Events

Stay tuned for the schedule for October 20 – 22, 2017

Upcoming Events

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! Stay tuned for other great advance events in 2017. *Thanks to Gord Downie for the inspiration!


Past Events

Session 18. GG80. Lisez de grands livres


Date and Time: Sun, 06 November 2016 03:30 pm - Sun, 06 November 2016 05:30 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Cet événement est organisé en collaboration avec le Conseil des arts du Canada afin de souligner le 80e anniversaire des Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général. Et ACFO-WECK (roman) Cash bar Perrine Leblanc Jan J. Dominique Lazer Lederhendler Moderator: Judith Sinanga-Ohlman Signing 4:30 – 5:30 repas et séance de dédicace Click on Event Title for tickets


Session 17. Poésie et musique pour célébrer la Semaine national de l’immigration francophone.


Date and Time: Sun, 06 November 2016 03:00 pm -
Location: Valiant Suite, AGW

Carolyn Marie Souaid NAP musique


Session 16. Bookmark Brunch SOLD OUT


Date and Time: Sun, 06 November 2016 11:00 am - Sun, 06 November 2016 01:00 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Thank you for helping us sell out this event! If you have reserved tickets in advance with a volunteer, they will be available for pick up and payment at the door. Some walk-ins may be available. Join us for one of our legendary literary brunches with a light buffet from Koolini. Alexander MacLeod in conversation with CBC Windsor's Lisa Xing. Sponsored by CBC Windsor Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: It's about time that BookFest Windsor features Windsor's Alexander MacLeod - a great writer, and great company. He'll be in conversation with bibliophile and CBC TV anchor Lisa Xing. Literary Arts Windsor will be announcing a unique project to mark Canada 150 & Windsor 125 celebrations next year.


Session 15. IFOA Lit On Tour presents: Olive Senior in conversation with Nino Ricci


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 08:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 09:30 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Olive Senior (Canada) was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Canada at Carleton University. Her work is the subject of numerous critical essays and is taught in schools and universities worldwide. She has been on the Faculty of the Humber School for Writers from 1998 to the present and has served as a writing mentor for Diaspora Dialogues. She has also taught writing at the University of Toronto; St Lawrence University, Canton, NY; University of Miami, Florida; Barnard College, Columbia University, New York; University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. She lives in Toronto. In conversation with Essex County's own Governor General Literary Award-winning author Nino Ricci.


Director's Notes: BookFest Windsor is very proud to partner with International Festival of Authors (IFOA) Lit On Tour program. For several years now, Windsor Essex has discovered amazing internationally recognized authors that we wouldn't be able to bring to this area ourselves, such as Man Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton. This year, discover the world that Olive Senior brings in her latest work The Pain Tree. Literacy on Tour (Lit On Tour) is a programme that aims to present literary events to a wide range of communities outside of Toronto. One of the main initiatives of Lit On Tour is the International Festival of Authors’ touring programme, IFOA Ontario. Doors open at 7:30 pm Click on Event Title for tickets


Session 14. Spoken Word featuring Paulina O'Kieffe


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 05:30 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 07:00 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Windsor Rodzik Gallery 3rd Floor

Jam with Paulina & Teajai Travis Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: The Spoken Word medium is relatively new to the main stage of BookFest Windsor, and we're excited to hear educator and poet Paulina O'Kieffe with local community leader and poet, Teajai Travis, joined by jazz musicians Ryan Fontaine and Ian Smith. Join us for a light reception afterwards before the IFOA Lit on Tour event. Cash bar.


Session 13. Aspects of the Book: Graphic Arts


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 05:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 06:00 pm
Location: AGW Valiant Gallery

Aspects of the Book: Graphic Arts Meags Fitzgerald Johnnie Christmas Josef Bastian, Dakota McFadzean Moderator: Dale Jacobs Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: We don't know who's more excited about this Graphic Books event at the AGW, the organizers or Dr. Jacobs, the moderator! With three stellar Canadian graphic artists, and imaginative creator Josef Bastian from Detroit, this panel showcases a range of styles, voices, backgrounds, and causes. Panel slideshow by Laura Gould.


