Galiano Literary Festival Workshops

Please see our schedule for the line-up of workshops taking place on Friday, February 20th

1:00pm – 5:00pm   Audrey Thomas

This workshop will concentrate on short fiction, how to tell a story in 1500 words or less. We’ll do a lot of writing and paring down and will have a good time doing it.  Workshop is limited to 8.  Come with paper and pen, no laptops or iPads or devices.  If you already have an idea for a short piece, come with the idea, not the finished masterpiece.

1:00pm – 2:00pm   Bill Gaston

“Going Wild” We will discuss and explore practical ways to break new ground in our writing. The focus will be on rattling our personal creative cage and letting our fiction surprise us.

2:00pm – 3:00pm   Kate Braid

Say That Again!  The Power of Repetition in Poetry  – One of the deepest pleasures of poetry is rhythm, including the wise use of the repetition of individual words as well as whole lines.  We’ll have time to look at – and try – two or three different traditional forms that explore this art.

3:00pm – 4:00pm   Sandra Djwa

Writing A Life – We will discuss both autobiography and biography and then move into interactive sessions on Getting Started. Come prepared to get started on your project.

4:00pm – 5:00pm  Marilyn Biderman

Are you puzzled about exactly what it is that a literary agent does? Would you like to understand more about the business side of book publishing and what’s involved in author / publisher contracts? Marilyn Biderman of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management will cover the basics. Topics include the author / agent relationship, what an agent is looking for in a client, how an agent approaches the submission process, and the differences between having a publisher sell your rights and having an agent do so. With lots of time for questions, this workshop will give you the basics of what an author needs to know about the business of book publishing.

Please see Registration page for additional information regarding Workshops.


2015 Galiano Literary Festival “Announcing”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 22 2014 (Galiano Island B.C.)


The SIXTH ANNUAL Galiano Literary Festival, to be held February 20 to 22 2015 offers booklovers a unique opportunity to hear and get to know on a personal level, some of B.C.s and Canada’s most notable and talked-about writers in a program featuring a unique blend of readings, workshops, panels and informal get-togethers, all in the beautiful surroundings of Galiano Island’s Galiano Oceanfront Inn.

The Festival is preceded on Friday, February 20 by workshops on fiction writing and poetry by authors Audrey Thomas, Bill Gaston and Kate Braid. That evening the Festival kicks off with a welcome reception giving booklovers a chance to rub elbows with the festival’s authors in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday opens with two panel sessions. The first features authors whose works aim at raising our awareness and educating us about environmental concerns. The second provides a unique glimpse of the early contacts between First Nations people and Europeans in the Gulf Islands and Vancouver as seen through the eyes of their descendants in art and words.

The rest of Saturday and Sunday are devoted to a blend of readings and times for informal conversations with the over 25 authors participating in this year’s Festival including George Bowering, Spider Robinson, Elizabeth May, John Valliant, Bill Gaston, Michael Christie, Ian McAllister, Arno Kopecky, and Chris Czajkowski.

Saturday night’s Authors’ dinner will feature a talk by C.C. Humphreys, co-hosted by the Galiano Literary Festival and Bard on the Beach. Chris will be talking about the process of turning his book, Shakespeare’s Rebel into a stage play which will have it’ s world premiere this summer at Bard on the Beach. His comments are certain to prove fascinating to lovers of the book and stage alike.

The Festival is held at the beautiful Galiano Oceanfront Inn (, a world-class resort just steps from the Galiano Ferry Terminal and right next door to Galiano Island Books. The Inn also offers nearby areas for lovers of the seashore and the forest alike to explore and enjoy. The island also features numerous other lodgings for Festival participants, which can be accessed at the Chamber of Commerce’s website at The Festival’s website ( contains author biographies, the Festival schedule, ticket prices and other useful information which is updated regularly. For more information or if you have any questions e-mail us at or telephone Galiano Island Books at 250-539-3340. Event tickets can also be purchased by calling the bookstore. Advance registration is recommended, particularly for the Saturday Authors’ Dinner.

Photo Gallery: LitFest 2014!

Take a peek at what went down in February at the 5th Annual!

All images copyright Victor Anthony, no use without written permission.

Great spotlight on Lee Trentadue & Galiano Island Books!

Thanks, BC Book Prizes!

