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Coming up… the 2013 Sidney Literary Festival

Sidney on Vancouver Island in British Columbia is a book town by the sea thanks to its multitude of bookshops. That bookishness continues next month with its literary festival on October 4, 5 and 6. Lots of local authors will be appearing including Susan Musgrave, Brian Brett and poet Wendy Morton, who is sponsored by AbeBooks.

Friday Evening Gala hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and MP Elizabeth May

7:30 pm at North Saanich Middle School, $20

Performance by Students. Readings by M.A.C. Farrant, Anny Scoones, Grant McKenzie, Sylvia Olsen, Pamela Porter


Saturday Evening Gala hosted by Wendy Morton

7:30 pm at the Charlie White Theatre, $25 (tickets available from Tanner Books)

Featuring Arthur Black, Brian Brett, William Deverell, Elizabeth May, Frances Backhouse, Susan Musgrave and Mark Zuehlke


Sunday morning brunch hosted by Elizabeth May

9 am to 11 am at Pier Hotel

Featuring William Deverell, Arthur Black, Grant McKenzie, Adrian Chamberlain, Sylvia Olsen and Susan Musgrave


Saturday Workshops

Age 9 to 12 writer’s workshop with Nickki Tate – 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Sidney Library, Nell Horth Room

Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Sylvia Olsen – 10:30 am to 12 noon, North Saanich School, Home Ec Room

Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Wendy Morton – 1 pm to 2:30 pm, North Saanich School, Home Ec Room

Age 16 to 18 writer’s workshop with Brian Brett – 10:30 am to 12 noon, North Saanich School, Multi-purpose Room

*all workshops for ages 9-18 are Youth Sponsored workshops

Adult Writer’s Workshop with Frances Backhouse – 9am to 10:30, Sidney Library, Nell Horth Room, $30


Saturday Author Readings

9:45 am to 10:45 am – Joan Neudecker and Nicola Furlong at Beacon Books $10

11 am to 12 noon – Pamela Porter and Grant McKenzie at Red Brick Café, $10

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Patrick Lane and Anny Scoones at North Saanich School, Multi-Purpose Room, $10

2 pm to 3 pm – Susan Musgrave and Brian Brett at Pier Hotel Sallas Room, $10

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm – Mark Zuehlke, Military Bookstore $10

4 pm to 5 pm – Arthur Black and M.A.C. Farrant at North Saanich School, Multi-Purpose Room, $10

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