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.
Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s most beloved and iconic authors, will read from A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects. The book has been described as a “lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada. Jane Urquhart chooses fifty Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation.” The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope. Urquhart brings the curiosity of the novelist and the eloquence of the poet to her task, and each object is beautifully illustrated by noted artist Scott McKowen.
Charlotte Gray, one of our nation’s pre-eminent biographers and historians and Member of the Order of Canada, will read from The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how – 150 years after Confederation and beyond – we are still a people in progress. Richard Gwyn has called the book “a masterpiece. It tells us more about ourselves and our country than any comparable work I know of, accomplishing this by style and wit and unconstrained intelligence all made credible by abundant detail.”
And the LLF program committee will also announce the exciting line-up of authors for the 23rd Annual Lakefield Literary Festival, July 14-15-16, 2017. Please mark your calendars.
Happenstance Books & Yarns, also a sponsor of LLF Celebrates, will sell the authors’ books following the readings. Jane Urquhart and Charlotte Gray will be available for signings. A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the readings. We will also have Peterborough County Passports Canada 150 if attendees wish to pick one up and have it stamped by the Lakefield Literary Festival.
Tickets are $22 and are available at Happenstance Books & Yarns (705-652-7535; cash only), 44 Queen Street, Lakefield. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors will open at 7 pm.