The mission of the Knowlton Literary Festival, from October 12 to October 15, is to bring a sampling of the best Canadian writers into this area. For those who want to enjoy humour, Terry Mosher (Aislin), Canada’s leading political cartoonist, will be appearing. Also, for those who like to be thrilled, Ian Hamilton will talk about his Triad-busting heroine, Ava Lee. For those who like local colour, Donna Morrissey sets her latest book in coastal Newfoundland. If gritty material is your bag, Heather O’Neill sets her work in early 20th century Montreal and for those who like to travel the world, Rana Bose takes us there.

This year, the Festival will expand its focus beyond writers and their books to include the craft and business of writing itself. On Thursday evening, October 12, many of our local writers will gather and talk about their own experiences of writing and market- ing. On Friday evening, Douglas Gibson, one of Canada’s top publishers, will talk about the world of publishing and on Saturday he will give a workshop on the business of books. On Saturday and Sunday, Anne Fortier, a New York Times bestselling author, will give a master class for writers.

The Festival will also look more deeply into the reading needs of children. Kathy Stinson, author of Red is Best, is giving three free workshops to the children at Knowlton Academy and she will also host a special session on young children as readers. Sharon Mckay, war artist, also one of Canada’s leading authors for teens, will talk about how she writes about young people in a world of conflict.

Tickets are available at Brome Lake Books: 450-242-2242 or blb@b2b2c.ca. Full information can be found on the Festival web- site: www.knowltonliteraryfestival.ca or from Robert Paterson: 450-204-5780 robert.paterson@gmail.com.