The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

Passport packages! [SOLD OUT]

For the ultimate book drunkard, we have bundled together 8 of our 18 great events as a passport package!

Passports are available for $175 +HST (a $200 value) and are transferrable for family and friends. If that isn’t enticing enough, be one of the first 100 to purchase your passport and you will receive a number of intoxicating perks!

Visit the Tickets Page for more information on which events are bundled and to see what we’re giving away with our first 100 sold.

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"An International Festival Done Local"

Trail Capital of Canada to Host The Book Drunkard Festival

Hundreds of kilometres of trails linking its communities with a great expanse of rural forested lands ensures Uxbridge is the trail the capital of Canada. Major trail systems, including the Trans Canada and the Oak Ridges Trails traverse the township. In cooperation with various volunteer organizations and Conservation Authorities the trails stretch across approximately 8000 acres of conservation lands. A love of nature often nurtures a love of the arts and Uxbridge is no exception. It is home to the Celebration of the Arts Festival, the Uxbridge Studio Tour, Springtide Music Festival, five community theatre companies, Uxbridge Chamber Choir and Blue Heron Books, the twice named Canadian independent bookseller of the year. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 11 of her 22 novels in Uxbridge and once claimed she was “simply a book drunkard”. So, as a nod to Maud, and the literary community at large, The Book Drunkard Literary Festival is born.

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Featuring “The Book Drunkard Beer” by The Second Wedge

The Second Wedge Brewing Co. is excited to be brewing up The Book Drunkard Festival beer — a rich, malty but elegantly restrained märzen (the traditional beer of Oktoberfest). The beer will be available on tap and in cans at The Second Wedge beginning in early October, and at select festival locations!

The Second Wedge is also brewing a small batch of raspberry beer exclusively for the ‘Nod to Maud’ Cocktail Party, in honour of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspired by Anne’s raspberry cordial!

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 Slabtown Cider Co to create “The CiderHouse Rules”

As part of their start-up series, Uxbridge’s brand-new craft cider house, Slabtown Cider Co., is proud to present Cider House Rules — a handcrafted hard cider created using 100 % Ontario apples. This variety of cider will be the perfect fit with Slabtown’s original flight of hard cider tastings and will be on offer to launch The Book Drunkard Festival and toast our headliner, John Irving. Available at Slabtown Cider Co. and various festival locations.

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More Events

Massey Lecture ‘Lite’ with Sally Armstrong and Robyn Doolittle
Up Close and Personal with Tom Wilson
A Skinnamarink Good Time with Sharon & Bram, ft. Whitney Barris
Workshop: Mastering the Typewriter & Short Story Competition with Kerry Clare

Massey Lecture ‘Lite’ with Sally Armstrong and Robyn Doolittle

In her 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective surviving and thriving. Sally will be in discussion with investigative journalist Robyn Doolittle about her new book. Had It Coming is not a diatribe or manifesto, but a nuanced and informed look at how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed and still need to change.


Up Close and Personal with Tom Wilson

Meet the charismatic and multi-talented Tom Wilson as he discusses his bestselling memoir, Beautiful Scars. Stay for a drink (Cider House Rules cider and The Book Drunkard Beer will be available) and enjoy a range of Tom’s songs and music.


A Skinnamarink Good Time with Sharon & Bram, ft. Whitney Barris

This event is perfect for the whole family! Come on down and watch Sharon and Bram perform your favourite songs. Sing along, dance and enjoy! Skinnamarink is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.


Workshop: Mastering the Typewriter & Short Story Competition with Kerry Clare

Ever wanted to learn how to type on a typewriter? Now’s your chance! Toronto Typewriter will get you started learning typewriter basics. Then author Kerry Clare will take over, leading the short story workshop.


Celebrating 30 Years – Blue Heron Books

In bookselling, 30 years is something worth celebrating. Small business is tough and bookselling even tougher. But Blue Heron Books succeeded! And the future is looking very bright indeed.

To mark this auspicious occasion, Blue Heron Books is inaugurating The Book Drunkard Literary Festival. A longtime dream of owner, Shelley Macbeth, the festival embraces all things dear to booklovers – great books and authors, great theatre, great food and drink and great music. You will be impressed by the depth and breadth of the festival. There truly is something for everyone!

In addition, 30 Random Acts of Book Kindness is Blue Heron’s way of acknowledging this milestone by giving back to the community that has supported the store through thirty years of ups and downs. Blue Heron commits to undertake 30 acts of book kindness – big and small –that will initiate or enhance the reading life of many. One of these projects, well underway, is establishing a read-aloud program at local nursing homes.

As well, a Facebook campaign to nurture indie bookseller love across the country will be ushered in to encourage Canadian readers to continue supporting the indie bookstore in their neighbourhood.

And finally, what’s a milestone without a party? Blue Heron Books will open its doors to former staff and all customers this fall so watch for details. An anniversary scrapbook will be on display with LOTS of memorabilia. We’ll be sharing stories – a common occurrence at Blue Heron Books – so come armed with yours!

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