Thursday, July 28, 2011
J.M. Coetzee meets Paul Auster at the Kingston WritersFest. Wowsers! When a two-time Booker Prize winner originally from South Africa chats on stage with an eminent American fabulist, well, you know have a capital-E Event. Make that an all-caps occasion: an EVENT. This "international marquee" extravaganza kicks off the Kingston festival on September 24. And that, as they say, is just the beginning. The line-up for this four-day festival includes Noah Richler, Linwood Barclay, Andrew Pyper, Frances Itani, Diane Schoemperlen, Romeo Dallaire, Kenneth J. Harvey, Merilyn Simonds, Trevor Ferguson, Sarah MacLachlan, Richard Gwyn, Vincent Lam, Dave Bidini, Robert J. Sawyer . . . and, oh look, yours truly. I'll lead a panel discussion called Great Scots! and teach a master class in Writing the Past. Click the headline above and check it out.