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BookFest Windsor 2020
October 15 - October 18
Literary Arts Windsor presents the 19th Annual BookFest Windsor, one of the top ranked literary festivals in Canada, this year as free online virtual event live on Zoom, on October 15-18, 2020.
Bookfest Windsor will deliver a varied and full slate of diverse voices from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ authors, fiction and non-fiction perspectives, and one of their favourite offerings each year, the Poetry Café.
For their Saturday evening spotlight event, they will be joined by Desmond Cole whose bestselling book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, will challenge us to better understand injustice and anti-Black racism in Canada and around the world.
They will present Shanti Mootoo, recently long-listed for the Giller Prize for her fifth novel, Polar Vortex; Stephen Heighton, one of five recently announced finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; Cree/Dene author, musician, and broadcaster Carol Rose GoldenEagle; David Ly, whose poetry explores identity, homophobia, and anti-Asian racism; and Hana Shafi, writer and artist internationally known for her empowering illustrations under the alias Frizz Kid.
BookFest/Festival du livre remains committed to francophone literature. On Friday evening, Mireille Messier, Andrée Poulin and Sonia-Sophie Courdeau will present their latest works.
The festival also includes home grown talent such as Madeline Sonik, originally from Windsor, whose new short story collection Fontainebleau is based loosely on her old east Windsor neighbourhood; fiction writer Kristyn Dunnion, originally from Kingsville; and poets Laurie Smith, Dorothy Mahoney, Daniel Lockhart, and Samantha Badaoa.
Admission to Bookfest Windsor’s online Zoom presentations is free and you must register in advance.
Additional details including the Bookfest Windsor digital program are available at BookFest Windsor.