Bill Richardson is the author of numerous books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for readers of all ages. His Bachelor Brothers’ trilogy was a bestseller, with the first book, Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast, winning the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1994. After Hamelin, his book for young readers, won the Silver Birch Award. During his successful career, both as a broadcaster with CBC and as a writer, Richardson has distinguished himself with his masterful way with words and his sharp wit, showing us the error of our ways by poking fun at our all-too-human foibles. Our dear “sad goat” returns to the Festival with a new book of linked stories, I Saw Three Ships, which the Vancouver Sun called “a triumph of whimsy and compassion, humility, humour,” and which was nominated for the 2020 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.