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State of the Arts: Burlington Book Festival

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The Burlington Book Festival, coming up on its fourth year, has a history of drawing intriguing authors from north of the border. This time organizers have scored a coup with Alistair Mac-Leod, an acclaimed Ontarian who's produced two short-story collections and the 1999 novel No Great Mischief. Winner of the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the novel traces the history of a family that settled in Canada without losing its Scottish roots. MacLeod will read in Burlington on Saturday, September 13 - the second of three days devoted to the written word. Other scheduled fest guests include Wicked author Gregory Maguire and former U.S. Poet Laureate and Paris Review poetry editor Charles Simic. For more info: click here.