MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL
APRIL 15th to 18th, 2015

Read and relax
Most events, except the ones for students, will be held upstairs at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton

The authors who will be appearing this year include:


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Christine Fischer Guy: Her short fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire, Descant and other journals, and her work was nominated for the Journey Prize. Currently living in Toronto, she is a fiction critic for the Globe and Mail, contributes to online magazines including Ryeberg.com and themillions.com, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. She is also an award-winning journalist. The Umbrella Mender, published in September 2014, is her first novel. Set primarily in the 1950s, it centres on an idealistic young nurse, Hazel MacPherson, who has gone to Moose Factory to work in the hospital there during a tuberculosis epidemic that is ravaging the native communities of northern Canada. Hazel forms a troubled relationship with a drifter, an umbrella mender and seeker after the Northwest Passage.


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Helen Humphreys: lives in Kingston, has published four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative nonfiction. Her finely crafted writing has won numerous awards – among them the City of Toronto Book Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Lambda Prize for fiction, the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry – and been nominated for many others. Her books have been published around the world, adapted for the screen and stage, and often appear on bestseller lists. Her most recent work, the novel The Evening Chorus, was published in February 2015. Set during World War II and its aftermath, it is a captivating story of loss, survival and redemption told in Humphreys’s precise, eloquent prose.


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Sean Michaels: lives in Montreal, is a journalist, fiction writer, music critic, lecturer, improv artist and blogger. His debut novel, Us Conductors, which won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, was inspired by the lives of Léon Theremin, who invented the curious musical instrument named after him, and the theremin’s most accomplished player, musician Clara Rockmore. As Michaels says, though, “This is a book full of make-believe,” and he has cleverly crafted a work of fiction, a love story that transports the reader back and forth from the glamour of New York’s Jazz Age to the brutality of Cold War Russia. As befits the musical author of a musical novel, Michaels provides a playlist of the songs, old and new, that inspired him: hear them at usconductors.byseanmichaels.com


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Leigh Nash: a writer, editor, publisher, yoga instructor and tarot card reader whose writing has appeared in a number of print and online literary journals. She helped establish The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press, and was managing editor at Coach House Books. She is currently co-publisher of Invisible Publishing, a not-for-profit firm that produces contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, and is also treasurer for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. A graduate of the University of Guelph's MFA in Creative Writing program, Nash cites her favourite occupation as “wordsmith.” Goodbye, Ukulele, a poetry collection that blends “crisp language, an often humorous absurdity, and a lush darkness,” is her first book. Nash currently lives in Marmora, in “a very drafty farmhouse.”


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Ted Staunton: trained as a teacher, is also a speaker, performer, musician and workshop leader who appears on television, on radio and in schools, libraries and other venues all across Canada. As a volunteer with CODE Canada, he has visited Ethiopia several times in recent years to work there with English language writers and editors for young people. Over the last three decades, he has published more than thirty books, many of them award-winning or shortlisted for literary prizes – funny and perceptive stories of childhood and family life. His latest, Who I'm Not, won the 2014 John Spray Mystery Award. It is a mystery/thriller/black comedy about a strangely likeable teen con artist.


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Alexis von Konigslow: “I was planning on being a physicist,” says Toronto-based novelist and playwright Alexis von Konigslow. “I have an honours degree in mathematical physics … and was developing an interest in graph theory when my love of books snuck to the forefront.” She graduated with an MFA from the University of Guelph and her first novel emerged, after many years of steady editing, from her master’s thesis. The Capacity for Infinite Happiness, appearing April 2015, is “a moving, tragicomic novel of mathematics, family secrets and Harpo Marx” that takes place in two different eras: the 1930s and our own time. The intriguing setting is a fictionalized version of the Muskoka lodge von Konigslow’s family ran for many years, one of the few accessible in the early years to Jewish families.