Writer's Festival a Success

So, there I sat in the beautiful, open space upstairs at Books & Co. in Picton, Ontario surrounded by many familiar faces. The faces did not belong to friends or family, (well some were friends) but were familiar because they were pictured in the pamphlet we were all given to peruse at the beginning of the night.

I was quite excited about the evening’s readings. We began with Lisa Gabriele reading from her new novel The Archer Sisters. She was fabulous to listen to with a very engaging voice full of energy. Her reading left us laughing and clapping in appreciation.

Next on the docket was Shani Mootoo. I was most eager to hear her read as I have read her writing before. In particular, I have read an excerpt published in a recent issue of ROOM magazine from her upcoming memoir. Shani read from Valmiki’s Daughter and it was at this point in the evening when I told myself I would like to work harder at my writing. She left me feeling both inspired and humbled.

The evening readings finished with a very honest Andrew Pyper reading from The Killing Circle. I say Andrew is honest because he sees and writes the honest feelings in people, good, bad and ugly.

After the readings, we all went downstairs to mingle and have a chat with the authors. The authors were very receptive to meeting everyone. I noticed other authors scheduled for the rest of the weekend were there meeting their colleagues, encouraging one another, and sharing stories. I’d say the evening was a success.

I'd like to again encourage you to see your local listings and attend readings in your area. It is well worth it. A few more coming up are listed below. Thank you to Divawrites over at http://lisamaccoll.blogspot.com/ for passing these along.

The Elora Writers' Festival, June 7

Eden Mills Writers' Festival Sept 18029, 2009

Keep writing,


  1. It seems to me you had an adorable night. We don't happen to be so fortunate. :)
    Kisses on your cheeks!


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