Fat Oyster Reading Series

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We are pleased to announce a SPECIAL EVENT October 21 at 7:00!

Join us for a BOOK LAUNCH with three of British Columbia’s most talented authors!

The event will feature Fanny Bay’s own Judy LeBlanc, Hornby Island’s Cornelia Hoogland, and Governor General Award winner Arleen Paré  from Victoria.

Judy LeBlanc will be reading from her recently released book of short stories The Promise of Water (Oolichan books).  Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals including Filling Station, The Malahat Review, Prism, Antigonish Review and Grain. She was recently longlisted for the Prism Short Fiction contest, and in 2015 she won the Islands Fiction contest. In 2012 she won the Antigonish Review’s Sheldon Currie Fiction contest, and was longlisted for the CBC short story prize. She has written reviews for The Coastal Spectator and the Malahat Review.

Judy lives in Fanny Bay, teaches English and Creative Writing at North Island College and she is a founding member and artistic director for the Fat Oyster Reading Series.

Cornelia Hoogland will be reading from her a new book of poetry Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour Publishing).  Her book Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn,2011) was a finalist for the Relit Award for Poetry. Her story Sea Level was shortlisted for the 2012 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Trailer Park Elegy is her seventh book. Cornelia serves on national and international literary boards, and was the founder and artistic director of Poetry London and, most recently, of Poetry Hornby Island, on the BC Gulf Island she calls home.

Arleen Paré’s The Girls with Stone Faces  (Brick Books) her latest poetry collection.  Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008.  Leaving Now, a mixed-genre novel, was highlighted on All Lit Up. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré’s poetry collection, He leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was a 2015 Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist.  She lives in Victoria with her partner of thirty-seven years.


See photos of the Sept. 27th Reading:


See the posters of some previous events:


Other Sites of interest:

FatOysterReading on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fatoysterreading

Write Here http://www.nic.bc.ca/about_us/events/reading_series.aspx

WordStorm http://www.wordstorm.ca/

Denman Island Writers and Readers Festival  http://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/

Elevate the Arts  http://www.elevatethearts.com/

Words on the Water  http://www.wordsonthewater.ca/

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