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BC Book Day at the Vancouver Public Library

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Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

350 West Georgia Street

(Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level)

Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

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Step into the lives of three authors and one artist, each with their own unique story of how they came to shape and be shaped by this land we live on.

  • Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his home ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Having been raised as your everyday average suburbanite, it wasn't until he was eight years old that he discovered his Liǥwildax̱w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage. Later in life, this discovery would be the conceptual focal point that helped launch his unique art practice. Learn more about Sonny in the book, Sonny Assu: A Selective History (Heritage 2018).
  • Mary Theresa Kelly grew up a large Toronto-based family before journeyinggg to Alberta and then British Columbia. She completed a master’s degree in communication studies at the University of Calgary and works by contract, part-time, in health and gender research. Her work has appeared in diverse publications from Event to The Journal of Integral Theory & Practice to The Dance Current. As a co-author, she has also contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. On Mockingbird Hill: Memories of Dharma Bums, Madcaps, and Fire Lookouts (Caitlin Press 2017) is her memoir, and first book.
  • Joanna Streetly grew up in Trinidad and moved to Vancouver to study Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. In 1990 she moved to Tofino, where she has lived ever since. While transitioning to writing and editing, she worked as a naturalist guide and sea kayak instructor. She is the author of Paddling Through Time (Raincoast Books), Silent Inlet (Oolichan), and now Wild Fierce Life (Caitlin Press 2018).
  • Gian Singh Sandhu became the founding president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada in 1984 and remains active in that group today. Having emigrated from India in 1970 to Williams Lake, B.C., he is also a proud Canadian and was recognized in 2002 with the Order of British Columbia. Read about Singh Sandhu's journey in his book, An Uncommon Road: How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and Into the Mainstream (Echo 2018)

Come to the Alice MacKay room on the Lower Level floor of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.) at 6:30 PM to hear the true stories of four of our literary neigbours. Admission is free. All are welcome. Books are avialable for sale by Massy Books. RSVP here, on eventbrite, for a chance to win one of the four books featured.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018 is BC Book Day, a time to celebrate this province's abundance of authors, publishers, bookstores, libraries, and all others in this cultural ecosystem. To find out more about BC Book Day go to www.readlocalbc.ca. April 23rd is also UNESCO World Book Day, a symbolic date for world literature, recognized for internationally for the promotion of literacy.

Questions can go to Michael at michaeld@caitlin-press.com.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada. We acknowledge the financial support of the British Columbia Arts Council.


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Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

350 West Georgia Street

(Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level)

Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Canada

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