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The Crucible

ONE MAN’S SIN. EVERYONE’S TRAGEDY

In the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, farmer John Proctor has been conducting an illicit relationship with a young woman in his employ. His refusal to take responsibility for his actions leads to an epidemic of fear and suspicion that engulfs the guilty and the innocent alike.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
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Discover Murdoch Mysteries in a True Crime Story

Dive deep into a murder case solved by the detective who inspired the creation of Murdoch Mysteries with non-fiction writer John Goddard, author of The Man with the Black Valise. Saturday, the 19th of October marks the 125th anniversary of the murder of thirteen-year-old Jessie Keith in Perth County. Goddard brings his book to life in the style of a true crime podcast, using features photos, a video, and a Q & A session.

What can you expect from this event?

  • A live true crime podcast with an audio-visual presentation of the murder case

  • Fascinating facts about Perth County history that inspired Murdoch Mysteries 

Who is this event for?

  • True crime readers

  • Heritage enthusiasts

  • Murdoch Mystery fans (Murdoch is based on the story’s true-life detective)

  • Anybody wishing to take pride in Perth County

John Goddard is an author, magazine writer, and former Toronto Star reporter. His
books include “Inside the Museums: Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized
Objects,” and “Rock and Roll Toronto,” with pop critic Richard Crouse. John lives in
Toronto.

One glorious autumn day in 1894, a drifter attacked thirteen-year-old Jessie Keith so violently that people thought Jack the Ripper must be loose in rural Ontario. To solve the crime, the government called in Detective John Wilson Murray, the true-life model for Detective William Murdoch of the popular TV series Murdoch Mysteries. His prime clue was a black valise.

The Man with the Black Valise traces the killer’s trajectory through three counties — a route that today connects travellers to poignant reminders of nineteenth-century life. Chief among them stands the statue of the Roman goddess Flora, gesturing as though to cast roses onto Jessie’s grave.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: $25/Per person
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Book Proposal and Query Letter Workshop

Getting published starts with a winning query letter and book proposal. This two-hour intensive workshop, run by non-fiction author John Goddard, will cover the essential components of both, including how to:
 

  • craft an opening one-line pitch;
  • define the target audience;
  • create a marketing plan;
  • analyze the competition, and;
  • grow the all-important “author platform" 
     

Who could benefit?
 

  • non-fiction writers
  • fiction writers (some workshop components might not apply)
*Participants are invited to bring their ideas and drafts for participatory exercises and a Q&A session.


About John Goddard - John Goddard is an author, magazine writer, and former Toronto Star reporter. His
books include “Inside the Museums: Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized
Objects,” and “Rock and Roll Toronto,” with pop critic Richard Crouse. John lives in
Toronto.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: $40/Per person
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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Stratford Bacon and Ale Trail

Bacon and Ale - two of life's greatest creations!  You'll gain a whole new appreciation for your favourite obsessions.  This self-guided walking trail includes vouchers that you can use at 5 stops.  Each voucher will entitle you to a "tasting" of a unique bacon and ale inspired treat and the chance to speak to Stratford and area's culinary stars while visiting our unique restaurants and retail locations.  This trail is offered year round and is valid for one week (7 days) from the date of purchase.  Bacon and Ale Trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts, which can be redeemable at a later date. 

Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.
 

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Apr. 2nd to Dec. 22nd, 2019
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
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Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
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If Love Were All: A Coward Cabaret

"I am no good at love,” Noël Coward once wrote, but that didn’t stop him from spending his life writing songs, poems, plays and stories on that elusive topic. Join three virtuoso performers in an afternoon of charm, wit, and bittersweet regret assembled by Richard Ouzounian from Coward’s own works. While during his life he wrote jaunty ditties about many a “Poor Little Rich Girl” who was “Mad About the Boy,” after his death, the diaries and letters “The Master” had kept secret during his lifetime revealed the fact that the great romances of his existence were all with other men and songs like “I’ll Follow My Secret Heart” concealed a world of double meanings. Join us on this voyage of musical discovery and discover “Something Very Strange” that Coward had hidden in plain sight all those years.