Session 12. Rear Window – The memories that make us (memoir)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 04:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 05:00 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Craig Davidson Moderator: Jessica Sartori Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: We are thrilled to welcome best-selling fiction writer (also a Nick Cutter), Craig Davidson presenting his acclaimed book, Precious Cargo.  Sadly, James Bartleman cannot come for health reasons, but we wish him the very best, and plan to welcome him next year.


Session 10. Literary Legacies: The Doug Gibson Show (non fiction)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 03:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 04:00 pm
Location: Valiant Suite, AGW

Doug Gibson Moderator: Marty Gervais Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: From Helen Humphreys to Alice Munro, these two Canadian literary lions have nursed books by some of Canada's greatest authors. And both have an amazing collection of stories about those writers. A Venn diagram of both of their acquaintance would include W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler, and Alistair MacLeod.  


Session 11. Conversations over the Wall (fiction, poetry & letters)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 03:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 04:00 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

University of Windsor/ Humanities Research Group – partners Sponsored by Leddy Library Anne Fleming Catherine Leroux Erica Stevens Abbitt Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: Two amazing Canadian writers from different ends of the country, and different styles, yet both connect with themes of voices that tell our story to each other. Catherine Leroux is short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize - stay tuned for the TV coverage! And Anne Fleming is a distinguished visitor to the Department of English the week before BookFest.


Session 8. Monsters and Mindbenders (genre fiction)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 02:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 03:00 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Nathan Adler Nick Cutter Gary Barwin Moderator: Bob Steele Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: Spooky, suspenseful, and sophisticated, these stories of speculative fiction will surprise and delight you. This panel is the brain child of volunteer Christian Laforet and various BFW friends who dared us to strike a genre fiction panel that creeps to the edges. Game on! Nathan Adler's first novel draws on the stories of legends of his Aboriginal culture. Nick Cutter is the Canadian master of horror writing - Stephen King is a fan. And Gary Barwin's parrot narrator has taken him to the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist.


Session 9. Stories from the Edge of Childhood (Young Adult)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 02:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 03:00 pm
Location: Valiant Suite, AGW

Sponsored by TD Bank Group Valiant Suite AGW 2nd Floor Melanie Florence Charis Cotter Michael Kusugak Jenny Kay Dupuis Moderator: Martha Brack-Martin Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: this is one of the most powerful panels of writers for young readers that has graced BookFest Windsor in many years. Telling tales of fright, fear, but ultimately hope, these are stories whose time has come. Representing all of Canada's coasts, you won't get to see these writers often. Take advantage of this amazing gathering led by Lasalle's own Martha Martin, whose latest book has just hit the bookstores.


Session 7. Gentle Habits, Gravity, and Circuses (fiction)


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 01:00 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 02:00 pm
Location: Valiant Suite, AGW

Cherie Dimaline Rhonda Douglas Richard Scarsbrook Moderator: Paul Vasey Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: a joyous panel of fiction - long and short. Rhonda and Richard are back to BookFest Windsor by popular demand, and Cherie Dimaline is an author we've been trying to schedule in Windsor for a couple of years now. She is a former writer-in-residence of the Toronto Public Library. This panel is lead by popular Windsor author Paul Vasey. This will be electric!


Session 6. Poetry Café – in honour of Eugene McNamara


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 12:30 pm - Sat, 05 November 2016 01:40 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

Sponsored by Windsor Volunteers for Literacy Rodzik AGW 2nd Floor – or Lounge Joanne Arnott Dorothy Mahoney Carolyn Marie Souaid Michael Prior Moderator: Peter Hrastovec Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: Our popular poetry panel is back stronger than ever! We hold this in honour of a Windsor poet, teacher, professior, champion of literature Eugene McNamara who sadly died this year, but lives in his work and in our hearts.


