The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

2024 Fall Events

In Conversation with Matt Haig

Uxbridge Music Hall

September 9 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $60 + HST (book included)

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Celebrate the beginning of our 2024 festival season with bestselling author, Matt Haig, visiting from the UK.  Join us on September 9 at the Uxbridge Music Hall as Matt takes us on an adventure with his new novel: The Life Impossible. Tickets include a copy of the book.  

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In Conversation with Hollay Ghadery and Molly Peacock

Blue Heron Studio

September 19 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: FREE | Pre-registration not required

Join internationally beloved poet and biographer Molly Peacock and award-winning multi-genre author Hollay Ghadery for an absorbing conversation on exploring creativity, selfhood, and how joy can coexist with grief through the lenses of their newest books, The Widow’s Crayon Box (Peacock, W.W. Norton & Co.) and Widow Fantasies (Ghadery, Gordon Hill Press).  

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In Conversation with Heather O’Neill

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

October 2 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $55 + HST (book included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

Join us for an evening with award-winning author, Heather O’Neill. On October 2 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Heather takes us on an epic journey with her new novel: The Capital of Dreams. Tickets include dessert and coffee and a copy of Heather’s latest novel, The Capital of Dreams. 

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Elizabeth Renzetti and Lisa Moore Discuss Social Justice

Scrambles at Foxbridge Golf Course

October 6 | 2024 - 11:00 am

TICKETS: $65 + HST (book voucher included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

On October 6th, join us for a discussion over brunch, as bestselling authors Elizabeth Renzetti and Lisa Moore each give us their take on social justice in their latest books. Tickets include a full brunch and a $25 gift voucher towards a book purchase at the event. 

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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve with Jeanne Beker

Slabtown Cider Co.

October 7 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $60 + HST (book included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

On October 7th, at Slabtown Cider Co., we invite you to wear your heart on your sleeve with author and icon, Jeanne Beker and her new memoir: Heart on My Sleeve. If you choose, bring or wear a treasured garment or accessory to share your precious items and the impact they’ve had on your life. You could wear your wedding dress or bring your grandmother’s brooch! Tickets include fabulous Slabtown finger food and a copy of Jeanne’s novel, Heart on My Sleeve. 

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In Conversation with Carol Off and Marc Garneau

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

October 9 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $55 + HST ($25 book voucher included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

Join us for dessert and coffee with award winning author and broadcast journalist, Carol Off and astronaut and politician, Marc Garneau. On October 9 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, join us on a journey through politics, space, and the pursuit of truth in journalism. Tickets include dessert and coffee and a $25 gift voucher towards a book purchase that evening. 

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In Conversation with Jane Urquhart

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

October 15 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $55 + HST (book included)

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From one of the greatest writers of our time comes a profound and moving novel of an unforgettable life. Join us for dessert and coffee with award winning author, Jane Urquhart on October 15 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, as she discusses her latest novel, In Winter I Get Up At Night. Tickets include dessert and coffee and a copy of Jane’s novel, In Winter I Get Up At Night. 

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A Book Launch with Lucy EM Black

Scugog Public Library

October 22 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: FREE | Pre-registration not required

Join us October 22 at Scugog Library as we celebrate the launch of Lucy Black’s latest book, Class Sessions: Stories of Vulnerable Youth 

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Make ‘em Laugh: Comedy Writing Workshop with Terry Fallis and Rod Carley

Blue Heron Studio

October 27 | 2024 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

TICKETS: $60 + HST

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Award-winning novelists Terry Fallis and Rod Carley will lead a workshop on humour writing covering a range of topics, including why writing funny is hard, how to transfer humour to the page, humour techniques, the importance of timing and judgment, accepting that not every reader will “get you,” and who to read if you want to learn and laugh. Speaking of laughs, you’ll have a few along the way.

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Rod Carley in Conversation with Terry Fallis

Blue Heron Studio

October 27 | 2024 - 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $30 + HST (book included)

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Join us October 27 in Blue Heron Studio for a fun filled day with comedy writers Rod Carley and Terry Fallis. The day begins with a Comedy Writing Workshop in the morning followed by an insightful onstage interview in the afternoon. Come to one or come to both as tickets are available separately. Tickets to the afternoon interview include a copy of Rod Carley’s novel, Ruff. 

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A Backstage Pass with Marissa Stapley

The Second Wedge Brewing Co.

October 30 | 2024 - 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $50 + HST (book included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

The author of New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick Lucky returns with a spellbinding story of rock ’n’ roll and star-crossed love—about grunge-era musician Jane Pyre’s journey to find out what really happened to her husband and partner in music, who abruptly disappeared years earlier. We have the backstage pass with author Marissa Stapley alongside a live grunge band on October 30 at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. as we discuss The Lightning Bottles. Tickets include a drink ticket, live entertainment and a copy of Marissa’s novel, The Lightning Bottles. 

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A Holiday Brunch with Nita Prose

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

November 3 | 2024 - 11:00 am

TICKETS: $65 + HST (book included)

Please note that there is not a physical ticket for this event and books will be handed out at the event. Please do not select shipping at checkout to avoid any additional fees. 

We wrap up this year’s festival with a very festive event indeed! Join us November 3 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club for a holiday brunch with bestselling author Nita Prose. Tickets include a full brunch and a copy of Nita’s latest novel, The Mistletoe Mystery. 

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