Original article at:


We are incredibly appreciative of the community support we receive and would like to shine a spotlight on these booklovers. For our first feature we spoke with Lee Trentadue, President of the BC Booksellers Association and owner of Galiano Island Books, in anticipation of her 5th annual Galiano Literary Festival, returning on February 21st to 23rd.   

Lee Trentadue has long supported the book community, although it was her daughter Mary who inspired her to open Galiano Island Books – the first bookstore on the island. Trentadue’s initial introduction to the local community was through a questionairre, inquiring about the categories of books people would like to see. The community responded positively, and the bookstore now features works from authors in the Gulf Islands, throughout British Columbia, and across Canada. Readers have shown extraordinary support for nearly two decades and additionally, the Galiano Library – which opened after Galiano Island Books – has proven to be an excellent partner in hosting author readings.

She explains that “being a part of a community of booksellers is very important” and that the BC Booksellers Association has shown tremendous support for her ideas, as has the Canada Council. And so, after attending the ABA Winter Institute one year and hearing a fellow booksellers’ story, Trentadue founded the Galiano Literary Festival. Despite growing in stature, it has retained its charm – “people seem to actually like the intimacy of the Festival.” With fewer outlets for publishers to send authors to, this type of environment is crucial for maintaining culture in BC and throughout the nation. The BC Book Prizes recognizes this need, but Trentadue notes that just “the fact there is a showcase is a big deal.” We think the 3-day Festival is a big deal too, with its first ever red carpet, a sold out dinner, and readings by esteemed writers such as Audrey Thomas, Jack Hodgins, Grant Lawrence, and the Bowering trio: George, Thea and Marilyn. Find more details

Great piece on LitFest in BC BookLook!

Local Customs and Lucky share spotlight on Galiano

There’s no place like it. So there’s no writers festival like it.

January 11th, 2014

The 5th annual Galiano Literary Festival, February 21–23, on Galiano Island, gathers some of the best B.C. writers, rather than parachuting writers from afar, so it’s a superb celebration of local culture—and local customs—in an intimate and casual setting.

Not that the writers don’t write about life afar.

Longtime Galiano resident Audrey Thomas has a remarkable new novel, Local Customs (Dundurn $16.99), set in West Africa. During a vacation in 1965, while living in Ghana, Thomas and her husband visited the remains of the Elmira and Cape Coast Castle slave-supply hubs, now both World Heritage Sites. There she saw the graves of the Cape Coast Castle manager George Maclean and his bride Letitia Landon, formerly a respected English author before her mysterious death. Thomas has brilliantly imagined the life of the transplanted authoress from 1836 to late 1838, in both London and at Cape Coast, entering the minds of the protagonist and the men around her.


Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman

Debut novelist Kathryn Para, winner of the 2013 Search for a Great BC Novel Contest, sponsored by Mother Tongue Publishing, participating with her first novel, Lucky (Mother Tongue $21.95), has set her novel in Iraq. It’s November of 2004, in Fallujah, and Iraqi resistance fighters, who have managed to take the beleaguered city back from the American troops after a tenuous occupation, are once again forced to defend it from another American offensive.

 Coincidentally, the Mother Tongue imprint, Para’s publisher and the recipient of the first Galiano Literary Festival Publisher Honouring in 2012, will be sponsoring the inaugural Galiano Literary Festival Publisher’s Prize to be presented to a worthy publisher.

Para and Thomas will be joined by Chris Arnett, George Bowering, Marilyn Bowering, Thea Bowering, Raffi Cavoukian, Aaron Chapman, Michael Christie, Brad Cran, Amber Dawn, Dina Del Bucchia, Catherine Greenwood, Jack Hodgins, Grant Lawrence, Eve Lazarus, Linda L Richards, Bev Sellars, Michael Wuitchik and David Zieroth.


George Bowering

George Bowering

The Festival will take place at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn, a world-class resort, featuring a full slate of workshops, readings and panels. The Galiano Inn is a short walk from the ferry dock and Galiano Island Books, so visitors can leave their cars at home or at the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen or Victoria. Smart car rentals are available for participants who are staying at the Inn.


Event tickets can be purchased at Galiano Island Books or by calling 250-539-3340. The full festival program is available . Lodging is available at the Galiano Inn at or on their toll free reservation line at 1-877-530-3939.

Alternative accommodations for the weekend, including cabins, bed and breakfasts and lodges, can be arranged through The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce by phone at 1-250-539-2233 or through their Web site\