Event Schedule

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Apr
20
Thu
2017 The County Reads @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books and Company
Apr 20 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

2017 8th Annual The County Reads – Hosted by Ken Murray

The ever popular County Reads debate will take place upstairs at Books & Company in the Lipson Room. Hear five local residents champion their chosen books and vote for your favourite! Refreshments served. Tickets are available at Books & Company or at the door.  The books and presenters are:


Apr
21
Fri
Children’s Event with Wallace Edwards and Celia Godkin @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 21 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Note:  Teachers who are interested in bringing classes to this event and who require transportation, please contact the Picton Public Library for information.

About the authors:

Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards is a beloved children’s author-illustrator whose vivid imagination has transformed the world of animals and strange creatures in picture books for a generation of children. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he is a popular guest speaker at conferences and literary events. Wallace’s awards and shortlists include the Governor General’s Award, the IRA Children’s Choice Award, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Wallace lives in Toronto and Yarker, Ontario. His latest book is What is Peace?


Celia Godkin

Celia Godkin is an award-winning author and illustrator who found her way from a zoology degree to children’s literature through scientific illustration. Fire!, one of her many titles relating to environmental themes, was shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. She has also received numerous OLA Forest of Reading nominations. Born in England, Celia emigrated to Canada after spending some time in Brazil. She lives in Eastern Ontario.  Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World and The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park are two of her recently published books.


Children’s Event with Kathy Lowinger and Jennifer Mook-Sang @ Queen Elizabeth School
Apr 21 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Children’s Event at Queen Elizabeth School

  • Kathy Lowinger (Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World)
  • Jennifer Mook-Sang (Speechless)

About the authors:

Kathy Lowinger

Kathy Lowinger’s first book was Shifting Sands: Life in the Times of Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Her latest book, Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World (Fall 2015) tells the story of Ella Sheppard, a girl born into slavery in the 1800s, who went on to form the Jubilee Singers. The Jubilees influenced modern American music with their spirituals, thrilling white audiences who were used to more sedate songs. Kathy lives in Toronto with her husband, Bill Harnum and a menagerie of cats and dogs. In addition to writing, Kathy is a dedicated pianist.


Jennifer Mook-Sang

Jennifer Mook-Sang lives and writes (while chuckling to herself) with her husband and two sons in Burlington, Ontario. She has a master’s degree in psychology and has worked with children of all ages in health and educational settings. She has volunteered as a reading coach and co-ordinator for literacy programs in local schools. Jennifer was a finalist in the Writing for Children Competition 2014 sponsored by CANSCAIP and The Writer’s Union of Canada. Speechless is her first novel.

Invisible Night @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Invisible Night –  moderated by Leigh Nash. Refreshments served.

  • Andrew Forbes (The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays)
  • Michelle Winters (I Am a Truck)

About the authors:

Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports, The Classical, The New Quarterly, and This Magazine. What You Need, his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario. The Utility Of Boredom: Baseball Essays is his latest book.


Michelle Winters

Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B. She was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize and her work has been published in THIS Magazine, Dragnet and Taddle Creek. She is the co-translator of My Planet of Kites, by Marie-Ève Comtois. She lives in Toronto. I Am a Truck is her debut novel.

Apr
22
Sat
Poetry in the Morning @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 22 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Poetry in the Morning – moderated by David Sweet

  • Michael E. Casteel (The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses)
  • Jim Nason (Touch Anywhere to Begin)
  • Zoe Whittall (The Emily Valentine Poems)

About the authors:

Michael E. Casteel

Michael E. Casteels is the author of over a dozen chapbooks of poetry. In 2012, he was nominated for The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, an emerging artist award. He lives in Kingston, where he runs Puddles of Sky PressThe poems in his book The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses teem with delightful and confusing life, from workhorses and dinosaurs to wolves and kings. Alternately spare and lush, surreal and precise, these poems work their way under the skin to sing gorgeous songs to the heart.


Jim Nason

Jim Nason’s award-winning poems, essays, and stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English. He is also the author of a novel, The Housekeeping Journals, and a short-story collection, The Girl on the Escalator. His latest book of poetry is Touch Anywhere to Begin.  He lives in Toronto.


Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump, and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.  Her latest novel is Best Kind of People.


Fiction Readings and Discussion @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 22 @ 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Fiction Readings and Discussion – moderated by David Sweet

  • Kirsteen MacLeod (The Animal Game)
  • Emily Saso (The Weather Inside)
  • Zoe Whittall (The Best Kind of People)

About the authors:

Kirsteen MacLeod

Kirsteen MacLeod is a Kingston, Ontario writer, poet and yoga teacher. Kirsteen has worked in Toronto (20 years) and in Kingston (10 years), as a magazine and newspaper writer and editor, and as a communicator. She has a BA in Magazine Journalism from Ryerson University. The Animal Game is her debut collection of short fiction.


