Enrich, Inspire, Transform
Bookfest 2023
  • Celebrate the world of books and authors at this event featuring workshops, hands-on activities, local authors and more!

    Bookfest features a variety of workshops, activities and author events.

     - 1:15 pm – In Conversation with Vincent Lam: Join Giller-prize winning author and physician Vincent Lam as he discusses his new book, On the Ravine, which explores the opioid crisis and questions how far a doctor is willing to go to save a life. Attend in person at Civic Centre Resource Library or register to attend virtually over Zoom: Vincent Lam Registration.
     - 2:15 pm – Kids Writing Workshop with Joel Sutherland: Author Joel Sutherland, of the Haunted Canada series, teaches us the nuts and bolts of the entire writing process — from brainstorming ideas to shaping them on paper, right through to hosting your own book launch. For grades 3+. $5 per participant. Register here for the Children’s Writing Workshop with Joel Sutherland.
     - 2:30 – 4:00 pm:
      o Reimagine Old Pages with Origami Canada
      o Character Sketching with Irva
      o Book Art with Lily
     - 3 - 3:30 pm: Family Storytime
     - 1 - 4 pm: Great Events throughout the afternoon:
      o Local Author Showcase
      o 30-second Pitch
      o Audiobook Booth
      o Author’s Photo Shoot
      o Impromptu Blackout Poetry
      o Whimsical Wordplay
      o Meet Ollie