The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

Interested to learn about the similarities and differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing?

Join Tom and Ted for a lively discussion all about the risks and rewards of each. Not only that, learn about the steps to be successful, and the importance of marketing for any author.


Ted Barris

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He is the author of 18 best-selling non-fiction books including, Juno, Behind the Glory, Victory at Vimy, and Breaking the Silence. His book Dam Busters, published in 2018, was awarded the NORAD trophy.

In addition to his published books, he is a regular writer in national media and can be heard from time to time on many of the CBC radio programs. He is one of our beloved local authors and we’re excited to have him in the festival!


Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor is an established historian who graduated from York University. His most recent area of study has been the War of 1812. Combining his interest in literature and history, Tom has published 4 novels. His fiction book, Brock’s Traitor, won the IPPY Award for fiction, and Brock’s Railroad won the Gold Medal Independent Publisher’s Award for wartime fiction. He once served in the militia with the Toronto 7th Artillery. He currently resides in the GTA.

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Blue Heron Studio

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Blue Heron Books was first opened in 1989. The Blue Heron Studio offers a creative space for learning, playing and a multitude of unique experiences.

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