Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Eden Mills Writers' Festival - Publisher's Way

What a terrific event.  Dozens of authors wandering the streets of Eden Mills, the idyllic setting of the 22nd Eden Mills Writers' Festival.  I couldn't imagine a more appropriate setting to peacefully sit and listen to some of favourite authors and some that are bound to become favourites as soon as I get my hands on their books.  In all I listened to thirteen authors read selected passages from their works.  What a pleasure. 

If you haven't attended the festival, I need to set the scene.  There is one road that passes through the village and it was closed off at both ends.  There were plenty of volunteers to help with parking and to get you where you wanted to be.  Thanks go to almost every resident of the town and of the local Armed Forces Regiment.  Several families opened their yards to visitors and hosted the 'reading stages'.  Visitors were encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets/ and water bottles (the event is trying to be as green as possible).

Authors were grouped into: Adult, Young Adult and Children's authors.  I'll tell you more about the authors in an upcoming post.

Along the main street of the village was the 'Publishers Way.  This was populated by a variety of author's tables, publishing companies, and The Book Shelf, one of the sponsors of the event.

I took pictures of most of the booths, though I did miss a few and I didn't get all the names.  If you attended and can fill the blanks, please leave a comment with details and I'll gladly add them.

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Margaret High
Margaret creates inspirational and personalized poetry.  Her book of poetry is titled Heartstrings.
Heather Wright ( front table)
Writing Fiction: A Hands-On-Guide for Teens

Books launched at the Festival (back table)
So, you want to go Carbon Neutral: It takes a Village! by Linda Sword, Illustrated by Linda Hendry
Artist and Author Rene Meshake
I purchased his book Blueberry Rapids and will review it in the next week or two.
Couldn't resist buying one of his t-shirts for hubby.
Doggfucius by L.H. Chang and Vesna Dokmanvic
These books are designed to entertain children while teaching them the Chinese language.  The dog characters in these books are adorable.  I expect that these books would quickly become a child's favourites so that they could see these cute dogs.
A wide range of children's books (newborn - 11years) covering a huge range of topics.
This is a six book series written by author Krista Michelle Breen about an Appaloosa horse. 

Our Mission

"Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. "  (copied from the Room To Read website)

Books by author Stephen B. Pearl (left end of table), that's his wife Joy.

Stephen writes in a number of genre including :paranormal romance and erotica, science fiction, post apocalyptic, science fiction, environmental fiction, fantasy, modern fantasy.  Visit his website to read sample chapters of his works.  I read the opening chapter of his first book, Tinker's Plague, and it promises to be a riveting read.  I sat at my computer breathless.  (note to self and my readers, I need to get this book.)


 Comedy writer Ira Nayman is pictured to the right.  This is one very prolific writer who loves to share his work.  I visited his web page and spent the better part of an hour clicking and reading.  There is so much there that it would take me weeks to read it all.  A good place to start would be to visit his archives and chose Book Fifteen - ARNS (Alternate Reality News Service) and My Toronto or My Toronto, Book 2.
Hope that you have enjoyed browsing the Publishers Way with me.  Next time I attend the festival I am going to have my note book in hand and spend more time speaking with all the authors and vendors, and I'll have to make up a card with my blog name and address to share with them.


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Looks like an amazing event, something I would love to attend.

Heather Wright said...

Unknown 2 is me! :) Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens. I agree. It was a wonderful day!