Readers, Writers Gather at 27th Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

Eden Mills Writers' Festival has added a Sept. 14 event! Details below.
Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has added a Sept. 14 event! Details below.

Niagara Escarpment Views is pleased to be an exhibitor on Publishers’ Way on Sunday Sept. 13. Stop by to pick up free back issues that you may be missing – although we have run out of some issues. This festival is always a wonderful day for word lovers. Here’s more information about the entire four-day festival.

Come celebrate the power of words to ignite our imaginations and perhaps even change the world on September 10, 12, 13 & 14. This year’s festival includes four events, by turns entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring. Tickets are available from The Bookshelf (41 Quebec St., Guelph), online at and at the gate.

Thursday, September 10, 8 pm
Eden Mills Community Hall, 108 York St., Eden Mills
We kick off the festival with an evening of poetry-inspired dance, comedy and the heart-warming tale of a rescue dog named George. The evening’s entertainment includes choreographer Janet Johnson’s interpretation of the Steven Heighton poem Hands of the Beautiful Swimmers choreographed by Janet Johnson; comedy sketches by the Templeton Philharmonic comedy duo of Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton; and author Colin Campbell reading from Free days with George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from one very Big Dog, with guest appearance by George.
Tickets: $20 / Students $10

Saturday, September 12, 1 pm
War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph, SE corner of Gordon St and College St.
On September 12, we welcome one of Canada’s most influential authors, Naomi Klein. Klein will present her latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. A discussion moderated by Dr. Barry Smit and book signing will follow. Come join the conversation… After all, to change EVERYTHING, it takes EVERYONE.
Tickets: $10 / Students $5

Sunday, September 13, noon to 6 pm
On September 13, over 50 of Canada’s top authors gather in Eden Mills to read from their latest books. Sit along the banks of the Eramosa River and enjoy the luxury of being read to and the opportunity to meet long-time favourites and discover new voices. Book signings, a book fair, food court and licensed patio round out the day. Don’t forget to bring a sun hat and blanket or folding chair.
Featured authors – Lawrence Hill, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Emma Hooper, John Vaillant, Michael Crummey, Elizabeth Hay, Marina Endicott, Nino Ricci, Camilla Gibb, Alison Pick, Plum Johnson, Jennifer Robson and many more.
Programming for all ages; children’s authors and young adult authors.
Advance tickets: $20 / Students $15 / Children under 14 free
At the gate: $25 /Students $20

Monday, September 14th, 6:30pm
The Bookshelf Cinema, 41 Quebec St., Guelph
Inspired by John Vaillant’s award-winning book The Golden Spruce, this film interweaves speculation, myth and reality as it chronicles the transformation of Grant Hadwin from logger to environmental terrorist, culminating in an outrageous act of protest – the destruction of a 300 year-old tree held sacred by the indigenous people of Haida Gwaii. A moderated discussion will follow the screening.
The screening is co-resented by Eden Mills Writers’ Festival & Guelph Film Festival
Tickets: $10 (at The Bookshelf only)



  • The Festival has an amazing line-up of authors this year. I can’t wait to hear Anakana Schofield and Emma Hooper read!

  • The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was the first event I attended after moving to Guelph. I was amazed by the range of authors reading and by the charm of the village. Such a magical event!

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