This is the final weekend you’ll be able to take in the excellent display of ceramics, Diversity in Clay, at the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. On Sunday, April 18, four of the eight artisans in the show, Jack Ploesser, Mike Allegretti, Liz de Beer, and Bev Niebergall, will join in an online meet-the-artists conversation from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council website or eventbrite.ca.
Coast publishers’ books shortlisted
Books from three Sunshine Coast publishers have made the shortlist for this year’s BC and Yukon Book Prizes. Among them are three from Harbour Publishing: British Columbia in Flames: Stories of a Blazing Summer, by Claudia Cornwall; On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the Colonization of British Columbia, by Jean Barman and editor Margery Fee; and children’s book Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak, by Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers. Also recognized is publisher Douglas & McIntyre’s mystery novel Primary Obsessions, by Charles Demers. Gibsons-based Nightwood Editions made the shortlist with the novel Fake It So Real, by Susan Sanford Blades, and the poetry collection The East Side of It All, by author Joseph Dandurand. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Trickster author speaks
B.C. writer Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster trilogy and Monkey Beach, has a lot of local fans, as was evident when she drew a full house for her talk at the 2019 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Robinson joins the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) for an online conversation and reading from Return of the Trickster, the third book in the trilogy, on Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m. “Anyone who has read her works knows she is deeply imaginative, hilarious, and thoughtful,” VIRL noted in a release. Those in the audience at Rockwood Pavilion two years ago will agree. The free event will be hosted on Zoom, but space is limited and anyone interested in attending should register soon. To sign up, follow the events links at virl.bc.ca.
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