The Festival has sold out of Weekend Passes! Tickets are still available for the Saturday Evening Cabaret.
Festival author Sarah Leavitt will be running a workshop while she's in town:
15 March 2015 (Sunday) 11am – 2pm
CREATE YOUR VERY OWN SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMIC!
with Sarah Leavitt
EDIT: The workshop is being held at the Campbell River Art Gallery!
A workshop for everyone, regardless of experience, knowledge or drawing ability! In this dynamic, hands-on workshop, we’ll start with a quick exploration of the wonderful world of autobiographical comics, then move into a series of writing and drawing exercises that will allow participants to create your very own short autobiographical comic.
Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s My Mother and Me has been published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany and France to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, Globe + Mail, Die Welt the Guardian). Her prose and comics have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and the UK. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in mid-19th century BC.
Leavitt will be a featured author/artist at the Words on the Water Festival March 13 + 14, 2015.
Cost: $85 / Gallery members: $75
Today is Family Literacy Day. In honour of this, the CBC has compiled a list of 15 great books your family can look forward to reading in 2015:
15 kids' books to watch out for in 2015.
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize nominee Steven Galloway talks about his novel The Confabulist:
As 2015 kicks off and we look forward to spring and the coming of the Words on the Water festival, we thought it a worthwhile moment to reflect on some notable 2014 milestones for two of our upcoming authors, Kathleen Winter and Steven Galloway. These end of the year reflections have our committee feeling excited for the literary delights to come one cold and foggy Friday evening in the not too distant future.
Kathleen Winter’s book Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage made Quill and Quire’s list of Top Book of the Year. As one of only fifteen books to appear on the list, the editor writes:
Also worth celebrating is the accomplishments of Steven Gallaway for his most recent work, The Confabulist. Galloway is also the author of Finnie Walsh, Ascension, and The Cellist of Sarajevo. The Confabulist saw Galloway as a top finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The jury wrote:
Undoubtably, the mystery that is the Words on the Water festival will evoke some prize-winning moments of its own. Be sure to purchase Early Bird tickets online through our website while still available.
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Festival updates: The 2015 Words on the Water Writers' Festival is taking shape and the organizing committee is excited to announce this year's writers, as well as some changes to our website.
1) 2015 Authors
Each year's festival is flavoured not just by the individual writers, but by the chemistry of the group as a whole. Earlier this week the festival committee finalised the eight authors who will be coming to Campbell River this spring. They are an inspiring blend of leading creative minds and we are pleased to introduce them to you here:
latest works can be found here.
2) New website and online ticket sales
The festival website has been refreshed with a new look and additional features, which has enabled us to offer ticket sales online for 2015. We hope this will be more convenient for festival goers, as well as make for smoother administration for our volunteers. Weekend and single session passes are available now and are already beginning to sell. They make excellent gifts for the literature lovers on your list!
Happy New Year!
Words on the Water Festival Committee
Last week saw the launch of The Sea Among Us, an anthology of the Georgia Straight. From the publisher:
The Strait of Georgia is a one of the world’s great inland seas, a 6,900 sq km body of water lying between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Rich in history, teeming with wildlife and marine traffic, it is essential to British Columbians for food, jobs, travel and recreation. The sheltered waters of the strait are home to Canada’s largest seaport and over two-thirds of the province’s population.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) is Monday, October 27, 2014. The purpose of the event is to promote the love of reading, to demonstrate it as a life-long habit, and, hopefully, a daily one. If you’d like to register your participation there’s a link on the BCTLA DEAR blog. Participation doesn’t have to be onerous—the act of setting time aside to read sets an example of its value, and if conversations arise out of that—even better!