2019 Festival Guide



View and download the 2019 Program guide, or pick up a printed copy at the following locations from July 11 – September 24:

  • The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St.
  • Novel Idea, 156 Princess St.
  • Kingston WritersFest office, 209 Wellington Street
  • Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario Street (across from City Hall)
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch, 130 Johnson St., Calvin Park Branch, 88 Wright Crescent, Pittsburgh Branch, 80 Gore Rd. (East end) and Isabel Turner Branch, 935 Gardiners Road (West end)
  • St. Lawrence College – Kingston and Brockville Campus Bookstores (August)
  • Stauffer Library, 101 Union St. W, Queen’s University (August)
  • Indigo, Cataraqui Town Centre

Coming from out of town? The guide will be available on the August long weekend at:

  • Beggar’s Banquet Books, 126 Kings St. E, Gananoque
  • The Bookworm, 76 Foster St. Perth
  • Brockville – SLC
  • Books & Company, 289 Main St. Picton, PEC
  • Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St. Toronto

Festival Events

We’ve programmed the most diverse festival yet with 49 uiqniue events for readers of every age and taste, designed for maximum audience participation, with time for questions and a chance to engage with authors as they sign books.

See all the events taking place at this years festival.

Buy Tickets

Start by viewing the event listings to find the events you are interested in. Ticket prices vary and are clearly displayed on each event, along with a “Buy Now” button. Once you click Buy Now you will be directed to the Kingston Grand Theatre website to complete your purchase.

View Authors

We are thrilled to welcome nearly 70 authors, moderators, and performers to the 2018 Festival. Visit our Authors page for full bios, and to discover their events!

Stay with Us

The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront is looking forward to welcoming guests of the festival to stay with them in September! Secure your special group rate of $172.99/night*: Last day to book your reservation is September 6 2019, after this date we cannot guarantee the group rate will be available.

Call the Holiday Inn directly at 1-613-549-8400 for reservations and ask to book inside the “Kingston WritersFest Open Block” or block code “WRI”.
Or book online: Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Accommodations

Plan Your Visit

Part of the fun of coming to Kingston WritersFest is exploring beautiful downtown Kingston. While enjoying the festival, take advantage of the unique pleasures the city has to offer.

Check out our visitor guide for more information.