The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, will sponsor a Spring Series of author readings in 2018. 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.

Ted Chamberlin
Saturday, October 13,  8:00 pm

Ted Chamberlin’s latest book, The Banker and the Blackfoot, is a family memoir, but it is also much more. With his usual insight and wide-ranging research, Ted expands the memoir into a new vision of the early history of southern Alberta. At the same time, it becomes a very necessary addition to the ongoing debate about the collision of First Nations people with the settler society. Working from the friendship between his grandfather and the Blood chief Crop Eared Wolf, he raises the possibility of finding common ground for understanding and respect between peoples. Into a debate too often dominated by recrimination and shame, he introduces a voice of hope.

Ted Chamberlin is well qualified to speak on this subject by his experiences on the Berger Commission and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and as an international consultant on Aboriginal land claims in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Africa. He lives in Halfmoon Bay with his wife, the celebrated Jamaican poet, Lorna Goodison.

Ted will read at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre at 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 13th. Admission is by donation, courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.

John Pass
Saturday, November 3, 8:00 pm

John Pass, the unofficial “Poet Laureate” of the Sunshine Coast, will have a new book entitled This Was the River coming out in the spring, and he promises a preview of it when he reads at the Arts Centre on November 3rd. John has won national acclaim, his many awards including the Governor General’s for Stumbling in the Bloom (2006) and the Dorothy Livesay Award for Crawlspace (2012). At the same time, we know that John is thoroughly a part of this place. He and his wife, the writer Theresa Kishkan, settled on the Coast in 1981, built their own home overlooking Sakinaw Lake, raised a family, and worked, taught, and participated in the community for the past 37 years. As the title of the new book suggests, the local natural environment is a powerful presence in John’s work, in both the immediate vividness and the intellectual reach of his poetry.

John will read at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre at 8 pm, Saturday, November 3rd. Admission is by donations courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.