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Writers’ Open Mic

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. Zoom link on our website.

Art & Words

Sunshine Coast Artists and Authors paired together at random trusted the process and collaborated to create an exhibition of original works of literary and visual art that are integral to each other.

There will be a silent auction of art and books to raise funds for the event and next year’s event

Author Reading & Workshop: Janis Harper

Jonas and the Mountain: a Metaphysical Love Story:” An eastern mystic, a western psychic, and a broken man who falls in love with them both at a holy mountain in India. More than an unusual love story, Jonas is a quest for the deepest truth, an excursion into the nature of reality. After her reading, Janis will offer an (optional) creative exercise based on her book.
A Nanaimo-based writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former adjunct English professor turned expressive arts therapist, Janis’ passions for the arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her novel.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live via 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.
To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, May’s theme is “Asia in the Old & New Worlds.” Read or perform your favourite passage or poem by any writer of any Asian heritage, or about any Asian culture.

Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register 604.886.2130 or gdplinfo@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

Author Reading: Nadia Serry

Local author Nadia Serry reads from her new book, Contemplations into Awareness, which follows her memoir, Learning to Trust in Safaga, in her series Reflections of a Wondering Mystic. Her latest book explores creating connections with our natural world to gain wisdom and inner strength.
Nadia Serry has worked in teaching, counselling, wellness, and diversity facilitation. She comes from a Sufi lineage, and has practiced Sufism for over 20 years. She brings mindfulness and contemplation into aspects of our daily life.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Ruth Rodgers New Book Launch: Those Who Return

This story takes place in the same time frame and has similar themes to the first two books (Those Who Wander 2019, Those Who Stay 2020) but is a stand-alone novel. It tells a multi-generational tale of Japanese Canadians who suffered through internment during WWII, and the resilience and grit that helped them survive and thrive despite these hardships.

Megan Cole – Reading

Megan Cole, is a Powell River writer, and a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. She began writing when her high school’s short-lived newspaper published her feminist opinion pieces. As a journalist Megan has worked for community newspapers, CBC Radio, and Canadian Press. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Puritan, Invisiblog, untethered, Hungry Zine, Chatelaine, and is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead. Megan is working on her first creative nonfiction book on intimate partner violence, pop culture, and love. When Megan isn’t writing, reading, knitting, or cooking, she’s working as the director of programming and communications for the BC and Yukon Book Prize.
(https://megancolewriter.com)

General Fiction Book Club on Zoom

We will be discussing All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. New members welcome.  To register, please drop by the library or call (604)885-3260.

Literary Series: Michael Christie

The SCAC is pleased to have author Michael Christie share online readings of his work including his most recent novel “Greenwood”.

Michael Christie reads from “Greenwood”. A National Bestseller, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. Structurally based upon the nested growth rings of a tree, Greenwood tells the intertwining story of four generations of one family from the 1930’s through to 2038. Each individual tied to the rest through their connection to wood, to the forest. It is a novel that speaks to the environmental concerns of our time through the lives and loves and finally the mystery at the heart of one family.

Author Reading: Yin Xzi Ho (何吟曦)

Home is Here: A Memoir

“Home is Here” is a beautifully poetic memoir rooted in feminist and human geography, and cultural anthropology and sociology. Born in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yin Xzi grew up in China, traveled in Myanmar and Australia, and studied in Bhutan and Squamish, BC, where she now lives. At Quest University, she studied how we navigate and express a sense of belonging, from stationary and transient perspectives. Recently she was a panelist for the Sea-to-Sky Building Inclusive Communities discussions.

In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register 604.886.2130 or gdplinfo@gibsons.bclibrary.ca. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website gibsons.bc.libraries.coop.

Author Performance: Earle Peach & Barbara Jackson

Join us for a special live performance with Vancouver musician, composer, and activist Earle Peach and his partner Barbara Jackson.
Earle and Barbara (known as the musical duo Songtree) will read and sing selections from his new book, Questions to the Moon: Songs and Stories, describing how music drives his social and environmental activism, and his deep belief that “everyone has the right to create beauty.”
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. 604-886-2130. Per public health orders, masks are required for everyone ages 5 + everyone in the library. Proof of vaccination is required for ages 12+ to attend this library program. Also accessible live via Zoom from the library’s website.

Travel Writing with Barb Rees & Elizabeth Rains

Panelists Elizabeth Rains, author, journalist, and Simon Fraser University Editing Instructor and from Gibsons will give you pro guidance for travel writing. Barb Rees, Metis, author from Powell River, will read excerpts from her 9 books on traveling through Canada in an RV and how to write travel books and articles, like-VRCanada On A Dime And A Dream” (2003) .
– “RV Canada With Boo The Menopausal Van (2007).
– “RV Canada’s Far North On A Dream (2009).
– RV Canada and the Polar Bear Dream (2011).

Literary Series: Amanda Leduc

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is pleased to have author Amanda Leduc share online readings of her work March 19th @ 7PM via Zoom.

“In the beginning a horse fell in love with a woman”. So begins “The Centaur’s Wife”, Amanda Leduc’s fable about centaurs, humans and the end of civilization. A companion work, “Disfigured”, both research and memoir, studies the role assigned to disabled persons in old fairy stories and still, sadly, today.

Amanda has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Disabled herself, Amanda is an ardent advocate for the disabled.

Author Reading: Vickie Jensen, “Deep, Dark, and Dangerous”

“Deep, Dark and Dangerous: The Story of British Columbia’s World-Class Undersea Tech Industry”
Maritime historian Vickie Jensen explores the fascinating story of BC’s rise to become a world leader in the underwater tech industry, tracing our colourful history and bright future in submarines, submersibles, Newtsuits, underwater robotics, Arctic sonar and other cutting-edge undersea technologies.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Per public health orders, masks are required for ages 5 + in the library. Proof of vaccination is required for ages 12+ to attend this library program. Also accessible live via Zoom from the library’s website.

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