The 2014 (5th Annual) Galiano Literary Festival

These fantastic Authors participated in our 5th Annual Festival:

joelleanthonyJoëlle Anthony is a writer and sometimes-actress who currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony, and two cats, Sophie & Marley. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the American Library Association’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. Her latest release, The Right & the Real is available now, both from Putnam. She also teaches writing workshops to writers of all ages.


Chris Arnett is an author, carver and  fourth generation British Columbian on his mother’s side and a member of the Ngai Tahu, a New Zealand Maori tribe, on his father’s side. With a life-long interest in the pre-history and history of BC and New Zealand, he has researched the archeology of the Stein River Valley for the ‘Nlaka’pamux Nation Development Corporation and has worked for the Sooke Region Museum and Archives on a historical survey of logging on Vancouver Island’s southwest coast, which was published in 1989. Arnett has worked for various native bands as a heritage consultant; he has also taught First Nations studies at Malaspina College.

george boweringGeorge Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan Valley. 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. A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers, Bowering has authored more than eighty books including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and youth fiction. His writing has also been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Romanian. In 2002, Bowering was recognized by the Vancouver Sun as one of the most influential people in British Columbia. His newest book of poetry is “Teeth” from Mansfield Press, 2013.

Thea Bowering webThea Bowering has been published in The Capilano ReviewMatrixDandelionThe Vancouver Sun and Scandinavian Canadian Studies. A native of Vancouver, she now makes her home in Edmonton, Alberta. Her first book, Love at Last Sight, will be released by NeWest Press in Fall 2013.

marilyn boweringMarilyn Bowering has received many awards for her writing (both poetry and fiction) including the Pat Lowther Award, the Dorothy Livesay Prize, the Ethel Wilson Prize and several National Magazine awards.  Her work has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Prize and for significant international awards including the Dublin Impac Award, the Orange Prize, the Sony Award and the Prix Italia. She was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar at New York University and currently teaches at Vancouver Island University. Her most recent books are “Soul Mouth” (poetry) and “What It Takes To Be Human” (novel.). At present she is at work on a new novel. Her opera with the composer Gavin Bryars (‘Marilyn Forever’, about Marilyn Monroe) premiered in September 2013.  Marilyn Bowering lives near Sooke, B.C.

Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi Cavoukian : A renowned singer known by his first name alone, Raffi was a pioneer in quality recordings for kids on his indie label, Troubadour. For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhoods, and they took his signature song, “Baby Beluga,” to heart. These “beluga grads” now share his music with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children’s entertainer in the Western world, and Canada’s all-time children’s champion. Raffi is a music producer, author, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Global 500 Roll and the Order of Canada. He holds three honorary degrees and is a member of the Club of Budapest.

aaron chapmanAaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician. Born and raised in Vancouver, he has been a contributor to the Vancouver Courier, the Georgia Straight, The Tyee and to CBC Radio. In 2013, his first book “Liquor, Lust, and The Law: The Story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub” was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. As regular contributor to the Vancouver Courier with his ‘Backstage Past” column, Chapman’s 2011 cover story “Gangs of Vancouver”  was one of the most widely read that year.  As a speaker about the history of Vancouver after dark, he has presented at such varied forums as Pecha Kucha Night at the Vogue Theatre, at the Museum of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Police Museum. A touring musician for the last two decades, Chapman has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. And as a graduate of the University of British Columbia, he is a also a member of Heritage Vancouver and the Point Roberts Historical Society.

michael christie photoMichael Christie was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He moved to Vancouver immediately following high school to pursue a career in skateboarding. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at Simon Fraser University where he earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. After graduation,  he was also a sponsored skateboarder, travelling extensively, doing demonstrations, and appearing in numerous magazines. He completed his MFA in 2010, and his fiction has appeared in various journals and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. His thesis, a collection of linked short stories entitled The Beggar’s Garden, was published in January 2011 by HarperCollins Canada. He is also a teacher, and has taught undergraduate creative writing at UBC, and along with Dave Ng, he co-founded the Science Creative Literacy Symposia, a series of science and creative writing field trips offered free to Vancouver elementary students. Currently, he is a senior editor of Color Magazine, a skateboard culture publication, and divides his time between Galiano Island, BC, and Thunder Bay, ON. His first novel, If I Fall, If I Die is forthcoming Fall 2014.

BradCranBrad Cran is a writer and social entrepreneur who served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver from April 2009 until October of 2011. Cran published his first book, The Good Life, in 2001 and his most recent book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome), won the City of Vancouver Book Award and has raised over $60,000 for marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is currently finishing his second book of non-fiction The Truth about Ronald Reagan: How Movies Changed the World.


