Explore A Literary World At Telling Tales

Book launches, story readings, author signings and family fun await

Read them here first! The Telling Tales Festival is delighted to launch several brand new Canadian books this fall. Award-winning author KENNETH OPPEL launches his latest captivating novel, Every Hidden Thing, described as Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones. JEREMY TANKARD explores the dilemma of going on a hike without snacks in Hungry Bird, which makes its first appearance at Telling Tales. Christmas comes early as we celebrate friendship with RUTH OHI and her brand new picture book Fox and Squirrel: The Best Christmas Ever. ANDREW LARSEN will present his new picture book A Squiggly Story that explores how worlds are opened up when children begin to read and write. SHANE PEACOCK’s fast-paced novel Separated, a prequel to Seven (the Series), explores the terrors of being lost in a foreign city, and JOEL A. SUTHERLAND shares more chilling true ghost stories from across the country with Haunted Canada 6.

The Telling Tales Festival is a FREE event that takes place on Sunday, September 18th at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. This year’s festival features over 25 award-winning Canadian authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians who promise to entertain and delight over 7,000 children and their families. Plan to be entertained by these incredible presenters:

Denise Anderson Hamilton Youth Poets Barbara Reid
Sheila Barry Jude Johnson Kevin Sands
Robert Blunsdon Jon-Erik Lappano Bill Slavin
Hélène Boudreau Andrew Larsen Chad Solomon
Gillian Chan John Lukasik Joel A. Sutherland
Scott Chantler Lindsay Mattick Kevin Sylvester
Creative Theatre Company Mahtab Narsimhan Jeremy Tankard
Hamilton Children’s Choir Ruth Ohi TURKEY Rhubarb
HPL Puppeteers Kenneth Oppel Vikki VanSickle
HPL Writing Workshops Shane Peacock Kari-Lynn Winters


Visit our website for presenter bios and schedules.

This year’s theme: Explore Your World encourages students to discover new places, experience different emotions and meet fantastic characters – all with the turn of a page. “This year’s stellar lineup of presenters all highlight the importance of exploring your world, whether it’s your neighbourhood, a different time, place or perspective,” explains Susan Jasper, Telling Tales Festival Chair & Founder. “Our goal is to inspire a love of reading in kids of all ages. We are especially excited about the new tween and teen stages and special writing workshops to encourage these future writers and illustrators to continue their own quests in the literary world.”

Other attractions include live performances, book signings, readings, costumed characters, a giant Book Swap and Shop, Bryan Prince Bookseller onsite book shop, Children’s Activity Centre, contests and prizes – all in a beautiful historic village setting.

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The 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival takes place on Sunday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. Admission is free. There is free parking at the Rockton Fairgrounds and our free shuttle service will bring guests right to the Festival. Please note: there is no parking at Westfield during the Festival. Visitors are welcome to bring their children in strollers and are reminded to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to join in the fun – rain or shine!