Whistler Readers and Writers Festival

Newsletter #4
October 18-20, 2013

Each year we strive to bring the very best Canadian and international authors to Whistler for a weekend packed with readings, workshops and lots of opportunities for you to meet some of your favourite writers. This weekend provides a chance for readers and writers alike to renew and recharge with the mountains as their backdrop. We thought we’d use newsletter #4 to highlight some of the reading events we have throughout the festival – below are just some snippets, but for the full run down have a look at the program online: www.whistlerreadersandwritersfestival.com

Our Friday night starts with the launch of local author Sue Oakey-Baker’s novel Finding Jim, a memoir of love, adventure, grief and hope. “It’s a book about my love for my first husband, our adventures together and how we became close through those adventures,” says Sue. “Then it’s a book through my journey of grief and loss and how wilderness travel helped me through that journey and how I was able to face it.This is followed by the Jazz and Books Gala, which sees authors Mary Swan, Ania Szado, Patrick deWitt, Peter Zuckerman, Janet Love Morrison, and Roberta Rich reading from their work and in conversation with local author, Stephen Vogler. Music will be provided by an array of talented local musicians.

Saturday lunchtime will see some of Canada’s newest writers of crime and mystery share the stage with their seasoned counterparts to read and discuss their Crimes of Fiction with local writer and moderator Feet Banks. Enjoy lunch as you listen to stories of crime and mayhem from authors William Deverell, Robin Spano, E.R. Brown, and Ian Hamilton. Later in the afternoon join Michael Crummey, Evelyn Lau, Rona Shaffran and Elizabeth Bachinsky as they discuss how poets have their own sense of time, in the reading panel Comes a Time. In the evening the festival’s feature presentation sees award-winning broadcaster and best selling author, Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with travel writer and Giller Prize winning novelist, Will Ferguson. Listen in on the conversation and hear WIll read from his novel, 419, as you enjoy a glass of wine, then mingle with them afterwards as local musicians play some of their favourite jazz and blues.

On Sunday, grab a mouthful and mindful with awarding winning authors Lisa Moore, Sue Oakey-Baker, Jane Silcott, Richard Wagamese, Genni Gunn, and Meg Tilley. Come enjoy brunch and listen in on Jian Ghomeshi’s chat with these authors. The authors will also be enticed to read from their new books.
Giveaway: Whistler Readers and Writer’s Festival Weekend Getaway for Two
In honour of subTerrain Magazine’s 25th anniversary, they are giving away a Whistler Readers and Writer’s Festival Weekend Getaway for Two. The prize pack includes:

  • 2 full event passes to the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival
  • 2 nights accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • 2 gift certificates to Whistler’s Southside Diner

Subscribe (or renew) before October 11th and you will be entered into the draw – http://subterrain.ca/subscriptions

Blog: Reading and Reflecting: Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse by Rebecca Wood Barrett

Competition – Want to win some books?
As part of this exciting festival we are giving away a book from one of our guest authors every Wednesday starting September 1, 2013. All you have to do to get involved is “LIKE” us on Facebook, “FOLLOW” us on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter. A winner will be selected randomly each week from the festival followers.

The Book & Bed Festival Rate
In partnership with The Fairmont Chateau Whistler the festival is offering the “Book & Bed” special rate to festival attendees, press here to book.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via email:

For a complete look at the line-up and to buy tickets visit: www.whistlerreadersandwritersfestival.com

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About Shaleeta Harper

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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