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Book Lovers’ Lunch

September 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Save the date and get your notepads ready – here’s your backstage pass to the publishing industry! No one is more plugged in than Ben McNally of Toronto’s Ben McNally Books, and he is ready to give you another year of insightful book recommendations for discerning readers – need we mention the charm, verve, and vigour with which he presents them? Always a festival favourite, the Book Lovers’ Lunch comes as an early treat this year, to whet your appetite with good food and great books!

Kingston Writers Fest+Union lunch: “Some Assembly Required” Menu

Event only tickets are available until the event time.

Mixed green salad with red onion, bell pepper, and cucumber with a red wine vinaigrette


Choice of:
Roasted Chicken Sandwich with roasted garlic mayonnaise, gruyere cheese, sliced Roma tomato, mixed lettuces, crispy bacon strips, grilled sourdough bread-
Salmon Salad Wrap with flaked Atlantic salmon, roasted red pepper aioli, shredded lettuce, zucchini pickles, celery, on a flour tortilla wrap
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with marinated zucchini, eggplant, red onion, mixed peppers, with capers and garlic spread on thick-sliced white bread

APPETIZER or DESSERT (for the sweet or savoury palate)
Choice of:
Slice of chocolate cheesecake made locally by Cheesecakery Bakery
Charcuterie for one with mild cheddar cheese, sliced lamb summer sausage, fresh berries, and garlic oil crostini

1:00 pm EST

Not in Kingston? Not hungry?

Suggested donation $10

About Ben

Ben McNally knows books and he knows readers. He’s been putting the two together in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways since 1970, until recently at his beautiful Bay Street store, and in the fabulously successful Books and Brunch series that he runs in partnership with The Globe and Mail at the King Edward Hotel.

Ben’s warmth and genuine enthusiasm for books have made him a favourite with Canadian authors and readers. He’s been in a happy long-term relationship with Kingston WritersFest readers at our Book Lovers’ Lunch event since 2009 and continues to please the crowd as he reveals a discerning selection of the season’s best books.

Ben is past president of Project Bookmark Canada, a charitable organization that erects plaques bearing excerpts from Canadian books in the locations that inspired the writing. Ben is married to Lynn Thomson, author of Birding With Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir.


September 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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