BookFest Equinox offers a taste of the literary arts

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Turning a page on virtual gatherings, the annual BookFest/Festival du Livre Windsor literary festival is returning later this year as an in-person event, say organizers who are also planning a new event called BookFest Equinox.

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“We did, last year and the year before, I think, online (events) so we thought it would be good to have something fun for people to see this. what is BookFest,” said Alexei Ungurenasu, Chairman of BookFest Planning and the inaugural BookFest Equinox.

“BookFest is normally more adult-only with a few published authors in different genres from across Canada,” said Ungurenasu, who is also Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate.

“It’s more of a live performance of poetry and music, mostly from local artists.”

BookFest Equinox is BookFest’s premier outdoor show. The free event takes place on April 22 at Lanspeary Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

BookFest/Festival du livre Windsor Planning Director Alexei Ungurenasu is shown at Leddy Library at the University of Windsor on Friday April 15, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

The poetry line-up includes Montreal writer Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, editor and author of Knot Body and The Good Arabs, Kate Hargreaves of Windsor, award-winning cover designer and author of Leak, Jammer Star and Talking Derby, as well as Nick Hildenbrand and Jovan Stefanov, two University of Windsor graduates who recently launched their collaborative collection called Marshwood Songs.

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“We’re giving a little taste of what (BookFest is) as well as new things that we haven’t really done before,” said Ungurenasu, a 23-year-old University of Windsor undergraduate majoring in English and philosophy.

“We are curious. It’s one of the first major outdoor literary events in a long time. I refer to this as a breath of fresh air. »

Ungurenasu has been working with a small team over the past few months to organize the new event.

“(We want) to introduce new audiences, especially both at BookFest but also to the literary arts of the city.”

Live music will be performed by Windsor-born artists Madeline Doornaert and Flower Face aka Ruby Mckinnon.

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The event will include food from local vendors in the area. Biblioasis will also sell books by star poets.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on as chairs will not be provided.

BookFest/Festival du Livre will take place October 13-16 as an in-person event, with locations and guest speakers to be announced.

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