We are pleased to announce that as the next step in its evolution, we are forming a society whose board will run the Galiano Literary Festival in future years. This is a complex task and as a result the festival will not be held in 2020, but keep looking for announcements as we get the society board in place and they make plans for 2021!
She may be best known for her acclaimed Golden Globe-winning lead performance in the movie “Agnes of God,” but Meg Tilly is taking on an exciting new persona these days, as a romance novelist.
After successfully publishing six standout young adult and literary women’s fiction novels, the Canadian American actress/author decided to write the kind of books she loves to read—romance novels. She self-published SOLACE ISLAND, a romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest, to rave reviews in spring 2017.
“…a romantic thriller with a clever ending. You may think you know exactly where the story is going, but looks, and people, can be deceiving.” —USA Today
However, that experience taught her she’s happiest when she’s writing and not involved in the myriad tasks of publishing. She closed out 2017 by signing with Berkley Books for three novels, including a new, improved edition of SOLACE ISLAND which was released on November 6, 2018. Book 2 in Meg’s series, CLIFF’S EDGE, will be published in May 2019.
#LitFest welcomes back Friend of the Festival George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate.
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.
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.”