Food for thought at Whistler Fest
August 06th, 2014
Since 2001, the Whistler Writers Festival has been promoting literary arts in Whistler and the Sea to Sky highway corridor. The festival draws world-renowned writers and local authors to Whistler for a three-day event featuring workshops, panel discussions and readings.
One of the more unorthodox events in October will be ‘Tasting the Divine: Cooks with Books’, which includes a Chefs’ reception, book signing and appetizer samples from Shelley Adams (Whitewater Cooks), Lisa Ahier (SoBo) and Eric Arrouz (A Gourmand in Training). Adams’ latest cookbook, Whitewater Cooks with Passion (Alicon Holdings/Sandhill), continues to share ambience, flavours, ingredients, conversation, wine, laughter and recipes. Sandhill distributor Nancy Wise predicts it will be her bestselling title given the success of Adams’ previous three titles.
This year notable local authors will include Audrey Thomas, a three-time winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her latest novel, Local Customs;, is set in colonial Africa, derived from her time there when she was newly married. It is easily one of her most engaging works, re-imagining the life of a British authoress who marries the administrator of a British slave station, then dies under mysterious circumstances.
Also featured will be Grant Lawrence, author of the bestselling Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and The Lonely End of the Rink, both of which received B.C. Book Prizes.
The Whistler Writers Festival has a mission to spotlight fresh talent and will showcase writers Kathryn Para, winner of the 2013 Mother Tongue Publishing’s ‘Search for the Great BC Novel Contest’; and environmental journalist Arno Kopecky who penned the literary travelogue The Oil Man and the Sea. Other local authors to be discovered are award-winning children’s writer Sara Leach, author of Count Me In and Warm Up; and Whistler-based writer and psychologist Nancy Routley, author of Ditch the Diet: It’s Not about the Food.
CBC personality Bill Richardson will engage Joseph Boyden in conversation about his most recent novel The Orenda, winner of the Canada Reads competition and nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
CBC’s Mark Forsythe, a regular contributor to BC BookWorld, will connect with author, actor, playwright, and broadcaster Ann-Marie MacDonald, writer of international bestsellers Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies. She will be reading from her new novel, Adult Onset.
The events are slated to occur from October 17-19.
For more information visit whistlerwritersfest.com.