Emily Saso

Emily Saso writes fiction and screenplays. She lives in Toronto and blogs at egoburn.blogspot.ca. The Weather Inside is her debut novel.

 

 


Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump, and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.  Her latest novel is Best Kind of People.

 

Non-Fiction Readings and Discussion @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 22 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Non-Fiction Readings and Discussion – moderated by David Sweet

  • Merilyn Simonds (Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books)

About the author:

 

Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of 16 books, including The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; The Convict Lover, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award; and most recently The Paradise Project, flash-fiction stories hand-printed on a hand-operated, antique press. She is founding artistic director of Kingston WritersFest and a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. She teaches creative writing and mentors emerging writers around the world. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her new book, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books will be released in Spring 2017.

Mystery Readings and Discussion @ Lipson Room, upstairs at Books & Company
Apr 22 @ 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Mystery Readings and Discussion – moderated by David Sweet

  • Steve Burrows (A Cast of Falcons)
  • Joy Fielding (She’s Not There)

About the authors:

Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. The first book in the Birder Murder Mystery series, A Siege of Bitterns, won the Crime Writers of Canada 2015 Award for Best First Novel.  His latest novel in the series is A Cast of Falcons. Steve lives in Oshawa, Ontario.


Joy Fielding

Joy Fielding was born in Canada in 1945. She received a BA in English literature from the University of Toronto in 1966. Her first book, The Best of Friends, was published without an agent. She has written numerous novels since then including Don’t Cry Now, The Deep End, The Other Woman, Missing Pieces and Now You See Her. The Periodical Distributors of Canada named her book, Kiss Mommy Goodbye, Book of the Year for 1982. She has contributed book reviews to the Toronto Globe and Mail, CBC’s The Radio Show, and CBC-TV’s The Journal’s Friday Night. Her books, See Jane Run and Tell Me No Secrets, have been adapted into films. The author lives in Toronto, ON and Palm Beach, FL.  She’s Not There is her latest novel.

Novels & Nosh (wind-up dinner and fundraiser) @ The Bridge
Apr 22 @ 6:00 PM


NOVELS & NOSH

April 22

6:00PM

106 Bridge Street, Picton

(Chef Michael Hoy Culinary)

Tickets are $75, and available at Books & Company or at PELC!

A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!

Prince Edward Learning Centre is an adult literacy and basic skills program, serving all of Prince Edward County.  We assist adults in the pursuit of their education, employment, and life goals. We support high school credits, skills upgrading in all areas, college prep, and one-on-one tutoring.  We help people navigate through the web of services that may be available to them in the community.  Many of our learners are living below the poverty line, some have addiction and mental health concerns, some struggle with safe and affordable housing and yet all have dreams and goals they are working towards.

By purchasing a ticket and joining us on April 22, you are offering your support to PELC as we continue this important work!

Reading by mystery author Steve Burrows Award-winning Canadian mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a “Nature Writer of the Year” award from BBC Wildlife. He has pursued his birdwatching hobby on six continents. He lived in Hong Kong where he served as editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society magazine and contributing field editor for Asian Geographic.  Steve is the author of A Siege of BitternsA Pitying of DovesA Cast of Falcons, and A Shimmer of Hummingbirds.  

A murder plot built around birdwatching doesn’t, at first, seem plausible or even possible. But Oshawa author Burrows pulls it off in a dazzling debut novel sure to make the shortlist for next year’s Arthur Ellis. . . Riveting from first page to final line.” —Globe and Mail, for A Siege of Bitterns.   

Reading by author Merilyn Simonds Author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and inspiration for Judith Thompson’s play, Hot House; an internationally acclaimed collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a bestselling novel, The Holding; a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady; and a collection of personal essays, A New Leaf.  Her work is published and anthologized internationally. In 2012, she released a flash-fiction collection, The Paradise Project, in both a hand-printed letterpress edition and as a digital book. That experience provoked Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & the Lasting Impression of Books, forthcoming in spring 2017.

Full-course meal prepared by Chef Michael Hoy Award-winning chef, teacher, and international culinary tour leader. He has been awarded stars in ‘Where to Eat in Canada’ for years of cooking at various restaurants throughout Ontario. He has been chosen by the Government of Ontario to represent Savour Ontario, part of the province’s Pick Ontario Freshness Strategy, which encourages all to purchase locally grown and produced foods.