Bayfield Writers Festival

BAYFIELD – To miss out on the annual Bayfield Writers’ Festival next month would be nothing short of criminal.

With a half-dozen authors from Crime Writers of Canada all gathered for a weekend in Bayfield, plus Sunday brunch and reading with Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things, this festival promises to a fast-paced plot with plenty of surprises local residents, book clubs, summer visitors and readers from all over.

Over Saturday, June 22, there will be four moderated discussions for readers and writers alike, with the main event as Six Criminally Good Authors read from their works.
Event Schedule for Saturday, June 22 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
School for Short Stories, with Melodie Campbell and Madeleine Harris-Callway What is a short story? How do you write a good one?
Campbell got her start writing comedy. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. She has won six awards for fiction and is the executive director of Crime Writers of Canada.
Location: The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets, $10 11 a.m. – noon

A Peek Under the Covers, with J. A. Menzies
What writers do to keep readers up all night! J. A. Menzies is the author of Shaded Light and Glitter of Diamonds, whodunits set in Toronto and “reminiscent of the best Agatha Christie had to offer.” (Midwest Book Review). Her “writing has humour, the story-telling is edged with compassion, and the characters are well drawn.” (The Hamilton Spectator). J. A. is the alter-ego of author N. J. Lindquist.
Location: Bayfield Public Library. Tickets, $10. 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Learning from the Masters, with Rene Natan
Analysis of some bestsellers’ structure. When she retired from Western University Rene Natan felt a pull toward the passion of her youth: storytelling. She wrote eight novels, their genre varying from romantic suspense to thriller. The Blackpox Threat won a first prize (Dragonfly Contest, 2012) and a finalist place in the National Indie Excellence Award.
Location: Bayfield Public Library. Tickets, $10. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

As the World Turns, with Alison Bruce and Catherine Astolfo
Social media soap operas and why you should tune in! Alison Bruce started writing stories for other people when she was 12. She lost her first novel in the women’s washroom at Ryerson University. She is the author of the Carmedy and Garrett mystery series, published by Imajin Books. Alison is also the Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada and Arthur Ellis Awards administrator.

Catherine Astolfo is the author of The Emily Taylor Mysteries, published by Imajin Books. Her short story, What Kelly did, published by NorthWord, won the Arthur Ellis Award in 2012. She’s a Derrick Murdoch Award winner for service to Crime Writers of Canada. Sweet Karoline, a standalone, will soon be published by Imajin.
Location: The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets, $10. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Six Criminally Good Writers Read from their Works
Location: St. Andrews United Church, Bayfield. Tickets, $15.
Event Schedule for Sunday, June 23 12:30 pm

Books and Brunch with Tanis Rideout
Gourmet three-course brunch, followed by reading/discussion with Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things, a debut novel of obsession and divided loyalties, which brilliantly weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory’s ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest, with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.
Tanis Rideout is a poet and writer living and working in Toronto. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous quarterlies and magazines and received grants from local and national arts councils. Her first novel, Above All Things, was released in Canada in 2012. It has been praised widely. Joseph Boyden called it “simply breathtaking,” and Alison Pick said, “Prepare to be dazzled.”
Location: The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets, $30.
Tickets for all events, including Saturday passes and four-session passes, are available at The Village Bookshop, 24 Main St. N., by phoning 519-565-5600 or emailing
The Bayfield Writers’ Festival was established in 2001 by Mary Wolfe, founding owner of The Village Bookshop in Bayfield. The bookshop continues to organize and sponsor the Festival under the leadership of current owner Mary Brown with the support and assistance of volunteers and partners in the publishing industry.
Many of Canada’s best-known authors, including Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Hill, Terry Fallis and many others, have visited Bayfield to take part in the Writers’ Festival.

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