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Literary Reading Series: Raoul Fernandes

The SCAC Fall 2020 Literary Series begins with online readings in September.

Raoul’s poems are based in everyday reality, the things we touch and observe, but the poems raise them to a new realm of awareness, of intimacy and empathy. Objects and events are filled with mystery. Thus, a bunch of old walkmans becomes the vehicle that lifts him to “something approaching grace”. Everything, in this world, has a message if we are ready to receive it. In the title poem the delivery of a pizza is transformed into an intimate moment of understanding between strangers. As Raoul has said: “I write a poem to see how things look ‘poemed”; and the world looks a lot better, more alive and human than it did before, even in the midst of Covid.

Off the Page play reading

presents Wife Insurance by local playwright David Copelin and Cat Delaney. Featuring Wanda Nowicki, Janet Hodgkinson and TBAAdmission by donation.

NOTE: limited seating of 47 in bubbles of 2 or 3 people, MASKS MANDATORY and strict physical distancing rules in place.

Literary Reading Series: Nilofar Shidmehr

Th SCAC Fall 2020 Literary Series continues with online reading with Nilofar Shidmehr.

Nilofar Shidmehr is author of short fiction and poetry. Divided Loyalties was a finalist for the BC Book Prize.

Iranian-born Nilofar Shidmehr is the author of two collections of short fiction and four books of poetry in English and Persian. Her novella in verse, Shirin and Salt Man, was a finalist for the BC Book-Prize. Divided Loyalties, Nilofar’s most recent publication is a collection of short stories described by The tEmz Review as reflecting “decades of Iranian women’s experiences, spanning from 1978 – through and beyond the 1979 revolution – to 2008. These nine stories highlight aspects of women’s lives which are often overlooked…” subverting “traditional expectations in both small and large ways”.

Open Mic – Gibsons & District Public Library

The Gibsons & District Public Library is hosting an Open Mic night on Zoom on the first Wednesday of every month.  Sign in to listen to people share their original material. Even better, share your own material. It can be prose, poetry, spoken word, a song, a rap… any original material that is no longer than 5 minutes. Email to reserve your spot. stalbot@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

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Open Mic – Gibsons & District Public Library

The Gibsons & District Public Library is hosting an Open Mic night on Zoom on the first Wednesday of every month. Join us  7–8pm to listen to people share their original material. Even better, share your own material. It can be prose, poetry, spoken word, a song, a rap… any original material that is no longer than 5 minutes. Email us to reserve your spot. stalbot@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

Join Zoom Meeting
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Gibsons Library Book Club

This month for our General Book Club, we are reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Join us for our online book club meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, June 10th, 6-7pm. And if you can’t make it (or can’t wait for the meeting) we are also hosting a companion book club on Slack. Contact Sam Talbot, our Community Outreach Coordinator, to arrange a book pick up time and to get the Zoom and/or Slack links. stalbot@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

Queer Book Club now online

This month for our Queer Book Club, we are reading I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom. Join us for our online book club meeting via Zoom on Saturday, June 6th, 11am-noon. The Queer Book Club is for everyone (even the straight ones), so don’t be shy to join. And if you can’t make it (or can’t wait for the meeting) we are also hosting a companion book club on Slack. Contact Sam Talbot, our Community Outreach Coordinator, to arrange a book pick up time and to get the Zoom and/or Slack links. stalbot@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

Reading Series: Alicia Elliott – CANCELLED

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 North America.

Admission by donation.

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

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.

Off the Page play reading

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 a thin skin. Admission by donation.

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