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Galiano boasts some of B.C.’s best

September 16th, 2022

Humphreys, C.C. headshot credit Ron Gilbert

C.C. Humphreys


The SIXTH ANNUAL Galiano Literary Festival, to be held February 20 to 22 2015 offers booklovers a unique opportunity to hear and get to know on a personal level, some of B.C.s and Canada’s most notable and talked-about writers in a program featuring a unique blend of readings, workshops, panels and informal get-togethers, all in the beautiful surroundings of Galiano Island’s Galiano Oceanfront Inn.

The Festival is preceded on Friday, February 20 by workshops on fiction writing and poetry by authors Audrey Thomas, Bill Gaston and Kate Braid, Sandra Djwa and Marilyn Biderman.  That evening the Festival kicks off with a welcome reception giving booklovers a chance to rub elbows with the festival’s authors in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday opens with two panel sessions.  The first features authors whose works aim at raising our awareness and educating us about environmental concerns.  The second provides a unique glimpse of the early contacts between First Nations people and Europeans in the Gulf Islands and Vancouver as seen through the eyes of their descendants in art and words.

The rest of Saturday and Sunday are devoted to a blend of readings and times for informal conversations with the over 25 authors participating in this year’s Festival including George Bowering, Spider Robinson, Elizabeth May, John Valliant, Bill Gaston, Michael Christie, Ian McAllister, Arno Kopecky, and Chris Czajkowski.

Saturday night’s Authors’ dinner will feature a talk by C.C. Humphreys, co-hosted by the Galiano Literary Festival and Bard on the Beach.  Chris will be talking about the process of turning his book, Shakespeare’s Rebel into a stage play which will have it’s world premiere this summer at Bard on the Beach.  His comments are certain to prove fascinating to lovers of the book and stage alike.

The Festival is held at the beautiful Galiano Oceanfront Inn (www.galianoinn.com), a world-class resort just steps from the Galiano Ferry Terminal and right next door to Galiano Island Books.  The Inn also offers nearby areas for lovers of the seashore and the forest alike to explore and enjoy.  The island also features numerous other lodgings for Festival participants, which can be accessed at the Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.galianoisland.com.  The Festival’s website (www.galianoliteraryfestival.com) contains author biographies, the Festival schedule, ticket prices and other useful information which is updated regularly.  For more information or if you have any questions e-mail us at leetrentadue@gmail.com or telephone Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340.  Festival tickets can be purchased by calling the bookstore 1-250-539-3340.  Advance registration is recommended, particularly for the Saturday Authors’ Dinner.

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