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Newfoundland writer Greg Malone took part in Writers at Woody Point Friday with a reading at the Merchant Warehouse from his book, “Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders.”
WOODY POINT Grand Falls-Windsor resident Tina Mercer has been traveling to Bonne Bay every year for four years to attend Writers and Woody Point. She’s never been disappointed.
“I love what it’s all about — the people, the heritage, being surrounded by celebrities,” she said. “Also, it’s not just about Newfoundland, but Canada too, and it’s good to be here because it’s so beautiful.”
Visits from writers Michael Winter, Greg Malone and Will Ferguson are just some of the highlights during the 10th anniversary season of Writers at Woody Point.
On Friday, fans and writers alike crowded into the Merchant Warehouse to hear Malone talk about Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada in 1949, and how there was a lot more to the story than many Newfoundlanders realize. Malone wrote about it in his 2012 book, “Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders.”
Malone told his audience the story is one everyone should know. He spent four years studying documents from Ottawa, St. John’s and London, England, to get what he calls the “real story.”
Up at the Discovery Centre, Winter took part in a book club discussion and read from his book, “Minister Without Portfolio,” which is due to be released later this month. The book is about a depressed man who travels to the Middle East as an army-affiliated contractor and became involved in a tragic roadside incursion, after which he must deal with the consequences.
Audiences at both events Friday said they had been looking forward to Writers at Woody Point all year long.
Just before Malone took to the microphone, Baxter Park of Corner Brook said it was his first time attending and it was something he had always wanted to do. Having recently moved to the province, he was well aware of the Writers at Woody Point festival.
“I’d hear about the festival when I was stationed (in Europe) through the CBC,” he said. “I love the fact that you never know what you’re going to get, whether it’s a reading, music or artwork. It’s just great.”
Corner Brook resident Nancy Granter agreed.
“It’s my first time here as well, and I’m just so happy to be here for this,” she said. “It’s nice to be here to see Greg Malone. I’ve read all his books, and everyone is really nice here.”
Writers at Woody Point continues throughout the weekend with events featuring writers Des Walsh, Kelly Russell and Wayson Choy. It ends Sunday with a wrap-up party at the Royal Canadian Legion featuring music from Shane Murphy and others.