Session 4. Land of promise: Settlers, slavery and resistance in Southwestern Ontario


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 11:00 am - Sat, 05 November 2016 12:00 pm
Location: AGW Rodzik Gallery

(non-fiction) Karolyn Smardz-Frost Veta Smith Tucker, John B. Lee Moderator: Marty Gervais


Director's Notes: Paying tribute to our ancestors and those whose voices sang our culture into being, these editors, authors, poets will trace the journey. Non-fiction - local history.


Session 5. Poetry/Stories celebrating Arabic and local culture


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 10:30 am - Sat, 05 November 2016 11:30 am
Location: Valiant Suite, AGW

Featuring Ibaa Ismail and Mary Ann Mulhern. Moderator: Remy Boulbol Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: You will be delighted by these two local voices - full of care for our community and for those who come after. Treat yourself to this session, and start off your day inspired.


Session 3. Writers’ Workshop with Richard Scarsbrook


Date and Time: Sat, 05 November 2016 10:00 am - Sat, 05 November 2016 11:30 am
Location: Rodzik Lounge 3rd floor AGW

Writers’ Workshop  Studio, AGW 3rd Floor Richard Scarsbrook is the author of eight books, including his most recent, Rockets Versus Gravity. His short stories and poems have appeared in Descant, The Dalhousie Review, Prairie Fire, Matrix, The Toronto Quarterly, and the NeWest Review. He teaches creative writing courses at George Brown and Humber Colleges, and is a mentor for the Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program. He lives in Toronto. His latest book is Rocket Versus Gravity with Dundurn Press. Click on Event Title for tickets


Director's Notes: Calling writers and storytellers! Leamington's own Richard Scarsbrook comes home to share his top insights into writing, editing and creating your own written work. Priced to be accessible, this workshop has limited space for the best communication between you and the facilitator. Book early!  


Session 2. BookFest Windsor's 15th Birthday! & Opening Reception


Date and Time: Fri, 04 November 2016 08:30 pm - Fri, 04 November 2016 10:30 pm
Location: Snackbar BQ, 39 Chatham St E, Windsor, ON

With authors Jordan St. John Ontario Craft Beer Guide and Jonathan Pinto Windsor Cookbook Introduced by Vanessa Shields Free admission. Appetizers. Cash bar.


Session 1. The Rules of the Game: Great Hockey Stories


Date and Time: Fri, 04 November 2016 07:00 pm - Fri, 04 November 2016 08:00 pm
Location: Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive W.

Friday, November 4: 7 – 8 pm - $5 or Lit Arts Windsor pass Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Dr. E. Ground Floor The Rules of the Game: Great Hockey Stories (non fiction) Sponsored by ACHF Kevin Shea Bob Duff Chris Chelios (scheduled to appear) Moderator: Dartis Willis Click on Event Title for tickets


BFW Student Writing Contest with Charis Cotter


Date and Time: Fri, 04 November 2016 06:00 pm - Fri, 04 November 2016 07:30 pm
Location: AGW – Rodzik 401 Riverside Dr. E. Third Floor

November 4: 6:00 – 7:30 pm - Free Student Writing Contest Winner Presentation with Charis Cotter Sponsored by St. Clair College


BookFest Windsor 2016: Diverse Voices - our fifteenth year!


Date and Time: Fri, 04 November 2016 12:00 am - Sat, 05 November 2016 12:00 am
Location: Chimczuk Museum & Art Gallery of Windsor

BookFest Windsor 2016 will be held November 4 - 6 at various venues in downtown Windsor. See Events for sessions and start times. All events priced separately. Or save money and time with a convenient package which allows in-and-out privileges for any and all events on November 4 and 5! $35 + box office fee $2.10. November 6 events sold separately. A mixed-media cultural celebration in downtown Windsor!


