Did you happen to make it to BookFest last year? Are you wondering what the heck this ‘BookFest’ thing is? Are you just bored and surfing the web? Here’s some info you might find interesting.
[Disclaimer: In my enthusiasm, I have made up a lot of reading-related words for this post.]
BookFest is one of the bookiest days of the year, because it’s the day that WPL and AMBP smoosh together a bunch of readerly things: book tastings (short and sweet book talks), a panel discussion, local publishing houses, local self-published authors, an interactive poetry station, personalized reading advice from WPL experts, and resources just for book clubs. Plus, you know, free book and book-related prize giveaways.
In short, so many things that the only name for it is BookFest!
Some of the books:
All the details:
Saturday, November 25 at Millennium Library from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We’ve taken over the whole second floor.
Panel Talk: The Book Starts Here: 11 a.m. to noon
Take a literary walk through Winnipeg as panelists discuss iconic Winnipeg locations found in books. Charlene Diehl of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival moderates the discussion featuring Winnipeg author Allan Levine.
Book Tastings: Drop in for 30-minute seatings of delicious must-reads. This fun, quick-fire appetizer pairs librarians and avid readers showcasing the best in books.
o 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Life & Death: notable new memoirs & mysteries
o 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Canada 150+: great reads about our past and present
o 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Genre-bending titles: the best in mixed-genre reads
Book Fair: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A book expo where you can explore the best of prairie writing with local publishers: ARP Books, At Bay Press, Les Éditions des Plaines, Fernwood Publishing, Great Plains Publications, J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, Peanut Butter Press, Rebelight Publishing Inc., Signature Editions, Turnstone Press, and University of Manitoba Press.
Plus, a chance to meet and greet the following authors: Sally Cooper, Lisa Mendis and Chris Ducharme, Anne Mahon, Bartley Kives, Deborah Froese, Harriet Zaidman, Gerald Kuehl, Gabriele Goldstone, Melinda Friesen, Suzanne Costigan, Armin Wiebe, and Janis Thiessen.
Poetry Station: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Try your hand at “building” a poem by blacking out words on a page. Poet Jennifer Still, the Library’s current Writer-in-Residence, will stop by to demonstrate and assist.
Book Club Corner: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A showcase of titles your book club will love, tips for discussion, and information about the Library’s book club kits.
The Librarian is IN!: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In a reading slump? Need help finding your next great read? Visit the desk where library staff will be on hand to diagnose your literary condition and prescribe a few titles.
Plus (my favourite part): “spin to win” books and prizes every hour!
Isn’t that an amazing amount of book nerdery? Hope you can join us! (Be there and be square?)
- The BookFest Team: Danielle, Erica, Aileen, Karen, Michelle, and Kathleen