2018 Galiano Island Literary Festival Brochure

It’s been nine years since we first had the idea of having a literary festival on Galiano Island for those who wanted to escape the throes of Olympic Fever in Vancouver, and what wonderful years they’ve been.


This year we are delighted to welcome back many authors who have been with us in years past including George Bowering, Charlie Demers, Theresa Kishkan, Tim Taylor and Audrey Thomas to name a few.We are also delighted to welcome many rising stars in the B.C. writing community including David Chariandy, Gurjinder Basran, Michael Harris, Ashley Little, and Leesa Dean, and to welcome many well established Canadian writers including Wayne Johnston, Michael Redhill, Kyo Maclear, and Jennifer Robson. Continue reading

2017 Workshops @ Galiano Literary Festival

Galiano Literary Festival 2015 - Photo by Kris Krug

This year, there will be four workshops on Friday, February 17th. Entering Poetry by Sandy Martin, Memoirabilia by Miji Campbell, Flash Fiction by Audrey Thomas, and Write Your Memoir by Bill Schermbrucker. Details including schedule and cost for each workshop below.  Space is very limited. To register pls contact us:  (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.

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It has begun!


Feb 19, 20 & 21st

The festival is in full swing as of this afternoon with our 3 intimate and informative workshops kicking off what is to be an exciting 7th year!

There are tickets still available to the author readings and only select few available for the always entertaining Authors Dinner on Saturday evening.

We are all set up at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn with all of our authors books for sale and are ready for an awesome weekend!!

Happy Litfest!


Only 1 more day!



Only one more day until the 7th Annual Galiano Literary Festival kicks off!

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Contact Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340!

Tickets are selling fast and this year is shaping up to be yet another exciting and successful festival filled with fabulous authors, informative workshops and a great way to spend a weekend away on beautiful Galiano Island!!



So many authors, so much time!

Still deciding on which authors you’d like to hear from and see at this year’s festival?

Let the organizers of the Literary Festival help guide you in the right direction!

Here are some useful references and fantastic reviews of some of our authors latest work…

Aislinn Hunter – “The World Before Us”  (2014) – The Guardian Review


New York Times Book Review


Billie Livingston – “The Crooked Heart of Mercy” (2015) – The Globe and Mail Review


Kim Trainor – “Karyotype” (2015)Open Book Recommends


Maggie de Vries – “Rabbit Ears” (2014) – Quill and Quire Review


Christine Lowther – “Born Out of This” (2014) – The Malahat Review


Charles Demers – “The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things” (2015) – The Globe and Mail Review


Congratulations to John Pass!

Congratulations are in order for our 2016 festival author, John Pass!


John has received the prestigious 2016 Open Season Award in Poetry!

Read the full release on The Malahat Review’s website here


John will be participating in a poetry reading at this year’s festival on Sunday Feb 21st at 10:45am and will be joined by his partner Theresa Kishkan.

Tickets to his reading are $25.00 and will be sure to sell quickly after this wonderful announcement!

Contact Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340 to purchase your ticket!


Of John Pass‘ winning poem, “Margined Burying Beetle,” judge Russell Thornton says: [The poem] presents a questing biocentric poetic awareness, an intense elegiac tone, and a portrayal in which a creature conventionally conferred little status appears as a potent agent of the creation, ‘a writer of a future’ offering sacred illumination to a shamanistic speaker who witnesses it ‘wondrously / shifting!’ on ‘plush moss’. The play of language in the piece is open and exploratory and at the same time taut, controlled; the poet here utters quick, quirky changes and rich phrases. There is the ‘crabapple / small and scabby of late but in the spring / a clustered mass of port-wine glory above / wild iris.’ There is the beetle of the title, ‘sinuous / wriggler chevroned orange on black’ that ‘nudged / the resurrection’ [the speaker’s] way in sunlight…’ In all its aspects, including complexity of theme, depth of feeling, imaginative movement, and deft lyrical execution, this poem is a marvellous success.