EMWF Winter Events

Warm up with the EMWF’s winter events!

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) strives to present literary events that resonate deeply, ignite imaginations, and reveal worlds previously unknown. In 2021 and 2022, in lieu of the annual outdoor festival in the village of Eden Mills, the EMWF provided free access to a diverse and engaging series of virtual events that connected readers and writers across the country.

With funding recently received from the Government of Ontario, the EMWF will continue to offer online programming this winter, with three new Book of the Month events scheduled for January, February, and March. All events are free and include closed captioning.

On Wednesday January 26 at 7 p.m. EST, award-winning author Myriam J. A. Chancy joins host Bee Quammie for a discussion about her novel What Storm, What Thunder, a fictional account of the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, described as “a stunning commentary on racism, sexual violence, capitalism and the resilience required to rebuild a life” by The Washington Post.

On Wednesday February 23 at 7 p.m. EST, the acclaimed historian Rosemary Sullivan joins Deborah DundasThe Toronto Star’s Books Editor, to share The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation. The nonfiction book is an accountof the investigation into the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?

Wrapping up the series is beloved Canadian author Helen Humphreys, who will be interviewed by Susan G. Cole on Wednesday March 16 at 7 p.m. EST, about her newest release And a Dog Called Fig. The memoir, a story of companionship, loss, and creativity, explores Humphrey’s life as a writer through the dogs she has lived with and loved over a lifetime, culminating with the recent arrival and settling in of Fig, a Vizsla puppy.

Following each event, Guelph Public Library will host a post-event book club discussion, providing event attendees with the opportunity to discuss the book further with fellow readers.

The EMWF is partnering with booksellers across the country for this events series, and copies of the books featured can be purchased at Magic Pebble Books (Elora), The Bookshelf (Guelph), Words Worth Books (Kitchener-Waterloo), Octopus Books (Ottawa), Another Story Bookshop (Toronto), McNally Robinson Booksellers (Saskatoon and Winnipeg) and Black Bond Books (Lower Mainland, B.C.)

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