2018 FEATURED AUTHOR: George Bowering

(This is first of Galiano Island Books features on authors attending the 2018 Galiano Literary Festival February 23-25 on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

#LitFest welcomes back Friend of the Festival George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate.

George Bowering at Galiano Island Literary Festival

George Bowering (photo by Kris Krüg)

After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and an MA in history at the University of British Columbia, where he became one of the co-founders of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, and Simon Fraser University, and he continues to act as a Canadian literary ambassador at international conferences and readings.

KK – What have you been getting up to since last years Festival George?

GB – We have moved three times since last year. I broke my femur and spent lots of time in hospitals and discomfort, as the medical folks call it. My endurance in the writing chair has suffered this year, but I did manage the details for two books coming up, poetry early in the spring, and a novel later in the spring. I am now writing something resembling short stories.

KK – Why do you keep coming back?!?

GB – I like the way the Galiano Fest is run. There doesn’t seem to be a star system. There aren’t many people who drop in for their show and then speed elsewhere. The Galiano community gets involved, putting writers in guest rooms, moving chairs when they need moving, making fudge or soap. The book store is a hub of this warm winter place, and Galianofolk know it. I don’t traipse all over the map these days, but I save February for this great long weekend on a Pacific Island. Continue reading

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2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Jim Hoggan – I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

(This is fifth of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

We’re so excited to welcome James Hoggan to the Galiano Literary Festival. Climate and the environment are HOT issues and Jim’s experiences and insights make him a world leader on the topics.

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He has been trained by Al Gore as part of The Climate Reality Project, an initiative designed to educate the public about climate change. He’s also the Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, an executive member of the Urban Development Institute and Future Generations and a Trustee of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Continue reading

2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Charles Demers, The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe)

(This is fourth of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Charlie Demers caught my attention while documenting the dark corners of existence in his hilariously insightful book The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things (2015). Writing books and essays as well as performance and stand-up comedy have made Charles “Canada-famous” including appearances on CBC’s funny show The Debaters. He’s grown a huge online following as well on his Twitter account and personal blog Chuck of the Sea. We’re very excited to welcome him back to Galiano’s #LitFest 2017.

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FEATURED SPONSOR: Galiano Inn & Spa – Conny Nordin

When I count my blessings, I count you twice.” —Irish Proverb

Galiano Inn's Hostess w/ The Mostess Conny Nordin

Thank you so much to Conny Nordin and her husband Mel and the Galiano Inn & Spa for their longterm and steadfast support of the Galiano Island Literary Festival. To say that we couldn’t do it without the love and hard work of Conny and Mel and the Inn is an understatement. In addition to hosting our #LitFest, Conny and the Inn are constantly hosting incredible destination getaways, retreats & weddings. Continue reading

2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Aaron Chapman, The Last Gang in Town – Galiano #LitFest

(This is third of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Vancouver is a quickly changing city, rife with tensions and turmoil that come with progress. Amidst the shifting sands of a city on the rise, Aaron Chapman documents the nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s modern history. Music, art, street culture & nightlife.

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“Aaron Chapman first came to my attention for his Vancouver history columns in the Courier newspaper. Then came his entertaining, thoroughly researched, and well written books on the Penthouse and Commodore nightclubs (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012 and 2014), and his contribution along with myself and others on Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014).

His most recent book on the Clark Park Gang, The Last Gang in Town (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) grew out of his Courier article on youth gangs and firmly established him as a Vancouver historian of note, able to masterfully tackle any slice of the city’s past.” – Lani Russwurm

It’s our pleasure at Galiano Island Books to welcome Mr. Aaron Chapman back to the Galiano Literary Festival. He was with us 2 years ago sharing his work Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015.

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2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Grant Lawrence, Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries

(This is second of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

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Not long after I moved to Galiano Island a friend visited my cabin from Vancouver and left behind a copy of Grant Lawrence‘s first book, Adventures in Solitude. It captivated my curiosity w/ stories of the West Coast back-to-the-land movement and the myriad strange characters that have come to find Desolation Sound (and the Southern Gulf Islands for that matter) home from “the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters.”

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