The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

Festival Archive – 2019


Meant for all ages and myriad tastes, the 2019 festival featured literary legends and musical masters in stellar venues, like the century-old Uxbridge Music Hall and the top-notch Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Inspiration started young with exceptional author events at the Blue Heron Studio as well as local schools. The Second Wedge Brewing Co. opened its doors to an on-tap, toe-tapping music/adventure event. Creativity blossomed in writing workshops in the Blue Heron Studio. Foodie events, featuring a renowned chef/cookbook author and a meal, were hosted by fabulous Feast-ON restaurant The Urban Pantry. There was even some thought-provoking theatre. In a ‘nod to Maud,’ a panel discussion event and cocktail party celebrated the renowned L.M. Montgomery at her former home in Leaskdale. And a ‘Get Lit on the Trails’ family day took the written word outside.


“The Book Drunkard Beer” by The Second Wedge

The Second Wedge Brewing Co. brewed up The Book Drunkard Festival beer — a rich, malty but elegantly restrained märzen (the traditional beer of Oktoberfest). The beer was available on tap and in cans at The Second Wedge, and at select festival locations!

The Second Wedge also brewed 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!

About the Brewery

 Slabtown Cider Co’s “The Cider House Rules”

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

About the Cidery


Guests celebrated an evening with one of the greats. John Irving took the stage to share passages from his work-in-progress and talk about his many other celebrated books. To salute this auspicious occasion, Uxbridge’s brand-new craft cider house, Slabtown Cider… Read More
Interested to learn about the similarities and differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing? Guests joined Tom and Ted for a lively discussion all about the risks and rewards of each. Not only that, they learned about the steps to be… Read More
Ted and Ken write about vastly different subjects; however, they have at least one key thing in common – the ability to bring history to life. Guests joined Ted Barris and Ken McGoogan as they took us back through Canada’s… Read More
A sneak peek at all the new Penguin Random House titles that were on offer at The Book Drunkard Festival. Guests were able to browse all the books before attending the events! Read More
When in your life can you say you’ve dined with an award-winning chef? Guests joined Mary Berg at the Urban Pantry for a 4-course meal, and a fun chat about her experience on MasterChef Canada. Mary introduced each course, prepared… Read More

Listen Up! With Mark Howard (2019)

The Second Wedge Brewing Co.

We called all music lovers, beer drinkers, and anyone who loves to have a good time! Guests came and listened to a live band play some of the music Mark Howard has helped to create and tried some new beer,… Read More
Jane Urquhart was one of the first authors to ever grace the stage at a Blue Heron Books event and we are thrilled to welcome her back. She returns to talk books with her esteemed colleague, Susan Swan. Join Jane… Read More
This fun-filled event for kids featured illustrator Matt Holm, one part of the team that created the Babymouse, Squish and Sunny series! Matt shared how he illustrates a graphic novel, featuring a live demonstration. This event surely lived up to… Read More
This fun-filled event for kids featured illustrator Matt Holm, one part of the team that created the Babymouse, Squish and Sunny series! Matt shared how he illustrates a graphic novel, featuring a live demonstration. This event surely lived up to… Read More
In our opinion, the best part of bedtime is cuddling close and sharing an adventure, but what would those storybooks be without the illustrations? In this event we celebrated the artists behind the artwork as we welcomed Brenda Clark and… Read More
It’s no surprise that we love Anne of Green Gables! So, we were very excited to host an afternoon of children’s activities for Anne fans like us. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald, first delighted children with a cooking class.… Read More
Guests joined us for a compelling conversation with Steven and Shandi. Both well-established literary writers, the event promised to be an interesting chat! Ticket included a full, hot brunch. Read More
Continuing with our ‘Nod to Maud’ day (October 26th is LMM Day), this event was held in the historic hamlet of Leaskdale, where 11 of L.M. Montgomery’s 22 novels were written. Her granddaughter Kate introduced an interesting feminist perspective on… Read More
Do you prefer your mysteries intriguing, complex and yet not too scary? Or do you want to be kept up at night in nail-biting terror?! This event promised something for all tastes. Read More
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 joined us in discussion with investigative… Read More
Guests met the charismatic and multi-talented Tom Wilson as he discussed his bestselling memoir, Beautiful Scars. Guests stayed for a drink (Cider House Rules cider and The Book Drunkard Beer will be available) and enjoyed a range of Tom’s songs… Read More
Guests joined award-winning writer, Ruth E. Walker, for a fun approach to developing characters for fiction, memoir and non-fiction work. Using the theme of recipes, participants tossed together a number of ingredients to create a character by the end of… Read More
Ever wanted to learn how to type on a typewriter? Toronto Typewriter got guests started learning typewriter basics. Then author Kerry Clare took over, leading the short story workshop. Read More
This event was perfect for the whole family! Guests came and watched Sharon and Bram perform their favourite songs, sing along, dancing and enjoying the event! Skinnamarink is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. Read More
Our last books and brunch for this festival featured Linden MacIntyre and Charlotte Gray. Two of our finest – historian and journalist — discussed their newest books. This conversation didn’t disappoint! Read More
This event called all little illustrators! We wanted to see their renditions of their fave character! We invited children of all ages to draw the character that inspires them and bring it to Blue Heron Books from the announcement of… Read More

It Can’t Happen Here (2019)

Uxbridge Music Hall

It Can’t Happen Here is a 1917 play based on the 1936 Sinclair Lewis’ novel of the same name. It chronicles the rise of a populist US politician who is elected president on a platform of patriotism and traditional values and… Read More



Thank you for a wonderful first festival! See you soon!

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