Second annual Kawartha Lakes Writers Festival taking place in early November

By Lisa Hart

Along with presenting a “Self Publishing 101” workshop during the upcoming Kawartha Lakes Writers Festival, local writer Emma Couette supervises the Lindsay Public Library’s writing group for teens. Visit the library’s website for more details. Photo: Lisa Hart.

From book lovers to aspiring writers, all are invited to join authors from all over Ontario at the second annual Kawartha Lakes Writers Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Happening across four branches of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, presentations are scheduled in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Kinmount and Fenelon Falls. Listen to writers read excerpts of their work; attend book fairs and free workshops; meet authors, purchase books and collect autographs.

The Fenelon Falls branch will be hosting presentations in their community room between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Among the authors participating will be Matt Kydd launching his book “True Ballads of the Kawarthas.” His book combines careful historical research with old-school ballad and an epic story telling style. It includes poems featuring many different spots in the Kawarthas.

Presentations at the Kinmount branch will happen between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Carol Marie Newall will be joining other authors at this location to read excerpts from her book “Outside the Gate: the true story of a British home child in Canada.” Newall’s book was inspired by the contents of an inherited cardboard box of family memorabilia.

The Kawartha Art Gallery will be the hub for several different presentations at the Lindsay branch. Be sure to check out the book fair in the basement community room and a presentation in the children’s department.

One of many free workshops taking place during the festival will be held at the Bobcaygeon library. Join Sheridan Rondeau to explore “A Caregiver’s Toolbox.” Based on her experience of loving and caring for her late husband who suffered from Alzheimer’s, Rondeau shares ideas and leads problem-solving discussions.

For a complete listing of all the presentations, times, and biographies of participating authors, please visit the Kawartha Lakes Writers Festival website.

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