Highlights from the 2011 Kingston WritersFest

The 2011 Festival was truly international in scope, focusing on friendships, creative cross-pollination, and the many ways that books can bring us together. More than sixty authors joined us for intimate readings, rousing discussions, and brilliant performances of their work. To get a sampling download last year’s Program-At-A-Glance or full program, see the photo gallery or listen to a podcast below.

Interested in finding out which authors were here in 2011? We have archived our author profiles just for you!


Technology & Wonder In this podcast, international award-winning SF master Robert J Sawyer and Canada’s pre-eminent science writer Wayne Grady talk about technology, artificial intelligence and the future of ideas. (listen now)

Author! Author! In this podcast, CBC broadcaster Bill Richardson brings his inimitable style to a fascinating one-on-one chat with acclaimed Canadian fiction writer, Anita Rau Badami. (listen now)

Thrillers! Andrew Pyper and Timothy Taylor read from their novels and riff on the joys and challenges of satisfying the current appetite for the literary adrenaline rush. (listen now)

In Praise of Older Women Essayist and novelist Merilyn Simonds moderates poet Lorna Crozier, and biographers Molly Peacock and Merrily Weisbord, in an engaging and at times hilarious discussion about women of a certain age and the irrepressible creative impulse. (listen now to Part 1) (listen now to Part 2)

Shame, Truth and Reconciliation In this podcast, Noah Richler moderates a stunningly personal and moving conversation about racial genocide and the possibility of reconciliation, between decorated General, author Roméo Dallaire and renowned South African poet/journalist, Antjie Krog. (listen now)

Daughters of the Revolution In this podcast, debut memorist Laurie Lewis shares thoughts with author Merrily Weisbord about memory, family, politics, and growing up in the bosom of mid-twentieth century Canadian communism. (listen now)

Photo Gallery from Kingston WritersFest 2011