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January 2020

Songs, Poems, and Tales With Happy Endings!

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gibsons
by donation

Discouraged or even burnt-out by recent bad-news events and coming catastrophes? Here's a way to lighten your mood and everyone else's! Five-minute mic, 7 to 9, at the incomparable Gibsons Public Art Gallery! All ages and levels of performance welcome! Sign up at juncojan@eastlink.ca! "Say it in five while you're still alive!" By donation to this lovely gallery!

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Writing from the Body

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Gibsons Landing, Gibsons
$120

We will practice mindfulness to descend into the body and write from a deep and connected place. Through play, enticing prompts and visual imagery we will discover new doorways into imagination and memory. These techniques enable us to break through creative blocks, bypass the inner critic and retrieve stories held in the body. Each session ends with an opportunity to share your writing or thoughts in the supportive environment of a small group. To register contact spaces2b@gmail.com

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Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Rick Scott

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Roberts Creek Community Hall, Roberts Creek

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is happy to be a part of the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition  with two FREE concerts. Register in advance at share-there.com

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MUSE: Open Mic at the Library

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Gibsons & District Public Library, Gibsons

It's a new year...so anything goes! Share 5 minutes of poetry, prose or song on whatever moves you! Sign up in advance by calling the library at 604.886.2130 or sign up at the event.

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PR – Karen Southern & Ann Nelson present House Histories & Heritage

January 31 @ 4:00 pm | Powell River Library, Powell River
Free

Local historian Karen Southern and series editor Ann Nelson will share stories about the production and present the final volume in this visual history series on the buildings in the Townsite National Historic District.

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February 2020

Writing workshop with Arushi Raina

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Gibsons & District Public Library, Gibsons
Free

For youth ages 12+ "Let's work together to write in voices--familiar, unexpected, and sometimes strange. Let's talk about what it means to be different. Let's reach people with words." ARUSHI RAINA grew up in South Africa and has also lived in India, Egypt, Nigeria, the US, UK, and most recently, in Vancouver Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes is set in apartheid South Africa and explores the lives of four very different teens on the brink of a youth…

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Author Event : The Soweto Youth Uprising in Fact & Fiction, with Arushi Raina

February 1 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Gibsons & District Public Library, Gibsons
Free

At this author talk, “The Soweto Youth Uprising in Fact and Fiction,” novelist Arushi Raina provides glimpses of apartheid South Africa through pictures, fiction and facts, followed by a discussion on how moments in the stories and histories echo with current events in Canada and internationally. ARUSHI RAINA grew up in South Africa and has also lived in India, Egypt, Nigeria, the US, UK, and most recently, in Vancouver Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes is set in apartheid…

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LGBTQ2 Book Club at the Gibsons Public Library

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Gibsons & District Public Library, Gibsons
Free

The LGBTQ2 Book Club discusses The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall, over coffee and muffins. Books are available for borrowing from the Gibsons Public Library (ask at front counter for the book). For more information, contact Andrea Routley at aroutley@gibsons.bclibrary.ca. Please note: This book club is for LGBTQ2 readers and allies to discuss LGBTQ2-authored books from an LGBTQ2 perspective.

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Reading Series: cancelled

February 8 @ 7:30 pm | Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt

Off the Page play reading

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Gibsons Heritage Playhouse, Gibsons

In Lowest Common Denominator by Dave Deveau, Harmony is trying to get back on her feet post-divorce, and ends up on a blissful, booze-filled date with Peter, an insurance salesman. But when she walks in on her seventeen year old son Trevor kissing him it unleashes something powerful and sacred in her. Their three lives are set in motion – perpetually intertwined. Lowest Common Denominator explores the often-controversial world of intergenerational relationships and unleashes the darkness that exists just underneath…

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Black History Month Celebration

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm | Gibsons Public Market, Gibsons
Free

Gibsons' 5th annual Black History Month Celebration! African food tasting and demos, short film screenings from Black Strathcona, launch of "I Am Still Your Negro," by Valerie Mason-John, a talk on "History and Geography of Blackness in BC" with Dr. Handel Wright, Nigerian dance and more! FREE. (Donations for food are gratefully accepted but not required.) Presented by the Black History Month organizing committee and the Gibsons & District Public Library. Generously sponsored by the Gibsons Public Market and TD…

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Sechelt Public Library Association AGM

February 22 @ 10:00 am | Sechelt Public Library, Sechelt

To receive reports on 2019 operations and the election of trustees.

