The Prince Edward County Authors Festival is a literary event that celebrates the best in Canadian Literature while focusing on emerging writers. Read more.

2017 Festival – April 20 to 22
Confirmed Authors


Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. The first book in the Birder Murder Mystery series, A Siege of Bitterns, won the Crime Writers of Canada 2015 Award for Best First Novel.  His latest novel in the series is A Cast of Falcons. Steve lives in Oshawa, Ontario.

Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards is a beloved children’s author-illustrator whose vivid imagination has transformed the world of animals and strange creatures in picture books for a generation of children. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he is a popular guest speaker at conferences and literary events. Wallace’s awards and shortlists include the Governor General’s Award, the IRA Children’s Choice Award, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Wallace lives in Toronto and Yarker, Ontario. His latest book is What is Peace?

Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding was born in Canada in 1945. She received a BA in English literature from the University of Toronto in 1966. Her first book, The Best of Friends, was published without an agent. She has written numerous novels since then including Don’t Cry Now, The Deep End, The Other Woman, Missing Pieces and Now You See Her. The Periodical Distributors of Canada named her book, Kiss Mommy Goodbye, Book of the Year for 1982. She has contributed book reviews to the Toronto Globe and Mail, CBC’s The Radio Show, and CBC-TV’s The Journal’s Friday Night. Her books, See Jane Run and Tell Me No Secrets, have been adapted into films. The author lives in Toronto, ON and Palm Beach, FL.  She’s Not There is her latest novel.

Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports, The Classical, The New Quarterly, and This Magazine. What You Need, his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario. The Utility Of Boredom: Baseball Essays is his latest book.

Celia Godkin

Celia Godkin is an award-winning author and illustrator who found her way from a zoology degree to children’s literature through scientific illustration. Fire!, one of her many titles relating to environmental themes, was shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. She has also received numerous OLA Forest of Reading nominations. Born in England, Celia emigrated to Canada after spending some time in Brazil. She lives in Eastern Ontario.  Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World and The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park are two of her recently published books.

Kathy Lowinger Photo Credit: Linda Kooluris Dobbs

Kathy Lowinger’s first book was Shifting Sands: Life in the Times of Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Her latest book, Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World (Fall 2015) tells the story of Ella Sheppard, a girl born into slavery in the 1800s, who went on to form the Jubilee Singers. The Jubilees influenced modern American music with their spirituals, thrilling white audiences who were used to more sedate songs. Kathy lives in Toronto with her husband, Bill Harnum and a menagerie of cats and dogs. In addition to writing, Kathy is a dedicated pianist.

Kirsteen MacLeod

Kirsteen MacLeod is a Kingston, Ontario writer, poet and yoga teacher. Kirsteen has worked in Toronto (20 years) and in Kingston (10 years), as a magazine and newspaper writer and editor, and as a communicator. She has a BA in Magazine Journalism from Ryerson University. The Animal Game is her debut collection of short fiction.

Jennifer Mook-Sang

Jennifer Mook-Sang lives and writes (while chuckling to herself) with her husband and two sons in Burlington, Ontario. She has a master’s degree in psychology and has worked with children of all ages in health and educational settings. She has volunteered as a reading coach and co-ordinator for literacy programs in local schools. Jennifer was a finalist in the Writing for Children Competition 2014 sponsored by CANSCAIP and The Writer’s Union of Canada. Speechless is her first novel.

Michael E. Casteels is the author of over a dozen chapbooks of poetry. In 2012, he was nominated for The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, an emerging artist award. He lives in Kingston, where he runs Puddles of Sky PressThe poems in his book The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses teem with delightful and confusing life, from workhorses and dinosaurs to wolves and kings. Alternately spare and lush, surreal and precise, these poems work their way under the skin to sing gorgeous songs to the heart.


Jim Nason

Jim Nason’s award-winning poems, essays, and stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English. He is also the author of a novel, The Housekeeping Journals, and a short-story collection, The Girl on the Escalator. His latest book of poetry is Touch Anywhere to Begin.  He lives in Toronto.

Emily Saso

Emily Saso writes fiction and screenplays. She lives in Toronto and blogs at The Weather Inside is her debut novel.

photo of Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of 16 books, including The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; The Convict Lover, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award; and most recently The Paradise Project, flash-fiction stories hand-printed on a hand-operated, antique press. She is founding artistic director of Kingston WritersFest and a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. She teaches creative writing and mentors emerging writers around the world. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her new book, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books will be released in Spring 2017.

