About BookFest and Literary Arts Windsor

About BookFest Windsor

BookFest Windsor began in 2002, and in the inaugural year welcomed 450 attendees during its one-day program. Since that time, BookFest has developed partnerships with the University of Windsor, the Windsor Public Library, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the local elementary and secondary schools, local art and music venues, restaurants, and hospitals. In 2012, the festival was included in Canadian Geographic’s list of top literary festivals in Canada. The festival proper has grown to a three-day event, with multiple lead-up activities, presentations and workshops. Attendance at Bookfest events have numbered in the thousands. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization, but all invited artists are paid an honorarium according to Canada Council recommendations.

It is our policy to provide a safe space for presenters and the audience. Our venues are accessible.

Literary Arts Windsor is a registered non-profit organization and can issue receipts for donations. To donate, (sponsors will be thanked on our brochures and website), please click here:

PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!Or by cheque to Literary Arts Windsor/mail to: Literary Arts Windsor
267 Villaire Ave
Windsor, ON
N8S 2J1

At every event and before every panel, BookFest Windsor acknowledges that the land on which we gather and celebrate books is the traditional territory of the Caldwell First Nation, a member nation of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Anishinaabe people.

About Literary Arts Windsor

LAW is Literary Arts Windsor – Promotion, Performance, Publishing

Organization Profile

The mission of Literary Arts Windsor is to introduce Canadian books and authors to residents and students of Windsor and south-western Ontario in such a way as to inspire them to recognize, read, and celebrate Canadian authors.

Literary Arts Windsor is dedicated to education, understanding, and appreciation of the literary arts by providing performances of an artistic and literary nature in public places, senior citizens’ homes, performance areas, theatres, and educational institutions. We also provide seminars on topics relating to such performances.

Our vision is that by continuing to introduce and showcase Canadian literary talent to our community, the written word, the intangible quality of a Canadian voice, and the love of books will continue to be relevant in an increasingly digital world.

Literary Arts Windsor is a non-profit incorporated body, incorporated in 2003. The charitable registration number is 887356905RR0001. The organization is completely volunteer run. The Bookfest Windsor planning committee is a sub-committee of Literary Arts Windsor, and is also wholly volunteer run.


Upcoming Events

ACWR Workshop: Ripped from the Headlines

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arts Council Windsor Region (ACWR)

ACWR Art.Work professional development workshops support artists in building skill sets to further their creative careers. Join writer…

BookFest Windsor 2018: Media Launch

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join us at Bilbioasis Bookstore for a look at our full schedule of bookish fun for BookFest Windsor…

BookFest Windsor 2018: The Power of Story

October 17 @ 9:00 am - October 23 @ 2:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries

BookFest Windsor 2018 – coming soon! Date and Time: Wed, 17 October 2018 12:00 am – Sun, 21…

Panel # 6: Atelier d’écriture avec l’auteure Isabelle Larouche

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries ⋅ $10

Jeudi 18 octobre 2018 de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30 Rendez-vous : Armouries (School of Creative Arts)…

Panel # 7: Arlette Cousture et vous

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries ⋅ $20

Vendredi 19 octobre 2018 de 18 h 00 à 20 h 00 Rendez-vous : Armouries (School of Creative Arts) Salle…