Writers for Wellspring
On Sunday, November 18, Sandy and I will be among the honored guests at the annual Writers for Wellspring benefit in London, Ont. This event will feature such well-known writers as Kelley Armstrong, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Heather O’Neill, Maggie L. Wood and Joan Barfoot.
We’re in esteemed company, but I hope the other authors will excuse me for specifically citing Joan Barfoot, who is honorary chair that day. In the 1960s Joan and I worked together on The Gazette, the student newspaper at the University of Western Ontario, and I have fond memories of her fine work way back then. We’ve followed her success with great interest since the 1978 publication of Abra, winner of the Books in Canada Award for first novels. More recently, Luck was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller prize and Critical Injuries was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.
The venue for the Wellspring event, hosted by London Free Press columnist Ian Gillespie, is the Bellamere Winery, 1260 Gainsborough Rd., London. There’s a meet-and-greet reception, brunch, silent auction and interactive panel of authors. A door prize and a raffle promise to make this a fun event for a great cause. Oxford Books will be on hand in case anyone gets the urge to buy a book. For tickets or more information call Wellspring at (519) 438-7379. See you there!