Literary Events

For lovers of stories and poetry, NFOTA has literary events with local and regional authors and a visit from our National and Provincial Poet Laureates

Sept 17: WOW! Words on a Wire: multi-media poetry event (Cobourg)

Words on a Wire! … Poets on a Stage! … a multi-media poetry performance featuring our national, provincial and Northumberland poet laureates, along with other award-winning and local poets coming together to embrace the lyric, massage the metaphor, and suffuse the surreal with jaw-dropping virtuosity. Whether you’re a lover of language or a fan of the broken line, come find out for yourself how words are worth a thousand pics.

Poets will be available after the performance to sign their books.

Sept 17: Parade of Poetriots (Cobourg)

The glorious imagine nation of the Peoples Republic of Poetry has created a Picnic Table Anthology: poems embedded in the table top. The anthology will be displayed in front of Victoria Hall during Words On a Wire and then loaded onto a flatbed truck and paraded though the downtown to be gifted to the bookstore, Let’s Talk Books, where the Cobourg Town Crier will make a cry on delivery.

Sept 21: Celebrating Resilience: Fall Reading Series 1 (Cobourg)

Outdoors on the back patio of Let’s Talk Books Independent Bookstore, relax and listen to local and other authors read from their latest books. Readers include Vickie Delany, Canada’s “one-woman crime wave” reading from her latest novel. Vicki is the bestselling author of over 50 mystery novels

Readers will be available afterwards to chat and sign their books.

Sept 24 & 25: NFOTA Book Fair (Port Hope)

Family friendly CULTIVATE Festival at Haute Goat Farm on the weekend of Sept 24 & 25, welcomes the NFOTA Book Fair as a participant, partly sponsored by Spirit of the Hills. Popular children’s author–Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Heather O’Connor, Cynthia Reyes, Linda Hutsell-Manning, Marie Prins, Janet Stobie, and Paul Mason–will entertain the kids at regular “Storytime” sessions so parents can browse the book tables laden with books of all genres and do some early holiday shopping. Ted Staunton and Richard Scrimger will read Saturday afternoon and Heather O’Connor Sunday afternoon.

Sept 27: Graphic Novel Kids Event (Port Hope)

Author Ted Staunton and illustrator Josh Rosen will take kids into the world of creating a graphic novel and share some stories too. Kids can ask questions and participate in a hands-on graphic novel activity.

Sept 29: Blue Denim Press Authors Night (Cobourg)

Refreshment in hand, join Blue Denim Press authors at The Mill for an evening of discussions on literature and readings from recently launched books. Learn about how authors coped and succeeded to create and publish their work during pandemic times.

Oct 1: Hill Spirits V Anthology Launch (Cobourg)

Showcasing 36 local and regional writers and poets, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and Blue Denim Press present the launch of Hills Spirits V Anthology . Ticket purchase includes a copy of the book. Be entertained with selected readings, and mix and mingle with the writers.