Jim Hoggan – I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

(This is fifth of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

We’re so excited to welcome James Hoggan to the Galiano Literary Festival. Climate and the environment are HOT issues and Jim’s experiences and insights make him a world leader on the topics.

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He has been trained by Al Gore as part of The Climate Reality Project, an initiative designed to educate the public about climate change. He’s also the Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, an executive member of the Urban Development Institute and Future Generations and a Trustee of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Continue reading

FEATURED AUTHOR: Charles Demers, The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe)

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Charlie Demers caught my attention while documenting the dark corners of existence in his hilariously insightful book The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things (2015). Writing books and essays as well as performance and stand-up comedy have made Charles “Canada-famous” including appearances on CBC’s funny show The Debaters. He’s grown a huge online following as well on his Twitter account and personal blog Chuck of the Sea. We’re very excited to welcome him back to Galiano’s #LitFest 2017.

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FEATURED SPONSOR: Galiano Inn & Spa – Conny Nordin

When I count my blessings, I count you twice.” —Irish Proverb

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Thank you so much to Conny Nordin and her husband Mel and the Galiano Inn & Spa for their longterm and steadfast support of the Galiano Island Literary Festival. To say that we couldn’t do it without the love and hard work of Conny and Mel and the Inn is an understatement. In addition to hosting our #LitFest, Conny and the Inn are constantly hosting incredible destination getaways, retreats & weddings. Continue reading

FEATURED AUTHOR: Aaron Chapman, The Last Gang in Town – Galiano #LitFest

(This is third of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Vancouver is a quickly changing city, rife with tensions and turmoil that come with progress. Amidst the shifting sands of a city on the rise, Aaron Chapman documents the nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s modern history. Music, art, street culture & nightlife.

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“Aaron Chapman first came to my attention for his Vancouver history columns in the Courier newspaper. Then came his entertaining, thoroughly researched, and well written books on the Penthouse and Commodore nightclubs (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012 and 2014), and his contribution along with myself and others on Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014).

His most recent book on the Clark Park Gang, The Last Gang in Town (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) grew out of his Courier article on youth gangs and firmly established him as a Vancouver historian of note, able to masterfully tackle any slice of the city’s past.” – Lani Russwurm

It’s our pleasure at Galiano Island Books to welcome Mr. Aaron Chapman back to the Galiano Literary Festival. He was with us 2 years ago sharing his work Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015.

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FEATURED AUTHOR: Grant Lawrence, Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries

(This is second of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

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Not long after I moved to Galiano Island a friend visited my cabin from Vancouver and left behind a copy of Grant Lawrence‘s first book, Adventures in Solitude. It captivated my curiosity w/ stories of the West Coast back-to-the-land movement and the myriad strange characters that have come to find Desolation Sound (and the Southern Gulf Islands for that matter) home from “the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters.”

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FEATURED AUTHOR: Yasuko Thanh – Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

(This is first of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Just around the corner is the Galiano Literary Festival. I’ve been involved with the Galiano Island Bookstore and Literary Festival over the past 3 years helping out with documentation and photography and this year I asked Lee and Jim if I could work on compiling some author features/interviews featuring the diverse voices who will be joining us at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa this February 17-19th.

We’ve had world leading writers and authors come share their thoughts and process with us and this year is no exception. Check out our Facebook for a complete list of people who will be participating in this years festival and pls considering purchasing a ticket and joining us for some of the events!

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