Eden Mills Writers’ Festival offers online book clubs

EDEN MILLS – The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) is again offering a series of online author events aimed at connecting readers and writers from across Ontario.

From January to March, the EMWF will offer three free online events, using provincial funding. Each event will showcase a recently published book through a conversation with the author. 

All events include closed captioning.

Waubgeshig Rice

The series kicks off on Jan. 31 at 7pm with best-selling author Waubgeshig Rice, who will join Mary Ito to discuss Moon of the Turning Leaves. 

The Moon of the Crusted Snow sequel is a story of survival, resilience, Indigenous identity and rebirth, officials say.

Kevin Chong

On Feb. 21 at 7pm Kevin Chong will share The Double Life of Benson Yu, with event host Steven W. Beattie.  

The novel, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, is a work of metafiction that follows a graphic novelist who loses control of his own narrative when he attempts to write the story of his fraught upbringing in 1980s Chinatown.

Dr. Jennifer Grenz

Wrapping up the series is Dr. Jennifer Grenz, who joins the EMWF on March 27 at 7pm for a conversation about Medicine Wheel for the Planet: A Journey toward Personal and Ecological Healing. 

The book builds on sacred stories, field observations and Grenz’s own journey, inviting readers to share in the teachings of the four directions of the medicine wheel: the North, which draws upon the knowledge and wisdom of elders; the East, where we let go of colonial narratives and see with fresh eyes; the South, where we apply new-old worldviews to envision a way forward; and the West, where a relational approach to land reconciliation is realized.

Guelph Public Library

Leading up to the events, Guelph Public Library will host community book club gatherings (in-person, hybrid and online), allowing readers to discuss the books with others. 

The EMWF is partnering with booksellers across the province for this event series. Locally, copies of the books featured can be purchased at Magic Pebble Books in Elora, The Bookshelf in Guelph and Words Worth Books in Waterloo. 

For more information or to register, visit emwf.ca.