After nearly 30 years, we are proud to be a boutique festival that celebrates the brilliance of Canadian authors and the gifts of their work, in a spectacular venue surrounded by natural beauty and small-town charm, in an atmosphere that is both humble and friendly.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg people.
We offer our respect and gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations.
May we honour those teachings.

Our Beginnings

In 1995, the Lakefield Literary Festival began as a way to commemorate renowned Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence, who called our central Ontario village her home.
Our first two-day event was an overwhelming success due to support from the community together with CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers, and Shelley Ambrose, Peter Gzowski’s personal assistant.
The annual Lakefield Literary Festival was born.

Photo: Margaret_Laurence on her 60th birthday, July 18,1986
By: David Laurence

Author Elizabeth MacLeod signs her picture book, "Meet Buffy Sainte-Marie" for a young reader. (Photo by Andrew Wolf)

Our Mandate

Every year, we look forward to fulfilling our mandate:
To commemorate Catherine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Margaret Laurence, and our community’s ongoing literary heritage; to showcase Canadian authors; and to foster a joy of reading in people of all ages.

Photo: Author Elizabeth MacLeod signs her picture book, Meet Buffy Sainte-Marie for a young reader.
By: Andrew Wolf

Readers and Writers in Community

Author readings and conversations are presented every July at Lakefield College School’s wonderful Bryan Jones theatre while children’s authors entertain in the Children’s Tent downtown at Cenotaph Park.
An afternoon reception offers authors, patrons, and volunteers a chance to mingle, and secondary school student writers who entered their fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry come together to celebrate the results of our annual Young Writers Contest.

The Festival is a federally incorporated non-profit and is overseen by a volunteer Board. It has no staff.
While authors and patrons come from across Canada, the Festival remains a grassroots organization, supported by individual and business sponsors and run by dedicated volunteers.

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