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Fall festival will celebrate readers and writers

2017 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival

The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival will be held September 22 - 24 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C. The festival will celebrate readers and writers and the books that bring them together.

Literary festivals are fun, creative, and inspiring, and acknowledge the beauty and power of the written word. Books are usually written and enjoyed in solitude. However, at the festival we’ll celebrate together,” says Janet Daines, festival president. “We’ll listen to readings, discussions, and ideas; and we’ll have the opportunity to share our own ideas as we interact with the authors and with one another.”

Festival attendees can look forward to an outstanding line-up of noted Canadian authors, including:

  • Multi-talented Gary Barwin, from Hamilton, has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humour (to be announced in June) for his bestseller Yiddish for Pirates. He was also recognized as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

  • Guy Vanderhaeghe, well-known and celebrated for his historical novels, has recently turned his attention to short fiction (Daddy Lenin and Other Stories).

  • Former politician Pat Carney charms with her insights into small-island life in her book On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers. 

  • Victoria’s Yasuko Thanh’s latest book, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, won the 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

  • Jan Zwicky, from Quadra Island, has published 20 books of poetry and prose. Her many honors include the Governor General’s Award and the BC Book Prize.

  • Victoria’s Jack Knox declares himself an award-losing columnist. He is the author of 2016’s Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, a humorous look at life on Vancouver Island.

*More information about all participating authors at www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

The festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 22 with an evening of “Wine, Words and Music” including short readings and informal conversation with authors Gary Barwin, M.A.C. Farrant, Katherine Govier, Kevin Patterson and Jack Knox. Saturday features a full day of author readings as well as half-day workshops conducted by Robert Wiersema and Charlotte Gill. A lively panel discussion will cap off the day. The festival concludes Sunday morning with the popular “Breakfast with the Authors,” where authors and festival-goers sit together, and authors read excerpts from their works.

A major contributor to the festival is Tanner’s Books in Sidney, who co-sponsored numerous, well-attended author readings leading up to the festival. As well, Sidney’s Star Cinema will host a fund-raising movie, “A Quiet Passion,” on June 12.

Tickets for the literary festival are available on-line through the website (see below) or at Tanner’s Books in Sidney. An early bird special, from May 13 to August 2, will result in substantial savings. All events will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Expect to be entertained, inspired and surprised – and to come away reflecting deeply on what you’ve experienced,” says Daines.

Website (tickets, bios & photos): www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca






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