BookFest Windsor 2016

November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016

10:00 am To 6:00 pm

The Capitol Theatre Windsor, University Avenue West, Windsor, ON, Canada


Event Description

Literary Arts Windsor is dedicated to education, understanding, and appreciation of the literary arts by providing performances of an artistic and literary nature in public places, senior citizens’ homes, performance areas, theatres, and educational institutions. We also provide seminars on topics relating to such performances. BookFest Windsor began in 2002, and in the inaugural year welcomed 450 attendees during its one-day program. Since that time, BookFest has developed partnerships with the University of Windsor, the Windsor Public Library, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the local elementary and secondary schools, local art and music venues, restaurants, and hospitals. In 2012, the festival was included in Canadian Geographic’s list of top literary festivals in Canada. The festival proper has grown to a three-day event, with multiple lead-up activities, presentations and workshops. Attendance at Bookfest 2013 events numbered in the thousands. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization.


The Capitol Theatre Windsor

121 University Ave W Windsor, ON, N9A 5P4

(519) 973-1238

About Organizer

On February 12, 1920 it was announced that Marcus Loew of Loew’s Vaudeville Theatres had purchased lands on the Sound side of London Street (University Avenue) and the West side of Pelissier Street for a theatre. The theatre would be built in the “modern” single floor style with the cost of about $600,000. Loew’s Windsor Theatre took nine months to build and officially opened on New Years Eve, December 31, 1920. The name changed to the Capitol Theatre in 1922. Designed by the prolific theatre architect Thomas White Lamb, the theatre was in his trademark style of Adam-Empire. One of sixteen Canadian theatres Lamb was to design, it held 1995 patrons. Lamb is best known in Canada for his design of Toronto’s Pantages, The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatres, and the Ottawa Capitol.

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