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Kingston WritersFest panel shines light on on-going Afghan refugee crisis

The 13th annual Kingston WritersFest included a pertinent international issue as part of its virtual event, The Big Idea: Addressing a Crisis, discussing the ongoing crisis of Afghans seeking new homes while escaping violence in their previous ones.  The virtual panel discussion was held over Zoom from 6:30 to 8

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Kingston WritersFest continues digital format for 2021

Kingston WritersFest is presenting their week-long festival online for the second year in a row. Running from September 22-26, 2021 the festival brings a fresh and diverse lineup to the literary festival. The 13th annual festival is offering a mix of free and paid events on the Zoom platform over

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Barbara Bell looks back on her time with Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest is an annual highlight for the vibrant literary culture here in Kingston. Since 2009, their vision is to be the organization in our community that celebrates the power of the written word by connecting writers and readers in conversations that inspire, engage, and expand our worldview. Barbara Bell,

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Kingston WritersFest announces new Artistic Director

The Board of Directors of Kingston WritersFest announced yesterday, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, that Barbara Bell would complete her service to the Kingston community as Artistic Director of the Festival on December 31, 2020. The twelfth annual festival was presented completely online this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet

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One Page offers free events for readers and writers across Canada

During the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries and literary festivals, like countless businesses and organizations across Canada, have created innovative strategies to connect with their patrons. Here in Kingston, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has moved their programming onto YouTube and Zoom, and Kingston WritersFest offered their entire annual festival virtually as

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Kingston WritersFest 12th annual festival begins Sept 23

Kingston WritersFest is presenting their week-long festival online this year. From September 23-27, 2020, authors Desmond Cole, Shani Mootoo, Joan Thomas, Helen Humphreys, and Linwood Barclay, among others, will be participating in author events, lectures, and Writers Studio Master Classes, as well as special events in collaboration with Toronto’s Word

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Kingston WritersFest releases virtual line-up

The virtual line up for the 12th annual WritersFest has been announced. Twenty three events will be held on the Kingston WritersFest Facebook page from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Monday, Sept. 27, 2020. WritersFest announced in May that the 2020 festival would take place virtually. Artistic Director Barbara Bell announced

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Kingston WritersFest to go virtual for 2020

Kingston WritersFest will not be taking place physically this September due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to an announcement made by the festival on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The festival was scheduled for September 23-27 2020 and a select series of master classes and presentations will be happening remotely

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A look at the Kingston WritersFest

It’s a good weekend to be a book lover (or a book writer) in Kingston, as the annual Kingston WritersFest is now underway. Now in its eleventh year, the 2019 edition will feature over 75 authors and dozens of events from now until Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Here’s a look

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Kingston WritersFest presents Charles Frazier in Conversation

Twenty years after he released the best-selling historical novel Cold Mountain, writer Charles Frazier released Varina earlier this year – and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Admittedly, Frazier had no desire to return to the Civil War in his writing. He was actually working on other projects

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Former PM Jean Chretien to spend an evening with Kingston WritersFest

It’s been 25 years since Jean Chrétien became prime minister of Canada, and 15 years since he resigned. A lot has changed since those years, and a lot occurred during those years, as well. In a time where politicians tweet announcements and the public is inundated with ‘fake news,’ Chrétien

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Kingston’s Literary History: When Hemingway came to town

For ten years, Kingston WritersFest has brought noted authors to town to discuss their work and read from their latest book. Aspiring writers have taken the influences of the writers they see, meet, and hear from at this conference to motivate them to continue in their work. Kingston has a

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