Writers Festival – It’s Almost Festival Time!

The 2023 Fall Edition is fast approaching! Hard to believe we’re just 10 days away from welcoming some of the world’s finest authors to our stage! AND we’ve got lots in store between now and then too!On Monday, we’re lucky enough to be welcoming #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs back to Ottawa with her twenty-second high-stakes thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan!  She’ll be hosted  by Brenda Chapman author of the thrilling Stonechild and Rouleau series. On Wednesday, we’ll be hosting 4 of the 5 shortlisted authors for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Eleanor CattonKevin Chong, Dionne Irving and CS Richardson, and then it’s FESTIVAL TIME!We’ve also just announced two post Festival events:On Friday, November 10th we’re hosting Jann Arden for a special event in partnership with the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Penguin Random House Canada. We’re excited to welcome her to Ottawa to celebrate her debut novel, The Bittlemores, for a conversation with CBC Ottawa’s Alan NealThen, on Friday, November 17th we’re partnering with Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library to host Cree artist Kent Monkman and his longtime collaborator Gisèle Gordon for a conversation with Carleton University’s Adrian Harewood about their new book, The Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle (Volume 1).Stay tuned for details on our updated menu in the Festival Cafe, the final season of Writers Festival Radio and some exciting December events!Congratulations to Jean van Loon who won the City of Ottawa English fiction award for her collection of poems Nuclear Family, Tim Cook who won the English non-fiction prize for his work Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War and Conyer Clayton who won the Archibald Lampman Award for her book But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves. We also want to congratulate Michael CrummeyKatherena VermetteAshley Audrain and Waubgeshig Rice for making this week’s Canadian Bestsellers list. We can’t wait to welcome them all to Ottawa!We hope to see you soon!


Festival Schedule

Wednesday, October 256:30 PM Becoming a Matriarch with Helen KnottHosted by Shelagh Rogers8:00 PM Home on Native Land with Alicia Elliott, Katherena Vermette and Cherie DimalineHosted by Shelagh Rogers

Thursday, October 266:30 PM Moon of the Turning Leaveswith Waubgeshig RiceHosted by Adrian Harewood8:00 PM The Good Lifewith Darrel J. McLeod, Zalika Reid-Benta and Elaine FeeneyHosted by Aara Macauley

Friday, October 275:30 PM Bywords John Newlove Poetry Awards6:30 PM Wine Witch on Firewith Natalie MacLean8:00 PM Makes You Strongerwith Nathan Whitlock, Amy Jones and Terry Fallis Hosted by Susan Johnston

Saturday, October 28Noon: Eve: How the Female BodyDrove 200 Million Years of Human Evolutionwith Cat BohannonHosted by Sarah Everts1:30 PM Her Space, Her Time with Shohini GhoseHosted by Sarah Everts3:00 PM The Deepest Map with Laura TretheweyHosted by Trish Audette-Longo4:30 PM Message in a Bottle with Holly HoganHosted by Stephen Brockwell6:00 PM Every Happy Family with Amy Stuart, Ashley Audrain and Karma BrownHosted by Leanne Cusack8:00 PM Another Worldwith Catherine Leroux, Sean Michaels and Mona AwadHosted by Rhonda DouglasSunday, October 291:30 PM The Tempestwith Donna Morrissey and Michael CrummyHosted by Sara Power3:00 PM Family Matterswith Claudia Dey and Yasuko ThanhHosted by Rhonda Douglas4:30 PM Loves Labourwith Kate Heartfield, Eva Crocker and Emma DonoghueHosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld6:30 PM The End and the Beginningwith Jenny Erpenbeck and David BergenHosted by Peter Schneider8:00 PM 21 Things We Need To Do After The Indian Actwith Bob Joseph