The Book Bash Festival 2016


The Book Bash Festival is an annual celebration of Guelph books presented by Friends of Vocamus Press. It’s an afternoon of music and prizes and fun in recognition of books published by Guelph and area authors over the previous year.

The 2016 edition will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Red Papaya Restaurant (55 Wyndham Street North) on Sunday, October 16. Over twenty local authors will be in attendance to introduce their books, sell copies, and mingle with the audience to chat and sign their work.

The event will be hosted by local culture Maven Jen Rafter, and it will include live music by teen musical phenom Madison Gallaway.

Book Bash 2016 will also be the launch event for The Rhapsody Anthology 2016, the annual collection of Guelph poetry and very short prose that Friends of Vocamus Press publishes to increase public awareness of Guelph authors.

There is no cost for the event, but donations will be accepted for Action Read, a charity that provides literacy programs in the community.

Here are some ways you can be involved:

If you’re a Guelph-area author with a book published between September 2015 and September 2016, we would be glad to have you come and promote your book on October 16.

If you’d like to volunteer your time, we could use some people to help set up, take down, welcome guests, hand out programs, and so forth.

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