Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald signs copies of her book Adult Onset. Photo credit George Forsyth

We started the celebration early this year with our Festival Launch, featuring Ann-Marie MacDonald on Thursday, June 25, and the event was a smashing success! Ann-Marie thrilled the sold-out crowd with an animated reading from her novel Adult Onset.

The event also signalled the official start of ticket sales for the 2015 Festival. We have an amazing lineup of 50+ talented authors to share with you. You’re going to see some familiar faces – Kingston’s Poet Laureate Helen Humphreys, novelists Elizabeth Hay and Jane Urquhart, poet Lorna Crozier, and the charming Bill Richardson – and also some whose names you’re sure to recognize, authors we’re absolutely thrilled to welcome to the Kingston WritersFest stage. Writers like multiple Governor General’s award-winner Nino Ricci, Francophone Canadian icon Roch Carrier, American Scientist and naturalist Diane Ackerman, and chef-célèbre Jamie Kennedy.

 Take a look at our Program-At-A-Glance to help get a flavour of the 2015 Festival!

And of course, there’s more! As well as a great lineup of writers and events guaranteed to stimulate, surprise, and delight, we are starting something new:

With the warm reception of our 2014 inaugural Francophone event, Kim Thúy: en français, we are introducing a pilot project of events about books in Canada’s other official language. We have events on the art of translation, and feature Francophone darling, novelist Jocelyne Saucier in her own en français event, as well as an event with bilingual historical fiction author, Franco-Ontarian Daniel Marchildon.

Our Author Profiles are now ready for viewing.


  • Ann-Marie MacDonald in Kingston on Thursday, June 25

    Kingston WritersFest and Agnes Etherington Arts Centre present Ann-Marie MacDonald on Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 pm. Learn more about the exciting September Festival line up and see award-winning Canadian playwright, novelist, and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald read from her new novel, Adult Onset. Where: Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, 36 University Avenue, Queen’s University Buy your […]
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