The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, will sponsor a Spring Series of author readings in 2017. All events will be held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, in Sechelt at the corner of Medusa and Trail, starting at 8 pm. Doors are open at 7:30 pm, and admission is by donation.
March 11, 2017 — Dennis Cooley
Dennis Cooley has long been a major voice in Prairie literature, not only as a master of the long poem, but also as an award-winning teacher, scholar, editor and co-founder of Turnstone Press. His work explores an unusually broad range of forms and subjects, from the aesthetics of place, to the alphabet, to the history of vampires. Since his retirement three years ago, Cooley’s writing—known for its wit, humour, word play and genre-bending experimentation—has returned an especially rich harvest, with a major Robert Kroetsch study and three volumes of poetry.
March 25, 2017 — Bill Gaston
As early as 1999, the Globe and Mail claimed that Bill Gaston “merits elevation into the leading ranks of Canadian authors.” His novels and short fiction since that time have amply confirmed this judgment. Gaston’s latest novel, The World (winner of the Ethel Wilson Award), where an aging man faces the surprising collapse of his comfortable way of life, is rich in emotion and humour. His previous work has been nominated for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. In 2003 Gaston won the Timothy Findley Award, which honours a writer’s entire body of work. He is currently a professor at the University of Victoria.
April 22, 2017 — Joan Haggerty
Joan Haggerty’s latest novel, The Dancehall Years, was 20 years in the making. It is a compex family saga, epic adventure and interracial drama that stretches from the 1930s to the 1980s. Set largely on Bowen Island (a residential enclave and former holiday destination near West Vancouver ), its characters are deeply affected by WWII and the internment of the Japanese. The Bowen dancehall becomes an emotional landmark for time passing and time remembered. Writer and editor Kerry Clare calls Haggerty “an extraordinary writer” and The Dancehall Years “a perfect summer book, rich and sweeping.” Her previous novels are Please, Miss, Can I Play God?; Daughters of the Moon; and the Governor General’s Award-nominated The Invitation.
May 13, 2017 — Ujjal Dosanjh
Journey After Midnight: India, Canada and the Road Beyond is Ujjal Dosanjh’s first book. It is a personal account—very much a story of immigrant assimilation and experience. The book follows Dosanjh on his odyssey from the Punjab to Canada, and describes not only his own rise to professional and political prominence (as federal minister of health as well as BC premier and attorney general), but also the struggles that have arisen within the Indo-Canadian community in Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun described Journey After Midnight as “a beautifully written memoir.” Dosanjh remains a human rights advocate and activist, and was the first recipient of the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award.