Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

MY TRIP TO THE EDEN MILLS WRITERS' FESTIVAL

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I've just returned from an exciting trip to visit the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in Guelph. I believe today was the festival’s 25th anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people were actually there and how engaging and enthusiastic the crowd was. As an author, I am always happy to see so many people of all ages and different backgrounds showing strong interest in books and literature in general. Who said the book publishing industry in Canada was in crisis? It did not appear to be that way at all at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival today.

The highlight of my day at the festival was stopping by the Publishers’ Way - a book exhibition by local booksellers, publishers, and authors. Several book readings and signing were happening while I was there. It was great to see many familiar faces in the crowd and many publishers, including Brick Books, Book Thug, Chizine Books, Brucedale Press and many others.

It was wonderful to watch book readings by many prominent authors, such as Joseph Boyden, Richard Wagamese, and David McFadden just to name a few. But the Poetry Slam was by far my favourite event of the day; after all I am a poet and poetry is my life.

I am really looking forward to the Word on the Street next Sunday!

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Victoria Sedova

Victoria Sedova is an accomplished author and literary translator. Her latest poetry collection is The Bay of Lost Love (BookLand Press).

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