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Festival of the Written Arts Draws Canadian Writers and Readers from Around the World to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Sunshine Coast Festival for the Written ArtsThis 30th annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts will be held August 16-19, 2012 at the Rockwood Centre in Sechelt, BC.

This year’s event includes:

  • The world premier of a documentary film about literary travel in Northern Labrador
  • A world class lineup of Canadian mystery authors, non-fiction writers, novelists, poets and more.
  • Daily contests
  • Big Tent book sales and self-published authors

Tickets are selling fast for this event, so now is the time to secure both your place at the event and to reserve your Sunshine Coast lodging at our member bed & breakfasts and inns.

Canadian Writers Are the Focus of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

The lineup of writers at the 30th annual festival are a “Who’s Who” of Canadian authors.

8:00 pm  

Torngat MountainsNorthwords

A documentary film, Northwords focuses on the experiences of Canadian writers Joseph Boyden, Sarah Leavitt, Rabindranath Maharaj, Noah Richer and Alissa York as they undertake a literary journey to Torngat Mountains National Park in a far removed area of North Labrador.

8:00 pm  

Wayson ChoyWayson Choy

The author of the Trillium Award-winning novels The Jade Peony, and All That Matters, Wayson Choy has dedicated 30 years to teaching communication and literature.

9:00 am  

Love You to Death by Gail BowenGail Bowen

Acclaimed Canadian mystery writer Gail Bowen is the Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourn series and Charlie D novels for Rapid Reads, which are written for readers with learning disabilities.

  10:30 am  

Charlotte GillCharlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for Eating Dirt, which is her memoir of 17 years of tree planting in the Canadian wilderness, and the BC Book Prize for her novel Ladykillers.

1:00 pm  

Michael CrummeyMichael Crummey

Newfoundland native Michael Crummey is the author of national bestseller River Thieves, about the history and culture of the Beothuk Aboriginal people of Newfoundland, along with its follow-up The Wreckage, and more.

  2:30 pm  

Douglas GibsonDouglas Gibson

Well known and respected in Canadian publishing circles, Douglas Gibson has been the editor and publisher of a number of the top writers of Canada. His Stories About Storytellers collects 21 mini-biographies.

4:00 pm  

The Quintessential Writers Group: Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie, Maureen Foss & Gwendolyn Southin

The founders of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written arts are themselves published authors of 27 novels.

7:00 pm  

lorna crozierLorna Crozier with Shelagh Rogers

Multiple award winning poet, essayist and auto-memoirist Lorna Crozier will sit down with Shelagh Rogers, host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio for a conversation on Crozier’s career.

  8:30 pm  

Linden MacIntyreLinden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyre is the Gemini and International Emmy award winning co-host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate. His bestselling novels include The Bishop’s Man and the “Cape Breton trilogy”.

9:00 am  

Ami McKayAmi McKay

Amy McKay is the bestselling author of the novels The Birth House, about an early 20th century midwife, and The Virgin Cure, about the late 19th century’s horrifying “syphilis cleansing” practice.

  10:30 am  

Eric Paetkau & Howard White with Patrick Munro

Former CBC Radio host Patrick Munro will moderate a discussion between Dr. Eric Paetkau, whose The Doc’s Side memoir documents BC frontier medicine, and Howard White, who specializes in BC coastal history and legends.

1:00 pm  

Patrick LakePatrick Lane

Poet Patrick Lane has been recognized for his work with the Canadian Authors Association Award, Governor General’s Award for Poetry and many others. His works are internationally published.

  2:30 pm  

Indian Horse by Richard WagameseRichard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese is a premier Native Canadian writer from the Wabaseemoong First Nation who, since 1969, has written professionally in the newspaper, radio, and television industries and has gone on to major success as an author.

4:00 pm  

Anne MichaelsAnne Michaels

Poet and “infrequent novelist” Anne Michaels has earned great acclaim for her unique balance of language, character and plot.

