Kingston WritersFest announces its 2015 festival line-up – five days of onstage events, September 23 to September 27, featuring some 60 authors from across the country and around the world.

In partnership with the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, the Festival presents award-winning Canadian playwright, novelist, and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald in a special author reading from her new novel, Adult Onset.

“I never know where things are going ’til it’s too late to get off the train,” says Ann-Marie MacDonald about the writing process.

Perhaps this explains the kinetic energy and emotional honesty of her three critically acclaimed and best selling novels. From her brilliant début, the multigenerational family saga, Fall on Your Knees, to her latest, Adult Onset, an acidly funny look at parenting that the New York Times calls “big, troubling, and brave,” Ann-Marie has shown unusual willingness to take risks with subject matter and form, and an astonishing gift for creating unforgettable characters.

“Readers just want authenticity. That’s what I want too,” she says.

In addition to her work as a novelist, the multi-talented Ann-Marie is also a successful actor, playwright, and broadcaster. Winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Chalmers Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for her first solo-authored play, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet), she has also won a Genie nomination and a Gemini Award for her appearances in independent Canadian films.

In just seven years, Kingston WritersFest has established itself not only as a prime Kingston cultural event, but as one of the top Canadian literary festivals. “In terms of programming, what concerns you concerns us,” said artistic director, Barbara Bell. The Festival welcomes Lawrence Hill, Tomson Highway, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart, Roch Carrier, Andrew Nikiforuk, and Diane Ackerman, along with the best of this year’s new writers: local, regional, and national.

With inspiring events that encourage the audience to listen, learn, taste, and try, Kingston WritersFest aims to delight, surprise and engage readers of every age and taste. Explore the ideas that shape our world, warm our hearts, and stir our imaginations through author readings, workshops, dinners, and discussions.

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Tickets on sale today!
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