The Bonnechere Authors Festival was founded in 2002 and has since grown to be a signature event in the Ottawa Valley! Every MONDAY (new night, it used to be Wednesdays) in July, a Canadian author comes to Eganville and speaks about their adventures in writing, researching, and living. They read from their latest works, answer questions from the audience and sometimes even sign books! There are snacks and coffee and tea available, door prizes, books to buy, and a whole lot of fun! You can stay up to date on the events by finding us on Facebook
, following us on Twitter
, or emailing us
and asking to be added to the email list! See you in July!
The Bonnechere Authors Festival aims to bring Canadian authors to Eganville, fundraise for local literacy organizations (the Training & Learning Centre
and the Bonnechere Union Public Library
), and entertain and educate our community!
We are extremely fortunate to have four great authors to present to you this year! Learn more about the authors and their works here:
: Stephen Maher is a novelist and journalist based in Ottawa.
In 2012, he published his first novel, Deadline, a political thriller. As an investigative journalist, he has received a National Newspaper Award, a Michener Award, a Canadian Hillman prize and two Canadian Association of Journalism awards. He is a 2016 Harvard Nieman fellow. Maher was born in France and raised in Nova Scotia. He has lived in Toronto, Newfoundland, Jamaica, Japan, France and the United States. He lives in Ottawa with his partner, Camille, and his old sailboat, Free Spirit.
He'll be at BAF on Monday, July 9th!
: Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer who has always had a passion for books, language and storytelling.
Before turning her attention to writing, Danielle studied English and Theatre at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years in her hometown of Toronto.
She'll be at BAF on Monday, July 16th!
: Sandra was born in Miami, Florida, in 1944. As the daughter of an airline pilot, her family lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for five years, then Miami again for a few years before settling in her mother's hometown of Berkeley, California.
She began researching and writing a novel set in 17th century France, at the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Mistress of the Sun was published in 2008. My fifth novel, The Shadow Queen, is also set in the court of the Sun King. The Game of Hope, a Young Adult novel about Josephine's precocious daughter Hortense, is her newest book, and has been published this year.
She'll be at BAF on Monday, July 23rd!
: Bob was born in Lone Pine, California, and has roots throughout the United States, but was mostly raised in Toronto, Canada.
He is working on his seventh novel and has an undying love for being in a library.
He'll be at BAF on Monday, July 30th!
BUPL gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors:
Rio Tap & Grill,
Ledger Lady Inc.,
Pine Tree Motel
Compass Rose Group.
Thank you all for your support! Your sponsorship makes this event a success!
Also, a huge thanks to The Township Of Bonnechere Valley's Eagle's Nest
for hosting the event!
Extra special thanks to all of our volunteers, including the Library Board members, kitchen staff, TLC
for doing the finances, and the Friends of the Library
! We couldn't do this without you!
And, of course, thanks to our four amazing authors for taking time out of their schedules to visit Eganville! We love having you visit!
The Bonnechere Authors Festival is run by a committee of volunteers. Thanks to Doyne Ahern for creating such a wonderful fundraiser, Eileen Jones-Whyte, Dana Jennings, Meredith Jamieson, Candace Woolley, Nicole Zummach, Sue Rupert, and Dawn Silver for all your hard work in organizing the event!