Gananoque Hosts Writers’ Festival | Spare News

A day of stories, even funny ones, will take place on Saturday at the 1000 Islands Playhouse.

It’s part of the Thousand Islands Writers’ Festival that takes place in Gananoque.

From 10 a.m. to noon there will be a writing workshop and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. a conversation with Terry Fallis and Rod Carley.

“This Writers’ Festival is critical to bringing people to Gananoque during the winter months,” said Gananoque Mayor Ted Lojko.

“Most importantly, there’s a pretty big community here that takes part in writers’ festivals, literary festivals, and we have a bookstore in town that’s popular, even with tourists. There’s a healthy community here that loves read, like to write.”

Fallis and Carley will read excerpts from their latest books, then interview each other. You’ll hear how they both approach their writing and those moments that make life as a writer satisfying and, at times, frustrating. The session will conclude with a question and answer period from the public.

Carley, originally from Brockville, is the author of Grin Reaping. His creative short stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. He was shortlisted for the 2021 Exile Quarterly Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Award. Carley is also an award-winning director, teacher and actor, having directed and produced over 135 theatrical productions to date, including 15 adaptations of Shakespeare.

Fallis is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor. He is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Albatross. The Best Laid Plans won the Leacock Medal for Humor in 2008 and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It has been adapted as a six-part miniseries for CBC Television, as well as a musical. Her 2014 novel No Relation debuted on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and won the Leacock Medal in 2015.

Albatross, his seventh, was a number one national bestseller a week after publication and remained on the bestseller list for months. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Prize as Author of the Year.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works for the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

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