Five Authors To Attend Biggest Reading Event Biblioasis Has Ever Hosted in 20 Year History

Four Local Authors And One From Hamilton To Converge on Biblioasis During “All These Crooked Streets and Other Winding Roads”

On any given day Walkerville’s Biblioasis bookshop is chock full of books. On May 4 the little shop will also be filled to the brim with published writers. Starting at 7pm, it will host one of the largest reading events in the fiercely independent publisher and retailer’s 20 year history.

(Photo Above: A table at Biblioasis displays some of the books of the five authors who will be featured at its May 4, Crooked Streets and Other Winding Roads reading evening event. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)

What is common among the five novelists, says bookseller Dave Fine, is their self-reliance. These wordsmiths independently publish their books. The number of such beings locally, Fine tells Eyes on Windsor, might well be a surprise.

Local authors Christian Laforet (left) and Ben Van Dongen (right) hold up novels they have written including All These Crooked Streets. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Local authors Christian Laforet (left) and Ben Van Dongen (right) hold up novels they have written including All These Crooked Streets. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Apparently, the city is full of scribblers, more than might be expected in a city of Windsor’s size. Their output ranges from fiction to reality and about everything else in between.

Events like this bring them out into the open, which is both good for the authors – in this case four from Windsor and one from Hamilton – and readers seeking new adventures.

Local author Edmond Gagnon holding up a copy of All These Crooked Streets.

Local author Edmond Gagnon holding up a copy of All These Crooked Streets. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Biblioasis has named the event, “All These Crooked Streets and Other Winding Roads,” to honour bad decisions, poor choices and the inability of some to resist easy money. These are the premises of three separate fictional tales contained in All These Crooked Streets, one of the evening’s featured books.

In this compendium, local writers Christian Laforet, Edmond Gagnon and Ben Van Dongen, “shine a spotlight on the seedy underworld hiding around the corner…in the shadows,” where it is easy to become lost.

Fictionist, and fourth writer, Jessica Gouin has penned such romances as Losing Scars, Six Years Gone and Edges of Gone. Her exploits in the publishing industry, she says, are more for stress relief for a, “fairly normal person from Windsor.”

Jessica Gouin, author of Six Years Gone, is one of five authors featured at the May 4 Biblioasis event.

Jessica Gouin, author of Six Years Gone, is one of five authors featured at the May 4 Biblioasis event. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

In The Captain of Kinnoull Hill, from Palimpsest Press, Steel City first-time author, Jamie Tennant, tells the puzzling mystery of Dennis Duckworth. This very non-likeable member of Chicago’s music scene stumbles into trouble in the wooded hills of rural Scotland.

There is something intriguing about the five writers. According to Fine, they are all somehow connected. The exact nature of these links should prove fodder for hearty conversations.

Robert Tuomi
Article by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.