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StoryFest invited to attend literary awards ceremony

  • Executive director Audrey Wall, right, and others in the kitchen at the Greenwood Centre for Living History.
    Executive director Audrey Wall, right, and others in the kitchen at the Greenwood Centre for Living History.
    Photo credit: Gazette file photo

Hudson’s own literary festival, StoryFest, has achieved a first in its 10 year history: an invitation to the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards Ceremony being held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today.

Audrey Wall, executive director of Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History, which presents StoryFest every autumn, couldn’t be more pleased.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for StoryFest to have been invited to such a prestigious event,” she said. “All the major Governor General literary prizes are awarded during the evening, so it’s very special for our literary festival to be there, too.”

It’s the first time StoryFest has been invited to attend.

“We are so excited for Story-Fest to be recognized in this way,” Wall added.

The annual literary festival held in Hudson has grown since its inception 10 years ago. Building upon the original Greenwood Centre’s Gigantes Series, launched with the support of former senator Philippe Gi-gantes, StoryFest attracts prestigious names on the Canadian literary scene.

M.G. Vassanji, Wayson Choi, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart and Joseph Boyden are only a few of the leading lights of Canadian letters to have appeared at StoryFest.

Globe and Mail columnist Jeffery Simpson was a special guest this year, as was journalist Sally Armstrong. Linden MacIntyre, Jan Wong and Stevie Cameron are just a few of the other names that have appeared on the StoryFest roster of guests over the years.

Local support, a finely honed team of Greenwood volunteers, and support from the Canada Council for the Arts have ensured that StoryFest keeps growing in stature.

“This was StoryFest’s most successful year,” Wall said. “Both in attendance and popularity, we had our best year yet.”

And who knows who may be enticed to come to Hudson next year.

“Well,” said Wall. “at such an event as the Governor General Literary Awards, no doubt I’ll be scoping out the possibilities for next year!”

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories: fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text), children’s literature (illustration) and translation (from French to English).

The Greenwood Centre for Living History is a historic home and garden dating back to 1732. It is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization and StoryFest is its most important fundraising event.

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