Reading Town Ville Lecture wraps up this weekend in Sudbury. It was such an exciting week filled with opportunities to engage with readers and writers that it was impossible to be everywhere at once.
If you haven’t heard of Reading Town, let me give you a few details. It’s a week long event organized by the National Reading Campaign to promote reading, books and authors. As a reading promoter in both my roles as a writer and teacher, I was thrilled to hear that my hometown was hosting this year. What could be better in our city? Sudbury is already becoming a hub of musical and artistic endeavours for the north and has long been a draw for sporting events. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, look for Reading Town to return next year.
I was honoured to participate on a few occasions, including a speaking event about The Day Soon Dawns at Finlandia Village and a panel discussion for “Authorpreneurship” at Norcat with Scott Overton and Kari Fisher moderated by marketing expert Brian Vendramin. To me, there is nothing better than to meet readers and writers to discuss literature. I was especially moved by the fine folks at Finlandia who received my father and me with such warmth and enthusiasm as I shared some of the lessons I learned while writing his story. From my fellow authors, I learned several marketing tips at Norcat that I’ll be sure to put into practice.
Listening to a discussion about process and creativity from three of Sudbury’s Poet Laureates, Kim Fahner, Tom Leduc and Daniel Aubin was inspirational. I also loved the film Al Purdy Was Here at Fraser Auditorium. Don’t forget to sign up for tweets from @statueofalpurdy! There were too many great things happening this week to mention them all here.
For me, writing is a continual circle of teaching and learning. The writing community, both in Sudbury and beyond, embraces and encourages writers at all stages while teaching and learning from one another. Reading Town is a wonderful way to connect with the community and spread our love of the written word.
Until next time, Reading Town!