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Literary Arts Windsor 2017 Fall Events: The Business of Books in Windsor


Date and Time: Thu, 28 September 2017 07:00 pm -
Location: SHO Art, Spirit & Performance, 628 Monmouth Rd. Unit 6, Windsor

A Conversation with Marty Gervais and Daniel Wells. Moderator: Dartis Willis, CEO, Windsor Express $10 Admission. Cash only, tickets at the door. No charge for LAW Members. Ticket price includes delicious snacks by the Downtown Mission's Do Good Deli and pre-event musical performance by the Coffee House Combo from 6 -7 pm. Cash Bar Book Sales and Signing


See, Speak, Hear Canada: Music of the North


Date and Time: Mon, 02 October 2017 07:00 pm - Mon, 02 October 2017 08:30 pm
Location: The Capitol Theatre Windsor, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor

A Downtown Cultural Hub Partnership for Canada and Ontario 150th/Windsor 125th Revolving around the idea of “North,” the basis for actor Steve Martin’s recently acclaimed exhibition of Canadian painter Lawren Harris, the partners expand ideas of north while recognizing the important role culture plays in Windsor’s downtown life. Including noted Windsor lawyer and poet, Peter Hrastovec and WSO string musicians, the three-night program will explore the Music of the North Pick up your tickets and schedule for #bfw17 at each of these events!


Literary Arts Windsor 2017 Fall Events Series: Marty Gervais presents Five Towns


Date and Time: Tue, 03 October 2017 -
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Reading, book sales and signing. Two performances at two campuses of Windsor Regional Hospital! 10 am First Floor Lobby Lens (Met) Campus 2 pm Goyeau Lobby Mezzanine Level, Ouellette Campus Admission: free Everyone welcome!


See, Speak, Hear Canada: Glenn Gould: The Man and the Music


Date and Time: Wed, 04 October 2017 07:00 pm - Wed, 04 October 2017 08:30 pm
Location: Phog Lounge (next to the Capitol Theatre Windsor)

A Downtown Cultural Hub Partnership for Canada and Ontario 150th/Windsor 125th Toronto Star music critic Peter Goddard presents his latest book: The Great Gould, with three orchestral musicians, Andrew McIntosh, Roman Kosarev (Windsor Symphony Orchestra) & Hai-Xin Wu (Detroit Symphony Orchestra) playing excerpts from The Goldberg Variations. Second in a three-part series of Cultural Hub Canada 150 events. Get your tickets and information about #bfw17 at each event.  


See, Speak, Hear Canada: Lawren Harris: Beyond the Painter


Date and Time: Thu, 05 October 2017 07:00 pm - Thu, 05 October 2017 08:30 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr. W. Windsor

A Downtown Cultural Hub Partnership for Canada and Ontario 150th/Windsor 125th Featuring: Reading from Contrast by Peter Hrastovec, Music from 4th Wall Music, art from the Art Gallery of Windsor Pick up your tickets and schedule for #bfw17 at each of these events!  


Arts Council Windsor & Region Workshop Series


Date and Time: Wed, 11 October 2017 06:30 pm - Wed, 11 October 2017 08:00 pm
Location: Arts Council Windsor & Region 1942 Wyandotte St E., Windsor, ON

Think Globally, Write Locally: Introduction to Freelance Writing A workshop with Grant Munroe    


BookFest Windsor 2017: The Next 150


Date and Time: Fri, 20 October 2017 - Sun, 22 October 2017
Location: Capitol Theatre and other locations

Join us from October 20 - 22 at the Capitol Theatre Windsor for an exciting celebration of literary achievement in Canada and beyond. Where have we come from? Who are we now? What shall we become in the Next 150*? Also celebrating Windsor's 125th Anniversary by bringing the world of literature to Windsor! *Thanks to Gord Downie for the inspiration!


BFW17 1 & 2: Journée francophone au Théâtre Capitol à Windsor


Date and Time: Fri, 20 October 2017 09:30 am - Fri, 20 October 2017 12:30 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Pentastar

Journée francophone au Théâtre Capitol à Windsor  Le vendredi 20 octobre 2017  9h30-12h30 - Présentations scolaires à la salle Pentastar  – ouvertes au public 5$  Avec l’auteur Claude Forand    Modératrice : Christine Brooks   Vente de livres et séance de signatures – ouvert au public 


BFW17 3: en conversation avec


Date and Time: Fri, 20 October 2017 06:30 pm - Fri, 20 October 2017 08:00 pm
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En soirée à la salle Joy  L’auteur David Bouchet et la traductrice Claire Holden Rothman. Modératrice : Natasha E. Feghali  Ouverture des portes à 18h  18h30 - Souper préparé par le chef Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin du gite Iron Kettle de Comber  Billet 20$ - à l’avance seulement -  Bar payant  19h15 - Conférence avec l’auteur  20h - Vente de livres et séance de signature avec David Bouchet, Claire Holden Rothman et Claude Forand  Billets:  À la réception du CCFWEK au 519-948-5545 ou  bookfestwindsor.com/tickets  Pour plus d’informations : ACFO-WECK au 519-948-5545 poste 18 Join author David Bouchet and author and translator Claire Holden Rothman in conversation with Natasha Feghali. Sponsored by Vehicule Press and ACFo_WECK


BFW17 4: The Magic and the Horror


Date and Time: Fri, 20 October 2017 07:00 pm - Fri, 20 October 2017 08:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly Theatre