Amber Dawn is a writer from Vancouver, Canada. Author of Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. Until August 2012, she was director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Amber Dawn was 2012 winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers. She currently teaches Speculative Fiction writing at Douglas College.

ddbDina Del Bucchia was born in the Trail Regional Hospital and grew up in the small village of Fruitvale, BC. She spent much of her formative years watching all manner of television and most of her working life has been spent in bookstores, both independent and big box. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She writes a monthly column for Canada Arts Connect magazine, and her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition, Funny Business. She is a literary event coordinator and host, has performed a one-woman show at the 2005 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and has appeared at comedy events around Vancouver. She has taught creative writing to children and teens at the Vancouver Public Library and as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program. Del Bucchia was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Vancouver.

Catherine Greenwood

Catherine Greenwood has held a variety of jobs over the years, from working in a community services thrift store to teaching literary theory in a Chinese university. Her poetry and fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and her poems have won several prizes, including a National Magazine Gold Award.  Her first book, “The Pearl King and Other Poems”, based upon the life of the inventor of the cultured pearl, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book.  At the center of her new collection, “The Lost Letters”, is a sequence of poems inspired by the story of Heloise and Abelard. Catherine lives in Victoria, BC, where she currently works for the Ministry of Justice.

Jack HodginsJack Hodgins grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, and taught high school in Nanaimo before moving to teach in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. His numerous publications include Spit Delaney’s Island, The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne, Broken Ground, and The Master of Happy Endings. His newest novel, Cadillac Cathedral (to appear in spring 2014) began as a commissioned song story for Chor Leoni, which is to be sung in concert in January 2014. He was so taken with the story that he expanded it into a full-length novel. Hodgins has taught writing workshops in Spain, Australia, and Germany, as well as in several provinces in Canada. His work has won several awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Canada-Australia Prize, and the Victoria City Butler Prize. He has been awarded three honorary degrees, and in 2010 was inducted into the Order of Canada. He and his wife Dianne live in Victoria.


GrantLawrence_EarbudSurprise-300x200Grant Lawrence has long been a leading voice in Canadian arts and entertainment. For years, the gregarious and encyclopedic Lawrence has hosted the top-rated CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence, a weekly showcase of Canadian independent music. Grant also hosts Grant Lawrence Live, a live and interactive daily program on CBC Radio 3′s popular web radio station, also airing on Sirius XM 152. Grant can be heard throughout the week on various CBC Radio One programs such as DNTOAll Points West, On The Coast, and various afternoon programs across the country, and has been a frequent past contributor to Q, Spark, and Sounds Like CanadaGrant recently published his first book, Adventures in Solitude, a memoir of his experiences spending his summers growing up in the coastal wilderness of Desolation Sound, BC, which went to #1 on the BC Bestsellers List, #2 on the National Bestsellers List, won the BC Book Prize for the2010 Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the inauguralHilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.Grant still spends much of each summer at his cabin in the Sound between MC gigs at summer festivals. Grant is married to Canadian singer Jill Barber and they live together in Vancouver, BC Canada.

EveheadshotEve Lazarus  is an award winning writer with an Aussie accent and a passion for history and heritage houses. She is the author of Sensational Victoria: bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts & gardens, and her book AHome with History: the secrets of Greater Vancouver’s heritage houses was a City of Vancouver book award finalist. She is a co-author of The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman and LeRoy Jensen, and the author of Frommer’s with Kids Vancouver. Her next bookSensational Vancouver will be published in the spring. Eve blogs obsessively about houses and their genealogies at

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Kathryn Para is an award-winning, multi-genre writer with a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in Grain, Room of One’s OwnGeist, Sunstream, and Vancouver Review. She is the 2013 Winner of Mother Tongue Publishing’s Search for the Great BC Novel Contest. Her stage play, Honey, debuted in 2004. She has also written, directed and produced short films. Lucky is her first novel.

LindaPrint2012-lgLinda L. Richards is the author of 12 book-length works, fiction and non-fiction. She has also contributed to a number of award-winning anthologies and written nearly 2000 articles for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her most recent book is DEATH WAS IN THE BLOOD, a mystery set in 1930s Los Angeles. She is also the co-author of THE GREATEST 100 BOOKS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA which will be published in the fall of 2014. She is a novelist, journalist, technology expert and founding editor of January Magazine as well as a member of faculty for the Simon Fraser University Summer Publishing Program. You can visit her on the web at

bev sellarsBev Sellars is chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She returned to the First Nations community of Soda Creek after an extended period of “visiting other territories.” While she was away, she earned a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and she served as adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission. She was first elected chief in 1987 and has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.