Performers:
Cynthia Dale
Stephen Patterson
Geraint Wyn Davies

Music director: Wayne Gwillim
Directed by Richard Ouzounian

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Studio Theatre, Stratford
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
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Wine and Food Book Social with Becky Blake

Book-lovers, this is the swankiest book club session of the year. The Stratford Writers Festival has combined all the things you love – Wine, Food, and Books – into one memorable evening.
Clink a glass of wine and relish some hors d'oeuvres with your friends, book lovers, and author Becky Blake! You are invited for an exclusive book club session where you can join Becky to discuss her writing while the best of wine and appetizers are served.

What can you expect from this event?

  • a glass or two of fine wine
  • a platter of apps such as olives, bread, cheese, and charcuterie.
  • a lively discussion with Becky about her books
  • mingling with other book lovers

Who is this event for?

  • If you are a book club member, you and your entire club can participate in this event.
    If you love reading and you have always wanted to be a part of a book club session, this one is for you!

About Becky Blake - Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for non-fiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013). Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education. Becky currently lives in Toronto where she’s working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.

About the Book - Proof I Was Here is a novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a young artistic thief from Toronto who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford
Cost: $45/per person + HST
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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The Neverending Story

FIND YOURSELF IN A WORLD OF FANTASY

Hiding in a closet to avoid school bullies, ten-year-old Bastian becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story – or a vital part of it?

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Avon Theatre
Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website.
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Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://stratfordfestival.ca



Stratford Chocolate Trail

EXPLORING THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL BURNS CALORIES.
GOOD THING.

The Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that introduces you to our world-famous confectioners and bakers.  You’ll get to sample our decadent treats and meet the makers who craft these indulgences year round.  

Purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office, which includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour.  The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round and is valid for 1 week from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person. 

Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

When: Open Tue. to Sat.
from Apr. 2nd to Dec. 22nd, 2019
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford
Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST
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Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail



Short Story Contest Celebration

The results for the Rotary Club Short Story Contest are in! Join a community of writers, Rotary Stratford and author John Goddard as we announce the winners and distribute cash prizes.
This event is FREE and open to all writers.
What can you expect from the event?

  • Announcement of winners and cash prize distribution 
  • Q&A with author John Goddard
  • Celebration of Canadian literary talent
  • Light refreshments
  • An opportunity to mingle with a community of writers

Who is this event for?

  • Emerging writers
  • All participants of The Short Story Contest
  • Friends, family, and loved ones of winners and participants
  • Anyone and everyone who would like to mingle with a community of writers and discuss the art of storytelling

The Stratford Writers Festival and The Rotary Club of Stratford have partnered up to support emerging writers, indie authors, and literacy in an annual Short Story Contest. The winners are announced at the Stratford Writers Festival.  
John Goddard is an author, magazine writer, and former Toronto Star reporter. His books include Inside the Museums: Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized Objects and Rock and Roll Toronto, with pop critic Richard Crouse. John lives in Toronto.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: Stratford Writers Festival
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Stratford Lantern Parade

On Saturday October 19th, join hundreds of residents and visitors as they gather on the banks of Stratford’s Avon River to light up unique and hand-crafted lanterns and parade along the water’s edge.

The event gets underway at 6:30 pm on Tom Patterson Island, where you can acquire a lantern (ready-to-carry!), or launch a Wish Boat into the River. Walk the Labyrinth of Light and experience the magical Forest of Dreams before creating a percussion instrument for use in the procession. Musicians, singers and jugglers will add to the atmosphere on the Island, until the procession sets off at 7:30 pm.

The walk along the riverbank offers a chance to enjoy and appreciate all the lanterns. Musical, theatrical, and other surprises await along Veterans’ Drive.

More sparkling fun is in store once the procession reaches Market Square, with live music, jugglers, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and refreshments! Park your lantern in the Square to enjoy a mesmerizing aerial arts performance by CirqueSmith inside City Hall Auditorium.

The event concludes at approximately 9:30 pm.

When:  Saturday Oct. 19th, 2019
Where: Tom Patterson Island and concludes at Market Square, Stratford
Cost: Free
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Contact: 519-274-1525