Bookfest Windsor Hosting Outstanding Lineup of Authors This Weekend

BookFest/Festival du livre Windsor will host an outstanding lineup of authors October 14-17… fully online.

Even in these pandemic times, the event organizers are proud to have continued to bring this wonderful annual festival of literary arts to Windsor – Essex County without interruption.

Online readings are taking place Thursday, October 14th through Sunday, October 17th. Audiences can expect the same author readings, interviews, and opportunities for audience Q & A they have grown to love for the past twenty years.

This year’s schedule includes Thursday Night Thrillers – True Crime panel, October 14th at 7:00 p.m., featuring Will Toffan, whose book Watching the Devil Dance: How a Spree Killer Slipped through the Cracks of the Criminal Justice System relates the sordid tale of an East Windsor murderer; Jesse Donaldson and Erika Dyck, The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital; and Catherine Fogarty, Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston State Penitentiary.

Not one but two winners of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour are appearing at this year’s festival: past winner Gary Barwin whose quirky new novel tells the story of a middle-aged Jewish man in 1940s Europe who fantasizes about being a cowboy, and 2020 winner Heidi LM Jacobs, whose latest book 100 Miles of Baseball, co-authored with Dale Jacobs, relates the experience of attending fifty baseball games in one summer from each partner’s point of view.

The Friday Night Fiction event on October 15th at 7:00 p.m. includes Essex County-born Natalie Zina Walschots, whose witty debut novel Hench, an exploration of what it’s like to be an admin assistant to supervillains, made the 2021 Canada Reads shortlist.

A full day of events on Saturday, October 16th includes what promises to be a wild ride with bill bissett, author of over sixty books, known for his unconventional use of English and spirited performances; and Marcello Di Cintio, whose new book Driven relates the secret lives of Canada’s taxi drivers.

Where did the phrase “Uncle Tom” come from, what does it have to do with a former resident of Essex and Kent Counties, and why has it become a slur? Find out during the Black history celebration featuring long-time award-winning Detroit columnist Rochelle Riley along with historians Funke Aladejebi and Cheryl Thompson.

The Saturday evening spotlight on Indigenous authors will showcase local favourite G.A. Grisenthwaite, Bevann Fox, Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and John Brady McDonald who famously made world headlines when he “discovered” and “claimed” England for the First Peoples of the Americas in 2000.

The festival’s twentieth anniversary celebration will conclude on Sunday, October 16th with the always popular poetry café, featuring a diverse panel of five of the most celebrated contemporary poets in Canada.

Visit to view the full schedule and to purchase tickets.

(Press release submitted by Lierary Arts Windsor)

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