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Gibsons writers launch new book

Elemental – An Anthology
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Elemental authors: Pictured left to right; Sheila Weaver, Joan Storey-Wilcox, Gayle Neilson, Theresa Huntly, Jan DeGrass, Stephen Sell make up the Gibsons’ Landing Writers who are just set to release their new book Elemental – An Anthology —a collection of stories and poems. A book launch will be held at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Dec. 12.

A wonderful collection of stories and poems is set for release from the Gibsons’s Landing Writers.

Elemental: An Anthology is a collection of stories and poems from the Gibson’s Landing Writers: Jan DeGrass, Theresa Huntly, Gayle Neilson, Stephen Sell, Joan Storey-Wilcox and Sheila Weaver.

Will Bill come through in time with wise advice? What does it feel like to nearly drown? Can a seven-year-old thwart Dan’s sinister plan? What do frogs really say? When does one grow old?

The anthology from these Sunshine Coast authors draws from the elements of water, earth, air and fire, hence the title Elemental, to present a collection of stories and poems that explore powerful themes of human nature and the natural world.

Humorous, moving and often inspired by the dramatic landscape and mythology of British Columbia’s West Coast, this wide-ranging collection of fiction and non-fiction promises something for every reader.

And it’s written locally and published locally. Even the cover art is an image from local artist Motoko, which makes it even more attractive for Coast reading fans who want to support local writers and their work.

“We’ve been together as a writing group for many years now, probably over 10 years ago, and I thought quite a while ago, wouldn’t it be great to get some of these authors published more,” DeGrass said. “Some of us have been published before, while others haven’t. I started thinking about going the online publishing route, and we mulled it over and some didn’t really like that idea. They really liked the idea of having an actual book in their hands. Even though online is less trouble in many ways, people still want to hold a book in their hands and read it, so it was really a group decision to make a paper book and make it good quality, too.”

Sell said the process of getting the book together started probably about a year ago.

“We thought it would be an interesting project for all of us,” he said. “It has been challenging because we all have different ideas, but I think the end product will look very nice and read well, I hope.

“We like each other, we’re friends and we all have ideas, and collectively we all came together to produce a really good read. There were challenges, sure because we’ve never done this before, but we all work well together.”

DeGrass said she is happy with the finished product.

“It’s interesting, we have some great stories,” she said. “We have wonderful nostalgia from Joan and I’m so glad we finally got her published because she wasn’t before. I wanted to get her work out there for people to enjoy and that’s what this is all about, producing something that people will enjoy.”

The group is hosting a book launch at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. with readings, door prizes and refreshments.

The book, produced by Forge Publishing, retails at $18.95. Books will be available for sale at the launch and will be available later this month at Coast book stores and other Coast retailers.


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