Sunday, December 3
Book launch The Trail of the Griffon
2:00 pm at The Ginger Press, Owen Sound

In this eighth book in the DB Murphy mystery series by Richard J. Thomas, it's 1927 and DB gets involved with an Owen Sound lawyer convinced he has discovered the wreck of the Griffon*, which disappeared on the Great Lakes in 1679. Autographed copies sell for $24.95.

Wednesday, December 6
Stories for the Season Chapter 8
7:30-9:30 p.m. Port Elgin Branch Library 708 Goderich Street

Friends of Port Elgin Branch Library present their annual celebration of the season with readings about winter, ice sports, gift-buying secrets and more. An added feature this year, dancers from the Southport School of Classical Ballet performing two selections from The Nutcracker. Free admission, elevator access to the upper level of the 109-year-old Carnegie Library. Displays of themed books, DVDs, puzzles, festive refreshments, and tickets sold for a fine dining voucher.

Thursdays December 7 and 14
NOTE a week earlier than usual
Writers' Round Tables
2-4 p.m. Back Eddie's Queen Street S Paisley

All writers are welcome to join around the table to share works-in-progress in any genre, and receive feedback from others. No fee; each pays for selections from the delicious menu.

Friday, December 8
Gas Head Willy
The Roxy Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Based on Richard Thomas's first novel with DB Murphy as protagonist, this stage production returns by popular demand. Seats selling fast, but call the box office at 519 371-2833.

Saturday, December 9
Local Authors Open House

11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. The Ginger Press, Owen Sound More than a dozen area authors will autograph books and chat with readers. Included this year, Lynne Porter (OXENDEN The Way It Was) and Judy Lowry (unforgotten dream). For more information, contact Maryann Thomas 519-376-4233.

Saturday December 9
7:00 -10:00 p.m. 211 Elgin St. N., Durham

Hosted by poet and organizer Daniel Kolos, this event features Jazz Poet Bob MacKenzie of Kingston, Ontario, and 10-12 open mic spots. Organic fare will be served at intermission. Donations ($20.00 suggested) for the poet appreciated. BYOB. RSVP to Daniel Kolos 519-369-1129

Friday, December 15
7:00 p.m.
Literary Christmas party

125 Union St. W., Fergus
Colin Fox will recite "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas. All participants may offer words or music on a Christmas theme as well. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door. Free event hosted by Janice Ferri.

Last Tuesday of December falls on Boxing Day, so Writers' BLOC is suspended for this month. Next gathering will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018, giving everyone extra weeks to prepare up to 1,0000 words for the challenge: a birthday or other memorable celebration. Any genre, fact or fiction, with a few copies to share, please.

More Advance Notices:

January 31, 2018
Deadline for entries to ARRIVE

Nineteenth Annual Acrostic Story Contest All stories must begin Attired for the occasion... Full rules and entry form by clicking the contest link at

February 23-25, 2018
Mind's Eye Writers' Retreat
McIvor House B&B, Bruce Peninsula

Don't wait til February to register for a weekend of workshops led by local author and songwriter Rob Ritchie, with time for individual writing and reflection as well as socializing in a hospitable atmosphere. Space is limited. For information call Rob at 519-534-1933 or e-mail



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