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Art Beat: ‘Tis the season of authors’ readings

Author and social and environmental activist Seth Klein will read from his new book, A Good War, at Gibsons Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.
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Seth Klein

Author and social and environmental activist Seth Klein will read from his new book, A Good War, at Gibsons Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. Klein is the Director of Strategy for the Climate Emergency Unit of the David Suzuki Foundation. The reading is both in-person in the library’s meeting room (with limited seating), and online via Zoom. Call the library to register, at 604-886-2130. The library’s website has the Zoom coordinates.

Prize-winning novelist Shaena Lambert will read from her second novel, Petra, on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Literary Reading Series. Petra is a unique a work of historical fiction about Petra Kelly, the real-life activist and founder of the Green Party in 1980 Germany. The reading is on Zoom. Register in advance through

On Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m., Sanford Osler, author of Canoe Crossings: Understanding the craft that helped shape British Columbia, will give a one-hour online presentation about east and west coast canoe culture. Osler will also share stories of his canoeing experiences bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous paddlers together. Get the Zoom link at the Sechelt Arts Festival website.

On Monday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Sechelt Public Library’s Community Room, Sechelt author Phyllis Dyson will read from Among Silent Echoes. The memoir is “the tender and intimate story of the consequences faced when those who have been given a mandate to protect us do not.” Attendees are asked to register in advance through the library’s website.

Dances from India

The Sechelt Arts Festival is presenting Dances from India, a free workshop (postponed from October), on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Coast Academy of Dance. 5645 Wharf Ave. in Sechelt. It’s an introduction to both classical and folk-dance styles from northern and southern India. Beginners are welcome. Proof of vaccination required. Register at


If you didn’t catch the new play, Voices, during the Sechelt Arts Festival, you can enjoy it on Eastlink Community TV (channel 10 and 610) next week. Starring Wanda Nowicki, Richard Austin, and Steve Schwabl, Voices is based on the successful, if ultimately tragic career of Jeanne Gordon, a Canadian diva who hit the U.S. opera bigtime in the 1920s. Airdates are scheduled for Sunday, Nov 14, at 5:30 p.m., and at 11:30 a.m. on both Monday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 18.


Local writers David Kipling and Kathleen Vance have stories appearing in Alberniology, to be published Nov. 16. The book is an anthology of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and photography that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island. It’s published by RCN Media, and all profits will benefit the Alberni Hospice Society.

Speaking skills workshop

Improve your oral presentation and public speaking skills in a workshop at Gibsons Public Library facilitated by Johanna Rzepa, of the Encompass Project. Each participant selects a five-to-10-minute piece of writing, (“prose or poetry, original or not”) to practice for oral delivery. Limited to five participants, in-person only. Contact the library to register at 604-886-2130.

Honkytonk rock

On Saturday, Nov. 13, Roberts Creek Legion presents the Coffin Dodgers, an ensemble of Vancouver honkytonkers, featuring singer Randall Mayer, Joe Rotundo of The Modelos, Johnny Burton of Doug and the Slugs, and drummer Frank Nichols. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Get $10/$20 tickets at

For more live music listings, please check the Coast Reporter’s Community Calendar and the Coast Cultural Alliance’s events at