STARFest 2011 the inaugural St. Albert Readers’ Festival at the St. Albert Public Library. STARFest kicks off with Will Ferguson, three time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour on being Canadian and becoming a writer (October 13). Then Charlotte Gray on her new book, Gold Diggers, which tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. (October 15). Gray will be in conversation with award-winning Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons. Mark Anielski will speak about ideas raised in his acclaimed book The Economics of Happiness (October 19). Gail Bowen gives a sneak previous on her next Joanne Kilbourn mystery novel due out in the spring. Charles Foran will read from his biography of Mordecai Richler in conversation with award-winning writer and Edmonton Journal columnist Todd Babiak. Closing STARFest is Marni Jackson, whose new book, Home Free, speaks to a topic familiar to many– kids leaving the nest! Hosted by Edmonton writer Anne Bailey.