NOAH RICHLER HEADLINES CANADIAN AUTHORS IN KNOWLTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

2009-07-10, from Member
KNOWLTON, Quebec, May 19, 2009 – On August 1st and 2nd, the quaint little village of Knowlton will extend an open invitation to the general public to write letters in attractive settings, the heart of the village into an outdoor literary salon.

Letters from Knowlton is the first satellite event of Les Correspondances d’Eastman which this summer (August 6-9) will celebrate its 7th edition.

Other than letter writing, various activities are scheduled involving English writers participating in round table discussions and readings. National Bestselling author Noah Richler is coming back home to the Eastern Townships to help inaugurate the event. He will be joined by prize-winning authors Neil Smith (Bang Crunch) and Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals), who will be participating in a round table followed by book signings and moderated by former CBC journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson.

This year’s event was announced by Philip Lanthier, chair of Knowlton’s Organizing Committee and retired Champlain College teacher who now leads literary discussion groups at the Knowlton campus of Bishop’s University. « Everyone is excited to welcome our award-winning authors who will be spending the weekend of August 1st and 2nd in Knowlton. We’ve also been able to gather a group of extremely talented local writers, Don Davison, Laura Teasdale and Harrison Yates and they’ll also be part pf the literary round-table discussions » says Lanthier.

For her part, Nicole Fontaine, founding member of Les Correspondances d’Eastman and literary advisor thanked “ those inspired Knowlton citizens who proposed the event. For some time we had been thinking of creating this type of rapprochement between our two literary communities and this year, it has become a reality”.

There will be a dozen «letter writing spaces » set up around Knowlton Village offering picturesque scenery to inspire young and old. Letters will be stamped and delivered anywhere in the world, courtesy of the organization sponsored by Canada Post. At the conclusion of the weekend, there will be readings of letters, past and present. A Saturday evening celebration of «Words & Music» has also been organized.

Major Sponsors of the literary festival include the Town of Brome Lake and Canada Post. Letters from Knowlton is produced by the highly acclaimed «Correspondances d’Eastman», which for several years now, has attracted hundreds of writers, readers, and book lovers. Les Correspondances will continue this summer in Eastman, with its French program and writers. The English/French crossover is no accident and in future years it’s hoped that both organizations will share some authors and bilingual programming.

Source:
Joseph M. Singerman
514 501-9919
www.lescorrespondances.ca/knowlton  

 
 

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