With Black Moss Press: Book Launch


Date and Time: Thu, 03 November 2016 07:00 pm - Thu, 03 November 2016 10:00 pm
Location: Phog Lounge

Join Black Moss Press as the press celebrates Don Lajoie's new book, The Voodoo Journal: Dispatches of a Haitian Grave Don Lajoie is a writer who has worked in Journalism across Canada for four decades, most recently at The Windsor Star. His coverage of Haiti has garnered numerous national and Ontario Journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award citation and a Beyond Borders award for investigative reporting. He lives in Windsor with his wife Grace, a son and a daughter. Kick off a literary weekend with BookFest Windsor!


Publishing 101 / ACWR & BookFest Windsor


Date and Time: Wed, 12 October 2016 06:30 am - Wed, 12 October 2016 08:30 am
Location: ArtSpeak Gallery, 1942 Wyandotte St E

THE ARTS WORK AT ACWR ACWR Art.WORK professional development workshops support artists in building skill sets to further their creative careers.  BookFest Windsor is delighted to partner with Arts Council Windsor Region with the presentation of this workshop. Workshops are $10 for smART Card members and $15 for non-members. October 12 – Publishing 101 This workshop will be in partnership with BookFest Windsor as a lead up to their full schedule of literary arts events, November 4 – 6, at various locations in downtown Windsor.  Visit http://bookfestwindsor.com/ for more details about BookFest Windsor. Join the Arts Council Windsor & Region, BookFest Windsor and Justine Dowsett of Mirror World Publishing for our October Art.WORK workshop: Publishing 101. As a lead up to BookFest Windsor in November and will be held in the Joy Theatre, in downtown Windsor at the Capitol Theatre. The workshop will be an overview of: different methods of getting a manuscript published, how to decide between them, how to find a publisher for your manuscript, putting together a submission package, and how to write a query letter that will get your submission noticed. It is open to all genres of literary arts, and is aimed at writers who have finished work, but are unsure about the next steps.

October 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:
ArtSpeak Gallery 1942 Wyandotte St E Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Canada
Cost:
$10 for smART Card Members | $15 for non-members
Register Here!


Art in the Park 2016 - poetry reading sponsored by Literary Arts Windsor


Date and Time: Sat, 04 June 2016 12:30 pm - Sat, 04 June 2016 04:00 pm
Location: Willistead Manor, Windsor

On Saturday, June 4, from 12:30 - 4 pm in the Manor House on the second floor, Literary Arts Windsor will be presenting poetry readings for the pleasure of visitors. One of the featured poets is Ibaa Ismail, a poet originally from Syria, who now lives in Clarkston MI. Ibaa writes in Arabic and translates her work into English. Also reading will be popular Windsor poet, Peter Hrastovec. Literary Arts Windsor will once again be sponsoring poetry readings for our visitors. 12:30 - 1:00 violinist: Ayah Alghanem 1:00 - 1:20 poet: Peter Hrastovec 1:20 - 1:40 poet: Ibaa Ismail 1:40 - 2:00 poet: Deonte Osayande 2:00 - 2:15 discussion and/or questions 2:15 - 2:30 violinist: Ayah Alghanem 2:30 - 2:50 poet: Deonte Osayande 2:50 - 3:10 poet: Ibaa Ismail 3:10 - 3:30 poet: Peter Hrastovec 3:30 - 4:00 discussion and/or questions Lineup update: Deonte had to cancel for tomorrow because of family considerations. However, Daniel Lockhart has kindly agreed to step in and take his place. Yay, Daniel!


A Fluid Frontier launch & celebration


Date and Time: Sat, 02 April 2016 11:00 am - Sat, 02 April 2016 12:30 pm
Location: Chimczuk Museum

BookFest Windsor is delighted to partner with Wayne State University Press and Scholarly Book Services for the Canadian launch of this important new book about the history of the Detroit River Region. Meet the editors and contributors. Admission free. Books for sale by Biblioasis.