  7:00 pm  

Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson

Yorkshire-born novelist Peter Robinson has lived in Canada since 1974, but his works, such as the “Detective Chief Inspector Allan Banks” series, have remain focused on his hometown.

8:30 pm  

Noah Richler — Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture

Noah Richler is a former BBC documentary producer and the author of This is My Country, What’s Yours: A Literary Atlas of Canada, a dissection of what it means to be Canadian through his eyes and the perspective of nearly 100 Canadian writers, that’s earned a BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

9:00 am  

Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb is an accomplished social anthropologist and the author of four novels.

  10:30 am  

JJ Lee

JJ Lee is a fashion writer and commentator who gained literary raves for his non-fiction auto-memoir book The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit.

1:00 pm  

Childhood Under Siege by Joel BakanJoel Bakan

UBC Law professor Joel Bakan is the the author of Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children.

  2:30 pm  

New Voices: Robyn Michele Levy and Kim Clark with Sheryl MacKay

Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC radio’s North by Northwest, will moderate a discussion with Kim Clark and Robyn Michele Levy; writers who have shared stories of their struggles with medical issues.

4:00 pm  

Jane Urquhart

Canadian novelist and poet Jane Urquhart specializes in historical fiction and is a recognized master of the “Southern Ontario Gothic” style.

  7:30 pm  

Rebecca JenkinsRebecca Jenkins

BC recording artist Rebecca Jenkins closes the festival with a musical performance featuring a jazz trio made up of husband Joel Bakan on guitar, Bruce Meikle on bass, and Myim Bakan Kline on drums.

For more information about the event and to order tickets go to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts website.

Choose Sunshine Coast Lodging as Individual as a Literary Work

Breakfast at a BC Sunshine Coast B&B inn

The home-made breakfast of a BC Sunshine Coast B&B inn will get your day’s literary adventures at the writers festival off to a great start.

Our member Sunshine Coast bed & breakfast inns are dedicated to providing unique lodging to accompany your experience of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and all the many summertime activities and attractions the Sunshine Coast region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a broad range of breakfast selections, comfortable B&B guest rooms offer unique and cozy accommodations, and the singular service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast region.

What’s Your Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts Expectation or Experience?

This is the 30th year of this Sunshine Coast writers festival.  In that time, it has grown to become one of the most recognized Canadian writers festivals in all of Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Sunshine Coast writers festivals.

Exploring The Sunshine Coast

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

In the heart of lush green forests with wildlife everywhere you look, the Sunshine Coast is one of the most stunningly beautiful locations not only in British Columbia, but in the world. No matter what type of vacation you are looking to embark on, you are sure to find it here. And if taking a step away from the hustle and bustle of the city life is what you are looking for, then there may not be a better place to visit.

Kayaking in the Sunshine Coast

Home to a whopping eight provincial parks, and an unprecedented eleven marine parks, the Sunshine Coast provides the visitor with amazing experiences every minute of the day. Whether you are  looking to conquer a mountain peak with an ocean view at the top, or explore the shoreline for extraodinary sea life, the park systems will be sure to please you.  One park that is a must see is Sargeant Bay Provincial Park. Set aside to preserve the splendid beaches, rocky headlands, lagoons and heavily forested uplands, this day-use only park is a lovely spot for walking, nature viewing and picnicking. Boaters will find safe anchorage here, and the surrounding waters are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, board sailing, scuba diving and fishing.

When you’re not out exploring the country side, then make sure to take in the arts and culture district .With more artists per capita than any region in Canada, the Sunshine Coast proudly waves its artistic flag – the Purple Banner. From Langdale to Lund, the flying purple flag indicates the home studio or gallery of a Sunshine Coast artist at work.  Talented people are drawn to the natural beauty and laid back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast, and its growing reputation as an arts and culture centre is much deserved.

