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16. International Marquee

September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

We celebrate our tenth annual festival and the 50th anniversary of the Booker Prize with a very special guest, acclaimed Australian writer Peter Carey, twice winner of the prestigious international prize. He presents his powerful new novel, A Long Way From Home, which employs the conceit of a light-hearted road trip to examine Australia’s colonial past. Join Peter and Hal Wake for an in-depth conversation, interspersed with readings, in which Peter reflects on his writing career and what has brought him now to write about racism, genocide, and Australia’s historical treatment of Indigenous Australian peoples.

International Marquee Event Sponsor: King’s Crossing Outlet Centre

Celebrate the Literary

Regina Rosen Auditorium, Grand Theatre
VIP Reception 7:00 – 7:45*
Onstage event 8:00 – 9:30

Special Tenth Annual Celebration Prices: Three Price Points Designed For Every Budget

VIP SEATING* – $75 plus handling fee (not sold at KWF onsite)
*Limited number available. VIP seating includes an exclusive pre-event private reception with Peter Carey and Hal Wake, catering provided by Tenth Annual Catering sponsor, Windmills. Cash bar.

Regular Admission SEATING – $45 plus handling fee (not sold at KWF onsite)
Our regular International Marquee price for great main floor and front of balcony seating!

TENTH ANNUAL SPECIAL SEATING – $35 plus handling fee (not sold at KWF onsite)
Here’s a great deal! Choice of main floor and balcony seating at our 2013 price!


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September 27, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Grand Theatre
218 Princess St
Kingston, Ontario K7L1B2 Canada
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Kingston WritersFest


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View and download the digital Program Guide or Schedule-at-a-Glance!

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Grand Theatre Box Office online (click the ‘Buy Now’ ticket icon), in person at 218 Princess Street, or by phone (613-530-2050) until 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Ticket prices are listed as Pre-Festival (purchased by 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24), and Festival (all tickets purchased once the Festival has begun):

Regular Onstage 
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest

Festival Field Trip
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest; Student $5 Pre/ $8 Fest

Writers Retreat Classes General Admission $35 Pre/$40 Fest; Senior $32 Pre/$38 Fest

Robertson Davies Dinner, Book Lovers’ Lunch and The Long Table General Admission $45; Senior $40

Literary Pub (S)crawl General Admission $40 (includes 3 beverages; $27 (event only)

BUY 5 and SAVE – available for regular events OR Writers Retreat classes! Add EITHER 5 regular onstage OR 5 Writers Retreat tickets to your cart, change the price point to 5 AND SAVE and the discount will automatically be applied.

OFFSEASON EVENTS: View event description carefully for details on price, advance sale cut-offs, and venue.

FEES: All ticket prices include HST. Please be advised that the Grand Theatre Box Office will add a handling fee of $3.80/ticket.

TICKET PICK-UP: Any tickets that are not picked up at the Grand Theatre before 12 pm on Wednesday, September 25th will be brought to the onsite box office at the Holiday Inn. You may pick up your tickets at the Holiday Inn at any time during onsite box office hours (30 minutes before the first onsite event of the day til 15 minutes after the last event of the day).

During the festival, tickets are ONLY available onsite from the Festival Box Office on the main floor of the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

EXCHANGES and REFUNDS: We do not offer exchanges or refunds on tickets (except when an event is cancelled), so please plan before you buy. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of KWF staff.

PHOTOGRAPHS: No flash photography, video recorders or tape recorders, please.