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21st Annual Eden Mills Writers' Festival

  • Date

    Sunday, September 20, 2009

  • Details

    What: 21st Annual Eden Mills Writers' Festival

    Where: Eden Mills, Ontario (See website for directions)

    When: Sunday, September 20, noon-6pm

    Why: The Eden Mills Writers' Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Audiences of several thousand now come to the festival each year from near and far to enjoy the unique mix of bucolic surroundings, great literature and relaxed ambience.

    In addition to the main venues, there is a popular Aboriginal Area and an established and extremely well-liked Children's Site, which runs continuously throughout the afternoon. There are also Fringe and Young Adult readings.

    In addition to readings, the festival also features Publishers' Way, where publishers, booksellers, magazine producers and non-profit groups such as PEN showcase their wares. This is also where authors sign their books. Live music is provided between reading sets and delicious refreshments can be enjoyed in the tented food court.

    Featured authors include John Rolston Saul (Voltaire's Bastards, The Doubter's Companion, The Unconscious Civilization), Mirian Toews, (The Flying Troutmans, A Complicated Kindness),  Marina Endicott Good to a Fault, Open Arms) and many more!

    Two free shuttle buses (sponsored by The University of Guelph) run to and from Eden Mills for the big festival day of readings on Sunday. One bus leaves the Sleeman Centre (across from the River Run) at 11:00am and running every 45 minutes thereafter until 2:45pm. The other bus leaves the University Centre, U of Guelph, at 11:15 am and runs every 45 minutes until 3pm.

    How much: Advance passes: $8 per adult. $4 for students & children. $20 for a family pass (2 adults; x children). See website for participating venues.

    At the gate: $10. per adult. $5 for students & children. $25 for a family pass

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