Prince Edward County Authors Festival.
April 13th to 16th, 2016
There is something for everyone at the 20th PEC Authors Festival! We have enlisted an impressive roster of Canadian authors and have planned a variety of events for readers of all ages and interests.
Click on “Event Schedule and Tickets” to see our schedule at a glance. This year you have the option of purchasing tickets on-line or in person at
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Please join us for what we think will be the best Authors Fest ever! And keep checking this website for up to date information on events or find us on Facebook.
The Prince Edward County Authors Festival is pleased to announce that these authors have confirmed their participation in 2016.
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Samuel Archibald‘s debut collection of short fiction, Arvida (Éditions Le Quartanier, 2011), won Quebec’s Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012. He currently teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies, and video games, among other subjects.
Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye. In his latest novel, Far From True, the Canadian king of suspense delivers an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a startling twist. He lives near Toronto with his wife.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and spent twenty years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, featuring Algonquin Bay’s John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, which he is currently adapting as a television series for CTV. He is widely considered “one of Canada’s top crime novelists” (the Globe and Mail) and among “crime drama’s elite” (Publishers Weekly). He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers’ Macallan Silver Dagger.
Greg Hollingshead has published six books of fiction, including The Roaring Girl, The Healer, and Bedlam. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Currently professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre, in 2011-2012 he served as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and in 2012 he was awarded the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rosa Spricer.
Janet Kellough is a performance storyteller who has written and appeared in numerous stage productions featuring a fusion of spoken word and music. Her previous books in the Thaddeus Lewis series are On the Head of a Pin, Sowing Poison, and 47 Sorrows. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie, the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, is the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian who, while on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe during World War I, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Lindsay Mattick is the vice-president of an award-winning public relations firm. Passionate about making a difference in her own backyard, Lindsay is a board member for several non-profit organizations including Timeraiser, Artbound and Help Tank. Based in Toronto, she has shared Harry and Winnie’s story around the world.
Andy McGuire is musician and poet from Grand Bend, Ontario. He is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. McGuire’s poems have appeared in Arc, CV2, Vallum, Riddle Fence, Hazlitt and The Walrus. Andy has also published his first book of poetry with Coach House Books, Country Club (2015). He now lives in Toronto.
Heather O’Neill’s first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, earned accolades around the world, including being named winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. She is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, The Gazette (Montreal) and The Walrus. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives. Her latest book, Daydreams of Angels, was longlisted for the Giller Prize.
Ruth Ohi is the illustrator of over 50 books (18 of which she is also the author). She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Ruth’s books have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Shining Willow and Blue Spruce. They have been selected for the Ontario Library Association’s “Best Bets” and the Toronto Public Library’s “First & Best”. Ruth’s latest include Kenta and the Big Wave (Annick Press), Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend (Scholastic Canada) and her latest, Scribble (Scholastic Canada, Spring 2016).
Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by The Times (London). He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent and The Boundless. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.
Suzanne Pasternak, a professional storyteller for over thirty years, founded the County Storytelling Festival Series in 2015. The mandate of the series is “True Stories, True County” and is dedicated to preserving the folklore and the unique cultural fabric of Prince Edward County. The 2016 series will focus on Prince Edward County history for kids.
As a musician, composer and playwright, her body of work includes historical musicals including Minerva The Folk Opera, co- composed with Tom Leighton, Ship of Fire co-composed with Tom Leighton and script co-written with Marion de Vries, Child Soldier 1918, Solomon Mouck, The Folk Opera and The County Rum Running Sisters co-composed with Mark Despault.
Suzanne is currently collecting the oral histories on Amherst Island from the original lake faring families, as well as developing a new spoken word project titled “From Terror to Safe Haven….the Story of the Tibetan, Kosovar and Syrian Refugees of Eastern Ontario”.
Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and Becoming Holmes and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, all titles in his Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario.
Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird’s Choice and The Truth About Luck, which was one of The Globe and Mail’s best books of 2013. Reid’s work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout North America, including The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail and the National Post. In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is his first novel.
Nino Ricci‘s first novel, Lives of the Saints, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the F.G. Bressani Prize and was made into a motion picture starring Sophia Loren. The novel was also a long-time national bestseller, and was followed by the highly acclaimed In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His bestselling novel Testament won the Trillium Book Award. His novel The Origin of Species received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. He has been recognized with the Order of Canada for his contributions to literature as a renowned author. His latest novel is Sleep (2015). He lives in Toronto.
Bill Richardson is a Vancouver-based writer and broadcaster. He has hosted numerous shows on CBC Radio, including Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Most recently he has collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille in the creation of Do You Want What I Have Got? – A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. His books include Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children that was a winner of the Silver Birch Award. His most recent book is The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: Poems of the Late Middle Ages.
Peter Robinson grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and Richmond, Yorkshire. Abattoir Blues is the twenty-second book in the DCI Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories, and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is the bestseller Before the Poison, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden’s Golden Crowbar Award, and the 2013 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Robinson’s critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world. Several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television by ITV and have appeared on PBS.
Rob Taylor was born and raised in Port Moody, BC, and lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. His poems, short stories and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and anthologies. His poems and stories have won multiple awards. In 2014 he was named one of the inaugural writers-in-residence at the Al Purdy A-frame, and in 2015 he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts, as an emerging artist. His first book of poetry, The Other Side of Ourselves, was published in April 2011 from Cormorant Books. Prior to publication, the manuscript for the book won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob has also published four poetry chapbooks.
Ann Walmsley is a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine Awards. She founded her first book club at age nine. In her new book, The Prison Book Club, she documents eighteen months of visits to a remote building at Collins Bay, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. There was no wine and cheese, no plush furnishings. But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas and regain a sense of humanity. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Michael Winter has won the Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award, and his work has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He divides his time between Toronto and St. John’s. Books by Michael Winter are Into the Blizzard, Minister Without Portfolio, The Death of Donna Whalen, and The Architects Are Here.
Marnie Woodrow is the author of two short story collections and the acclaimed novel, Spelling Mississippi. Her new book, Heyday, is a double-barreled novel that features separate story lines set in different eras, both of which explore the soul’s quest for pleasure and the power of love to endure through lifetimes. She is also a playwright, an editor, and a creative writing instructor. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Brad Woods has told stories at festivals, theatres, cafes, churches, prisons and pubs. He tells folk tales, literary classics and personal stories. He has told all over North America and the UK, for all ages and in every type of venue imaginable. Brad is a former director (board member) of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and was the 2004 Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. He was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, he has released 2 full length CDs of original material and kicked off the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia with a story from the main stage. He has done a telling and listening tour of the UK and had stories featured on CBC Radio One and in the Globe and Mail.
Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada’s foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
Thanks to our 2016 sponsors!
- Books & Company
Chef Michael Hoy Culinary
Closson Chase Vinyards
County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives
Janet and Graham Davies
Edwin County Farms
Sandra Foreman, Royal Le Page
From the Farm Cooking School
Frugal & Company
Just Sweets Retro Bakery
David and Marla Lehberg
Xenia Kirkpatrick & Alfred Marguiles
Marlene’s Pet & House Sitting
Mayeski Mathers LLP
- Merrill Inn
Miss Lily’s Café
Norman Hardie Winery
PEC Arts Council
Picton Harbour Inn
The Regent Theatre – Picton
Scotiabank, Picton branch
Doug & Evelyn Sloane
Susan’s Just Because
VCAM Development Corp
Nora-Lyn & Terry Veveers
W. H. Williamsons & Co. Limited
WhistleStop Productions Inc.