The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

About the Festival

After 32 years, putting Uxbridge on the literary map in Canada is not a stretch for Blue Heron Books. The store is long accustomed to bringing first-class literary talent to Durham Region.

Former Durham resident, Lucy Maud Montgomery once quipped, “I am simply a book drunkard” — relatable words for readers and writers. The Book Drunkard Festival captures the wonderment of the written word and its ability to intoxicate, transport, and transform; it is meant for all ages and myriad tastes.

The 2019 festival – an unprecedented success – featured literary legends, an exceptional chef, art, theatre, and musical masters, and the 2020 virtual festival delivered the same top-notch literary talent in a new, virtual format.

The 2021 festival promises to be all that and more with a variety of in-person and virtual events, including the Half-Pints Kids events, award-winning authors, much-anticipated book launches, Giller nominees, food, chocolate, beer, and astronaut Chris Hadfield!

Join in for one event or all. The Book Drunkard 2021 will set you up for a season of exceptional author experiences as well as a great new stack of TBR (to be read) on the nightstand!

Be sure to read the festival’s Letters of Commendation as well!


2021 Acknowledgements

“Dragged kicking and screaming and nine months pregnant, back into helping me with the festival, I once again take my hat off to Rebecca Sanger — still the wind beneath my wings.” – Shelley Macbeth


Creative Partners:

Bianca Marais
Rebecca Sanger
Ashlyn Kusch
The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
DesBarres Chocolate
Kéyn Creative


Blue Heron Books
Penguin Random House Canada
Scholastic Canada
HarperCollins Canada
Central Counties Tourism
Rotary Club of Uxbridge
Al Delaney
Brian Masterson



Janet Lye
Janet Broder
Julie Weiss