KINGSTON, Ont. - What better place to hold a book festival than in a bookish city?
The fifth edition of Kingston WritersFest will be staged from Sept. 25 to 29, drawing Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden and other authors to discuss their latest books.
"Kingston is arguably Canada's most literary town," the festival says on its website, calling the eastern Ontario city "a community of readers." About 300 published authors live in the Kingston region and the public library services 166 book clubs, the festival says.
Robertson Davies spent his youth in the city. In honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth (in Thamesville, Ont., in 1913), organizers are inaugurating the Robertson Davies Lecture, with which an international author will close the festival. This year, it will be the Argentine-born Alberto Manguel.
Other writers in the 2013 lineup include Thomas King, Shyam Selvadurai, Michael Crummey, J.B. MacKinnon, Charlotte Gray, Alison Wearing, R. Murray Schafer, Wayne Grady, Saleema Nawaz, Joy Fielding, Anne Michaels and Tim Wynne-Jones.