Photo Gallery: LitFest 2014!

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

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Great spotlight on Lee Trentadue & Galiano Island Books!

Thanks, BC Book Prizes!

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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\