Philip Lanthier, founder and co-chair of the Knowlton Literary Festival, has been awarded the Judy Mappin Community Award at this year’s Annual Gala of the Quebec Writers’ Federation on November 21st.

“It is a great honour for me and for the Knowlton Literary Festival to be recognized for our work in promoting English language literature in our community,” said Lanthier. “Judy Mappin was a tireless supporter of Canadian writing. Her bookshop, the Double Hook in Montreal, only sold Canadian books. The Quebec Writers’ Federation is a critical support for English writers in the province.”

The 2017 version of the Knowlton Literary Festival was the most successful yet, with over 600 attendees at the main conference, plus writing work- shops at the local Bishop’s University campus and free workshops for most of the children at Knowlton Academy.