Well, we did it. We all celebrated 25 years of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival with three days of amazing, very well-attended musical and literary events. We’re all still processing our feelings, emotions, and even some of our photographs in this digital age, so there will be more to come on our web site and Facebook and twitter.
For now, on behalf of all of our hard working volunteers and staff, and our excellent readers, performers and vendors, I’d like to thank all of you who supported us in the media or came out to see what we were up to this year. We had an extremely high calibre of talent with us in 2013; you’d be hard-pressed to find a reader or musician in our programming who hasn’t been honoured for their work with some award or another (earlier today, Joseph Boyden, Michael Winter, and Wayne Johnston were nominated for the Giller Prize).
Most especially, I can’t say enough about the grace and kindness of the villagers of Eden Mills who let more than a thousand strangers into their lives one Sunday a year with open arms. Some of them even baked us visitors delicious pies! You just can’t beat that. In Guelph, you’d get a kale salad. Actually, there was kale salad in Eden Mills and it was delicious too. But there was also fresh-baked pie. Guelph would give you kale salad and send you on your way, thank you very much. My point is, we certainly can’t do any of this without you Eden Mills folks, so thanks again.
As I say, we’ll have more updates and photos for you on our site in the coming weeks. If you want a sense of how magical things were yesterday, check out this short clip of a baby snapping turtle hatching during the Festival on Sunday. He said he came for the words…
The 26th annual Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is scheduled for Sept. 12-14, 2014. See you there.
Today, Sunday, September 15th the 25th annual Eden Mills Writers Festival presents more than 50 writers reading from their recent works, as well as music, food, Fringe, Poetry Slam and Publishers’ Way exhibitors. See below for the author and shuttle schedule to and from the village of Eden Mills, plus a listing for Publishers’ Way.
Two free shuttle buses (sponsored by The University of Guelph) run to and fro Eden Mills for the big festival day of readings on Sunday. (Bus service is not available for workshops, seminars and concerts.)
One bus leaves the Sleeman Centre (across from the River Run) at 11:00 am and running every 45 minutes thereafter:
The other bus leaves the University Centre, U of Guelph, at 11:15 am and runs every 45 minutes:
Between 4:30 and 6:45 pm, buses will be leaving Eden Mills to return to both locations in Guelph.
Well, it took 25 years but Sept. 13-15, 2013 is here and so too is the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. We begin our festival this Friday with events at the River Run Centre and the eco-friendly Eden Mills Community Hall and, we urge patrons who haven’t yet to please pick up your tickets to see the Joel Plaskett Emergency, Jim Guthrie, Bidiniband in Guelph, and Arthur Black and James Gordon in Eden Mills. We’d love to see you!
Keep an eye on our site, our Facebook page, and our twitter feed for all of the latest info. For example, there will be no ATM on site this Sunday. Something happened. Please bring some cash with you.
The Hundred Story Wood, a day of writing workshops uniting Canadian authors and high school students on Sept. 30 is completely sold out! Also of note, our Food for Thought event with food experts Michael Pollan and Sarah Elton is pretty close to sold out too. There are very few tickets left online so, please pick them up while you still can. It promises to be a memorable event!
And of course, we’re very proud of our Sunday line-up, which features some of the best and brightest minds in Canadian writing. Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult authors will all be on-hand, some reading from new, anticipated works for the first time.
So, see you there!
Join us Sunday, September 15th for the big event at the 2013 Eden Mills Writers Festival. More than 50 writers read from their recent works, as well as music, food, Fringe, Poetry Slam and Publishers’ Way exhibitors.
A vibrant picture of the current Canadian literary scene. 40+ exhibitors set up in Eden Mills for meet and greets, book sales, signings and more.
We’re so pleased to have the great Frank Viva reading as a Children’s Author at this year’s Festival. And if you scan your local magazine stands or check your mailbox, you’ll see his work on the cover of the Sept. 2 issue of The New Yorker. Nice work Frank!
