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Welcome to Knowlton, Quebec. A village and countryside that have seduced writers, poets, artists, musicians for generations. The history of arts in the area springs from our culture of inclusion. Of French. Of English. Aboriginal. Of people from far away places seeking shelter and bringing with them their own histories and stories and beliefs. Their own art and culture. Now your presence here, as writers and readers, is adding to that fabric. We could not be happier to welcome you and hope you'll have the time of your lives here. Volunteers have been working hard for months to make this literary festival the best one yet. And I could not be more proud to be a part of it as it moves from strength to strength.

I hope you'll have a chance to explore not only the work of other writers and artists, but also this area. The food, the drink, the music, the wineries, the countryside. At the risk of sounding too much like a cheerleader, Quebec is like nowhere else in North America and the Eastern Townships are like nowhere else in Quebec. Bienvenue, eh.

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Honourary Patron of the Knowlton Literary Festival
Member of the Order of Canada.