Writers Retreat | Offsite Event | Food Event | Coffee Event | Cash bar | Included in Festival Pass
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Dinner with Emily and Bill – A KWF Fundraiser
June 11 @ 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)
Goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, couscous, herb pesto, and spring asparagus
Jar of cheesecake from Cheesecakery Bakery
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.
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.
FESTIVAL TICKET INFO + PRICES 2019
Want more info?
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):
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.