Literary Festival gets international attention


for immediate release

August 30, 2013

Contact:  Karen Stewart – 519-441-7629



Literary Festival gets international attention 

as Alice Munro Festival expands with exciting new events in 2013.


The plans are well underway for the 2013 Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival taking place on September 28th and 29th in various venues across North Huron.  


Writers from across Canada as well as from Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom entered this years’ Short Story Writing Competition and the judges have just finalized their top five selection in each of the adult and youth categories.    These ten finalists will be joining the busy volunteer group, friends and family at the Gala on September 28th to read a piece from their work. Winners in first, second and third place will be awarded cash prizes.  All finalists will receive a copy of Alice’s recent collection “Dear Life” that has been generously donated by the Huron County Library.


The Gala event also includes music, a silent auction, a full harvest dinner and a keynote speaker.  This year the special guest speaker is Wayson Choy.  An award-winning novelist, memoirist and short-story writer, Wayson Choy was born in Vancouver and began his literary career working on short stories, one of which became the novel “The Jade Peony.”  He has received special recognition and many awards since his career began.


Other events in this year’s Festival will include

. On Reading Alice Munro, a panel discussion of Alice’s stories:  Journalist Kim Jernigan, Professor Gary Draper and local educator and Munro fan, Mary Wolfe defend and discuss their appreciation of the writings of Alice Munro.  Moderated by John Cull.  This event includes a light luncheon prepared by Blyth Inn.

. I Was Born, by Peggy Coffey:  Peggy Coffey shares stories of 100 years of the Women’s Institute in a stage presentation at the Phillips Studio, 209 Dinsley Street in Blyth.  Presenting Partners include the Blyth Festival.

. Reading Aloud Allowed in Huron:  an open mic event where writers including poets, comedians, musicians and story-tellers will have an opportunity to present their work to an appreciative audience.  This event will take place in the vintage television studio at CKNX Radio, our presenting partner and Blyth Festival’s new artistic director Marion deVries will welcome the presenters and performers. 


Other opportunities include a “Self-Editing” workshop by Western University teacher and travel writer Melanie Chambers, access to the North Huron Museum which houses an Alice Munro Collection, guided tours of Munro Country, and a special Sunday Brunch.   


Details, including ticket information are available online at or by calling Chair Karen Stewart at 519-523-4328.


Generously supported by the Township of North Huron, this important cultural celebration acknowledges the contribution of North Huron native Alice Munro to the international literary community.  The Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival is co-ordinated by a dedicated corps of volunteers and representatives of the Huron County Library and the Township of North Huron.  This year’s supporting partners include Royal Homes, Howick Mutual Insurance Company and Stainton’s Home Hardware.  Presenting partners include the Blyth Festival, Huron Arts & Heritage Network and Huron County Cultural Services.






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