The Hub October 2015 - Page 9

Eva Antonel You know when the leaves start showing signs of turning colour and jackets return to hall closets, that BookFest Windsor is not far behind. It seems that almost every month offers a multitude of opportunities to celebrate the written word in Windsor Essex. From book launches and signings, to readings and participating in writing workshops, our community is no stranger to all things literary. But every fall, we wrap it all up in a great big bookish package that has come to symbolize our love affair with books and call it BookFest Windsor. Acclaimed writers from across Canada and even farther afield, as well as promising up-and-comers just cutting their teeth on the literary grindstone, congregate yearly to chat, listen, learn and participate in each other's Kevin Sylvester, presenting at the Windsor Public Library to local inner-city school celebration and shared love of words. Literary children during BookFest 2013. Photo courtesy of Sonja Frkovic. greats such as our own late Alistair MacLeod, writers and illustrators. The festival closes on launch tour. Margaret Atwood, Eugene McNamara and Sunday, with Bootlegger's Brunch at On Saturday morning, sandwiched Rosemary Sullivan, just to name a few, have Canadian Club Heritage Centre. There will be between a panel for poets and one for visited Bookfest Windsor in the past as well readings and discussion with Rhonda academic writers, is a scheduled award as sharing their experience and talent at Douglas, David Homel and Michael Januska presentation for the winners of the St. Clair much bigger book fairs around the country. with Marty Gervais, Windsor's Poet Laureate College student writing contest. This is the After all, why shouldn't they have? Bookfest and author of Rumrunners; a Prohibition highlight of the weekend for many local Windsor has been honoured as one of the top Scrapbook, moderating. An elegant meal, talented student writers and their families. 10 literary festivals in Canada by Canadian catered by Koolini's, a half hour tour of the With shining eyes and dressed in their finest Geographic. heritage building and a sampling of whiskey attire, they will receive their awards and This year's lineup is no less exciting. round out the event. hopefully a taste and fire for all things literary. Nino Ricci, Leamington's own, author of the And, just as you thought you'd have to As a child who attended a yearly festival of prize winning Lives of the Saints trilogy, wait till next year to experience the the book in my hometown, fifty some years Origin of the Species and the recent Sleep will excitement of Bookfest again, Lawrence Hill, ago, I can attest to the likelihood of that launch his new book, and the festival itself, the author of The Book of Negros, makes an happening. on Thursday, October 15 in a feature appearance at the Capitol Theatre on For tickets and more information check interview with Ted Shaw. Saturday is shaping November 18 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his new out the BookFest Windsor Website. up to be a day full of stories, poetry and art book The Illegal as part of his 2015 book featuring Canada's best contemporary How do you support local artists? Tweet us @TheHubWE #artmatters October 2015 - The HUB 9