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Harrison Fest gets literary, too

June 22nd, 2017

UFV’s Literary Café at the Harrison Festival of Arts offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with four of the West Coast featured in the newly-released collection, The Summer Book, published by Mother Tongue Press — Grant Lawrence, Chelene Knight, Trevor Carolan (pictured at right) and Bren Simmers. UFV alumna and Raspberry Magazine editor Katie Stobbart will host the event with music from Tim Readman and Jennie Bice.

Literary Café is sponsored by UFV’s Department of Continuing Education and the Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship.

Monday, July 10 at 8:30 pm
Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall
290 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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Grant Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, and singer. He will read from The Summer Book and from his second new work, Dirty Windshields — a long-awaited memoir that bares all of the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer in the Vancouver-based rock band, The Smugglers.

Grant Lawrence

Chelene Knight, editor of Room magazine

Bren Simmers

Chelene Knight is a Vancouver-born writer and poet who has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her first book, Braided Skin (2015) has given birth to numerous writing projects. She is currently working with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee on a novel (Junie) set in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighborhood during the 1930s.

Trevor Carolan began writing at 17 and hasn’t stopped since. He has published 20 books of poetry, non-fiction, fiction, translations, and anthologies, as well as scores of articles and interviews. His work has appeared in five languages and includes Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock, a memoir of his studies with the late-American writer and activist. He has taught English and Creative Writing at UFV since 2001.

Bren Simmers is the author of two books of poetry, Night Gears (2010) and Hastings-Sunrise (2015), which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. She has won the ARC Poem of the Year Award and is currently the 2016-2017 Writer in Residence at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs.


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