The Bonnechere Authors Festival was founded in 2002 and has since grown to be a signature event in the Ottawa Valley! Every Monday 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, 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!
And now MORE!
For the second year in a row, the BAF authors are generously offering FREE Writers' Workshops, too, on top of their BAF talks! Workshops take place Tuesdays at 10:30 AM, the day after
BAF, at Bonnechere Union Public Library (except for Catherine Porter, she'll be doing her workshop on the same day as her talk: Monday, July 15th).
You don't want to miss this up-close and personal opportunity! A not-to-be-missed series of events.
The Bonnechere Authors Festival aims to bring Canadian authors to Eganville, and fundraise for and the Bonnechere Union Public Library
. It was also created to entertain and educate our community, too!
We are extremely fortunate to have FIVE great authors to present to you this year! Learn more about the authors and their works here:
Ron Corbett and John Owens
This may be the first double header in BAF history! By request, Ron Corbett will present "Cape Diamond: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery" together with returning audience favourite of "The Sixth String" John Owens with his most recent novel "ConnecDead: A Jack Lydon Mystery".
Ron Corbett, author, journalist and broadcaster is the author of seven non-fiction books including "The Last Guide: A Story of Fish and Love". A story about Frank Kuiack as Algonquin Park's last remaining official fishing guide. He received rave reviews and an Edgar Allan Poe nomination by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Original Paperback.
John Owens is the author of two novels: On the Rails and The Sixth String, and more than 30 short stories. He continues to operate his communications business where he has written millions of words for clients.
They'll BOTH be at BAF on Monday, July 8th and at BUPL for a writer's workshop on Tuesday, July 9th @ 10:30 am!
: Catherine is an award-winning journalist, activist, and writer. She is the Canada bureau chief for the New York Times in Toronto. Previously, she was a columnist, city hall reporter, and environment writer for the Toronto Star.
She has won two National Newspaper Awards and the Landsberg Award for her professional work, as well as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for community activism in the east-end of Toronto.
She'll be at BUPL for a writer's workshop on Monday, July 14th @ 10:30 am and BAF on Monday, July 15th!
: Mark is a journalist, historian, lecturer and author of several acclaimed books. His latest book is "Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson"; a best seller on Amazon Canadian History and Adventure books.
He'll be at BAF on Monday, July 22nd and at BUPL for a writer's workshop on Tuesday, July 23rd @ 10:30 am!
: Joyce is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at the esteemed Quill & Quire and the author of the historical novel The Cook's Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013). She was a winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for fiction and has been awarded the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism.
She'll be at BAF on Monday, July 29th and at BUPL for a writer's workshop on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30 am!
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, 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, Meredith Jamieson, Amy Rouillard, Candace Woolley, Roberta Della-Picca, Dorothy Langman, Dana Jennings, and BUPL staff for all your hard work in organizing the event!