Announcing the 2019 1000 Islands Writers Festival, Gananoque’s celebration of storytelling through words, music and art!

We are excited to offer you a preview of the 1000 Islands Writers Festival lineup for 2019! We’re thrilled to welcome our 2019 authors and storytellers:

Ted Barris                            Terry Fallis                           Heather Smith

Lesley Crewe                       Tracy Kasaboski                  Eric Walters

Deborah Dunleavy             Elizabeth Renzetti               Tom Wilson

Kristen Den Hartog             Jennifer Robson

& more to be announced in 2019

Advance Festival Passes will be available at Early Bird pricing until February 28. Your Advance Festival Pass gives you access to all regular festival events on April 26, 27 & 28 2019 and includes our Friday Night Festival Opener; plus you can choose between 8 Living Room Sessions, 4 Writers Workshops, 3 Afternoon Conversations and more!

Exclusions: Tom Wilson Music and Conversation event and any meal events.

As an Advance Festival pass holder, you will be able to choose your events before single ticket sales commence, giving you first access to all the hot events. We will contact all Advance Festival Pass buyers beginning February 18 to help you reserve your selected/preferred events.

Tickets for the Saturday evening Tom Wilson Literary Recital will be available Feb 8.

Single Festival Event ticket sales will begin March 1.

Advance Festival Passes are on sale now at the 1000 Islands Playhouse Box Office.

Early Bird pricing until February 28th

1000 Islands Festival Bookmark

Experience our reader’s and writer’s paradise in the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands, in the charming historic town of Gananoque, Ontario. The 1000 Islands Writers Festival opens the door to a weekend full of opportunities for wonderful stories, conversations with Canada’s most talented authors, local songwriters, live entertainment, writing workshops, and fabulous meal engagements. This is where we live Reading by the River.

Join us at the renowned Thousand Islands Playhouse as we celebrate our vibrant arts community in Canada.  The beautiful Firehall Theatre, nestled beside the St. Lawrence River overlooking the Admiralty Islands, will be festival central for book and ticket sales, as well as host for many of our festival events.  In the summer months the Thousand Islands Playhouse hosts one of the top summer theatre festivals in Ontario, presenting engaging and professional shows since 1982.

Up close and personal!  The 1000 Islands Writers Festival’s signature Living Room Sessions offer truly unique opportunities to meet and engage with guest authors in the relaxed and intimate ambiance of some of the finest B&Bs of the region. These accommodations also offer the perfect getaway for those visiting the 1000 Islands for the weekend. Special events will also be taking place throughout the community at locations including The Arthur Child Heritage Museum, and the Gananoque Public Library.

Be sure and visit Beggars Banquet Books, our official festival book sellers! Beggars Banquet books were recommended as one of Canada’s Best Bookshops of 2017. Tom and Alison have a great selection and will carry all available books of our visiting authors. Look for them online, at their store in downtown Gananoque, and at the Firehall Theatre on our festival weekend.

The warm and friendly 1000 Islands community is brimming with book lovers and storytellers alike. Join us in the 1000 Islands this April for an experience to remember