A Fluid Frontier

Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland

Edited by Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker With a foreword by David W. Blight
As the major gateway into British North America for travelers on the Underground Railroad, the U.S./Canadian border along the Detroit River was a boundary that determined whether thousands of enslaved people of African descent could reach a place of freedom and opportunity. In A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland, editors Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker explore the experiences of the area’s freedom-seekers and advocates, both black and white, against the backdrop of the social forces—legal, political, social, religious, and economic—that shaped the meaning of race and management of slavery on both sides of the river. In five parts, contributors trace the beginnings of and necessity for transnational abolitionist activism in this unique borderland, and the legal and political pressures, coupled with African Americans’ irrepressible quest for freedom, that led to the growth of the Underground Railroad. A Fluid Frontier details the founding of African Canadian settlements in the Detroit River region in the first decades of the nineteenth century with a focus on the strong and enduring bonds of family, faith, and resistance that formed between communities in Michigan and what is now Ontario. New scholarship offers unique insight into the early history of slavery and resistance in the region and describes individual journeys: the perilous crossing into Canada of sixteen-year-old Caroline Quarlls, who was enslaved by her own aunt and uncle; the escape of the Crosswhite family, who eluded slave catchers in Marshall, Michigan, with the help of others in the town; and the international crisis sparked by the escape of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn and others. With a foreword by David W. Blight, A Fluid Frontier is a truly bi-national collection, with contributors and editors evenly split between specialists in Canadian and American history, representing both community and academic historians. Scholars of the Underground Railroad as well as those in borderland studies will appreciate the interdisciplinary mix and unique contributions of this volume.


BookFest Windsor welcomes Lawrence Hill


Date and Time: Wed, 18 November 2015 07:00 pm - Wed, 18 November 2015 09:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre Windsor

Lawrence Hill makes a special trip to Windsor as part of his Fall 2015 tour to share his new book, The Illegal. Hosted by CBC Windsor's Bob Steele.


Bootleggers' Breakfast


Date and Time: Sun, 18 October 2015 10:30 am - Sun, 18 October 2015 01:00 pm
Location: Canadian Club Heritage Centre: 2072 Riverside E, Windsor

Brunch - An elegant meal catered by Koolini's Author Readings and Discussions Rhonda DouglasDavid HomelMichael Januska Moderator:  Marty Gervais, Windsor’s Poet Laureate, and author of The Rumrunners: A Prohibition Scrapbook DJ: Ted Shaw Tour and Whisky Tasting (Optional):  A half-hour tour that highlights the the Hiram Walker story, takes you back to the days of prohibition, and culminates with a sampling of whiskey. Canadian Club Heritage Centre (Hiram Walker) 2072 Riverside E, Windsor   Tickets $35 per person Available online and  from BookFest Windsor. See bookfestwindsor.ca/tickets Please don’t drink and drive. Hop on the shuttle from the Holiday Inn downtown at 10:15 and the Waterfront Hotel at 10:25 am! Fare: by donation.  


IFOA Lit on Tour presents Terry Fallis


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 08:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 09:15 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Pentastar

Two-time Stephen Leacock medal winner Terry Fallis joins CBC Windsor’s Lisa Xing in conversation.


Stories of Place: Aspects of the Book: Graphic Arts


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 07:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 08:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly

Dynamic story telling in words and art with David Collier (Hamilton), Josef Bastian (Detroit), and Mariko Tamaki (San Francisco & Toronto). Moderator: Scott Chantler, Writer-in-Residence, University of Windsor


Traduction et histoires


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 06:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 07:30 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy

Martine Delvaux, auteure et David Homel, traducteur en conversation avec Judith Sinanga-Ohlman souper 20$


BookFest Windsor & International Festival of Authors celebrate local art


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 06:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 07:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Lobby

This year: music with the Ted Hogan Combo


Salon des mots et musiques pour célébrer l’Ontario 400


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 05:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 06:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy

Poèmes par Pierrette Paré et musique par Bon bonne musik avec Guylaine Tousignant Présenté par l'ACFO et Bookfest Windsor


Confidence isn't necessarily Harmless


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 04:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 05:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Pentastar

Stories of delusion, self-sabotage and suspicion with Russell Smith, Craig Shreve, and Martine Delvaux. Moderator: Sara Elliott


