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Live author events at Whistler

June 18th, 2021

The Whistler Writing Society will be hosting three July events for the Summer Comeback Reading Series — a precursor to the 20th anniversary of the October Whistler Writers Festival.

“We’re thrilled to be able to hold in-person events this summer,” said Stella Harvey (right), the festival’s artistic director. “Being able to connect readers and authors, in person, is a joy that we’ve missed, but by offering hybrid events going forward, everyone can stay connected and participate.”

Joshua Whitehead. Photo by Tenille Campbell.

The summer series kicks off with Let’s Celebrate B.C. Authors, a hybrid in person/live broadcast reading event at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Thursday, July 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Featured B.C. writers are Joshua Whitehead (Jonny Appleseed), Katherine Fawcett (The Swan Suit), Sara Leach (Duck Days), Mary MacDonald (The Crooked Thing) and moderator Leslie Anthony. The event also features winning authors from the Summer Comeback Storytelling Contest. Tickets are $10 for Zoom, and $15 in-person. Appetizers, a cash bar and book sales will follow the in-person event.

Whistler’s Rebecca Wood Barrett debuts her middle-grade book My Best Friend is Extinct at A Backyard Book Bash Saturday, July 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to join the celebration at the Florence Petersen Park at the Whistler Public Library, or join online via Zoom. Tickets are free for this event. Enjoy a short reading, origami, cookies and lemonade by Purebread. Books will be for sale, or bring a copy to get signed. RSVP online for in-person or Zoom tickets.

Francesca Ekwuyasi. Photo by Mo Phung.

That evening, authors will be reading and having a Q&A during A Mighty Balance: Weighing Action and Words, at a Zoom event from 6 to 7 p.m. The event features Angie Abdou (This One Wild Life), Hassan Al Kontar (Man at the Airport: How Social Media Saved My Life), Francesca Ekwuyasi (Butter Honey Pig Bread), Bruce Kirkby (Blue Sky Kingdom: A Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya), and Nisha Patel (Coconut). Finding balance — and what happens when you can’t — will be the evening’s discussion topic. Tickets are $10.

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