2021 STARFest Director's Message


STARFest Director

I was one of those kids who repeatedly got caught reading under the covers with a flashlight at midnight. Once I realized that you could discover whole new worlds, meet amazing people, and experience mind-blowing heights and crushing lows within the pages of a book, I was hooked.

As an adult, I still stay up too late reading, and I’ll read anything (ask me about my shark book obsession). As a librarian, I love helping people discover new titles, new authors and new themes to explore. I get excited that there are so many pathways into a book, so many ways to love the words and the stories. Any book can be a good book for the right person.

This is the 11th year of STARFest. The Library hosted six authors at the first STARFest in 2011. Since then, we’ve hosted over 100 authors and reached an audience of thousands. We’ve adapted to the times, and have safe, vibrant in-person events and accessible virtual events. As the Interim STARFest Director, I’m thrilled to present the 2021 St. Albert Readers Festival, connecting our reading community to familiar favourites and new voices. There is something for every reader at STARFest 2021!

Michelle Steinhusen, Interim STARFest Director