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PR – The Story of Bob Hanf’s Piano Trio

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Powell River Library, Powell River
Free

Arthur Arnold will introduce and play music samples from a never before performed piano trio by Auschwitz victim Bob Hanf to be performed at the PRSIMA Spring Concert, a prelude to the 2020 PRISMA concert repertoire featuring works written by composers in hiding World War Two. For more information call 604.485.4796 Ext. 206.

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Book Launch: Secrets in the Shadows

February 27 @ 7:30 pm | Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gibsons
Free

Local author Heige S. Boehm will be reading and discussing her book Secrets in the Shadows.

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PR – BC Writers Series presents Mark Leiren-Young

February 28 @ 7:00 pm | Powell River Library, Powell River
Free

Mark Leiren-Young is an acclaimed author and Stephen Leacock Memorial Metal for Humour winner of titles including The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, Orcas Everywhere and Free Magic Secrets Revealed: A Memoir.

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New Date – Author Visit: Christina Leist

February 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Sechelt Library, Sechelt
Free

Ages 5-10.  This interactive visit will include stories, imagination and doodling exercises, costumes and drawing requests from the audience. This is a FREE program. Registration is required 604-885-3260.

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March 2020

A Céilí Honoring the Life and Work of John O’Donohue

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Chaster House, Gibsons
$15 – $20

A Céilí is a traditional Irish social gathering... A gathering of friends of the work of John o'Donahue: read poetry, share stories and remember one of the great writers and inspiration of the 20th century. Potluck to follow. Host Michael Stone, who considers John to be a dear friend, spent some wonderful days together in Ireland where they laughed, drank, shared jokes and connected heart to heart, and soul to soul. Michael sponsored John in the US on several occasions…

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An evening with “Dear Evelyn”‘s author Kathy Page – CANCELLED

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt

Literary Readings on the Coast presents Kathy Page, author of eight novels and shorts story collections, including "Dear Evelyn"winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction, about a seventy-year marriage between incompatible partners. The UK Guardian describes it as “a love story, a coming-of-age story, and a brilliantly evocative sketch of Britain in the 20th century.” This literary event is sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. Admission by donation.

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Book Faire

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on March 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on March 8, 2020 at 10:00 am

| Sechelt Public Library, Sechelt

March 6-8. Fri 12 to 5, Sat 10 to 5 and Sun 10 to 3. Up to two boxes of gently used donated books are appreciated (Fri/Sat only).

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PR – Join the climate conversation

March 14 @ 7:00 pm | The Art Centre, Powell River
Free

'Rising Tides' by Catriona Sandilands. Writers and creativity on climate change.

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Truth in a Digital Age: The Hidden Power of Evidence and Archives – POSTPONED

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | sunshine coast museum
Free

Join award-winning author and archivist Laura Millar for a dynamic talk on the  importance of archives in a post-truth world. This will be the official British Columbia launch of  her new book A Matter of Facts, and also the launch of the Museum's new Helen McCall: Coast Photographer exhibit. Admission by Donation.

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PR – Memoir Writing for Seniors

March 25 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Wed Feb 5 - Mar 25
| Powell River Library, Powell River
Free

Wednesdays, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm. Feb 5 - Mar 25. Free. No writing or computer experience necessary. Contact Sandra to register: stonn@prpl.ca or 604.485.4796

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April 2020

Reading Series: Alicia Elliott – CANCELLED

April 4 @ 7:30 pm | Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt

Alicia is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario.  With her essay A Mind Spread Out On The Ground she made her mark as an author, and in 2018 won the ABC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.  In 2019 her first collection of essays, bearing the title of that first essay, appeared and was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award for Nonfiction.  A review describes it as: “A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in…

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Book Faire – CANCELLED

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on April 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

| Sechelt Public Library, Sechelt
Free

April 7-9.  Fri 12 to 5, Sat 10 to 5 and Sun 10 to 3. Up to two boxes of gently used donated books are appreciated (Fri/Sat only).

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