A Weekend in the Park for Book Lovers
Tuesday, September 11, 20071 Comment
Now in its 19th year, the Eden Mills WritersÃ Festival has grown to feature over 40 established authors and numerous aspiring or Ã¬modestly publishedÃ® writers of all ages. Less well-known writers are invited to submit samples of their work and enter the festivalÃs literary contest or read at the Fringe stage, and high school students can participate in the Ishar Singh Poetry Contest.
University of Guelph Creative Writing student Jacob McArthur Mooney read two poems from his forthcoming book, The New LaymanÃs Almanac. He was featured alongside two other Master of Fine Arts students, all emerging writers who drew an impressive crowd under the trees beside the townÃs historic mill.
Leon Rooke, winner of the Governor GeneralÃs award for his 1981 book, ShakespeareÃs Dog, and founder of the festival took the platform later in the day. The long-time Eden Mills resident claims that inspiration and financing have never been problems. Ã¬The best authors come cheap,Ã® he wrote in his history of the Eden Mills WritersÃ Festival. Ã¬All you have to give them is your heart.Ã®