wally will read from his published work and engage in an onstage conversation with a high-profile moderator. Wally is also the editor of Couldn’t Keep It To Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 14 years. Wally will also join us on Thursday, September 25, in a panel event that focuses on the writing currently being done in correctional institutions in North America and the value of literacy to rehabilitation.

Other authors confirmed include Governor General’s award-winning novelists Kate Pullinger and Miriam Toews, award-winning Canadian novelist Lisa Moore, and best-selling YA author Eric Walters.

The complete list of events and full roster of authors will be available in late Spring.

Tickets go on sale August 7 at the Grand Theatre Box Office.

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Highlights of 2013

TVCogeco is broadcasting 10 of your favourite WritersFest events, weekly from November 28 to March 5, Thursdays at 7 through December, Wednesday at 7 in the new year. Look for them on Cable Kingston Channels 700 (HD) and 13.

Check out our 2013 Festival photos!

And please note our new mailing address!

209 Wellington Street, Suite 202A
Kingston, Ontario K7K 2Y6