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Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates Canada 150
April 07, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrated Canada’s 150 with special guest authors Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart and host Michael Peterman. The new Spring event took place at Lakefield Untited Church on Friday evening with a full house.
During the introductions Annamarie Beckle thanked those in attendence, but also gave the first public look at the Summer Line-up.
This year’s Literary Festival will be held on July 14, 15 and 16 and opens on Friday evening at the LCS Bryon Jones Theare.
The line-up for the Canada 150 Literary Festival is as follows:
Friday July 14
Friday evening: TANGLED WEBS (Bryon Jones Theatre)
Marni Jackson (well known journalist and writer will be both the host and a reader from her novel, Don’t I Know You?
Zoe Whittall (The Best Kind of People)
Kerry Clare (Mitzi Bytes) (just released, a little more light-hearted, but still tangly with lies and false identities)
Saturday July 15
Children’s Tent: Kari-Lynn Winters and Andrew Larsen (Cenotaph Park). Free to the public.
Actor and writer Mark Finnan will conduct a literary historical walk, approximately a 90-minute stroll, with stops for readings. It will begin and end at Christ Church Community Museum, which houses memorabilia related to some of the writers who will be featured: Susanna Moodie, Cathertine Parr Traill, poet Isabella Valancy Crawford, and, of course, Margaret Laurence. Along with readings from these authors’ work, the walk will also include an introduction to the Anishinaabe Nation’s history in the region and the Michi Saagiig’s (Mississauga’s) oral storytelling tradition. Free to the public.
Saturday afternoon: CULINARY LIFE and TIMES of John A. MacDonald and Catherine Parr Traill (Bryon Jones Theatre)
Nathalie Cooke (ed) and Fiona Lucas (ed) (Catherine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide: Cooking with a Canadian Classic, co-editted, to be published soon by McGill-Queen’s U. Press)
Lindy Mechefske (Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life & Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister)
The Young Writers’ Awards will also be presented on Saturday afternoon at the Bryon Jones Theatre. After the award ceremony, an outdoor reception and supper will be held at the Lakefield College School grounds.
Saturday evening: THE MANY FACES OF MYSTERY (Bryon Jones Theatre)
Steven Price (By Gaslight) (this bestselling novel was longlisted for the Giller prize).
Lynne Kutsukake (The Translation of Love) (set in postwar Japan and the WWII CA internment camps for the Japanese).
Sunday, July 16
Sunday morning service at United Church: Shirley Williams, Curve Lake. She will be the guest speaker for a presentation about storytelling and “original literature.” Free to the public.
Sunday afternoon: CANADA’S GREATEST STORYTELLERS 1867 - 2017 (Bryon Jones Theatre)
A one-man performance by Douglas Gibson.
With a burst of Canadian music to set the scene, and iconic photographs and paintings to show the context, Doug Gibson selects each decade’s best Canadian fiction writers, in English and in French. It’s an amazing historical, artistic, and literary journey covering the last 150 years, starting with Skaay, the Haida storyteller, who is our Homer, and culminating in Alice Munro... who is our Alice Munro.
A limited number of Early Bird Festival passes are just $99 (includes all four events + outdoor reception supper) $123 value for $99 at Happenstance Books & Yarns on Queen Street in Lakefield.
Saturday and Sunday 90-minute craft talks – not just for writers but also for readers who are interested in learning more about the “nuts & bolts” of writing (tickets sold separately on the website; limit of 24 participants):
Steven Price (fiction)
Lindy Mechefske (culinary & historical writing)
Kerry Clare (teaches blogging at the U of T, blogging)
For more information, schedules and to order tickets, please visit www.lakefieldliteraryfestival.com