The Sunshine Coast Art Council’s Literary Reading Series this month features Tenille K. Campbell, a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her inaugural book of poetry, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions, 2017), is “an award-winning collection that focuses on Indigenous Erotica, using humour and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality.” Campbell will read and chat with participants in a free online event Saturday, April 10. Pre-registration is required, through eventbrite.ca or the Art Council’s website.
Off the Page stages its final event of the season on Sunday, April 11 with a first-ever reading of former Vancouver Sun theatre critic Max Wyman’s provocative new play, Judgment Day. The work is described as “an absurdist moral comedy in which God is called to account for the sorry state the world is in.” The reading will be followed by a talk-back with Wyman and the cast, which includes Bernard Cuffling, Susinn McFarlen, Wanda Nowicki, Tom Pickett, and Agnes Tong. Order of Canada honoree Wyman is an accomplished writer, with a resume that includes a long stint as a cultural columnist with the Vancouver paper, the non-fiction book, The Defiant Imagination, and now, with this latest work, three plays. The online reading will be performed at 2 p.m. at Presentation House in North Vancouver. Tickets are available through the Presentation House website, phtheatre.org.
There’s new art on display at the Gibsons Public Market for April and May. Sunshine Coast artists Nadine Sallinen and Martin W. Smith are showcasing some of their latest work in the Market’s atrium and upstairs Coastal Room. Sallinen is currently working in soft pastels. Smith’s work can range from the geometrical to flowing compositions. Both artists look to nature for inspiration. The Market is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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