Audrey ThomasAudrey Thomas – Born in Binghamton, New York she immigrated to Canada in 1959, where she attended and later taught at the University of British Columbia. From 1964 to 1966 she lived in Ghana, an experience which has had a deep impact on her work. In 1987 she won the Marian Engel Awardfor her body of work. She has three times received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, for Intertidal Life (1984),Wild Blue Yonder (1990), and Coming Down from Wa (1995). In 2008, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

michael wMichael Wuitchik founded the Canmore and Vancouver Pain Clinics and co-founded the OrionHealth group of rehabilitation centres in western Canada after receiving his PhD in psychology from the University of Calgary. Since retiring from his career as a psychologist he has traveled to Sierra Leone on four occasions while researching and writing My Heart is Not My Own. He continues to commit to community-aid projects in his adopted African village, Sumbuya, and blogs about his experiences at His debut novel, set in Canada and Sierra Leone, will be published by Penguin Canada in August 2013.

David ZierothDavid Zieroth is an award-winning poet. His collection The Fly in Autumn(Harbour, 2009) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in that year and was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry in 2010. He has also published The Village of Sliding Time (Harbour, 2006), Crows Do Not Have Retirement(Harbour, 2001), and a memoir entitled The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2002). He won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for How I Joined Humanity at Last (Harbour, 1998); his work has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award, and his poems have appeared in over thirty-five anthologies. He has also published chapbooks: The Tangled Bed (Reference West, 2000), Palominos and other poems (Gaspereau Press, 2000), Dust in the Brocade (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2008), Berlin Album (Rubicon Press, 2009), and Hay Day Canticle(Leaf Press, 2010). He was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, and now lives in North Vancouver, B.C.




ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS: *Note that workshops are NOT included in any festival passes and must be Pre-Registered!


Short Fiction Workshop with Audrey Thomas


Friday, February 21st, from 1:00PM – 5:00PM in the Madrona Room


$80.00 (SOLD OUT!! email to get on the waitlist)


“Friendly” Workshop! Bring paper and pens, creative energy and a desire



to learn the art of writing a short story from one of Canada’s most celebrated writers, Galiano’s own Audrey Thomas. No electronic devices allowed into this session. There will be a coffee/tea & cookie break!


“Writing with Sensory Detail” with Joelle Anthony
Friday, February 21st, from 1:00PM – 2:00PM in the Roundhouse
In this workshop, author Joëlle Anthony takes a hands-on approach to the five senses. You won’t simply write about taste,
touch, smell, sight, and hearing, you’ll experience it, too. Learn how to incorporate all the senses into your writing to give it more flavour and a well-rounded feel.
“Where Do You Get Your Ideas?” with Linda L. Richards
Friday, February 21st, from 3:00PM – 4:00PM in the Roundhouse
A workshop on developing a book idea! From thought bubble to finished book can be a drawn out business, but there are well-defined paths for parts of the process. This workshop will touch on aspects of how to determine the viability of your idea or shape it into something solid. Also covered will be some of the basics of publishing in the 21st century, including the possibilities and realities of pitching your book to agents and editors and weighing the realities of self and electronic publishing.
All events held at the beautiful Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa unless otherwise noted!


Friday, February 21st 2014: 7:00pm – Red Carpet Welcome Reception! (In the Lounge)


Our RED CARPET WELCOME RECEPTION will kick off the weekend… paparazzi, a LitFest martini, the presentation of the inaugural Galiano Literary Festival Publishers Award and a chance to mingle with the authors and other book lovers…put on your glam and be seen! Mother Tongue Publishing, as recipient of the first Galiano Literary Festival publisher honouring in 2012, “for consistently publishing excellent books and treating their authors with respect” will be sponsoring the Inaugural Galiano Literary Festival Publisher’s Prize. The Winner will be announced at the Reception!


Saturday, February 22nd 2014:


10:00am – 12:00pm – Panel Discussion with George Bowering, Jack Hodgins, Lee Trentadue, Kathryn Para


The Book in the 21st Century: The Dawn of a New Day or the Eve of Destruction for Independent Authors, Publishers and Readers
Although there’s been lots of talk in the press and media about the impact of e-books on the book world, a far more profound but seldom discussed trend is the increasingly frequent mergers of large publishing houses and their absorption into mega-corporations.  Whether it’s Rupert Murdoch’s incorporation of Harper-Collins into his News International, Bertelsmann’s (a private German media conglomerate owned by a political think tank) purchase of Random House and Penguin, or CBS’s ownership of Simon & Schuster, major portions of the publishing industry are increasingly owned by a few corporate giants that view books through the same lens of profit-making potential that they apply to all of their products:  the bottom line may be more important than the well-written line. At the same time, computerized printing, print-on-demand, and social media are creating increasingly low-cost ways to publish and promote books which create increasing opportunities for small independent publishers with
limited financial resources, especially those focusing on markets that are limited by region or topic.  The panel will discuss how independent authors, publishers, booksellers and readers might find unique opportunities thrive and prosper in this Brave New World.


7:00pm – Authors’ Dinner! (In the “eat” restaurant at the Galiano Inn)  SOLD OUT – but you can email to get on the waitlist! 


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