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Feb 11: Regional Spotlight: Sunshine Coast with Atma Frans

  • 11 Feb 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Zoom


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February 11th, 2021

Digital Doors Open at 6:45, Event Starts at 7PM

Join us for a Regional Spotlight on Sunshine Coast Authors by registering here. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to you. When it’s time for the event you can click on the Zoom link to join the event.

Join us as we showcase the talents of the Sunshine-Coast!

Nicole Breit is an award-winning essayist, poet, and online writing instructor living on the unceded territory of the Skwx̱wú7mesh people. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Event, Brevity, The Puritan, Hippocampus, Room and carte blanche. Nicole’s lyric essay, “An Atmospheric Pressure”, was the winner of Room magazine’s creative nonfiction award in 2016 and was selected as a Notable by the editors of Best American Essays 2017.

Jennie Tschoban was born in Ukraine, lived in Germany as a child and after immigrating to Canada, she lived in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. A lover of travel, Jennie has driven solo coast to coast across Canada and retired on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. With daughter April-Ria Davidson Qureshi, they wrote two cookbooks: 'Kapusta or Cabbage' - A Mother and Daughter Historical and Culinary Journey; and 'MORE Kapusta or Cabbage'.

After a twenty-five-year career as a jewellery designer, running an business and raising a family, Claire Finlayson now writes full time. She has always been an essay writer, and occasionally a journalist, but her passion is creative non-fiction. Dispatches from Ray’s Planet, seven years in the making, is Finlayson’s first book, written under the mentorship of Betty Keller.

Finlayson lives in Gibsons, BC, and currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, which was founded by Keller and her friends in the SunCoast Writers Forge. The Festival is Canada’s longest running literary event celebrating Canadian writers. 

Heather Conn is the award-winning author of two nonfiction history books and two picture books of fiction. Her latest is Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch (Peppermint Toast Publishing, 2019). Her memoir No Letter in Your Pocket will be published by Guernica Editions in 2023.

Heather’s nonfiction has appeared in various anthologies including Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles 22. She has written for more than 50 publications, including The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, and Globe and Mail. Heather teaches creative writing for the City of Port Moody and has taught at numerous venues, including Selkirk College and Capilano University. A communications manager and freelance writer/editor, she has a master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore. Find out more at

Bruno Huber was born and raised in Zürich, Switzerland. He immigrated and settled in Canada in the 70ies and ended up in Gibsons, B.C.where he still lives with his wife Elizabeth. 

Bruno owned and operated, Coast Books in Gibsons B.C. as well as an iconic French restaurant in Vancouver’s West End.An electrician by trade he has also been a lighting technician in Vancouver’s film industry for the past twenty-five years 

He is the author of 2 books in 2020, published by Granville Island Publishing:  MARIPOSA INTERSECTIONS and FOLLY BISTRO, available at book stores and

Bruno also writes a weekly blog:

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail.  Signature Editions published her first novel, Nicolai’s Daughters, in 2012 and Psichogios Publications of Athens published the Greek translation in 2014.  Signature Editions published The Brink of Freedom in 2015. Finding Callidora is Stella’s third novel.  Stella was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved with her family to Calgary as a child. These days she makes her home in Whistler, BC. Stella founded the Whistler Writing Society, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival and other literary programming under her direction. She also mentors students in The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University. 

Our amazing host, Atma Frans will be facilitating the event and guiding us through our evening.

Atma Frans’s stories and poems have been published in The New Quarterly and Arc Poetry Magazine as well as long-listed for The ELQ/Exile's Carter V Cooper Short Fiction Competition and the Writers Union's Short Prose Competition. In her writing Atma searches for the voice beneath her personas: woman, immigrant, mother, Sikh, trauma survivor, expressive arts therapist, queer, poet. She lives in Gibsons, BC.

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