Welsh & Co was there, photographing the events
When Shelley at Blue Heron Books asked us if Welsh&Co - RE/MAX All-Stars would co-sponsor her inaugural Book Drunkard Literary Festival, we couldn’t say ‘no’. This was going to be something great, and we wanted to be a part of it, if only in a small way as photographers for all of the events.
Excitedly, I went to a camera shop to buy my first 200mm zoom lens to fit my Canon 5D. I spent a few nights at home practicing with low light photography. For stability, I opted for a monopod instead of the cumbersome tripod. Stability was important, but so was ease.
I, or one of my daughters, was at every one of the 18 events. Some nights I came away giddy with the wellbeing of having just listened to eloquent people speak about a vast number of topics that they had meticulously researched over the years. I bought more books than I can finish reading in 2019. During breaks, I reconnected with friends old and new, and even got to chat with internationally-renowned photojournalist Peter Bregg who gave me some tips. Like, WOW! Peter, if you read this, know that you made my day!!!
Featured guests included (in order of appearance): John Irving, Ted Barris, Ken McGoogan, Mary Berg, Tim Deegan (for Mark Howard), The Good Hour, Jane Urquhart, Susan Swan, Matt Holm, Brenda Clark, Jan Dolby, Kelly Hill, Kate Macdonlad, Terry Fallis, Jessica Westhead, Farah Heron, Marissa Stapley, Shandi Mitchell, Steven Price, Sally Armstrong, Robyn Doolittle, Rachel McMillan, Andrew Pyper, Tamara Williamson and The Break-Up Diet, Tom Wilson, Ruth Walker, Linden MacIntyre, Charlotte Grey, Sharon & Bram.
What does any of this have to do with a Real Estate blog? Simply, it’s community. Every one of the people that bought tickets to the Book Drunkard Festival and ventured out night after night are part of a literary or music or foodie community, a Blue Heron Book Store community, the Uxbridge community, and the York/Durham Regions & GTA community.
This event, and many many many other stellar events in the Region are what connect us no matter what our origin. They build a bond of understanding and compassion and make us feel safe with a sense of belonging that one can best describe as being ‘home’.
Thank you for having participated in this or any other community event in your area! It means the world to the founders and organizers. Below are pictures of some of the highlights that captured the events at the first ever Book Drunkard Literary Festival, hosted in Uxbridge Ontario.
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