In commemoration of Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and our community’s ongoing literary heritage, the Lakefield Literary Festival showcases Canadian authors and promotes the joy of reading and writing among children and adults.

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Recent News

  • February 16, 2017

    Lakefield Literary Festival Celebrates: Canada 150 with authors Jane Urquhart and Charlotte Gray

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    The Lakefield Literary Festival is pleased to announce its inaugural spring event ­– LLF Celebrates: Canada 150 – with readings by well-known authors Jane Urquhart and Charlotte Gray. The evening of readings, hosted by writer and scholar Michael Peterman will be on Friday, March 31, 7:30 pm, at the Lakefield United Church, 47 Regent Street. Continue Reading –>

  • January 13, 2017

    Giles Blunt coming to the Festival this summer and to your TV January 25th!


    “Cardinal” is adapted from the award-winning novel “Forty Words for Sorrow”, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The series begins with the discovery of Katie Pine, a missing 13-year-old whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of Continue Reading –>

  • November 18, 2016

    Annamarie Beckel’s Weaving Water


    Feature image: Peterborough Examiner


Lakefield is located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, just 90 minutes North East of Toronto. We welcome you to come and celebrate the rich literary heritage of our area.


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