Writers & Friends Kingston 2016
Sunday, April 17, marks the 20th anniversary of the Writers & Friendsliterary gala in aid of Horizons of Friendship and its work among marginalized people in Central America and Mexico. With this advance notice, supporters of Horizons are invited to join us that day in the elegant Memorial Hall in Kingston City Hall to meet the following:
Farzana Doctor’s third novel,All Inclusive,earned raves. Terry Fallis called it “funny, moving, thoughtful, and erotic.”The Toronto Starcalled it “ambitious, original, mysterious, sensual . . . and a terrific read.”The Globe and Mailcalled it “a thematically voracious novel on love and the wounds we didn’t know we had.”
Brian Goldman hosts an often provocative weekly program on CBC Radio -- White Coat, Black Art. This doctor practices emergency medicine and is the author of two acclaimed books:Night ShiftandThe Secret Language of Doctors,whichThe Winnipeg Free Presscalled “disturbing and hilarious, sometimes concurrently.”
Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee crime series has taken that genre by storm. One word crops up frequently in the reviews: “irresistible.”The Princeling of Nanjingis the eighth book in this bestselling series that stars a brilliant lesbian, Chinese-Canadian, freelance forensic accountant/martial artist who chases bad debts for a living.
Heather O’Neill’s debut novel,Lullabies for Little Criminals, won the 2007 Canada Reads competition, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for eight other major prizes.The Girl Who Was Saturday NightandDaydreams of Angelswere likewise warmly reviewed.The Toronto Starcalls her “a wondrous writer.”
We promise a memorable afternoon of readings and interviews, with culinary delights from Kingston’s finest chefs, book sales by Novel Idea, book signings by the authors, and a streamlined silent auction offering packages that include books as well as products and works of art from Central America and Mexico. In addition, Horizons will be selling handicrafts from our partner countries. Tickets are $125; an income tax receipt will be provided for an estimated $95.
Special opportunities await Writers & Friends Early Bird subscribers! Purchase your ticket by March 18, either by mail order or by credit card, by calling Horizons at 1-888-729-9928 (ext. 10), and you will be part of our Early Bird draw for one of three special appreciation packages.From March 19, tickets will also be available at Novel IdeaBooks. For more information, call (613) 536-5743 or contact a committee member. We look forward to seeing you!