Our exciting Spring Reading Series
Our Spring Reading Series continues with two events at the Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C. Each begins at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Events are co-hosted with Tanner’s Books and all proceeds go to the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.
Tickets for each event are $10 and are available at Tanner’s Books and online here.
March 17, 2017: An evening with C.C. Humphreys and Tilar Mazzeo.
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. He is an actor and writer of historical novels. He has acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox. The first of his novels, The French Executioner told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn, was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002, and has been optioned for the screen. Its sequel was Blood Ties. Having played Jack Absolute, he stole the character and has written three books on this 007 of the 1770’s – Jack Absolute, The Blooding of Jack Absolute, and Absolute Honour – short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association. He has also written a trilogy for young adults The Runestone Saga, a heady brew of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror. His newest book is Fire, a thrilling reimagining of the events of the 1666 Great Fire of London.
Dr. Tilar Mazzeo is the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine. She is the author of numerous works of narrative nonfiction, and several of her books have been New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestsellers. She divides her time among coastal Maine, New York City, and Saanichton, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband at Parsell Vineyard. Her latest book, Irena’s Children is the remarkable history of a “female Schindler,” Irena Sendler (1910-2008), who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis. The New York Journal of Books says “Mazzeo delivers with creativity and passion” and calls Irena’s Children “evocative, haunting and gripping and impeccably researched. Mazzeo’s work as a wine writer has appeared in numerous national outlets in the United States, including Food and Wine magazine.
May 12, 2017: An evening with Jennifer Manuel and Anny Scoones
Jennifer Manuel has won awards for her short fiction, including the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in 2013. She has also published short fiction in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.” A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. The Heaviness of Things that Float is Manuel’s compelling debut novel: a deft exploration of the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Anny Scoones was raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has served as an elected city councillor, and now teaches English in Victoria. She is the author of Home, True Home, Hometown, Home and Away, and Last Dance in Shediac. Anny lives in the neighbourhood of James Bay in Victoria, British Columbia.