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OPPORTUNITY: Seeking poets for group reading Apr 17

April is National Poetry Month, and this year’s theme is Weather. Wed Apr 17, 6:30-8:00 pm, Gibsons Library will hold a group reading of selected poets, each reading their own weather-related poems for up to five minutes. We invite any Sunshine Coast poet to send us one or two of their weather-related poems, by March 7th. We will let everyone know our selections on Mar 8th. Please email poems to Lise: LKreps@gibsonslibrary.ca. Thank you!

Mission Point House: Frances Peck & Heather Conn Literary Readings

Frances Peck, from the North Shore, will be reading from her new novel, “Uncontrolled Flight”, about. fire-fighting pilot who crashes and burns leaving behind not only sorrow to his widow, but also secrets to unravel. Also, from Roberts Creek, Heather Conn will read from her nonfiction book, No Letter In Your Pocket, which is sponsored by The Writers Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. No charge.

Coffee, tea, and goodies will be served at the social break.

Freedom to Read Open Mic

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Canada’s Freedom To Read Week, you’re invited to come read aloud (for up to 5 minutes) from your favourite book, for adults, teens, or children, that has been banned or challenged in libraries or schools. Or just come enjoy the freedom to listen. Looking for a banned book to read? We have many in the library! Find books for both adults and kids on our Challenged Books list. In-person space is limited: registration is recommended if you wish to read. Contact the Library or register below
Also accessible live on Zoom.

Author Reading: Leslie A. Davidson, Dancing in Small Spaces: One Couple’s Journey with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia

Leslie and her husband Lincoln were enjoying retired life to the fullest as ardent outdoor enthusiasts, travellers, and soon-to-be grandparents. But when Lincoln’s confusion became a concern and Leslie began to experience a hesitant leg and uncontrollable tremors in one arm, a devastating double diagnosis completely changed their life.
“A sad and beautiful story that sparkles with wit, wisdom, and honesty; a primer on courage that insists on a simple but profound truth: love is the domain of the brave.” —Kara Stanley, author of Fallen and Ghost Warning
FREE but space is limited. Registration is recommended. Also available live on Zoom from the Library’s website.

Max Wyman speaks about The Compassionate Imagination

Author, former art critic and arts policy-maker, Max Wyman, will read from his new book, The Compassionate Imagination. How the arts are central to a functioning democracy. He was an arts critic and columnist for The Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio for over 30 years. He is the author of seven books on the arts in Canada. Fundraiser: Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society.

Save a seat by emailing jandegrass@dccnet.com. Please arrive by 5:45 p.m. to claim your seat. Suggested donation of $20 at the door as fundraiser for SCWES.

Opportunity: Call for Artists, Photographers & Authors- 3rd Annual Art & Words Festival

Be a part of the Art & Words Festival 2024, August 22-25, at Gibsons Public Market, where you’ll be paired at random with an artist to create magic works of literature and art.

New this year, on the first day of the festival we will have a book & art fair in the market, where participants can sell their art and books. We’re also accepting proposals for workshops.

Last year about 4,000 people came through the doors and saw the show, which included the awards ceremony of our SCWES Book Awards for BC Authors!

Poetry Reading & Talk: Cathy Stonehouse

Dream House: A Poem

Part Tardis, part townhouse, part Howl’s Moving Castle, Dream House is a long poem in six sections that interrogates what metaphor might hold of personal and social history after a mother’s passing.
“Stonehouse nails what it’s like to bring ghosts who will not rest from one hallucinatory place to the next. This is a deeply affecting collection you will not want to miss.” –Elizabeth Bachinsky, author of The Hottest Summer in Recorded History
Free but in-person space is limited; contact the Library to register or register below. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Author Reading: Maureen Mayhew

Hand on my heart: a Canadian doctor’s awakening in Afghanistan

Join Maureen Mayhew on a voyage to remote corners of Taliban-occupied Afghanistan. Her new memoir examines cultural assumptions around gender, tradition and belief as she reflects on life-changing experiences working as a foreign female in one of the world’s least understood countries.
Maureen Mayhew is a family doctor, a clinical professor at UBC, and a certified leadership coach. She spent a decade supporting Afghans to rebuild their shattered healthcare system, and to improve maternal and child health.
Free but space is limited; contact the Library or register online. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Book Launch & Group Reading: Memoir & More Anthology

This anthology by local authors is a beautiful collection of poetry and prose, writing from life experience, excerpts of childhood memories to summer jobs and everything in between.

