July 29, 2013

Eden Mills Writers' Festival (Ontario)

 Sunday, September 15, 2013 (noon-6 p.m.)

Village of Eden Mills (east of Guelph, Ontario)

(see details at the EMWF website for dates and times of additional events)

The 25th anniversary of the Eden Mills Writers' Festival is fast approaching!  It's been 25 years since Governor General award-winning writer Leon Rooke and his wife Constance Rooke invited an illustrious set of authors, including Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry and Jane Urquart, to help launch his newest book.  Over 300 people showed up that day to hear authors read, and twenty-five years later, thousands now participate in the outdoor festival that brings together authors, readers, artists, poets, and performers for a glorious September weekend of words.

The EMWF has grown to include additional workshops, presentations and concerts prior to the Sunday event and full details of this year's schedule can be found at its new website at http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/. But, my focus here is to showcase the impressive line up of children's and young adult authors that are scheduled to visit. Take advantage of this early notice to book September 15 to attend, particularly as several authors will be releasing new books at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival before available in stores! Copies of many books will be on sale on-site courtesy of The Bookshelf (Guelph) and it's a perfect opportunity to get your books signed and maybe get your photo taken with a youngCanLit author and/or illustrator.

To date, these are the authors and/or illustrators (with covers of some of their most recent and important works) who CanLit for LittleCanadians fans may be interested in seeing. 

Deborah Ellis

Sheree Fitch

Rachel Hartman

Darren Hynes

Lesley Livingston

Kat Kruger

 Philip Roy

Anne Laurel Carter

Aubrey Davis

Sheree Fitch 

Monica Kulling

Jennifer Lanthier

Andrew “Too Tall” Queen

Frank Viva

Werner Zimmermann

Come for the words
enjoy the Eden Mills Writers' Festival!


  1. Glad to see there ARE Illustrators still doing the EMF, you had me going for a minute there (Writers/Authors:)
    I was invited to be part of the festival a number of years back and it was wonderful!
    The organizers were terrific and that town is just so, so darn CUTE! It's worth a trip just to see the Country side, Guelph, Eden Mills, but a BIG bonus to catch all these amazing creatives!

  2. I'm glad you reminded me of this, Christine. I remember when you came to the EMWF, wondering whether we'd wanted Sheri Radford, the author the book you'd illustrated then, Penelope and the Humongous Burp. I negligently use the term "writers" because of the name of the Festival and because the Children's Venue is the only one that includes illustrators. But, I have amended that in my post now. Thank you for catching that. Illustrators are too important a group to be unrecognized!