Sunshine Coast Canada
Arts, Heritage + Culture
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Family Literacy Week

to Jan 27 – bringing literacy programing to Sunshine Coast classrooms.

Here’s a look at some of the amazing authors who will be presenting their books, stories and insights about writing and storytelling to students across the district! Check out the details here.

Sorry not open to the general public but such an opportunity for our students.

Author Event: Lisa Duncan, Chasing Africa

Interwoven with beautiful descriptions of Africa, Squamish author Lisa Duncan offers a personal memoir of her once-in-a-lifetime journey and her life at home, with the pull of her family’s caregiving needs.  Chasing Africa delicately explores loss of identity, the gift of health and adventure, and the courage to put oneself first. Lisa will also show slides from her
African travels. Free but space is limited; contact the Library to register.
Also accessible live on Zoom from the Library’s website.

Readers’ Open Mic

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Here’s your chance to read aloud for all to enjoy (5 minutes max), every third Wed of the month. You’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the monthly theme. January’s (optional) theme is “Cosy Comforts.”
Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. For more information, email Lise LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live on Zoom from the Library’s website.

In Conversation with Ruth Rodgers

Is she an artist who writes or a writer or who paints?
Attend a fascinating conversation & readings with Ruth Rodgers author & painter
At Mission Point House, 4603 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Davis
Bay at our new times & day with popular local indie author & artist,
Ruth Rodgers, who’s beautiful covers were created by Charmaine Bayntun.

There will be a fund-raising book, craft and art sale 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Please bring a snack to share if possible. Coffee will be provided.

Ruth will facilitate a writers’ workshop 4-5:30 pm, after a social break at 3:30 pm. Coffee will be provided.

Writers’ Open Mic

Writers’ Open Mic is back!
Calling all novelists, fiction writers, memoirists, poets, spoken word artists, songwriters, etc! Your writing deserves to be shared. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to enjoy sharing and hearing original works (5 min max). For more information, email Lise: LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca
Accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Readers’ Open Mic – Ghosts & Ancestors Edition

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Here’s your chance to read aloud for all to enjoy (4 minutes max), every third Wednesday of the month. You’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the monthly theme.
October’s (optional) theme is “Ancestors & Ghosts.” Read or perform a poem, story, essay, or song – your own work, or anyone else’s. (4 min max)
Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. For more information, email Lise LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register.
Also accessible live on Zoom on the Library’s website.

Speak, Memory: The Role of Memory in Reading and Writing

With authors Bonnie Sherr Klein, Marion Crook, & Claire Finlayson

A panel of local authors Bonnie Sherr Klein (Slow Dance: A Story of Stroke, Love and Disability, and Beep, Beep, Bubbie), Marion Crook (Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin) and Claire Finlayson (Dispatches from Ray’s Planet: A Journey through Autism) will present short readings from their books, three of which were reviewed by the Vancouver Sun’s Tom Sandborn — a special guest. All of their books draw on memory and exemplify different ways of relating to lived experience. Then join a discussion of the books’ themes, the current popularity of memoirs, and the alchemical work of the writer turning raw memory into literature.
Free but space is limited; contact the Library to register. Also live on Zoom.

Book Club: Tree Thieves

Tree Thieves: Crime & Survival in North America’s Woods
by Lyndsie Bourgon
Come discuss this engaging book by BC author Lyndsie Bourgon, who will join us on Zoom for Q&A. Ask at the Library Checkout Desk for a special book club copy. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. In-person and live via Zoom here. Presented with support from the Sunshine Coast Community Forest.

Literary Reading Series: Theresa Kishkan

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, under the guidance of a Literary Reading Committee, sponsors a series of readings each year. Authors make a selection to read from their texts, followed by a discussion with the audience. This will be held in person at the Arts Centre, entrance by donation.

Theresa Kishkan is a poet, novelist, and essayist and writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada whose most recent work, Blue Portugal, was published by University of Alberta Press this past spring. Kishkan describes herself as a “sloppy quilter” and growing vegetables and flowers “happily, if carelessly.” But when it comes to her writing, these descriptions do not apply. Her use of words is precise, intentional, and meditative.

Literary Reading Series: Hiromi Goto

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, under the guidance of a Literary Reading Committee, sponsors a series of readings each year. Authors make a selection to read from their texts, followed by a discussion with the audience. This will be held in person at the Arts Centre, entrance by donation.

Hiromi Goto is an emigrant from Japan who gratefully resides in Lekwungen Territory. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book, Canada and Caribbean Region, and was the co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Hiromi’s most recent book, Shadow Life (2021) with artist Ann Xu and published by First Second Books, is her first graphic novel. She is currently at work trying to decolonize her relationship to writing and the land.

Literary Reading Series: Daniel Francis

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, under the guidance of a Literary Reading Committee, sponsors a series of readings each year. Authors make a selection to read from their texts, followed by a discussion with the audience. This will be held in person at the Arts Centre, entrance by donation.

Daniel Francis has written over thirty books, primarily about Canadian, British Columbian and Vancouver history. He has received an Award of Merit from the Vancouver Historical Society for significant contributions to the history of Vancouver and British Columbia, as well as the prestigious Pierre Berton Award—the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media—honouring achievement in bringing Canadian history to a wider audience. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.

Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society September Meeting

Join us for our first AGM followed by a reading by Marion McKinnon Crook, who will read from “Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin”, that won the Lieutenant-Governor’s Community History Award, about her experiences as a nurse on wheels. She is a nurse and an educator. She holds a nursing degree, a master’s in liberal studies, and a PhD in education. She is the author of seventeen books, including nonfiction and mystery books for adults and books for youth and juveniles, and Emma Dakin, under which she writes cozy mysteries.

SCWES is pleased to acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada in sponsoring Marion Crook. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

1st Annual Art & Words Festival

Aug 11-14. Sunshine Coast writers and artists were paired together at random to create paintings, film, sculpture, and literature. Join us at Mission Point House, Davis Bay, August 11-14 at our free festival (donations gratefully received).
Opening Ceremonies
Thursday, August 11
2 pm – 4:00 pm
Chief Calvin Craigan, Welcome Song
Annie Frazier Henry , filmmaker and author
Marion McKinnon Crook, best-selling, award-winning author of “Always Pack a Candle”
Isabella Mori & Gigi Hoeller
Atma Frans & Greta Guzek
Elspeth Richmond & Allan O’Meara
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Vallees
4:30 pm – 6 pm
Rosa Reid & Micah Reid
Robin Lamarche & Marilyn Sadik
Barb Dann, Maggie Guzzi & Gordon Halloran

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