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Brunch with Writers and Readers!

March 19th, 2024

The studio of Writers Radio in Halfmoon Bay is hosting an intimate gathering for brunch followed by readings and discussions with authors Liz Long and Caitlin Hicks, moderated by Gord Halloran, with live music by Gary Sill. The event will be held on May 4, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The readings and discussions will center around the theme of how childhood influences the adults we become, exploring the question “The child I was – would she know me now?” This question is dissected in the works of two very different Sunshine Coast authors with books published in 2023.

Liz Long (at right), author of the self-help guide, Navigating Shitstorms: How to Find Your True Path When Life Gets Rough (Greenleaf Press $18.99) will explore the impact of the inner voices we choose to heed during life’s challenges, emphasizing the crucial choice between succumbing to “Victimtown” or embracing “Freedomville.” Drawing from her own experiences, including enduring over fifty years trapped in Victimtown due to a family member’s unsolved murder in 1968, Liz guides readers through the landscape of destructive thought patterns. She humorously describes Victimtown’s attractions, from the “Guilt & Shame Café” to the “Denial Trails,” illustrating how prolonged stays lead to further distress. However, Long offers hope by advocating for amplifying one’s heart voice, the source of innate wisdom, to navigate towards Freedomville. Liz invites readers to join her in making sense of their experiences and charting a course towards authenticity and fulfillment.

Historical fiction author, Caitlin Hicks will discuss details about her latest book, Kennedy Girl (Brown Posey Press $27.10). The narrative follows the lives of two teenagers, Annie and Lucas, whose lives are irrevocably altered by a series of uncontrollable events in the wake of Robert Kennedy’s assassination in 1968. Annie, a spirited seventeen-year-old, finds herself drawn to Lucas, a talented black singer/dancer, as they both become involved in Kennedy’s campaign. However, their hopeful anticipation of being present at the triumph of Kennedy’s presidential campaign quickly turns to horror when he is assassinated before their eyes. This tragic event sets off a chain reaction, leading Annie to make impulsive decisions, including abandoning her university plans to flee to Canada with Lucas and her brother. Along their hasty road trip up the California coast, Annie confronts her brother’s hidden secrets while grappling with profound issues of justice, privilege, racism and love. As she navigates the tumultuous landscape of late Sixties society, Annie embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to find her voice amidst the chaos and danger of war and social upheaval.

This event serves as a great opportunity to network, enjoy some good food and immerse yourself in the world of literature. The event will be recorded live for future broadcasting purposes.



Date: May 4, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Writers Radio Studio, 7949 Lohn Road Halfmoon Bay, BC V7Z 1C5

Ticket Price: $30.00

Limited seating available. Visit this link to buy tickets and secure your spot for this event!

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