Spring brings the Prince Edward County Authors Festival – April 20-22 – the perfect time to shed winter doldrums, explore new ideas and add some fresh titles to your summer reading list.
The event opens Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with the 8th annual The County Reads, hosted this year by Ken Murray.
The audience will witness five local book-lovers champion five Canadian books of their choice in a spirited and entertaining debate. The audience will choose the winner, then mingle and enjoy refreshments while the votes are counted.
This year’s festival feature four favourite children’s authors at two events on Friday, April 21. The children’s events are put on free-of-charge by the festival as a community service to encourage kids to read and foster a love of books.
Younger children will enjoy Wallace Edwards (What is Peace?) and Celia Godkin (Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World and The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park) at 10am in the Lipson Room, upstairs at Books and Company. Schools interested in bringing students should contact the Picton Library if transportation is required.
For older children (8 to 12) authors Kathy Lowinger (Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World) and Jennifer Mook-Sang (Speechless) will be hosted by Queen Elizabeth School from noon to 2pm.
Andrew Forbes (The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays) and Michelle Winters (I Am a Truck), two authors published by Picton’s Invisible Publishing, will be featured Friday at 7pm in the Lipson Room. Invisible Night will be moderated by Leigh Nash and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, April 22 is a full day starting with Poetry in the Morning at 10am featuring Jim Nason (Touch Anywhere to Begin), and Zoe Whittall (The Emily Valentine Poems).
At 11:15 there will be fiction reading and discussion with Kirsteen MacLeod (The Animal Game), Emily Saso (The Weather Inside), and Zoe Whittall (The Best Kind of People).
Saturday at 1:30pm join topical non-fiction readings and discussion with authors Tom Rand (Waking the Frog: Solutions for our Climate Change Paralysis) and Merilyn Simonds (Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books). Mystery-lovers won’t want to miss Steve Burrows (A Cast of Falcons) and Joy Fielding (She’s Not There) at 2:45pm.
To wind-up the Festival, Prince Edward Learning Centre is hosting a dinner/fundraiser, Novels & Nosh, event Saturday at 6pm at The Bridge, 106 Bridge St., featuring authors Steve Burrows and Merilyn Simonds with food by Chef Michael Hoy.
For a complete schedule of events, information about the authors, or to purchase tickets or festival passes, call or visit Books & Company (613-476-3037) or the festival website, www.pecauthorfest.com
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