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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.: FBCW guest host Pat Buckna interviewing WIBA 2020 finalists Laesa Kim and R.E. Donald on Author Connection

  • 24 Sep 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Register here (at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) for this event, and you will receive an email with a FREE Zoom link. Save that email and when it's time for the session, just click on the link! 

Join FBCW guest host Pat Buckna over three weekly sessions as he talks with finalists for the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards. 

Laesa Kim’s debut memoir, Can't Breathe, has been an Amazon Bestseller and is a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Laesa is an active member on parent advisory committees at BC Women’s and BC Children’s hospitals and shares her experiences as a medical mom openly on social media. She writes at various coffee shops throughout Vancouver, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Can’t Breathe is a young mom’s compelling recollection of her medically complex daughter’s journey toward life. Evelyn Faith survives—she even thrives. But her path is unimaginably hard, riddled with pain and trauma, hope and miracles, and incessant uncertainty. 

This beautifully written, harrowing book captures the nuances of life with a special-needs child. It is a map of the boundlessness of the human spirit and the love that drives parents onward whatever the cost. In this debut memoir, Laesa Kim reaches into her darkest and most private depths to share the truth—the struggles and joys she and mothers like her face each day. 

R.E. Donald writes the Highway Mysteries series, featuring a former RCMP homicide investigator who takes to the road as a long haul trucker. Although her hero, Hunter Rayne, is based in the Vancouver area, the five novels in the series take the reader on highways from L.A. to Alaska.  Ruth draws on her years in the transportation industry to create realistic characters and situations in her traditional mysteries. She lives on a ranch on B.C’s Cariboo plateau.

Yellowhead Blues: Just west of the Rocky Mountains, a frightened horse with a bloody saddle is loose on the Yellowhead highway. Former RCMP investigator Hunter Rayne is on the road in his eighteen-wheeler when he’s flagged down to help calm the horse and find its missing rider.

The horse with the bloody saddle leads Hunter, along with a good-natured French Canadian cowboy and a rookie female RCMP constable, into a complicated murder mystery.

This is the fifth novel in a unique mystery series set on the highways of North America.    

Guest host Pat Buckna is a member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. A Powell River author and songwriter, he self-published his family memoir Only Children (http://www,onlychildren.ca) in August 2019. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU, Pat worked with mentors Stephen Osborne (2002) and Wayde Compton (2010), attended Betsy Warland’s Manuscript Intensive and the Banff Wired Writing programs with Elizabeth Philips and Curtis Gillespie. In the 1980’s Pat lived in the Arctic and released an album - Flint & Steel - featuring his music and the words of poet Jim Green. He was responsible for bringing 750 performers to Vancouver to perform at the NWT pavilion at Expo ’86 and has been a long-time promoter of live music events.

This free session from the Federation of British Columbia Writers is open to all. By registering, you will receive an email with a link to click on when it's time for the session. Questions? Email fbcw.islands@gmail.com  

Looking forward to seeing you! 


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