Cancelled - Judith Fitzgerald launches Impeccable Regret


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 03:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 04:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy

Unfortunately, Judith Fitzgerald is unable to join us at BookFest Windsor. However, her new volume of poetry, is available at the onsite bookstore and at Biblioasis. One of Canada’s foremost poets and former University of Windsor’s Writer-in-Residence, Judith Fitzgerald in conversation with Tom Dilworth


Two Multitudes: New Fiction from Quebec’s Two Languages


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 03:00 pm -
Location: Capitol Theatre - Pentastar

Josip Novakovich & Samuel Archibald, in conversation with Dimitri Nasrallah Presented by Véhicule Press and Biblioasis Panel presented in English A reading and discussion with two of Quebec’s pre-eminent contemporary writers in English and French. 2013 Man Booker International Prize finalist Josip Novakovich reads from his latest story collection, Ex-YU (Esplanade Books, 2015).  2015 Giller Prize-nominated Samuel Archibald reads from the Donald Winkler translation of his debut collection, Arvida (Biblioasis, 2015/Le Quartanier, 2011).  Afterwards, both writers will take part in a conversation led by Esplanade Books editor Dimitri Nasrallah.


Love Enough to be Brilliant: fiction


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 02:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 03:00 pm
Location: Kelly Theatre at the Capitol

A moving collection of fiction depicting hidden lives at home and abroad with Dionne Brand and Denise Roig. Moderator: Dorothy Mahoney


"No one gets over Don Quixote": Society and Headlines - non-fiction


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 02:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 03:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Pentastar

Insightful insights with authors Mark Kingwell and A. J. Somerset Moderator: Craig Pearson


Aspects of the Book: Editing and Peer Review


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 01:00 pm - Sat, 17 October 2015 02:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly

Aspects of the Book: Editing and Peer Review with the Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor 1 pm – 2 pm Kelly Theatre An insightful look at the process of producing the best in academic writing and publishing in the digital age. Panelists: Erica Stevens Abbitt, Dave Johnson, Cal Murgu University of Windsor Moderator: Pauline Phipps


Student Writing Contest Winners


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 11:30 am - Sat, 17 October 2015 12:15 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Joy

Celebrate the winners of the St. Clair College Student Writing Contest Winners presented by author Vanessa Shields.


Poetry Cafe


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 11:00 am - Sat, 17 October 2015 12:20 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre - Kelly

The ever-popular gathering of poets for a celebration of words and insight with Elizabeth Ross, Deanna Young, and Souvankham Thammavongsa Moderator: Stephen Pender


BookFest Windsor 2015


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 10:30 am - Sat, 17 October 2015 10:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre Windsor

A full day of workshops, readings, launches, discussions, art and more with some of Canada's best authors and illustrators. All day: One Ten Park: Roses for Windsor – interactive book art with Susan Gold and Collette Broeders Authors of Gunsan, Korea (twin city with Windsor) information display by Dahee Kim.   Biblioasis will be selling books on site, or preorder from the bookstore.


GG Books Live! Livres GG chez nous


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 10:30 am - Sat, 17 October 2015 11:30 am
Location: Capitol Theatre and other locations

A special presentation and studio for writers for young readers from age 12 to 92 with Mariko Tamaki, David Homel, Raziel Reid. Moderator: Robin Greenall Also in conjunction with Essex County Library and the Greater Essex County School Board, authors will visit libraries and schools in Windsor and Essex County. This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards.


BookFest Windsor Writing Workshop with Kelly Fordon


Date and Time: Sat, 17 October 2015 10:00 am - Sat, 17 October 2015 11:15 am
Location: Capitol Theatre

eDon’t Write What You Know The internet insures we all know a lot. Writers need to figure out how to use what they know without becoming subservient to fact. A war vet might include details of combat in his work, but his experience should empower his imagination not restrict it. As a wisewriter once said, “Use the inspiration derived from experience and then water it with your imagination.” What matters in good writing is character, those constructions of imagination that transcend our biases and agendas, our egos and entitlements and flesh. As Bret Anthony Johnston said, “Trust your powers of empathy and invention. Trust the example of the authors you love to read—Flaubert: “Emma, c’est moi”—and trust that your craft, when braided with compassion, will produce stories that matter both to you and to readers you’ve never met.” In this session, we’ll talk about using your experiences to your advantage without letting it overpower your creative impulses. Kelly's Website: http://www.kellyfordon.com Admission included in BookFest Windsor October 17 Day Pass   Space is limited. Save me a seat! Click here to sign up with your friends.


