The festivities kicked off last weekend with a special art show opening. Marie-Suzanne Desilets from Montreal brought her show, entitled Charcoal + Turbo, to the Artcite Gallery for a reception catered to art connoisseurs and bibliophiles alike. The exhibit is a mixed media installation inspired by journals Desilets kept, recording encounters and collecting images that eventually became Charcoal + Turbo.
“Throughout Charcoal + Turbo, I explored the idea of manipulating the memory flow of daily experiences. A rabbit and a dildo, nicknamed Charcoal and Turbo, were the pretext for a story that slips between fantasy and reality, questioning decencies, shadiness and taboo.”
Charcoal + Turbo runs through November 20th, 2010, at Artcite Inc. (109 University Ave. West). This is an 18+ show (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).
Next on the BookFest Windsor schedule is the Writer’s Boot Camp, taking place tomorrow (Oct. 30th) in the board room of the AGW. Author Stuart Ross, co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Group Book Fair, will lead a workshop for striving writers from 2-4:50pm. Cost is $5 (please note: the all-event pass available for BookFest does not cover admission to this workshop).
Later that night, in the AGW’s Betty F. Wilkinson Room on the first floor, local comic hero-makers David Finch and Tony Gray present a lecture entitled It’s Not All Spandex. The talk will be moderated by Mike Trudell, and runs from 7pm – 9pm. The cost is just $5 to attend.
The events continue on November 4th, with more author talks at the AGW. November 5th and 6th are loaded with panel discussions, from Nino Ricci interviewing Judith Keenan about award-winning Canadian author Paul Quarrington, to a workshop run by Marty Gervais called Writers Wanted, taking you through the steps involved with presenting your manuscript to a publisher.
And for the first time, the International Festival of Authors (usually a Toronto-centric event) is heading out onto the road. The IFOA Windsor event welcomes noted crime fiction authors Peter Robinson, Michael Robotham, Robert Rotenberg, and Eric Wright, who will each be reading from their latest works as part of IFOA Noir. Tickets for this event are $10.
The entire list of readings, workshops, book signings, demonstrations, dinners and contest winner announcements are too many to include here. Check the BookFest Windsor website for all the details!