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Dinner with Emily and Bill – A KWF Fundraiser

June 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dinner orders are now closed. If you wish to support the fundraiser, you can still purchase a ticket to attend the virtual event. Follow the link below.

Join us for a private, limited-enrollment online festival fundraiser, featuring dinner, reading, and conversation with award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel and festival favourite Bill Richardson.

Dinner Menu (heat and serve)

First Course
Mixed green salad with local vegetables, almonds, and red wine vinaigrette
Main Course
Goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, couscous, herb pesto, and spring asparagus
Jar of cheesecake from Cheesecakery Bakery
Optional Add-on
Your choice of a bottle of wine:
RED – Pondview Estate, Cabernet Merlot 2018 or WHITE – Burnt Ship Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018
Dinner will be prepared by Union Kingston, and is available for pick up or delivery on the event date. The meal is pre-cooked. Just heat it up and enjoy! You will have the option of arranging pick up or free delivery time at the time of ticket purchase, and will be contacted with your pick up / delivery time the week of the event.
*Dinners must be ordered by 12 pm on Monday, June 8. Numbers are limited, so buy early to avoid disappointment. Tickets to the event without dinner will still be available after the cutoff.
On Thursday, June 11, you will receive an email with a private link to the livestream, as well as instructions on how to watch the event.

If you have any dietary restrictions please include these in the comments at the time of your ticket purchase.

Includes HST and all service charges.

Full Experience $120 – dinner sales are now over
Includes a bottle of red or white wine, dinner, a link to the pre-event dinner chat and event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $50

Dinner and Talk $100 – dinner sales are now over
Includes dinner, a link to the pre-event dinner chat and event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $40

Out of Towners Experience $80
Order or prepare your own dinner. Includes a link to the pre-event dinner chat and event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $30

Event Only $50
Includes a link to the event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $25

Thursday, June 11
Casual dinner chat with Emily and Bill 7 pm
Event (reading and conversation) 7:30 pm

Order a copy of Emily’s book! Books are available for sale at the official bookseller of Kingston WritersFest, Novel Idea Books. Order online or in-store at 156 Princess Street.

This event is made possible with the support of

About the author

Emily St. John Mandel’s fifth novel, The Glass Hotel, was recently published in Canada and the US, and is forthcoming in the UK in August. It has appeared on 2020 most anticipated book lists from the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Bustle, Buzzfeed, GoodReads, Houston Chronicle, Writer’s Digest, Medium, Washington Independent Review of Books, The Millions, Boston Globe, USA Today, and Women’s Day. The New Yorker praises Emily’s gift “to weave realism out of extremity. She plants her flag where the ordinary and the astonishing meet, where everyday people pause to wonder how, exactly, it came to this. She… has constructed a fantasy for our temporary habitation. Her story offers escape, but the kind that depends on and is inseparable from the world beyond it.” Her previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award among other honours, and has been translated into 33 languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the moderator

Bill Richardson believes storytelling is “what drives people. It’s what keeps them going and sustains them.” It certainly sustains him. With a wide knowledge of abstruse subjects, Bill can talk to anyone in any situation, and he peppers his conversation with fascinating nuggets of information. His oeuvre is similarly varied, works ranging from children’s picture books to opera libretti. His book, Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. In 2013 he collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille to create Do You Want What I Have Got? — A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged in Toronto and Vancouver. Bill was a broadcaster on CBC for several decades. He hosted numerous shows including Richardson’s Roundup and Sunday Afternoon in Concert, and moderated several seasons of CBC’s Canada Reads. He lives in Vancouver.


June 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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