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September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Commonwealth Writer’s Prize-winning author Marina Endicott and Giller-award-winner Johanna Skibsrud join veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen in a free-ranging discussion of both their bodies of work, and their explorations of complex moral issues of prejudice, class, cultural difference, the imperial mindset, and our responsibility toward other humans, sentient beings, and the natural world.

Marina’s astonishingly beautiful The Difference takes us on a clipper ship journey from Nova Scotia to the South Pacific as it is experienced by a thoughtful pre-teen, Kay. Hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a sweet-natured but sharp-eyed and quick-tongued social observer in the Jane Austen — Barbara Pym — Anne Tyler tradition, who can wring love, revulsion and hilarity in a single page,” Marina brings her sympathetic eye to the wonder of the natural world, and the quest for understanding of things that informs Kay’s every waking moment.

Johanna’s forthcoming novel Island, meanwhile, takes place on an imaginary island in the South Pacific in the perhaps near-future, and is an Orwellian tale that vividly renders the inevitable aftermath of the Imperial sweep of subjection and exploitation of that region, where deep socio-economic divides inform the lives lived there. Focusing on the lives of two women–a rebel and a diplomat–as they navigate the island’s mounting insurrection, the story works as part fable, part parable, and makes urgent commentary on our relationships to history, responsibility, colonial imperialism and the wireless world.

Event Sponsor: King’s Crossing

Residence Inn, St. Lawrence Ballroom
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Reg $40 / $38 Senior



September 26, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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St. Lawrence Ballroom, Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge
7 Earl Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L0A5 Canada
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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.