The authors festival has a much more youthful glow this year, and the female contingent is huge. But some of the old white guys - see also John Berendt - still have some clout.
JULIAN BARNES reading Tuesday (October 25) 8 pm at the Premiere Dance Theatre and interviewed by Martin Levin Wednesday (October 26) at 8 pm in the Brigantine Room
He's considered the least edgy of Britain's big three - Ian McEwan and Martin Amis complete the triumvirate - but this time around his Booker short-listed novel is more fun and less intellectually serious than his other books. With Arthur & George , he climbs inside the mind of Arthur Conan Doyle for a little bit of mytery.
JOHN IRVING reading and interviewed by Ann-Marie MacDonald Saturday (October 22) at 8 pm at the Premiere Dance Theatre
Typical of Irving, Until I Find You tracks a complete life in sweeping style. The bonus is that Irving's meditation on Hollywood celebrity takes the narrative into the heart of Tinseltown, where the story really takes off.
LEON ROOKE reading Saturday (October 22) at 2 pm and at a round table Sunday (October 23) 3 pm, both in the Brigantine Room
The writer of over 300 short stories and a Governor General's Award winner, the Eden Mills literary festival founder has definitely proven his chops. He shows them again in the elaborately constructed tale The Beautiful Wife .