Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Fun in the Gulf Islands

If you happen to be within easy reach of the Gulf Islands off Canada’s West Coast in the next little while, there’s a lot of fun things to do. OK: I won’t list all the fun things (just too many of them!), just the ones where I’ll be in attendance.

Later this month, the first ever Galiano Island Literary Festival runs from February 19th to the 21st. A great group of writers will be on hand, including Ann Eriksson, Audrey Thomas, Timothy Taylor, Pam Freir, William Deverell, George Bowering, Alan Twigg and about 20 others. The Festival is being organized by the wonderful local bookstore and events will be held at the Galiano Inn.

In June, I’m looking forward to being part of the faculty at a mystery writing retreat on Saltspring Island sponsored by Simon Fraser University’s Summer Publishing Workshop. The retreat runs from June 6th to 12th. Registrations are open now and I’ve been told they’re already coming in, so space won’t last. Also on the faculty: William Deverell, Gail Bowen, Dinah Forbes and Margaret Cannon. There’s more information here.

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