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An Evening with Catherine Hernandez

November 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join Kingston WritersFest and Queen’s Reads for a special offseason event featuring author Catherine Hernandez as she discusses her career and her award-winning book Scarborough.

Scarborough follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto’s low-income east end. Bing, who lives under the shadow of his father’s mental illness while his mother works tirelessly in a nearby nail salon. Sylvie, who, along with her family, rides the waves of the shelter system and the complications of special-needs education. And Laura, whose history of neglect with her mother is destined to repeat itself with her father. Scarborough explores the positive impact of neighbourhood programming amongst Toronto’s poor and its devastation when the very governments who established these programs come and go.

A book signing will follow the onstage event.

November 16
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
390 King Street West, Kingston, ON, K7L 2X4

Advance ticket sales have ended. Tickets are available at the door for $22 – CASH ONLY. Price includes HST and all handling fees.

*Please note that the Isabel Bader has its own ushers for this event. When you arrive, you must exchange your receipt (printed or displayed on your phone) for a physical ticket at our onsite ticket table before entering the venue.

As a courtesy to others, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts asks that you please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and other scented personal products to performances.

Are you a member of the Queen’s community? A limited number of free tickets are available to students, staff, and faculty members of Queen’s University. Find out more here.

A proud co-presentation with:


November 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:


Kingston WritersFest
Queen’s Reads


Want more info?

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.