Rampike Super Launch!


Date and Time: Fri, 16 October 2015 08:00 pm - Fri, 16 October 2015 10:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre Windsor

Celebrate with local writers and publisher Dr. Karl Jirgens as Rampike magazine launches its final edition at BookFest Windsor 2015. Admission free. Cash bar.  


Essex County Library presents Mariko Tamaki - Kingsville


Date and Time: Fri, 16 October 2015 01:00 pm -
Location: Kingsville Library, 40 Main Street West, Kingsville, ON

As part of BookFest Windsor's celebration of GG Books Live! Essex County Library is hosting Governor General Literary Award winner Mariko Tamaki at Essex County Library Kingsville Branch at 40 Main Street West. Contact Essex County Library for details. 519-776-5241 ext. 128 This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards.


Essex County Library presents Mariko Tamaki - Lasalle


Date and Time: Fri, 16 October 2015 08:30 am -
Location: St Thomas of Villanova, Lasalle, ON

As part of BookFest Windsor's celebration of GG Books Live! Essex County Library is hosting Governor General Literary Award winner Mariko Tamaki at St. Thomas of Villanova High School, Lasalle. Contact Essex County Library for details. 519-776-5241 ext. 128 This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards.  


BookFest Windsor Presents Nino Ricci


Date and Time: Thu, 15 October 2015 07:00 pm - Thu, 15 October 2015 10:00 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre Windsor

The 2015 BookFest Windsor's grand opening with Leamington native Nino Ricci as he launches his new book Sleep in a feature interview with Windsor's Ted Shaw.    


BookFest Windsor 2015 Media Launch


Date and Time: Tue, 22 September 2015 10:30 am - Tue, 22 September 2015 11:15 am
Location: Capitol Theatre Windsor 121 University Ave W

   Email: info@bookfestwindsor.com                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Launch: BookFest Windsor 2015 (WINDSOR, ON) -- Literary Arts Windsor and the BookFest Windsor Committee invite news & arts media to the Media Launch of BookFest Windsor 2015, celebrating great Canadian literature with award-winning authors, and exciting new voices. Please join us on Tuesday, September 22, from 10:30am to 11:00am at The Capitol Theatre Windsor Lobby Lounge, at 121 University Ave W., Windsor, Ontario. Complete press kits and sample books will be available. Come and hear an exciting new voice in Canadian literature: Chatham author Craig Shreve. A full list of BookFest Windsor events and attending authors will be announced. Refreshments will be served. Some of the highlights of BookFest Windsor 2015 include:

  • a bilingual tribute to Ontario 400: a celebration of francophone settlement in Ontario.
  • several Governor General Literary Award winners, including a breakthrough graphic novelist who writes with her cousin
  • a two-time Stephen Leacock Medal for humour award winner
  • one of Biblioasis’ long-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees
  • a new novel presented by the very popular author of The Book of Negroes, recently screened on CBC network
All this, and more, is coming to BookFest Windsor 2015: 400 Stories, running October 15 through 18, 2015 and November 18, 2015, at the Capitol Theatre Windsor and Canadian Club Room, Hiram Walker in Windsor, Ontario. RSVP to 519-253-7639 or via email to info@bookfestwindsor.com. BookFest Windsor 2015 gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and Windsor Volunteers for Literacy. Biblioasis is the official bookseller of BookFest Windsor 2015. -30- For more information call Sarah at 519-253-7639, email info@bookfestwindsor.com or visit www.bookfestwindsor.com