The Bonnechere Authors Festival was founded in 2002 and has since grown to be a signature event in the Ottawa Valley! Every Wednesday 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:
: Steve is an award-winning Canadian mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a Nature Writer of the Year award from BBC Wildlife. He'll be at BAF on Wednesday, July 6, chatting about the latest in his Birder Murder Mystery series, A Cast of Falcons
: Born in England, Helen is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. Her most recent work of non-fiction is Nocturne
a memoir about the life and death of her brother, Martin. Helen lives in Kingston, Ontario, and will be at BAF on Wednesday, July 13.
: Paula is a Canadian journalist, investigative author, broadcaster, and lawyer. She is a professor of broadcast journalism and digital media at Seneca College, and is a frequent speaker on cyberabuse, Internet culture, writing, reporting, literacy and freedom of the press. She recently published Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online
, which was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for non-fiction. She'll be at BAF on Wednesday, July 20.
: Doug is a Canadian editor, publisher and writer. Best known as the former president and publisher of McClelland and Stewart, he was particularly noted for his professional relationships with many of Canada's most prominent and famous writers, many of whom he writes about in his latest book, Across Canada by Story
. He'll be at BAF on Wednesday, July 27.
BUPL gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors,
Rio Tap & Grill,
Big Boy Tires,
. Thank you all for your support! Your sponsorship makes this event a success!
Also, a huge thanks to St. James Parish
for hosting the event and the Ahern family for hosting our authors!
Extra special thanks to all of our volunteers, most especially Tony Contant for organizing and running the kitchen, Cathy Lyons for doing the finances, and Friends of the Library,
for baking dessert! We couldn't do this without you!
And, of course, thanks to our 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, Eileen Jones-Whyte, Richard Crispin, Dana Jennings, Meredith Jamieson, Kathleen Turner and Candace Woolley for all your hard work in organizing the event!