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September 2019

Book Lovers’ Lunch *92% SOLD*

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Islandview Room, Holiday Inn, 2 Princess St
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2 Canada
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Get your notepads ready – here’s your backstage pass to the publishing industry! No one is more plugged in that 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 sells out quickly, so get your tickets now! Lunch Menu Comes with salad, choice of…

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Robertson Davies Dinner

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grandview, Delta Hotel, 1 Johnson St
Kingston, Ontario K7L5H7 Canada
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To celebrate the gift of storytelling in honour of Robertson Davies, beloved Canadian man of letters, we present writers whose work is of lasting impact. In 2019, we honour Emma Donoghue, internationally lauded author of unique works such as Slammerkin, Room, The Wonder, and her newest novel, Akin. After dinner, Emma delivers brief keynote comments and chats with Merilyn Simonds about the writing life, the importance of geography in fiction, and the challenges of telling stories on page, stage, and…

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Chop Suey Nation: The Exceptional Fusion of Canada, China, and Food *SOLD OUT*

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Silver Wok, 373 King Street East
Kingston, On K7K2Y1 Canada
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***SOLD OUT*** Don’t miss this exceptional lunch event! Globe and Mail national food reporter Ann Hui travelled across Canada for 18 days to report on why every small town has a Chinese restaurant. Her report eventually became Chop Suey Nation, which chronicles not just the history of Chinese-Canadian food (and the invention of dishes like ginger beef), but Ann’s own family history. Join Ann at the Silver Wok Restaurant for a tasty and fun exploration of this cornerstone of Canadian…

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Literary pub (s)crawl *SOLD OUT*

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dox Patio, Holiday Inn, 2 Princess Street
Kingston, On K7L1A2 Canada
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*SOLD OUT* Gather your friends and hit the town for this original and entertaining night of literature and libations. Join a group of intrepid bibliophiles and a half-dozen authors of poetry, comedic memoir, and prose on a trek to some of Kingston’s finest watering holes. The evening is designed with ample time to settle in, order an appetizer or beverage, and take in a pair of literary readings and performances at each stop. Author Q&A and book signing at final…

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The Long Table

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grandview, Delta Hotel, 1 Johnson St
Kingston, Ontario K7L5H7 Canada
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What happens when you gather people around at a long table for a delicious meal served family-style? Storytelling, of course, and lots of it. And connection. Break bread with professor of nutrition, chef, and food blogger (ameliaeats.com) Amy Symington for a delectable spread of “I-can’t-believe-it’s-veggie” dishes, served at a long table, family style, After the meal, Amy chats with fellow food blogger, Kate Kristiansen. Bring your appetites and your friends for this one-of-a-kind food event! Cash bar. Media Sponsor: Edible…

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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.