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Drama professor Erica Stevens AbbittDrama professor Erica Stevens Abbitt, director of the Humanities Research Group, is one of the University personnel presenting at BookFest Windsor.

Literary festival to showcase UWindsor faculty and alumni

A number of University of Windsor instructors and graduates are among the featured authors and presenters during BookFest Windsor, which runs October 15 to 18 in the Capitol Theatre.

Former writer-in-residence Nino Ricci—recipient of a 2012 honorary doctorate—will launch his new book, Sleep, during a grand opening Thursday.

English professor Karl Jirgens, editor and publisher of Rampike magazine, will launch the journal’s final edition on Friday.

On Saturday:

  • professor emerita Susan Gold Smith and alumna Collette Broeders of the visual arts program will conduct an interactive book art project;
  • psych grad Robin Greenall will moderate a studio for writers for young readers; professor Stephen Pender will preside over a Poetry Café;
  • author Vanessa Shields (BA 2002) will present the winners of a student writing contest;
  • a panel on editing and peer review will feature drama professor Erica Stevens Abbitt, librarian Dave Johnston and alumnus Cal Murgu;
  • former writer-in-residence Judith Fitzgerald will discuss her latest collection of poems, Impeccable Regret, with professor Tom Dilworth;
  • Sara Elliott (BSc 1997) will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Confidence isn’t necessarily Harmless”;
  • French professor Judith Sinanga-Ohlman will lead a conversation on Traduction et histoires; and
  • cartoonist-in-residence Scott Chantler joins David Collier, Josef Bastian and Mariko Tamaki for “Aspects of the Book: Graphic Arts.”

Resident writing professional Marty Gervais will act as master of ceremonies for a brunch Sunday at the Canadian Club Heritage Centre, featuring readings by authors including alumnus Michael Januska.

Find more information, including a full festival line-up and ticket information, at