Writers! Readers! Slammers! Unite!
It’s literary festival season—the grand gatherings of writers, critics, publishers and—most importantly—readers. There are two extraordinary festivals taking place in September–both within reach by NCPR audiences.
First up, the 9th annual Burlington Book Festival, Three Days of Authorized Activity, running from September 20-22.
This year’s festival features a great mix of artists from all genres. There’s poetry, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith and Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea; there’s a graphic novel summit; readings and conversations with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction writers; and all kinds of special events including a New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest sponsored by Phoenix Books; a presentation by writer/artist Tim Brookes about his endangered alphabets project; and a literary pub crawl. Events take place in multiple locations around Burlington. Check out the festival website for details.
The following week, the action moves to Kingston, Ontario, from September 25-29 at the Holiday Inn on the Kingston waterfront.
The Kingston Writers Fest , now in its fifth year, has once again mustered a remarkable line up of renowned and emerging writers–fiction, non-fiction, young adult, poetry, memoir. Headlining the International Marquee presentation on September 26, Margaret Atwood uses the occasion to MaddAddam, the final book in her speculative fiction trilogy.
Each year, I discover at least one new author thanks to this festival. Last year, it was Teju Cole, whose novel, Open City, was the book I loved to share to friends all of last winter.
This year, I plan to check out, among others, Joseph Boyden, whose new novel, The Orenda, explores the Jesuit missionary days among the Mohawk.
NCPR’s Betsy Kepes will be covering many of the festival events. Keep checking here for her reports and reviews.