May 24, 2017

Thousand Words Art Auction: Eden Mills, ON

On Saturday, June 17, 2017

a mystery art auction (and silent auction)
for CanLit book lovers 

will be held at

19 Cedar Street

the new home of the Eden Mills Writers' Festival

in the village of Eden Mills, Ontario

Art preview:  7-8 p.m.
Live auction begins: 8 p.m.
Silent auction throughout the evening

Authors who have read at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival were invited to ‘think outside the book’ and create a small piece of art to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Festival’s new home, Rivermead.

The auction includes the artwork of more than 30 Canadian authors and illustrators (I've highlighted those of youngCanLit) including:

  • Gary Barwin
  • Arthur Black
  • Claire Cameron
  • George Elliott Clarke
  • James Clarke
  • Lorna Crozier
  • Emma Donoghue (The Lotterys Plus One)
  • Wallace Edwards (What is Peace?; Once Upon a Line; Unnatural Selections)
  • Terry Fallis
  • Doug Gibson
  • Steven Heighton
  • Michael Helm
  • Linda Hendry (Pup and Hound series; Erik the Viking Sheep; Priscilla and Rosy)
  • Maureen Jennings
  • Plum Johnson
  • Don Kilby (Hold On, McGinty!; The Prairie Fire; One Christmas in Lunenburg)
  • René Meshake (Blueberry Rapids; Moccasin Creek)
  • Lisa Moore (Flannery)
  • Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Where Are My Books?; I'm Bored; Sea Monkey and Bob)
  • Ruth Ohi (Fox and Squirrel, The Best Christmas Ever; Kenta and the Big Wave; Shh! My Brother's Napping)
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Leon Rooke
  • Jesse Ruddock
  • Nicholas Ruddock
  • Mary Swan
  • Claire Tacon
  • Andrea Wayne von Konigslow (Toilet Tales; Bing and Chutney; Would You Love Me?)
  • Janet Wilson (One Peace; Our Earth; Our Heroes; In Flander's Fields)
  • Alissa York

Bidders will not know the identity of the art’s creator until the big reveal at the end of the evening, so part of the fun will be trying to detect which author created which piece of art!  

In addition there will be
two pieces by friends of the festival, 
Barb Minett and Cheryl Ruddock, 
a 1st edition book of poetry by Margaret Atwood 
accompanied by a signed, numbered relief print,
hand cut by Ms. Atwood 
(donated by Kim Lang, Artistic Director of Eden Mills Writers' Festival)

 A silent auction of quality items for books lovers 
will also take place throughout the evening.

Tickets which are $20 per person 
(and include a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres) 
are available online at 
at The Bookshelf  at 41 Quebec St., Guelph.
Tickets are limited so don't delay

To find out more about the auction, including a complete list of participating authors and a preview of their art, visit

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