The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

About the Festival

After 33 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 kicked it up a notch 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!

Finally, we return to in-person events and The Book Drunkard 2022 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!

Join in for one event or all.


2022 Acknowledgements

2022 ‘A TEAM’ has knocked it out of the park! Rebecca Sanger, Ashlyn Kusch and Megan Pickering have
created a thing of beauty for your lasting enjoyment. My hat is off to you all.

Special thanks to the unwavering Rebecca Sanger who additionally took on the website. xo – Shelley Macbeth


Creative Partners:

Rebecca Sanger
Ashlyn Kusch
Banjo Cider
Slabtown Cider
DesBarres Chocolate


Blue Heron Books
Central Counties Tourism
Debbie Watson


Janet Lye
Janet Broder