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Literary Reading Series: J.B. Mackinnon

Sharing online readings of his most recent work The Day the World Stops Shopping.

J.B. MacKinnon has won numerous awards both as journalist an author. In 2006 he won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. His latest work, The Day the World Stops Shopping, , faces one of the most pressing issues of our time: “We must stop shopping but we can’t stop shopping.”

Register here.

Open Mic Night – Gibsons & District Public Library

Join us every month to listen to people share their original material. If you are interested in presenting your original work (5 min. max) at a future Open Mic Night, or in being an audience member, call the library to register at (604) 886-2130. Very limited space.

As per public health orders: Masks are required for everyone ages 12 and up for all in-library events.

Passes for Virtual Version of Festival of the Written Arts

To be viewed Sep 15 to 30, 2021.  The passes are $30 each and will give you access to all 12 events that took place in the Festival Pavilion this summer. The events will be online for a limited time only: September 15 to 30, 2021. We will send the link to view the events to you before September 15.
Passes available here.

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

July 4 – Aug 15, 2pm and 7pm each day.  While a number of events are sold out, there are still some tickets remaining for purchase. You can find the schedule and list of writers here. If there is a sold out event that you really want to see, please call the office or send an email to summerintern@writersfestival.ca and request to have your name placed on a wait-list. It is possible that a few tickets may become available as time goes on.

Here’s the link for purchasing Festival tickets online. You are also welcome to call the office at 604-885-9631 to check ticket availability and purchase by phone.

PR – LGTBQ+ Memoir Workshop: How to Write the Self, When the Self Is in Flux

Workshop Description (RSVP required!)
LGTBQ+ Memoir Workshop: How to Write the Self, When the Self Is in Flux
Duration: 2 hours (2pm-4pm)
Location: The Art Centre qathet Public Art Gallery
215 – 6975 Alberni Street Powell River, BC, Canada V8A 2B8
andrea bennett will give tips and tricks about how to research and write memoir as a queer person, even if—or especially if—one’s self-conception has changed over the course of one’s life. We’ll begin with a writing exercise, talk about some techniques for researching and writing

PR – What the Plus Opening Speaker Event with Prashant Miranda (intro by Koosen Devin Pielle)

Opening evening Thursday, July 22 – opens at 5:30pm : Prashant Miranda will give an artist talk on his sketchbooks as diaries.

Prashant Miranda grew up in Bangalore, studied at the National Institute of Design, India, and moved to Canada in1999. He designed children’s animated shows for TV in Toronto before moving on to pursue his passions as an artist. He spends time in the coastal rainforests on the west coast of Canada now, where he travels and documents his life through his watercolour journals, animates films, teaches visual art, illustrates children’s books and paints murals.

Online Book Launch – ‘This Fair Land’ by Ruth Rodgers

This  Fair Land departs from the Sunshine Coast series (Those Who Wander and Those Who Stay) but again explores events at the turn of the last century (1890s-1920s) in Canada.

This Fair Land explores a pivotal time in Canadian history, when the country was brought together for the first time by the transcontinental railroad and yet still deeply divided by racial prejudices and ingrained attitudes of class and entitlement.

Email Ruth rodgers.ruth@gmail.com to get the zoom link

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

July 4 – Aug 15. While a number of events are sold out, there are still some tickets remaining for purchase. You can find the schedule and list of writers here. If there is a sold out event that you really want to see, please call the office or send an email to summerintern@writersfestival.ca and request to have your name placed on a wait-list. It is possible that a few tickets may become available as time goes on.

Here’s the link for purchasing Festival tickets online. You are also welcome to call the office at 604-885-9631 to check ticket availability and purchase by phone.

PR – Award Winning Novelist Michael Christie

Michael Christie will be reading from and discussing his bestselling novel Greenwood, an intergenerational saga that centres on one Canadian family and their deep linkage with trees. The novel was longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

For information or to register for this virtual event, email Mark for the weblink: mmerlino@prpl.ca

Literary Reading Series: Tenille Campbell

The SCAC is pleased to have poet Tenille Campbell share online readings from “#IndianLovePoems”

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation, SK. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan.

Register for the reading on zoom here.

Literary Reading Series: Ronald Deibert

Ron Deibert, is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.

Literary Reading Series: Joshua Whitehead

The SCAC Spring 2021 Literary Series begins with online reading with author Joshua Whitehead.

Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of Jonny Appleseed which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and he is the editor of Love After the End: Two-Spirit Utopias and Dystopias.

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