Explore genre fiction, including horror, suspense, and speculative fiction with these great young authors: Gemma Files, Terry Favro, and Brett Savory.| Moderator: Martin Deck Explore genre fiction, including horror, suspense, and speculative fiction with these great young authors: Gemma Files, Terry Favro, and Brett Savory.  Moderator: Martin Deck $5 pp Literary Arts Windsor members: free


BFW17 5: The Great Gould and the Prince of Darkness


Date and Time: Fri, 20 October 2017 08:30 pm - Fri, 20 October 2017 10:00 pm
Location: Phog Lounge (next to the Capitol Theatre Windsor)

Classical Music and Punk Rock in fiction! Join Peter Goddard (The Great Gould) and Warren Kinsella (Recipe for Hate) and musician Ian Smith for conversation about books and music. Moderator: Dan McDonald Classical Music and Punk Rock in fiction!  Join Peter Goddard (The Great Gould) and Warren Kinsella (Recipe for Hate) and musician Ian Smith for conversation about books and music. Moderator: Dan McDonald.  No cover for this event. Cash bar. Books for sale & author signing to follow.


BFW17 6: Behind-the-Scenes at a Publishing House. Workshop


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 10:30 am - Sat, 21 October 2017 11:45 am
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy Theatre

Sponsors Windsor Volunteers for Literacy Behind-the-Scenes at a Publishing House Workshop: Noelle Allen, Sandra Kasturi, Moderator: Grant Munroe A powerhouse of publishing experience in literary and genre writing. Bring your notebooks and questions! $10 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 7: Poetry Cafe


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 12:30 pm -
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy Theatre

Wendy Donawa, Julie Cameron Gray, Donato Mancini. Moderator: Peter Hrastovec Our ever-popular celebration of new poetry from across Canada. Featuring UWindsor’s Writer-in-Residence Donato Mancini. $5 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 8: Student Writing Contest Awards


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 01:00 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 02:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly Theatre

Sponsors: St. Clair College, Windsor Volunteers for Literacy with Terry Favro (tbc). Free admission.  Celebrate young writers!


BFW17 9: Finding their Way Home


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 02:30 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 03:30 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly Theatre

Carol Off   Moderator: Jessica Sartori Join the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction 2017 Finalist and CBC journalist Carol Off for a gripping story about a news story that became a friendship.  $5 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 10: So Much Forward - Winning New Fiction


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 04:00 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 05:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly Theatre

Eva Crocker & Rebecca Rosenblum Moderator: Heidi Jacobs Fabulous new fiction with two dynamic young authors! $5 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 11: Multi-Platform Story Telling - Comics & Graphics


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 06:00 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 07:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy Theatre

Jen Storm, Hope Nicholson, and Windsor Film Camp. Moderator: Dale Jacobs  A fascinating look at how we tell our stories in graphic novels and film. What will our voices sound like during the Next 150? $5 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 12: IFOA Lit on Tour and BookFest Windsor present: Kia Corthron in coversation with Christopher Paul Curtis


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 07:00 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 08:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly Theatre

Kia Corthron Moderator: Christopher Paul Curtis. ASL Interpreter. In partnership with the International Festival of Authors, BookFest Windsor is proud to welcome Kia Corthron. Kia Corthron is a playwright whose works have premiered in New York and across the U.S. as well as in London. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter is her debut novel. $10 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free  

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter

Winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
On the eve of America’s entry into World War II, in a tiny Alabama town, two brothers come of age in a world of model trains, church, and the local chapter of the Klan: Randall, the son of a sawmill worker, a brilliant eighth-grader and lonely outcast, begins teaching his eighteen-year-old deaf and uneducated brother B.J. sign language. Simultaneously in small-town Maryland the two sons of a Pullman Porter, six-year-old hyper Eliot, a gifted student himself, and his brother Dwight who at twelve is discovering he likes boys more than girls, grow up in a world punctuated by the county fair, extended family picnics, a visit from A. Philip Randolph and the legacy of a lynched great-aunt. The four mature into men directly confronting the fierce resistance to the early civil rights movement, and are all ultimately uprooted, navigating a deaf urban world, the working class suburbs of the early calculator boom, a community fresh from the Panther heyday being accosted by the onset of AIDS. Their journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families.


University of Windsor Humanities Research Group presents


Date and Time: Sat, 21 October 2017 08:30 pm - Sat, 21 October 2017 09:30 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy Theatre

James Bartleman Moderator: Kim Nelson Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, literacy advocate, memoirist, and fiction writer James Bartleman in conversation. $10 Literary Arts Windsor members: Free


BFW17 14: Books & Brunch: The Burden of Memory


Date and Time: Sun, 22 October 2017 11:00 am - Sun, 22 October 2017 01:00 pm
Location: 14 Restaurant and Sky Lounge, 100 Ouellette Ave #1400, Windsor, ON N9A 6T3

Linden MacIntyre and Elise Levine Moderator: Rob Nelson This popular event sells out. Don’t miss great writing, conversation, and food with a view – book now! $35 includes brunch. Cash bar. Books available for sale.


Literary Arts Windsor Fall Event Series: Deconstructing the Analyst: Molly Peacock in Conversation with Lorraine Steele


Date and Time: Thu, 02 November 2017 07:00 pm -
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$10 Admission. Cash only, tickets at the door. No charge for LAW Members Ticket price includes delicious snacks by the Downtown Mission's Do Good Deli and pre-event musical performance by cellist Nadine Deleury from 6-7 pm Cash bar Book Sales and Signing