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STARFest presents Katherena Vermette 
Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, presents a talk on her work as Writer in Residence at Athabasca University, as well as her other creative projects. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg. A novelist, children’s picture book author, graphic novelist and filmmaker, she has won the Governor General’s award for poetry as well as many other awards, including a Canadian Screen Award for best short film. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, in the St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. STARFest (St. Albert Reader’s Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Joy Fielding 
Thrills and chills abound in All the Wrong Places as four women who decide to try online dating run afoul of a tech-savvy killer who is using the app to target his victims. Best-selling author Joy Fielding’s latest novel is a complex, electrifying thriller about friendship, jealousy and passion – a deadly combination. She will be in conversation with mystery author Janice MacDonald. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Emma Donoghue 
Bestselling author Emma Donoghue’s latest novel, Akin, is a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. The trip looks like a disaster, as the pair argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, but Michael's tech skills and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past. Emma Donoghue has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker, the Orange Prize, and the Giller Prize. She will be in conversation with Paula Simons. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Linden MacIntyre 
The Wake is the story of the November 18, 1929 tsunami that struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. Waves up to three storeys high hit the coast at 100 km/hour, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire houses out to sea. The disaster killed 28, left hundreds more homeless or destitute, and forever changed the lives of the inhabitants along the Burin Peninsula. Linden MacIntyre was the host of Canada’s premiere investigative television show, The Fifth Estate, for nearly 25 years. He has won an International Emmy and 10 Gemini Awards, and won and been shortlisted for numerous book awards. MacIntyre will be in conversation with Ken Davis. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Amy Jones 
Bestselling author Amy Jones brings her trademark combination of sharp, observational humour and melancholy to her latest novel, Every Little Piece of Me, which explores the intense friendship between two young women whose every move is chronicled on the public stage. Ava Hart is a reluctant cast member in her family’s reality TV show about running a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a Halifax rock band that is rising to fame after the death of the band’s bass player, who was also her husband. As their private tragedies are subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, their unexpected friendship is what saves them. Amy Jones has won the Northern Lit Award and the Metcalf-Rooke Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the ReLit Award. Amy Jones will be in conversation with Diana Davidson. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Brian Francis 
Break in Case of Emergency is a painful, hopeful coming of age story about family, acceptance and learning to love people for who they are. Toby Goodman is 15; her mother is dead by suicide, and Toby is struggling with her own worth and purpose. That’s when her estranged father returns home and she discovers that he’s gay, and that he’s a world-renowned female impersonator. Brian Francis’s first novel was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo, and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of the Year. His second book was a Canada Reads finalist and a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” title. Brian Francis will be in conversation with Mia Soetaert and Terry Soetaert of Outloud St. Albert. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Anne Bokma (My Year of Living Spiritually) 
My Year of Living Spiritually chronicles Anne Bokma’s quest to become a more spiritual person. That quest led her through a diverse range of practices, from singing in choirs and the exploration of church to using a float tank, forest therapy, Tarot, tattoos, observing Lent, and spending a week at a witch camp. Along the way, she reconsidered key relationships in her life and began to experience the greater depth of meaning and connection that she was longing for. Anne Bokma is an award-winning journalist and the “Spiritual but Secular” columnist for Broadview. Her articles have appeared in many of Canada’s leading national magazines and newspapers. Anne will be in conversation with Laurel Vespi. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Fran Kimmel (No Good Asking) 
In Fran Kimmel’s powerful second novel No Good Asking, Ellie and Eric Nyland have moved with their two sons back to Eric’s childhood farmhouse. Despite the fresh start they hope for, their family is falling apart, each of them isolated by private sorrows and stresses. When Eric finds 11-year-old Hannah Finch wandering alone in a storm and discovers bad things are happening in her house, the Nylands reluctantly agree to let Hannah stay with them until she can find a new home after the Christmas holidays. But Hannah proves to be more balm than burden, and the Nylands discover that the only thing harder than taking Hannah in may be letting her go. Fran Kimmel’s first novel, The Shore Girl, was named a CBC Top 40 Book and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Her short stories have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. She will be in conversation with Leslie Greentree. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Read Alberta eBooks
Wendy McGrath (Broke City), Lauren Carter (This Has Nothing to Do With You), Randy Nikkel Schroeder (Arctic Smoke) & Michelle Kaeser (Towers of Babylon) Join Wendy McGrath, Lauren Carter, Randy Nikkel Schroeder and Michelle Kaeser for a panel discussion about their experiences having their books available in electronic format as part of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Read Alberta eBooks project. The authors will be in conversation with Diana Davidson. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Shandi Mitchell 
In The Waiting Hours, a city is prickling under a heat wave, a hurricane is threatening to make landfall, and three first responders will be forced to make choices that will alter lives. A storm is coming and nobody is prepared. Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her first novel, Under This Unbroken Sky, received numerous awards including the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book and the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award. Shandi Mitchell will be in conversation with Jacqueline Baker. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Ann Hui 
In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canada to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. Using her own family’s story as a touchstone, she explores the importance of these restaurants in the country’s history and makes the case for why chop suey cuisine should be recognized as quintessentially Canadian. The result is Chop Suey nation. Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail National Food Reporter and uses food as a lens to explore public policy, health, the environment, science and technology. She will be in conversation with Marty Chan. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Waubgeshig Rice 
In Moon of the Crusted Snow, the loss of power in a small northern community is exacerbated by the arrival of strangers with an agenda of their own. As winter looms in the small Anishinaabe community, the food supply dwindles, panic builds, and the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while grappling with a grave decision. Moon of the Crusted Snow is a daring, post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, won an Independent Publishers Book Award. Waubgeshig Rice will be in conversation with Richard Van Camp. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Winnie Yeung & Abu Bakr al Rabeeah 
Homes: A Refugee Story is a heartbreaking and hopeful story about the devastation of war and the enduring love of family. Abu Bakr al Rabeeah was 10 years old when the Syrian civil war began: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, late night firebombs. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes: A Refugee Story tells his family’s story and is an urgently necessary read for understanding Syria and what it’s like to be a refugee. Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is an Edmonton high school student. Homes was written with his teacher, Winnie Yeung, and was a finalist in the 2019 CBC Canada Reads competition. Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung will be in conversation with Stephen Womack. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.

STARFest presents Jean Teillet 
The North-West is Our Mother chronicles how, after being defeated in battle in 1885, the Métis People lived in hiding for twenty years. Early in the 20th century, they determined to hide no more, and are now recognized in Canada as a distinct Indigenous nation. Written by the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, this engaging history of “forgotten people” tells the story up to the present era of national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Jean Teillet is an Indigenous-rights lawyer who lives in Vancouver. Well known in the Indigenous community, she is highly respected and has received numerous awards for her achievements. Jean Teillet will be in conversation with Celina Loyer. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.eventbrite.ca. Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, St. Albert Public Library. STARFest (St. Albert Reader's Festival) is presented by St. Albert Public Library. For more information on this event and the entire STARFest 2019 line-up, please visit www.starfest.ca.