Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 5, 2020
Greenwood’s 2019 virtual edition of StoryFest has just concluded and despite the new online format and the restrictions of a pandemic, it was a great success. Our thanks to our guest authors, Joan Thomas, Annabel Lyon, Margaret MacMillan, Emily Urquhart, Michelle Good and Tommy Shhnurmacher, for letting us into their homes and for the fascinating conversations they had with our audience. We learned so much from them and we so appreciated their participation in this year’s StoryFest. Thanks also to Michaela di Cesaeri for her outstanding Writers Workshops. Next, to our partners – the Town of Hudson, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Writers Federation, Frank Royle, and Gerry and Elizabeth Semmelhaach – thank you for your generosity and your support. Thanks also to The Journal for the publicity they provided for this special month long event. Our StoryFest Committee is an amazing group of volunteers who work for an entire year to produce this very unique literary festival. You met most of them online as they interviewed our authors – and what a magnificent job they did. Very special thanks to Terry O’Shaughnessy, Heather Markgraf, Susan Gilmore Lombard, Julie Gedeon, Stephanie Azran, Jane Havard, Mary Vuorela and Kathryn Lamb. Many thanks also to our Executive Director, gracious host and technical guru Geneviève Grenier, who did such a great job! Finally, thanks to our audience who this year came from right across Canada, from Washington, from England, and from Ireland. One of the great advantages of a virtual event is that so many from outside our community could join us. We hope you enjoyed StoryFest as much as we did, and we look forward to hearing from you – please send us your feedback! Of course we are already in the planning stages for next year – it will be our very special 20th anniversary of StoryFest and we are looking forward to it!