Writers’ festival coming Sept. 7

Inspired by the lead of the English village of Ashton Hayes, Eden Mills launched its official plan last fall to become the first village in North America to achieve carbon neutrality.

The Writers’ Festival will pre­sent its Going Carbon Neutral set at The Mill site from 2:30 to 3:30pm Sept. 7.

Nicola Ross, award-winning writer and executive director of Alternatives Jour­nal, will interview writers Taras Grescoe and Chris Turn­er, who will read from their recent works.

Turner is author of The Geography of Hope: A Guided Tour of the World We Need, which was listed as one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2007. Grescoe is a Montreal writer and winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize and the Edna Staebler award for non-fiction for The Devil’s Picnic: Travels Through the Under­ground of Food and Drink, and Sacré Blues: A Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec. His latest work is Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood.

Grescoe and Turner will also be among the four panelists of the Saturday seminar on travel writing and the planet, where they will address is­sues of ethical travel.

Susan Catto and Guelph’s Laurie Gough are the other panelists. Tickets for the workshop on Sept. 6 from 10am to 3pm at Eden Mill’s Camp Edgewood are $40 at the gate . They can also be purchased in advance at The Bookshelf at 41 Quebec Street,  519-821-3311, or www.bookshelf.ca.

Contact Wendy Smith at leydensmith@hotmail.com or 519-856-1089 for more information.

Eden Mills Writers’ Fes­tival, a non-profit festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held Sept. 7 from 12 to 6pm, with 50 guest authors in attendance.

Accompanying seminars and workshops will take place on Sept. 5 and 6. Visit eden­millswritersfestival.ca for more  details about the festival and seminar.