Welcome to STARFest


charmaine photo small for webCharmaine Brooks
Library Board Chair

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STARFest is a stellar event and we, as Trustees, see it as a shining example of the innovation and creativity that has made your library award-winning. Passion and dedication, from both those who organize and those who attend, has resulted in an annual community event that has put St. Albert on the literary map. In this special year as we plan our new branch library, we thank you for your continued commitment and support—you are essential to our exciting future.

Mayor Nolan CrouseNolan Crouse
Mayor Of St. Albert

 Welcome to St. Albert and to StarFestLogo P539 P362 LR

On behalf of the City of St. Albert I wish STARFest well. Thank you to everyone who makes this such a successful Festival, from the Library staff and the many volunteers who plan and deliver an excellent event, to the great authors that are visiting our City, and to you, the audience, for cultivating community here in St. Albert.

heather for websiteHeather Dolman Festival Director

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From memoirs to mysteries, STARFest welcomes writers from across the country who will transport you to the Shuswap, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, and on to India and Yorkshire!

Reflecting the character and geography of our country with a cast of well-rounded characters we welcome a trio of popular Canadian storytellers – Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Donna Morrissey and Dianne Warren. Take a 19th century trip to the Amazonian rainforest with Alissa York and experience the colors and customs of Indian life with Anita Rau Badami, runner-up in this year’s CBC Canada Reads.

For lovers of mysteries, STARFest welcomes Peter Robinson creator of Yorkshire’s DCI Banks, and Inger Ash Wolfe, creator of Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef. Wolfe is the alter ego of literary fiction writer Michael Redhill—two for the price of one at this event!

As an alternative to fiction Ian Brown, Plum Johnson, Camilla Gibb and Olympian Clara Hughes offer stories of aging, family relationships, and overcoming challenges. Lot of food for thought!

You will experience, and be part of, great conversations with our talented hosts: Angie Abdou, Wayne Arthurson, Marty Chan, Diana Davidson, Marina Endicott, Laurie Greenwood, Jana Pruden, Gail Sidonie Sobat and Paula Simons.

We hope you enjoy STARFest 2016.