Windsor Bookfest attracts new readers

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Windsor Bookfest attracts new readers

Book lovers gathered at the top of the CIBC building on Sunday, looking out across the Detroit River to hear from renowned authors Linden MacIntyre and Elise Levine.

Organizers say more than 500 people attended the bookfest this year – a larger crowd than last year.

"We have seen a lot of new people and people we don't know," said Sarah Jarvis, chairperson of Bookfest Windsor. "We are so thrilled that we are reaching out to new people."

The three-day event hosted 19 Canadian and International authors. The bookfest featured events at sites across Windsor, including one-on-ones with authors.

"Windsor and Essex County is such a literary region here and there is so much enthusiasm, so much writing and reading and listening going on," said Jarvis. "It's about sharing our passion for literature and for the book."

Linden MacIntyre, an award winning author and distinguished CBC broadcast journalist, read his novel The Only Cafè –and cited his appreciation for book festivals. 

"Canada has a remarkable book culture, you have book clubs all over this country … I think it is very important to sustain that very unique, interesting Canadian aspect of culture, the love of books and literature," said MacIntyre.

He said book festivals give readers the opportunity to meet, chat and discuss with the authors of books they read.

"A book becomes the reader's property and reading a book is almost as creative an enterprise as writing a book because you read a book from your own perspective in your own mindset."