7 p.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C.
Tickets $10 (including refreshments) at Tanner’s Books and online. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2019 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.
Buy tickets from Eventbrite (service charge applies): September 21, 2018 – Cathy Converse and Yvonne Blomer
Cathy Converse is a bestselling author with several books listed on the BC Bestseller List. She has been writing for over thirty years and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited six books and numerous cover stories for magazines. Her fourth book, Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet, was one of the top five books chosen for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award in 2009. For her work in writing historical biography she has been named in the Canadian Who’s Who.
This fall Cathy will launch her newest book, “Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron.” Agnes (b. 1863) was BC’s first female high school teacher (Victoria High) and principal (South Park School), an internationally published writer, noted as one of the most significant writers of her time, itinerant traveller and promoter of western immigration. Learn more about the book at TouchWood Editions. In 2017 the Vancouver Sun lauded Agnes Deans Cameron as one of British Columbia’s most noteworthy historical figures. Cathy’s book is the first to be published about this fascinating woman.
Yvonne Blomer is the Poet Laureate of Victoria, BC. Writer, critic, teacher and poet, Yvonne was born in Zimbabwe, and came to Canada when she was two years old. With her husband she has taught in Japan, cycled through Southeast Asia, and lived in the UK, where she completed a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction at The University of East Anglia. Her most recent books are Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (Palimpsest Press, 2017) and Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (editor, Caitlin Press, 2017). In Sugar Ride she details the couple’s experiences and impressions as they explore Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand, four countries with long histories of colonialism and war.
She is the winner of the Overleaf Chapbook Contest 2017 for her collection Elegies for Earth and has published three books of poetry, most recently As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). In 2018 Yvonne will be part of a show at The Bateman Centre that features poems in response to Robert Bateman’s paintings.