Starting tomorrow, lovers of literature can get their hands on passes to the 2016 edition of Greenwood’s StoryFest, one of Hudson’s premiere festivals and the perfect way to support Canadian literature. The annual event takes over the small town every October with a month-long series of lectures, workshops, and film screening; this year the festival will be run by recently-appointed executive director Terry O’Shaughnessy.
“We are thrilled with our StoryFest 2016 line-up--it has something for everyone. In fact, literary voices from right across Canada will be heard this year,” said O’Shaughnessy. “StoryFest will offer a truly pan-Canadian celebration of words this year.”
This Thursday, the festival has a special pre-StoryFest event with Dr. James Orbiniski, a contemporary of Romeo Dallaire’s who writes and speaks at length about his time in Rwanda and his work as president of Doctors Without Borders.
Then in October, the festival kicks off on October 2 with two-time Giller finalist Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Recipe for Bees; The Cure for Death by Lightning). She will be followed by Terry Fallis, author The Best Laid Plans and a multiple Stephen Leacock Humour Award winner on October 4.
The not-to-be-missed poetry evening is set for October 6 with a talk and readings by two-time Governor General Award for Poetry winner Don McKay and readings by First Nations’ poet Taqriluk Partridge.
Other authours on stage during the fest are CBC’s Canada Reads finalist Saleema Nawaz (Bone and Bread); Seven Days Dead author John Farrow, a.k.a. Trevor Ferguson; two-time Giller nominated Heather O’Neill (The Girl Who was Saturday Night; Daydreams of Angels); commentator and columnist Gwynne Dyer; and Commonwealth Writers Prize winner Marina Endicott (Good to a Fault; Close to Hugh).
Writers workshops this year are Finding Fun in Writing with Montreal novelist and journalist Monique Polak and with multiple Governor General Award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe (Daddy Lenin), who will also be speaking.
One special evening will feature three authors who write about music: Eric Siblin (The Cello Suites), Nisha Coleman (BUSKER: Stories from the Streets of Paris) and Ian McGillis (The Gazette book review columnist and author of A Tourist’s Guide to Glengarry).
This year’s film screening is Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship, which will play on October 24.
A pass for the festival is only $100 and they go fast; find one as of July 14 at www.greenwoodstoryfest.com. Individual tickets go on sale August 1 online, at Boutique Pure Art, 422 Main Rd., Hudson, Que., or at the door if seats remain.