See what the authors have to say about the Owen Sound Memoir Series!


“The Owen Sound Memoir Series was kind enough to invite me to chat about my book.  It was a fantastic, sold-out event, and one that reminded me as a writer that the drudgery of the writing process becomes soul-satisfying when one gets to engage in person with great organizations and an engaged and enthusiastic community of readers.”

– Ali Hassan, author of Is there Bacon In Heaven? A memoir


“It was both a joy and an honour to be a participant on March 1st and 2nd in the Owen Sound Memoir Series. Host Arlen Wiebe provided excellent transportation, accommodation and meals including a wonderful brunch with leaders of the Black Community at the cairn that marks the northern terminus of the Underground Railway.I was intrigued by the presentation about Owen Sound’s Annual Emancipation Picnic as some of the brunch attendees were descendants of families who had escaped slavery prior to the US civil war. My talk on “Races” was well attended and copies were available for sale and signing. The follow-up Q&A was enthusiastically engaged by many and perhaps led to some support for newcomers of colour. The next day’s workshop on writing non-fiction was enjoyable and included much thought-provoking discussion. The Owen Sound Memoir Series was the highlight of my recent Book Tour of Ontario and Nova Scotia.”

– Valerie Jerome, author of Races: The Trials and Triumphs of Canada’s Fastest Family

“Working with Arlen Wiebe and the Owen Sound Memoir Series to coordinate events for Goose Lane author Valerie Jerome was rewarding and pain-free. From the initial outreach to the planning stages, Arlen was courteous, professional, and responsive. Valerie had a fabulous time, and raved about her excellent treatment while in Owen Sound. The festival handled all the details, from the travel itinerary to event publicity, and lined up several interviews to buoy promotion. The experience exceeded my expectations. I would recommend the Owen Sound Memoir Series to any author or publisher looking for an engaged audience and a well-run literary event.”

-Ben Burnett, Publicity Manager at Goose Lane Editions