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump, and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.  Her latest novel is Best Kind of People.

Michelle Winters

Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B. She was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize and her work has been published in THIS Magazine, Dragnet and Taddle Creek. She is the co-translator of My Planet of Kites, by Marie-Ève Comtois. She lives in Toronto. I Am a Truck is her debut novel.

Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors!

  • Arden’s Music
    County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives
    Janet & Ron Aston
    Exultet Winery, Milford
    Marlene Fraser
    Gap Point Reach Inc.
    Jill & John Hill
    Valerie Hussey
  • Invisible Publishing
    Xenia Kirkpatrick & Alfred Margulies
    Nancy Kroeker
    Lockyer’s Country Gardens
    Mayeski Mathers
    Norman Hardie Vineyard & Winery
    Oeno Gallery
    Prince Edward Learning Centre

  • Colleen Green, Remax Quinte Limited
    Doug & Evelyn Sloane
    David Sutton
    Bill & Barbara Sweet
    W.H. Williamson & Co. Ltd.
    Writers UnBlocked

Festival Memories

  • “A festival with events held in one of Canada’s excellent independent bookstores, on what is one of Canada’s most charming main streets, in one of Canada’s most interesting counties. A pretty great combo.”

    —Stuart Mclean

  • “I remember a crowded room in a house where one was rushed aside to take in some home-cooking – and friendly, welcoming faces, thoughtful attention and when I finally took my turn to read, to talk, there was laughter in all the right places.”

    —Wayson Choy

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BoCo welcomes these highly acclaimed authors this Saturday, April 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.....

The Authors for Indies Road Show is ready to hit the road!

When we first announced this initiative, we knew it would take a lot of coordination to work out a viable schedule. How viable would it be to create routes that brought authors to some of the same stores? How many stores could authors visit in one day without going on strike? Will any of the parties ever want to repeat the experience?

Big thanks to the publishers for sponsoring the vehicles and coordinating with authors and stores! Lots of applause and thanks to the authors who agreed to travel in support of stores outside Toronto! And thank you to the destination bookstores for juggling your schedules to accommodate the vehicle routes!

We know that customers at these stores will be thrilled to chat with authors they don't often get to see.

Here are the 2017 Authors for Indies Road Show vehicles, their authors and destinations. Please check individual store listings (FIND A STORE) or contact the bookstore for times when these authors will be at that store.
You found the Store! Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton!

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Another year's festival done.
Whew! What a closing night!
Novels & Nosh was a resounding success. Really, what could be better? A sumptuous feast, prepared by Chef Michael Hoy and his crack team at 106 Bridge Street? An irresistible selection of wine from Stanners Estate? Two highly accomplished and very delightful authors, Merilyn Simonds and Steve Burrows (who also are incredibly engaged and invested in advocating and champing for literacy)? And seventy-five of your close personal friends and neighbours? Yet wait, it gets better!
Novels and Nosh was in support of the Prince Edward Learning Centre; the tireless and dedicated group of people who teach, inspire, some times cajole our fellow community members to read. Not to read novels, nor the newspaper; to read the names of their children, important government forms, and the labels on the food that they are buying. The basics, that sadly, are lacked by an astounding number of people, from all walks of life, in our wonderful community.
Thank-you to you all who support us and literacy in Prince Edward County. It was an inspiring and humbling evening.
See you all next year!

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A gripping evening of dialogue, defense and insightful questions was had by all who attended our County Reads debate tonight.
Our moderator, Ken Murray, tasked each defender with intelligent and playful questions drawing each of our champions out of themselves and challenging us to think hard about each book; which one to choose or even how to choose.
Each book was well defended by their advocate, in the end Monica Alyea's heartfelt and honest voice was the one that captured the audience's imagination. "Emma and Otto and Russell and James" by Emma Hooper is the book that we all should read, here, in Prince Edward County. To be honest, they are all books that we all should read. All the books are wonderful or important stories, all defended by a champion that cared deeply for their book.
Thank-you to Lenny Epstein, Fawn Ayer, John Burns, Bill McMahon and Monica Alyea for rising to the considerable challenge of participating in County Reads.
A big shout out to our partners the Prince Edward County Learning Centre, the PEC Library and most of all to those who came out on a "dark and stormy night" to make this evenings event a roaring success!

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Another fun and exciting day for our newest readers. Can't wait! ...

Join Scholastic authors Wallace Edwards and Jennifer Mook-Sang tomorrow (Friday, April 21) at the Prince Edward County Authors Festival. Click through for an event schedule:

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