The annual County Reads event will take place Thursday, April 19 at 7 P.M. at Waring Hall. $5 tickets available at any branch of the County of Prince Edward Public Library. Ken Murray returns to moderate the event. For up to date information about this event and more please click HERE.

Krista Dalby defends Glory by Gillian Wigmore
Ray Hobson defends The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
Conrad Beaubien defends Testimony by Robbie Robertson
Sarah Selecky defends Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Shelagh Mathers defends The River by Helen Humphreys

The County Reads More... will bring literary events to Prince Edward County throughout the year. The first event brings Roch Carrier to the Picton Town Hall on Friday, April 20 at 3 P.M. to discuss his new book,  Demain Matin, J’écris Un Roman. More events will be revealed.


Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors!

  • Arden’s Music
    County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives
    Janet & Ron Aston
    Exultet Winery, Milford
    Marlene Fraser
    Gap Point Reach Inc.
    Jill & John Hill
    Valerie Hussey
  • Invisible Publishing
    Xenia Kirkpatrick & Alfred Margulies
    Nancy Kroeker
    Lockyer’s Country Gardens
    Mayeski Mathers
    Norman Hardie Vineyard & Winery
    Oeno Gallery
    Prince Edward Learning Centre

  • Colleen Green, Remax Quinte Limited
    Doug & Evelyn Sloane
    David Sutton
    Bill & Barbara Sweet
    W.H. Williamson & Co. Ltd.
    Writers UnBlocked
    Judith VanBastelaar

Festival Memories

  • “A festival with events held in one of Canada’s excellent independent bookstores, on what is one of Canada’s most charming main streets, in one of Canada’s most interesting counties. A pretty great combo.”

    —Stuart Mclean

  • “I remember a crowded room in a house where one was rushed aside to take in some home-cooking – and friendly, welcoming faces, thoughtful attention and when I finally took my turn to read, to talk, there was laughter in all the right places.”

    —Wayson Choy

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Invisible Publishing | Readings + Conversation

October 22, 2017, 3:00pm - October 22, 2017, 5:00pm

Four Invisible authors are descending on Picton to read from + talk about their latest books! The lineup: Gillian Wigmore with her debut novel, GLORY, which is part punk rock, part old-time country ballad, and part love letter to strong women. Jeremy Hanson-Finger with his debut novel, DEATH AND THE INTERN, the great anesthesiology-murder-mystery set in the Ottawa Civic Hospital. E Martin Nolan with his debut poetry collection, STILL POINT, about Hurricane Katrina, the deconstruction of Detroit, the financial crisis of 2008, and the BP Gulf oil spill. Marcus McCann with his third poetry collection, SHUT UP SLOW DOWN LET GO BREATHE, a killer response to overwork, anxiety, and overstimulation. The lowdown: Excellent readings, room for Q&A, mingling with authors, book signing, merriment, etc.

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BoCo welcomes these highly acclaimed authors this Saturday, April 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.....

The Authors for Indies Road Show is ready to hit the road!

When we first announced this initiative, we knew it would take a lot of coordination to work out a viable schedule. How viable would it be to create routes that brought authors to some of the same stores? How many stores could authors visit in one day without going on strike? Will any of the parties ever want to repeat the experience?

Big thanks to the publishers for sponsoring the vehicles and coordinating with authors and stores! Lots of applause and thanks to the authors who agreed to travel in support of stores outside Toronto! And thank you to the destination bookstores for juggling your schedules to accommodate the vehicle routes!

We know that customers at these stores will be thrilled to chat with authors they don't often get to see.

Here are the 2017 Authors for Indies Road Show vehicles, their authors and destinations. Please check individual store listings (FIND A STORE) or contact the bookstore for times when these authors will be at that store.
You found the Store! Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton!

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Another year's festival done.
Whew! What a closing night!
Novels & Nosh was a resounding success. Really, what could be better? A sumptuous feast, prepared by Chef Michael Hoy and his crack team at 106 Bridge Street? An irresistible selection of wine from Stanners Estate? Two highly accomplished and very delightful authors, Merilyn Simonds and Steve Burrows (who also are incredibly engaged and invested in advocating and champing for literacy)? And seventy-five of your close personal friends and neighbours? Yet wait, it gets better!
Novels and Nosh was in support of the Prince Edward Learning Centre; the tireless and dedicated group of people who teach, inspire, some times cajole our fellow community members to read. Not to read novels, nor the newspaper; to read the names of their children, important government forms, and the labels on the food that they are buying. The basics, that sadly, are lacked by an astounding number of people, from all walks of life, in our wonderful community.
Thank-you to you all who support us and literacy in Prince Edward County. It was an inspiring and humbling evening.
See you all next year!

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A gripping evening of dialogue, defense and insightful questions was had by all who attended our County Reads debate tonight.
Our moderator, Ken Murray, tasked each defender with intelligent and playful questions drawing each of our champions out of themselves and challenging us to think hard about each book; which one to choose or even how to choose.
Each book was well defended by their advocate, in the end Monica Alyea's heartfelt and honest voice was the one that captured the audience's imagination. "Emma and Otto and Russell and James" by Emma Hooper is the book that we all should read, here, in Prince Edward County. To be honest, they are all books that we all should read. All the books are wonderful or important stories, all defended by a champion that cared deeply for their book.
Thank-you to Lenny Epstein, Fawn Ayer, John Burns, Bill McMahon and Monica Alyea for rising to the considerable challenge of participating in County Reads.
A big shout out to our partners the Prince Edward County Learning Centre, the PEC Library and most of all to those who came out on a "dark and stormy night" to make this evenings event a roaring success!

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Another fun and exciting day for our newest readers. Can't wait! ...

Join Scholastic authors Wallace Edwards and Jennifer Mook-Sang tomorrow (Friday, April 21) at the Prince Edward County Authors Festival. Click through for an event schedule:

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