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Wednesday October 5th, 2016

Posted at 12:01pm

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Today BookFest Windsor officially announced plans for this year’s festival at Biblioasis in Walkerville, including their new tagline, The Book Is Better.

This annual event began as The Festival of the Book in 2001, celebrating writing, publishing, and literary engagement in Canada and beyond. For it’s fifteenth anniversary “this year’s theme focuses even more on Diverse Voices,” says Bookfest Chair Sarah Jarvis.

The festival plans to do so by welcoming a slew of First Nations authors whom they will bring to local schools and youth centres as well as Windsor Public Library.

“Nearly all of these authors have written about the residential school experience,” says Jarvis.

Elisabeth Brito, President of l’Association Canadienne Française Ontarienne Windsor Essex Chatham Kent (ACFO-WECK) was also present today, and is excited for this year’s festival as she sees it as “an opportunity to promote Canadian literature, and particularly francophone literature of our region.”

For the second year running Biblioasis will be the on-site bookseller for the festival.

“The Art Gallery of Windsor is a great retail location for books,” says store proprietor Robert Earl Stewart, who hopes that window displays and natural lighting will help entice visitors to browse and purchase books.

Stewart also notes that in addition to carrying the most recent titles from all participating authors and moderators, they will also have back catalogues of their work available, something he believes helps to distinguish BookFest Windsor.

Happening from November 4 – 6, BookFest Windsor will be taking place mainly at The Art Gallery of Windsor and Chimczuk Museum. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased at The Capitol Theatre Box Office or online store, Arts Council Windsor Region, and at Biblioasis.

Robert Earl Stewart of Biblioasis 

Author Nino Ricci 

Elisabeth Brito, président de l’Association Canadienne Française Ontarienne Windsor Essex Chatham Kent 

BookFest Windsor Chair Sarah Jarvis

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