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Sun., Oct. 18, 2 pm Book Journey, a FBCW Zoom event: interviewing Pat Buckna, Nina Shoroplova and Myrtle Siebert

  • 18 Oct 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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*This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome here to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend. Thank you for connecting with us! 

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Book Journey - Tune in for this Federation of BC Writers online event via Zoom as we talk to Pat Buckna (Only Children), Nina Shoroplova (Legacy of Trees), and Myrtle Siebert (Floathouse Family Favourites, The Floathouse Series) Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

Pat Buckna is a Powell River author and songwriter who 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. Pat is a host for the Federation of BC Writers.

Nina Shoroplova Nina Shoroplova is a tree enthusiast, historian, researcher, and author. Born and raised in Wales, she immigrated to Canada in 1969 and
settled for a time at the Douglas Lake Ranch, the subject of her first
book, Cattle Ranch: The Story of the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.
She has since self-published three books on inspirational themes,
and was a contributor to the 2019 anthology The Group of Seven
Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian
 Nina holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from

SFU and is a trained vocalist and lifelong performer in choirs and
community theatre.  A member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, she spends her days writing her own books, editing the books of others, and taking photographs of trees and plants in every season. Visit her author page at Amazon.com.

Myrtle Siebert books are distributed by Red Tuque, include Floathouse Family Favourites, The Floathouse Series From Fjord to Floathouse Ten Year Anniversary Edition, Gunhild's Granddaughter, and Lifelong Learning with friends and family.  

Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert's deep appreciation for books came during childhood when she lived where there was no school and certainly no library. The only option was to take her lessons by correspondence, guided by her mother as the teacher. It is why she can truthfully say she has been writing since she was six years old.

Thanks to a ministry contact that first publishing success brought educational publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, to her door. In 1994 Ms Siebert’s Food for Life became a popular foods text for grade 9 and 10 level students across Canada.

After the death of both parents in 1995 Myrtle began searching for the original homes of all four of her grandparents. from Fjord to Floathouse, one family’s journey from the farmlands of Norway to the coast of British Columbia is the result of that family history research. It tells the story of Norwegian immigrants Andy Forberg and his wife, Gunhild, in Canada, and extends into the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter is the story of Myrtle’s remarkable childhood, begun on a family floathouse in a remote BC coast location, continuing on land in a truck-logging camp to finish with high school graduation in Campbell River.

Its sequel, Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family continues with accomplishments and events of her life after high school. It is the third volume of “The Floathouse” Series.

A new book, Float House Family Favourites, includes recipes that she and other members of her family have used since she graduated from UBC. Copies will be available next week.

Myrtle lives near Sidney on Vancouver Island. From a matured garden in North Saanich she delights in frequent visits with, and pictures of, her three grandchildren.

Myrtle at www.myrtlesiebert.com

*This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome here to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend. Thank you for connecting with us! 


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