What a fine Festival 2019 was! Wine & Crime on Friday night got a little sneakier than usual with wine pairings and readings by crime/mystery writers William Deverell, Iona Whishaw, and Judy Toews. We introduced two workshops, Write for the Screen with Ian Weir and Lyric-crafting with Stephen Fearing, two immensely talented individuals who inspired workshop participants and everyone who caught their Saturday Night Live! spots. The Student Showcase of Stephen’s students at Finley’s on Saturday afternoon showed us the amazing things that can be accomplished in two days. Accomplished wordsmith Marilyn Bowering was our Writer-in-Residence and our third Saturday Night Live! presenter. As usual, the panel discussions rocked, and this year there was a bonus talk on crime writing by Bill Deverell–you could call it a “how-dun-it.” Thanks to all who signed up, turned out, laughed, learned, and applauded, and to all of the panelists and presented for wowing us with your words. Photos are by the talented Chaz Greenaway, with a few by Anne DeGrace, and are initialed.
The 2018 Fest was set to feature two exceptionally talented literary couples: Esi Edyugan and Steven Price, and Susan Musgrave and Stephen Reid. We were saddened to learn of Stephen’s death just four weeks before the festival, and surprised and humbled at the courage of Susan Musgrave when she decided to honour us all by coming. You can read more about it in our column “Literary Brilliance and Resilience” here >>. Globe and Mail Western Arts Correspondent Marsha Lederman interviewed our guests live on stage, and was herself interviewed at our 100-Mile Opening Gala, where Art Joyce, Rayya Liebich, and Jordan Mounteer read from their work (and were paired with NBC beers). Emerging writers Callum David Pengelly, Whitney Rothwell, and Emma Leslie were also toasted in our Literary Craft Crawl. Our panels Murder at the Festival, Creative Couples, and Risk and Resilience brought out the best and the brightest to hash things out. Photos are by the talented Chaz Greenaway, with a few by Anne DeGrace, and are initialed.
The 2017 Fest featured visiting authors Joy Kogawa, Lee Maracle, and Fred Stenson, along with Globe and Mail arts correspondent Marsha Lederman and editor/poet Micheline Maylor. Joining them were our home-grown authors Jane Byers, Leesa Dean, Emily Nilsen, and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, plus some movers-and-shakers in the cultural community who weighed in on panel discussions. Photos by Will Johnson, Natasha Smith, and Anne DeGrace are initialed.
The 2016 Fest featured presenters Caroline Adderson, Jill Barber, Richard Cannings, Grant Lawrence, J.B. MacKinnon, Briony Penn, and Bill Richardson in addition to local award-winners and guest panelists. Will Johnson Photos except where indicated.