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Whistler Readers and Writers Festival 2013

abstract:This is the 12th year of the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival which takes place Oct 18-20th in various venues across the village, but mostly hosted at the Whistler Fairmont Chateau. The line-up of author readings, writing courses and events should find most venues selling out. Organizer Stella Harvey leads the local writers group, Vicious Circle, whose numbers have grown as people gravitate to the nurturing environment of support/critique groups who band together to help planó the festival, adding a unique flare to the festival circuit with a distinct writerly approach to their programming. You can take a class in memoir writing or crime writing, attend the opening night at Millennium Place with guest authors lined up in conversation followed by live jazz, wine and mingling, or my favourite, meet CBC host Jian Ghomeshi interview Giller Prize author Will Ferguson about his stunning novel 419. There's always a breakfast clinic offered on the Sunday, and this year Jian will be doing double duty hosting a discussion with Lisa Moore, Sue-Oakey Baker, Jane Silcott, Richard Wagamese, Genni Gunn and Meg Tilley, along with brunch on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Whistler Museum closes things down on Sunday with their 2nd annual "debate" of a timely topic. This year the debate is "Self-publishin or Perish" The debate team includes popular author and journalist Leslie Anthonly, Signature publisher Karen Haughten, yours truly Paula Shackleton and Janel Love Morrison.


October 13, 2013



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