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Spring reading event

June 05th, 2023

As part of its year-round programming, the Whistler Writers Festival is holding its spring event on June 15, which combines storytellers and musicians.

Stories & Music: Reflections on Wellness, Balance and Saving Lives will be held at the Whistler Public Library. An array of storytellers will entertain book lovers (four authors are set to read) and the Sea to Sky Orchestra will be performing at the event as well.

Tickets are on sale now. Plus, all four books from the featured authors will be presented to one lucky ticket holder at the event.

“Our spring event is designed to get you thinking about balance and wellness, and what that means to each of us individually,” said Rebecca Wood Barrett, festival director. “And of course, because we are having this event in Whistler, we had to incorporate books filled with adventure and take some time to consider the perils, along with the wonder, of the great outdoors.”

CBC Radio journalist Gregor Craigie (above right) shares his funny new novel Radio Jetlag (Cormorant Books, 2023), which is sure to have everyone thinking about work-life balance. Craigie hosts CBC Radio One’s On the Island from Victoria BC, and his non-fiction book, On Borrowed Time, was a finalist for the inaugural Writers’ Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.

Squamish writer and ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph, author of Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness (Wellfleet Press, 2023) discusses how to build relationships with the plant life all around us. Joseph is a researcher and entrepreneur from the Squamish First Nation, and she is the co-director and subject of the documentary Walking with Plants, which was nominated for three Leo Awards.

Lisa Duncan

Debut author Lisa Duncan (at left), writer of the memoir Chasing Africa: Fear Won’t Find Me Here (RMB, 2022) tells the story of her extraordinary solo adventure across the wild landscapes of Africa while navigating family crises and illness. She has travelled all over the world following outdoor pursuits and her love of nature. Duncan has an MA in environmental education and communication, and can be found hiking, running, and biking in Squamish.

Cathalynn Labonte-Smith

Sunshine Coast writer Cathalynn Labonté-Smith’s (at right) non-fiction book Rescue Me: Behind the Scenes of Search and Rescue (Caitlin, 2022) reveals real-life stories of the volunteers who rescue the injured and find those who are lost. Labonté-Smith has a BFA in creative writing, and a bachelor of education from UBC. She works as a journalist, and has taught English, journalism, and more to high school students.


Stories & Music: Reflections on Wellness, Balance, and Saving Lives is Thursday, June 15 at the Whistler Public Library. Doors open at 7 p.m., event starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available now online.

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