Authors Festival returns April 23-24

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Last week, we told you about this year’s online version of the County Reads debate.

That event will be followed by the annual Authors Festival, on Friday April 23 and Saturday April 24.

Register at and you’ll receive the link to the events. If you have any technical questions call David at (613) 476-5962.

The Festival will be opened by Samra Zafar. Her book, A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose, is based on her journey of escaping an abusive child marriage to pursue her education and shed light on gender-based oppression. She will join us Friday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Elizabeth Etue will moderate this talk.

On Friday at 2 p.m, Karen McBride will join us, thanks to the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada. I am delighted to be able to act as moderator for this talk. Her book, Crow Winter, tells the story of Hazel Ellis. Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he’s here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad’s been dead for almost two years and she hasn’t quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod?

Robert Rotenberg will join us at 3 p.m. on Friday. His conversation will be moderated by Councillor Mike Harper. Robert’s latest book, Downfall, explores the growing homelessness crisis in our cities, and was an instant national bestseller.

On Saturday, Bryn Turnbull will speak at 1 p.m. Ken Murray will moderate the talk. Bryn’s book, The Women Before Wallis, is perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and The Crown. It tells the true story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.

Jeff Rubin will join us on Saturday at 2 p.m., in conversation with Thomas Harrison. His first book, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, was an international bestseller. His latest book is The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization.

Anyone who saw Dr. Harrison’s conversation with David Frum last summer will know we are in for an interesting discussion!

The final event will be Saturday at 3 p.m. and feature Iona Whishaw, author of A Lethal Lesson, latest in the Lane Winslow mysteries. It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels like she may finally be able to put her past to rest. Of course, things are never quite that easy in a mystery novel and it’s not long before she’s involved in a murder investigation.

All of these books are available at the library as well as at Books & Company.

Register online at to join us.