Eden Mills Writers’ Festival benefit on Sunday

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is hosting an afternoon of ac­com­plished authors and music at its spring benefit.

The three guest writers this year will be Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke.

As the Writers’ Festival en­ters its 21st year, the Words that Sing spring benefit will bring together the original members who first came together in Rooke’s backyard in 1989 when the festival was born. Since then, over 440 authors have shared their stories, tal­ents and literature with thou­sands of patrons.

The spring benefit will also showcase the musical talents of local Guelph artist, soprano Theresa Thibodeau, supported by John McClelland on the piano. The benefit runs this Sunday at 2pm at the Norfolk United Church, 75 Norfolk Street in Guelph

Tickets are $20 and $15 for students. Tickets can be pur­chased at The Bookshelf in Guelph or at the door.

Ondaatje  is the author of five novels, numerous books of poetry, and a memoir. The Eng­lish Patient won the Governor General’s award and the Book­er prize and Ondaatje is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Jane Urquhart is the author of five novels, four books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. Her books have won the Trillium award, the Gov­ernor General’s award for fic­tion, and France’s Le prix du meilleur livre etranger. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Rooke is the Eden Mills Festival founder. His latest work, The Last Shot, will be published by Thomas Allen later this year. He has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s award for fiction, the Canada-Australia Literary prize, the North Caro­lina award for literature and the Pushcart prize, among others. In 2007 he was made a Mem­ber of the Order of Canada.

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is celebrating its 21st Anniversary. This years Festival takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 12noon – 6pm.For more Festival details, please visit edenmillswritersfestival.ca.