Knowlton Lit Fest; a gem for green fingers and avid bookworms

Love books and looking for something to do this weekend? Well you are in luck, the Knowlton Literary Festival has returned! From July 19 to 21 Knowlton will be full of activities celebrating the literary arts and its artists.

Saturday, July 20, join Repercussion Theatre for an exciting performance:  Shakespeare on the Beach, at 7.30pm on Douglas Beach(free). Repercussion Theatre ( has been staging free performances of Shakespeare’s plays – outdoors, – for 25 years. For their return to the festival, the company will bring to life the bards magical and chaotic world of fairies and humans from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’  This modern rendition of a Shakespearean classic is perfect for the whole family. Bring a picnic, your beach blankets, and a donation to drop in the basket and get ready for a night with the bard on the beach!

Sunday, July 21, readings of gardens in a garden with Sonia Day ($10). Writer, painter, plant buff and speaker, Sonia will read from her book The Untamed Garden – a revealing look at our love affair with plants — in a marquee set up in the Joie de Lavande (Joy of Lavender) garden, 50 Chemin du Mont Echo, Knowlton, at 2:30 p.m. Sonia is as excited as her fans to be visiting the townships, stating, “Meet me in Quebec’s Eastern Townships Sunday, July 21 for the session entitled, Fifty Shades of Green. Yes, folks, that’s the topic of my talk at Knowlton Literary Festival that weekend. So prepare to be titillated!” Arrive early for the picnic and poetry reading with Steve Luxton.

There will be two free events for children at a tent at Galerie Knowlton: a workshop making plasticine pictures with the recent Order of Canada winning author, Barbara Reid, and an event with illustrator/author Richard Petit. A massive second-hand book sale rounds out the offer at Pettes Memorial Library.

This year’s festival also includes featured author Sally Armstrong — editor-at-large of Chatelaine –with Shelagh Rogers discussing Sally’s book The Ascent of Women on Sunday July 21 at 930am at the
Old Court House, 15 St Paul ($10). This fascinating read is from an author who has years of experience working in the field of women’s rights and discusses women the importance and journey of women having control over their own bodies, regardless of the setting. In addition, the festival will include Quebec authors Suzanne Aubrey, Peter Gossage, Bill Haughland and of course, the popular PGI Gala.

For scheduling, prices and details pick up a flyer at any Townships tourist offices or visit Tickets for author events and the PGI Gala can be purchased in advance from Brome Lake Books at 450-242-2242.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Josef Singerman

Photo Caption:  This Saturday, July 20th, the shores of Douglass Beach in Knowlton will be positivity Elizabethan as Shakespeare on the Beach reruns courtesy of Repercussion Theatre’s presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.