1,000 Islands Writers Festival fills Gananoque with all kinds of readers and writers

(Gananoque, ON)  Once upon a time there was a little town in southeastern Ontario called Gananoque.  One beautiful day, a tiny seed of an idea was planted in the minds of some literary minded folks.  Before too long, that seed sprouted, took root and grew into the 1,000 Islands Writers Festival.

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“Established in 2015 as the Gananoque Literary Festival and renamed in 2017 as it evolved to encompass the wider 1000 Island region, the event is a celebration of books, the literary arts and the creative process that aims to foster the discovery and enjoyment of reading and writing by bringing leading Canadian authors and their audiences together in relaxed and intimate conversational settings,” said Pam Hudson, Artistic Director of the festival.   Continue reading


Freedom to Read Week to Be Celebrated in Delta

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading  them.” - Joseph Brodsky

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading
them.” – Joseph Brodsky

by Lorraine Payette, written February 25, 2014

“IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN. IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning…”

So begins Fahrenheit 451, the future fantasy nightmare created by literary master Ray Bradbury. This was a world where reading and books were illegal, where the control of the people had become total and the government feared nothing so much as the free spread of knowledge to those it would enslave. – to read more>

Poetry Evenings Promise Good Things to Come

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by Lorraine Payette, written August 24, 2013, modified September 20, 2013

(BROCKVILLE, ON) – Just as life itself is the true food of the gods, poetry is the sound of the soul singing its enthusiasm. And Brockville is finding itself to be vibrating with this music almost everywhere it turns.

An intimate gathering of poetry lovers draped itself around the shop on August 21 as the first public Poetry Evening was held at the “From Here to Infinity” Gallery located at 213 King Street West. This was the first in a new series of monthly presentations to be held on the third Wednesday of each month by the co-owners of the business. – to read more>

Evening of Poetry Coming to “From Here to Infinity”

Bruce Kauffman, featured poet

Bruce Kauffman, featured poet

by Lorraine Payette, written August 18, 2013

(BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO) There’s a real treat in store for all of Brockville as “From Here to Infinity” Gallery presents its first monthly Poetry Evening. Billed as “In To ‘Texts’”, it features poetry and prose “from all media”, and will offer readings by Michael Casteels, Deborah Dunleavy, Paul Chaput and Nel Coloma-Moya. The featured artist for the evening is Bruce Kauffman. – to read more>