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abstract: Libration joins "celebration" with "library," though I'm uncertain whether it's a noun or a verb - possibly both! April 11th-19th. Details are inside, but Save The Date for Saturday April 12th when BookBuffet/Whistler Reads Founder, Paula Shackleton hosts four stunning Vancouver writers: David Chariandy, Shaena Lambert, Timothy Taylor and Teresa McWhirter come to Whistler. What do they have in common? They each live in Vancouver. They each published a new book in 2007 that is garnering popular and critical acclaim. Join us fireside at the WPL from 6-8 pm for "Writing On The Edge: Perspectives of BC Writers." What is it about Vancouver's geography, economy, politics, history, climate, multiculturalism, or our proximity to the border that affects these writers? Check-out the Libration poster for all the events and activities


February 11, 2008
— &creativeJOIN US FOR A WEEK OF “LIBRATION” APRIL 11th-19th

Meet four stunning, provocative, new, and notable Vancouver authors as they discuss what shapes our west coast writers.

Possibly the best line-up of authors to visit Whistler yet: Four incredibly talented Vancouver authors – each with books out in 2007 – discuss what it means to live and write on the West Coast. Meet (in alphabetic order) David Chariandy, Shaena Lambert, Timothy Taylor and Teresa McWhirter. Moderated by Whistler Reads founder, Paula Shackleton.

The Whistler Public Library (WPL) has a new home and the community wants to celebrate. Our fabulous new facility is built to the highest eco standards and it is located in the center of town with views of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Join us next to the fireplace for “Writing On The Edge.” Tickets $10 at the door. 4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC.


David Chariandy’s first novel, Soucouyant (Arsenal Press 2007), was shortlisted for the Governor General Award – Canada’s highest literary honor. And that’s not all. It was also shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes) the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is now in its 3rd printing! Canada is a country populated by immigrants, and David’s story captures a Canadian-born son’s desperate efforts to care for his Trinidadian-born mother who has been inflicted with dementia. Beautifully told, and rich with Caribbean folklore, it reveals the lurking secret during World War II that the mother has brought from her native land and which continues to haunt her here. David Chariandy is not just a handsome young man, he's Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and their new baby.

Shaena Lambert is a Vancouver resident and teacher. Radiance (Vintage 2007), her first novel, is about an enigmatic Hiroshima survivor who comes to New York for surgery on her face, and the complex relationship she has with her hosts. It has received widespread critical acclaim. The United Kingdom launched the book in May 2007. Critics of Shaena’s work asked, “What is in the water up there in Canada… with authors like Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields and now Shaena Lambert?” – that’s some company! Radiance was chosen “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire along with other accolades still filing in.

Timothy Taylor was born in Venezuela but lives in Vancouver. His breakout novel, Stanley Park: A Novel (Knopf Canada, 2001) earned him a Giller Prize nomination and the BC Book Award. His latest novel, Story House (Vintage, 2007) In Stanley Park: A Novel, Taylor brought readers into the inner workings of the Vancouver culinary scene, writing evocatively about everything from divine local ingredients to kitchen politics. In Story House, he takes on the rarefied world of architectural design – with some boxing, fishing and reality TV thrown in. Looks like he is putting his economics degree from the University of Alberta, his MBA from Queen’s Business School, and years of work in commercial banking and as a fisheries consultant, all to good effect.

Teresa is a graduate with distinction of Victoria University’s Creative Writing and English program. Teresa seems like a very cool person. I can’t wait to meet her. She has two novels, Some Girls Do and Dirtbags (Anvil Press 2007) that depict gritty, tough, independent, and sexual women. In Dirtbags Spider has moved from the BC Interior and lives in a house with two other girls on the east side of Vancouver, with everything that entails - drugs, parties, and rock and roll. How will she negotiate the pitfalls? Teresa is characterized as writing about a fringe sub-culture. I wonder what that really means in Vancouver? Find out when you hear this talented author speak.

Paula is an author, reviewer and critic with a literary website that is directed toward book groups and avid readers. She has over 20 years' experience participating in and moderating for book groups, both in Canada and the US. Paula interviews established and emerging authors, from Margaret Atwood to Margaret MacMillan, with over 90 segments available online and syndicated to various podcast sites such as In 2005 Paula founded Whistler Reads – the village book group, which is based on the One Book One City concept across the country. WR members are now on their 17th title, having discussed an amazing assortment of fiction and nonfiction titles, with the authors participating 60 percent of the time. “Whether you live, work or play in Whistler – read what Whistler Reads.”

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