Kingston WritersFest 2017

By Tianna Edwards

Kingston WritersFest is just around the corner and it’s back for the ninth year in a row with 47 events spanning across five days (September 27– October 1), featuring more than 70 authors from Canada and around the world. Kingston is lucky to be a hub for so many talented writers and creators.

Kingston WritersFest 2017

WritersFest fosters the artistic development of writers and builds a community to celebrate the “power of the written word by connecting writers and readers in conversations that inspire, engage, and change our worldview.” This charitable cultural organization offers something for everyone from foodies to artists and performers. But don’t worry, don’t need to be an avid reader to appreciate the curation of wisdom and fruitful discussion this festival produces.

Kingston WritersFest 2017
For those who’ve attended in the past, a few alum will be returning including – Lee Maracle, Terry O’Reilly, Charlotte Gray, Carol Off and Linden MacIntyre.

New big names include – Michael Chabon (Moonglow), Adam Gopnik (Adam Gopnik’s’ New York City), Kathy Reichs (Two Nights) and Ann Porter (The Appraisal).

“I think this year’s line-up reflects the many paths available to us as Canadians to understand ourselves in the context of our shared history and presents some of Canada’s very best writers of fiction and non-fiction,” says artistic director, Barbara Bell.

Kingston WritersFest 2017
Kingston WritersFest kicks off on September 27 at 5:30 pm at the Delta Hotel with Kingston Dinner Club featuring Dennis Prescott. Prescott is an Instagram celebrity, food blogger and author of Eat Delicious. He will work with AquaTerra’s Brent McAllister to create a delicious and insta-friendly dinner for guests (tickets are $110).
Almost all of the events will take place at the Holiday Inn Waterfront with the exception of the International Marquee event with Michael Chabon at The Grand Theatre, The Kingston Dinner Club with Dennis Prescott and The New Farm: Food, People, Planet with Brent Preston at the Delta Hotel.
Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss. You can see a full list of events at
Kingston WritersFest 2017

Wednesday, September 27 – 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

Event # 3. Adam Gopnik’s’ New York City with New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik. Gopnik, a long-time contributor to the New Yorker Magazine chats with Globe and Mail‘s Books Editor Mark Medley about life as a New Yorker. Learn more.

Thursday, September 28 – 8:00 – 9:30 pm:

Event #14. International Marquee with Pulitzer-prize winning American author Michael Chabon. Chabon will chat with veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen about his autobiographical novel Moonglow and the barriers between fact and fiction. Learn more.
Kingston WritersFest 2017

Friday, September 29 – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Event #20 – Marketing Lessons with Terry O’Reilly (host of CBC radio’s The Age of Persuasion and Under the Influence): O’Reilly shares strategies on how to market goods and services for people with budgets big and small. Learn more.

Saturday, September 30 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm:

Event #34 – The Big Idea — Despair and Hope: Finding Refuge in Canada with journalist Carol Off, author and Syrian refugee Ahmad Danny Ramadan, journalist Doug Saunders, and author and CEO of 6 Degrees Citizen Space Charles Foran. They will discuss the refugee experience, Canada’s track record of assistance and nations at war. Learn more.  
Kingston WritersFest 2017

Sunday, October 1 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:

Event #44 – Wine, Women, and Words with Karen Connelly, Leanne Dunic, Jennifer LoveGrove and Alison Pick. These authors discuss their latest books as well as issues ranging from global to personal and to cultural. They will also touch on challenges that drive their work — all while sipping wine and creating a comfortable environment for participants. Learn more.
Click here for ticket pricing information.