Authors include:

Anne Miles
Anne Simonet
Atma Frans
Carol Stewart (In Memoriam)
Del Lobo
Denise Olson
Dennise Dombroski
Maggie Guzzi
Sherryl Latimer

Free but space is limited: contact the Library or register online. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Group Reading: Living with Grief, hosted by David Roche

Grief can be a challenging companion. This fall, a small but brave and mighty group met weekly with facilitator David Roche to write about engaging with their grief, to connect with each other, and to find their own voices. Readers will include Joan Bech, Betty Bronson, Lynn Chapman, Tara Flynn, Brian MacKenzie, Kate McLaughlin, Kenn Quayle, and Audrey Spiller. Come listen as the group’s participants share their heart-felt and moving stories.

Free, open to all, but space is limited: register online. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.
Presented in partnership with Sunshine Coast Hospice Society, with support from the Town of Gibsons.

BC Libraries Present — John Vaillant: Our New Fire Weather

ONLINE ONLY EVENT: REGISTER online to attend this live-streamed event
Fire has changed communities across BC this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future.
John Vaillant’s book Fire Weather has become a de-facto guide on the new dangers posed by these fires supercharged by a warming planet. He’ll discuss his findings on the Fort McMurray fire of 2016, to help us understand what’s at stake for our cities, towns, and ecosystems.

Moderated by Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal.
John Vaillant is the author of three bestselling, award-winning nonfiction books: The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and Fire Weather.

Book Launch: The End Game

Local (Gibsons) author, Charlotte Morganti, is releasing The End Game, the first title in the D.S. Gabrieli Mystery series, which are set in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia and feature part-time bartender/part-time private investigator D.S. Gabrieli. All fans of mystery novels are invited to attend the launch – meet the author, hear about the book, enjoy a short sample of the novel, ask your questions! Door prizes. Swag. Refreshments. Space limited to 50.

Group Reading & Tea: Art & Words

Join us for a special presentation by local artists and authors from this summer’s 2nd Annual Art & Words Festival. Artists and writers paired together to prompt each other’s creativity, resulting in stunning art and accompanying literary works, that were published in the Art & Words Anthology 2021-2023. Selected writers will read from their works. Tea and baked goods from Sandy’s will be served. Free but space is limited. Registration is required. Contact the Gibsons and District Library. For the entire month of September, selected works from the show will be on display at the library.

Group Reading & Tea: Art & Words

Join us for a special presentation by local artists and authors from this summer’s 2nd annual Art & Words Festival. Artists and authors paired together to prompt each other’s creativity, resulting in stunning art and accompanying literary works. These were published in the Art & Words Anthology 2021-23.
Selected writers will read from their works,including: Anne Miles, Paul . Tea and refreshments will be served. Free but space is limited; registration is required. Contact the Library or register on our website’s Event Calendar. For the entire month of September, selected works from Art & Words will be on display in the Library.
This Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant project was funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by
The Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC.

Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society September Meeting

The Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society has an exciting September Meeting lined up after our summer hiatus:
– A brief AGM
– A presentation about the science of aromatherapy based on the book, Scent and Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Scent by Rohanna Goodwin Smith.
– Q&A with Robert Mackwood, Seventh Avenue Literary Agency
– Authors & Artists Photo Day. Time to update your headshot? Book a professional headshot with photographer Michael Gurney

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