Festival of Words to feature sword-wielding novelist C.C. Humphreys

Lisa Goudy
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C.C. Humphreys is set to make an appearance at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words held from July 17 to 20.

Actor, novelist and swordplay fight choreographer C.C. Humphreys will be coming to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in July.

The author of eight historical novels — the Jack Absolute series, The French Executioner series and the young adult triology The Runestone Saga — Humphreys has two new works upcoming in 2014 and 2015, namely Plague and Fire.

Born in Toronto, Humphreys grew up in the United Kingdom. He has acted in many parts of the world, appearing on stages such as London’s West End to Hollywood. He has portrayed characters such as Hamlet, Caleb the Gladiator in the mini-series AD-Anno Domini, Clive Parnell in Coronation Street and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s The Rivals.

Other publications include Vlad: The Last Confession (2008), A Place Called Armageddon (2011) and The Hunt of the Unicorn (2011). His most recent novel, Shakespeare’s Rebel, is a story about Shakespeare’s fight choreographer around the time of Hamlet. It has been adapted for the stage as well.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph wrote in a review of Absolute Honour (2006), the last installment of the Jack Absolute series, that, “In Jack, C.C. Humphreys has a hero you can’t help but cheer for as he jumps headlong from one adventure to another in a truly swash-buckling style…a perfect page-turner.”

In a review of Vlad: The Last Confession (2008), The Toronto Globe stated that the book is an “accessible, fast-paced, narrative-driven-damn-near-irresistible historical thriller. Humphrey’s research infuses every page, but never calls attention to itself; the story always has centre stage. It’s the consummate ‘good read’ for a rainy fall weekend, pulpy and engrossing and just gross enough to satisfy that monster craving.”

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words will take place from July 17 to 20. The festival was established in 1996 and offers 60 events over four days.

“The festival showcases both new and established authors in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, drama, film, spoken word and poetry,” said a release from the festival. “We offer the opportunity for book lovers and aspiring writers to meet and hear some of Canada’s most acclaimed writers reading, conducting workshops, and participating in panel discussions in smaller, more intimate venues.”

Early-bird passes are now available for $175. As of June 1, the pass is $200. Flex passes, which apply to individual sessions, are available for $100.

For more information, visit www.festivalofwords or call 306-691-0557.

- with files from the Saskatchewan Festival of Words

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Organizations: The Toronto Globe

Geographic location: Toronto, United Kingdom, London West End Hollywood Coronation Street Canada

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