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
See our Galiano Island Literary Festival list of authors for 2018 and REGISTER NOW by calling Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340!
Come meet and listen to your favourite authors in a beautiful, intimate, and informal setting! Continue reading
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more Information , purchasing tickets, or any other questions please contact the Galiano Island Bookstore at 250-539-3340 or email email@example.com
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 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.
Here is the 2016 Program – tickets are selling quickly so book now!!
Click here for Festival Program