Festival Launch! » Worlds Through Words

Thursday, Mar 31 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Surf Lodge

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The work of these four diverse and extraordinary writers will ἀll your soul. Round out the evening with beautiful music, a stunning ocean sunset, and a delicious meal. It’s our annual extravagant literary night—don’t miss out!

William Deverell—lawyer, environmentalist, civil rights activist, “one of Canada’s best and funniest mystery writers” (Ottawa Citizen)—is founder and honourary director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, and the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the $50,000 Seal Prize, the Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence, and the Arthur Ellis Prize in Crime Writing; his books have been shortlisted twice for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. He lives on Pender Island.  “ … a national treasure.” —Toronto Star  www.deverell.com

Dr. Sonnet L‘Abbé —poet, essayist, public speaker—is author of two poetry collections, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe. L’Abbé was editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2014 and was the 2015 Edna Staebler Writer in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has taught creative writing at University of British Columbia–Okanagan and at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Dr. L’Abbé is a Creative Writing and English instructor at Vancouver Island University.

One of “the most important playwrights working in Canada today” (Toronto Star), Joan MacLeod has received two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards, the Governor General’s Award, and the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. MacLeod’s plays include Amigo’s Blue Guitar, The Hope Slide, Little Sister, The Shape of a Girl, and The Valley. MacLeod teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. www.joanmacleod.com

Gabriolan Jill Talbot studied psychology at Simon Fraser University. Aᴀer sitting through lectures on rat laughter, she realized that she was in the wrong place and became a writer. Talbot’s work was shortlisted for the 2015 Matrix Lit POP Award, and has appeared in sub-Terrain. Western Edge Theatre staged a reading of her play, God in Psych Ward Pajamas in 2015.

Justin Kautz, a musician and performer from Edmonton, is Gabriola’s Artist in Residence. He’ll start off the evening with a musical performance. Don’t miss his STOMP-inspired festival workshop later in the week!

Hosted by Susan Yates, Gabriola’s favourite retired librarian and lover of all things literary.

6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm reading | $30 | Includes dinner | Cash bar | Books will be for sale

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