Also home to six great golf courses, an endless amount of scuba diving sites, and fantastic dining experiences, the Sunshine Coast is always a great choice for your next vacation. And with some great Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast options, there are no excuses why you shouldn’t circle the Sunshine Coast on your map as a future year round destination.

The Super Circle

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

BC Ferries offers up to a 15% discount on one way fares when purchased as a Circle Pac ticket.  This means you can go from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island, across to the Sunshine Coast and back down to Vancouver at a great price!  Or go the other way around!  The deal applies to autos and passengers, RV’s, and even motorcycles.  Check with BC Ferries for the details, but basically you have 30 days to make your trip.  Tickets can be purchased at any of the ferry terminals along the circle route: Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay, Langdale, Saltery Bay, Powell River, Comox, Swartz Bay, Departure Bay and Duke Point.  Then keep the voucher handy for showing at the other terminals along the way.

It couldn’t be easier and you can go in whichever direction you like.  A route I’ve enjoyed is from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale and then north along the Sunshine Coast through the communities of Gibsons, Roberts Creek, and Sechelt and via the Saltery Bay ferry on to Powell River on the Upper Sunshine Coast.   The Sunshine Coast has fantastic scenery, great fishing, boating and hiking so stay overnight at a Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast to have enough time to get a real taste of this region.

From Powell River take the ferry across to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and an endless variety of both indoor and outdoor Vancouver Island attractions await you.  You can visit rugged Cape Scott at the very north-western  end of the Island, go whale watching in Telegraph Cove or on the west side in Tofino, play golf at any number of great Vancouver Island golf courses, visit museums or superb gardens. British Columbia is an outdoor person’s paradise, but it caters to couch potatoes too.  Those who like driving trips can’t miss— much of the highway system is along the sea shore or through rolling hills and low mountains.  Vistas are spectacular and you really don’t have to get out of the car to enjoy them, but you’ll want to, to experience the forests and seashore first hand.  The ferries themselves are very comfortable and afford incredible views.   You may even see whales from the ferry!  I have.  Everywhere along the way you will find British Columbia Bed & Breakfasts offering great hospitality and lots of local lore and information to enhance your journey even more.

Be sure to take in some of the many museums you’ll pass along the way.  Not just those in the big cities where world class art, history and theatre are on display, but also those in smaller towns and cities where local history and aboriginal art and culture come together along with exhibits about BC logging and BC mining.   There is a lot of fascinating information to be enjoyed.

Frankly, the only drawback I can think of around doing a BC Ferries circle tour of the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island is that 30 days just scratches the surface.  Be warned, this territory is addictive!  I’m hooked and I’ll bet you will be too.  Have a terrific time, and then come back to explore your favorite areas in more detail on your next trip to BC!

Music + Art = The Sunshine Coast in August

Friday, August 13th, 2010

For those not familiar with the Sunshine Coast, it is that gorgeous part of the B.C. mainland coast accessible by ferry from Horseshoe Bay (to Langdale) or Comox (to Powell River).  It boasts over 2000 hours of sunshine annually and is home to many artists and musicians.

August 20-22 is a time when the Sunshine Coast really strutts its stuff. The Pender Harbour Music Festivalwill start things off with a celebration of the 200th anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann.   Performances by a lineup of superb musicians highlighting the two pivotal composers and others are sure to mesmerize and intrigue.   Come and enjoy chamber music played in the beautiful and intimate environs of the School of Music in Madeira Park.

Meanwhile, Arts Alive in the Park takes place in Powell River that same weekend, August 21 and 22.  “Arts Alive in the Park” is tons of summer fun and kicks off the annual Blackberry Festival (the kind you love to eat!).  This is an opportunity to view the work of established and emerging local artists in a beautiful outdoor setting. There is also dance, music, a poetry slam and workshops for both kids and adults.

For your Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast accommodation, be sure to check out the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild members.  Ask your B&B hosts about the many natural attractions of the Sunshine Coast.  Insiders know where to go.