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. Her latest book is Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World.

Kathy Lowinger Photo Credit: Linda Kooluris Dobbs

Kathy’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.


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.

Tom Rand

Tom Rand is managing partner of the privately backed MaRS Cleantech Fund, and senior advisor to the MaRS Discovery District. Tom was a successful entrepreneur in the global telecommunications sector, and now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation as a venture capitalist, author, and speaker. His first book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, was shortlisted for the White Pine non-fiction award in 2012. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Waking The Frog: Solutions For Our Climate Change Paralysis is his latest book.

Emily Saso

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

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: A Booklover’s Bridge to the Digital Divide 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.

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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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Three Poets Walk Into a Cafe

October 30, 2016, 3:00pm - October 30, 2016, 5:00pm

Join us for a Sunday afternoon poetry reading! Three poets will share their work while you enjoy coffee, treats, and/or a cold beer: Michael e. Casteels's THE LAST WHITE HOUSE is a "repair kit for the human spirit," Ben Ladouceur's OTTER is "poetry motivated by an honest wit" and Rob Taylor's THE NEWS is “news that stays news.” Read more about The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses: Read more about Otter: Read more about The News:

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OMG! what a great night we had on the first night of our authors festival. We all laughed out loud, boy you guys are FUNNY! Sorry, no pix yet. Even Iain Reid's gran was there. Quietly, in a impeccable red jacket and black hat, she sat, unseen by all us outsiders; she was there for her grandson. Dignified and gracious as she signed a single, slim volume for someone who had discovered her identity. Hats off to you and yours Iain! ...

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