• T.M. O’Shaughnessy

Greenwood’s StoryFest 2017 lineup includes Mary Walsh and Lawrence Hill


Tickets now on sale for Hudson’s annual October literary festival

The full line-up of authors for Greenwood’s annual October literary festival StoryFest is always an exciting list of the best of Canada’s extensively talented and diverse writing scene – and this year is certainly no exception.

Tunisian-born Monia Mazigh (Hope Has Two Daughters, Mirrors and Mirages, Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar) will open StoryFest 2017 on Sunday, October 1 at Hudson’s St. Mary’s Hall, followed on Tuesday, October 3 by Lee Maracle, a poet, the Traditional Cultural Director of the University of Toronto's Indigenous Theatre School, and author of several works including Memory Serves: Oratories, Celia’s Song, Ravensong and Bobbi Lee.

Award-winning scientist, musician, record producer and author (with three books that have made the #1 Bestsellers list), Daniel Levitin, is up next on Friday, October 6 at Hudson’s Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre. Levitin’s most recent book is Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era. His other works include This is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind.

The first week culminates on Sunday, October 8, with the appearance of Newfoundland actor and comedian Mary Walsh of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, who will appear at Hudson Village Theatre to talk about her new novel, Crying for the Moon.

StoryFest’s second week opens with the winner of this year’s prestigious RBC Taylor prize for literary nonfiction, Ross King. He will appear at the Hudson Village Theatre on Tuesday, October 10, to discuss his award-winning book about Monet’s famous water lilies (Mad Enchantment). The week will close with another much-anticipated guest on Saturday, October 14, when multiple award-winning novelist Lawrence Hill (Book of Negroes, The Illegal) appears at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre.

Freelance journalist Ian Howarth (Rock ’n’ Radio: When DJs and Rock Music ruled the Airwaves) will open the third week on Tuesday, October 17, at Hudson Village Theatre, followed by a Travel: Memoir Writers’ Workshop with Laurie Gough on Saturday, October 21, at the Greenwood Centre for Living History.

On Monday, October 23, StoryFest will screening the film Testament of Youth (with a matinee and evening showing), and on Tuesday, October 24, acclaimed editor and raconteur Douglas Gibson will be discussing his career as one of Canada’s most prolific editors – perhaps most famously of Alice Munro – as well as discussing Canada’s finest oral and written storytellers, at Hudson Village Theatre.

Closing StoryFest for another year will be novelist Beth Powning whose bestselling The Sea Captain’s Wife and new novel, A Measure of Light, have garnered much critical praise. This closing event will be held on Sunday, October 29, at Hudson’s St. Mary’s Hall.

Festival passes are $100, representing a total value of $150 – an amazing deal! The three-hour Travel: Memoir Writers’ Workshop is not included in the pass and costs $60 (purchase available only online at greenwoodstoryfest.com).

Both passes and single tickets can be purchased online at: www.greenwoodstoryfest.com or at Boutique Pure Art (422 Main Road, Hudson QC).

For more information, contact: Terry O’Shaughnessy at (450) 458-5396


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