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.

The Fabulous Authors Dinner!



One of the most popular events at The Galiano Literary Festival is our Saturday evening Authors Dinner. Complete with a red carpet entrance and a chance to get a photo with your favourite author, this event is sure to sell out this year!

The event will take place in the beautiful and scenic dining room at the Galiano Inn and Chef Dean Hillier goes that extra mile and creates gorgeous and delicious dishes. If you are attending the festival, this is a great opportunity to schmooze with our festival authors, the festival organizers and fellow attendees!

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased over the phone at 250-539-3340 or in person at Galiano Island Books at 76 Madrona Drive.



Shaw TV’s – Spotlight

Shaw TV’s Spotlight on

The 2016 Galiano Literary Festival 

Writers, poets and readers come and be inspired at the Galiano Literary Festival Feb.19-21 on Galiano Island. Workshops, wine & cheese & conversations with authors in a beautiful setting on Galiano Island. – ShawTV

go! airs daily on ShawTV Channel 4.

Check out the trailer for more information on how to attend this wonderful festival!

Writing/Righting the Archive…with Linda M. Morra

Dr. Linda M. Morra is a professor at Bishop’s University where she teaches Canadian literature, Canadian and cultural studies, Indigenous literature, women’s writing, feminist theory, theories of globalization, and American literature.

She will be conducting a workshop for those writers who are new to working with and writing (fiction or non-fiction) about archival materials, or who have limited experience doing so.

The workshop will begin by differentiating between private, domestic, personal and institutional archives, and explaining the kinds of negotiations that must take place in relation to using materials from these sources (copyright, and ethical and moral issues). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experiment with specific objects as creative writing prompts and to discuss other sources of inspiration. The workshop will also allow the participant to understand how to incorporate materials—such as letters, documents, photos, and other objects—into a larger project or as a source for an independent project. Dr. Morra will also explain how to develop a narrative that is generated from a point of conflict or of mystery, and issues related to voice, point of view, and narrative shape.

Cost – $80 – This workshop is limited in space so please contact Galiano Island Books to book your seat to this intimate and informative workshop! 250-539-3340

Short-Fiction with Audrey

Acclaimed writer Audrey Thomas will be leading off the 2016 Litfest with her workshop designed around the craft of writing short fiction. It takes place on Friday, February 19th at 1pm.

Audrey Thomas has published 17 previous novels and short story collections. Her novels Intertidal Life and Coming Down from Wa were nominated for Governor General’s Literary Awards and won B.C.’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2003 she won the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Audrey lives right here on beautiful Galiano Island!

Her workshop will be very intimate, with only a select number of seats available!

Cost – $80 – please contact Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340 to book your seat before they sell out!

The Poet’s Workshop

On Friday February 19th, the Literary Festival kicks off with three outstanding authors who will present writing workshops for anyone who is interested in short-fiction, writing archival information and understanding the process of poetry.

The Poetry Workshop will take place on Friday from 1pm – 3pm in an intimate setting with renowned poets Pam Galloway and Susan McCaslin.

To get a sense of what the workshop will reflect on…

Memory’s Journeys – Memoir in Poetry and Prose

Memory is a precious tool to help us tap into story. Exploring the landscapes of the past can lead to rich discoveries of people and places. Where have I been in my life journey so far? Who did I meet along the way and what did I learn? How to access the rich detail in memories will be explored in this workshop presented by two authors who have written memoirs, one in poetry and the other primarily in prose.

Pam Galloway has been writing and publishing poems for about 25 years. Her poems have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies. Her most recent book of poetry is a poetic memoir, Passing Stranger, published Fall 2014 (Inanna Publications, Toronto).

Susan McCaslin is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry. Her most recent volumes of poetry are The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014) and Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011), the latter of which was short-listed for the BC Book Prize and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award in 2012.