Just as the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival turns 25 in 2013, noted musician/former Rheostatic/author/columnist Dave Bidini is celebrating his 50th birthday with us by appearing at events in Waterloo, Guelph, and of course, Eden Mills.
On Thursday Sept. 5, he and his Bidiniband perform at the Starlight Social Club (47 A King St. N) in Waterloo opening for Toronto’s Jim Guthrie. The bill also features Toronto electronic artist I Am Robot and Proud and readings by Waterloo’s Carrie Snyder and Bidini himself.
The following week, Bidiniband will play the River Run Centre (35 Woolwich St.) in Guelph on Friday Sept. 13. Bad luck? No, it’s good! The Joel Plaskett Emergency headline this show, which features Jim Guthrie, plus Bidini doing short readings again.
Finally, on Sunday Sept. 15, Bidini will be in the village of Eden Mills, reading among some of the best and brightest Canadian writers of our time. It’s all outdoors in the rustic beauty of one of the loveliest villages in North America. Trees, a river, grass, historic structures, and Dave Bidini reading from his forthcoming book, Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs, which is out Oct. 1 via Viking Canada.
Pretty nifty for fifty, as the saying goes. Happy birthday Dave!
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is pleased to announce that we’ve added three more remarkable Canadian voices to our Sunday Sept. 15 schedule.
Saleema Nawaz is the author of the short story collection Mother Superior, which was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her story “My Three Girls” won the Journey Prize in 2008. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. Her first novel, Bone and Bread, was published by House of Anansi in March 2013.
A nationally known food writer, cookbook author, broadcaster and teacher, Rose Murray has been published widely in magazines and newspapers such as Canadian Living and the Globe and Mail and has appeared on many radio and television stations across the country including the CBC and CTV. She has been resident cook at Kitchener CTV for thirty years. Murray has authored eleven cookbooks; the most recent Canada’s Favourite Recipes (co-authored with Elizabeth Baird) with a reprint of her very first book, Canadian Christmas Cooking, appearing this fall.
Calgary writer Marcello Di Cintio’s first book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa, won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. His second book, Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize. He has also written for numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers, including The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Reader’s Digest, Afar, and the Globe and Mail. His latest book is 2012′s celebrated Walls : Journeys Along The Barricades, which won the 2013 Shaughnessey Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The jury statement described the book as, “beautifully written reportage…personal stories?—?gripping, haunting, humorous, and inspiring?—?of people living against walls around the world, from the “peaceline” of Belfast to l’Acadie fence of Montreal.” The book also won the 2013 Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and the 2013 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary weekend by bringing the Joel Plaskett Emergency, Jim Guthrie, and Bidiniband back to Guelph for a show at the River Run Centre on Friday Sept. 13, 2013.
All three artists might be familiar to patrons of Guelph’s Hillside Festival because each has performed there in recent years. Between them, these musicians have won prestigious songwriting and music awards, cultivated loyal fans the world over, and left a permanent impression on Canada’s songwriting legacy.
Tickets available online here, and also, in person, at the River Run Centre box office located at 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph.
Doors are at 7:00 PM and the performance order is Bidiniband first before a reading by Dave Bidini (who will also be reading at the EMWF in the village of Eden Mills on Sept. 15), Jim Guthrie second, and lastly the Joel Plaskett Emergency. Vish Khanna will host this event.
Learn more about these people on our WRITERS & ARTISTS page.
Our first newsletter of the 2013 season can be viewed here. In it, you’ll get an overview of our events this September, meet our 2013 Festival Manager, Vish Khanna, and learn more about available opportunities at Publisher’s Way and how to volunteer for this year’s fest.
Feel free to spread the word on Facebook and twitter, using #emwf25. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter on our site. Look to your right…
Welcome to the brand new 2013 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival website. The festival is just under two months away and we’re working hard to get the last details confirmed and up on the site as they come in.
Have a look at the WRITERS AND ARTISTS page to see the huge list of authors and bands taking part this year. The schedule page will see updates once we have finalized which AUTHORS will be reading when, please check back for those updates and more.