I just stumbled across the website for the Thousand Islands Writer’s Festival. This is a writer’s festival which will be held in Brockville October 10-13th, and I think it will be terrific! Elizabeth Hay and Lillian Natel have confirmed their attendance and I will be there, too.
Nice to see this reference to The Beggar’s Opera in the Festival’s newsletter (thanks so much, Russ!):
“Since the Festival’s inception, Saturday has meant our Murder at the Courthouse/Words and Wine event held at the Brockville Counties Courthouse. This year we are happy to announce that Peggy Blair will be attending. If you don’t recognize her name, that’s because she is a first-time author, bursting on to the scene with The Beggar’s Opera, her tale of a murder case in Havana, Cuba and the unforgettable Inspector Ricardo Ramirez. The Beggar’s Opera won Best Mystery/Thriller in the recent 2012 CBC Bookie Awards and was shortlisted for The Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award.”
What a lovely acknowledgement! I’m very excited to be attending this festival because my pal, D.J McIntosh ,winner of the Unhanged Arthur Ellis for The Witch of Babylon, will be reading at Words and Wine right beside me! We’ll have a blast, Dorothy!
This year, to tie-in with the Bicentennial Commemorations of the War of 1812, Friday readings will be by authors who’ve written about the War of 1812: David Butters (The Insolent Enemy) and James Laxer (Tecumseh and Brock).
So whether you enjoy literary fiction, Mesopotamian archaelogy, Cuban intrigue, or Canadian history, I think there should be something for everyone!
Here’s the link to the website: be sure to check for updates!