So the Whistler Readers & Writers Festival is happening next week from Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 16. This is a good thing for Whistler because, although it doesn't have a rich literary culture, we're celebrating what we do have, which is a spirited and enthusiastic community of writers with something legit to offer.
But despite all this, ticket sales for this year's festival are a bit low. The Festival includes some high profile authors and some of its most interesting workshops yet. Here are some of the festival highlights so you, the good people of Whistler, can jump on some tickets in order to ensure the festival's returns next year:
- Opening Night Gala, Friday, 8 p.m.: the Opening Night Gala will include readings from bestselling author Miriam Toews, whose 2004 A Complicated Kindness was a regular fixture on "Staff Picks" lists in bookstores all over the country for years. Authors Madeline Sonik, Antanas Sileika, John Glenday, Angie Abdou, Randy Boyagoda and Sarah Selecky. If you've only heard of two of these writers, let us assure you they're worth your time. Stephen Vogler, who all Whistler locals have probably heard of by now, will moderate the evening. Admission: $20.
- Getting Past the fear, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.: Yes, it's a bit early for a weekend but this workshop with Madeline Sonik, will offer aid to writers and amateur writers alike in how to use real life stories in your writing. Admission: $25.
- Why Fiction Matters, Saturday, 9 a.m.: This panel discussion will include writers Antanas Sileika and Randy Boyagoda touching on, well, why fiction matters. Admissions: $25.
- How to Create and Push Around Your Characters, Saturday, 1:15 p.m.: Angie Abdou will offer advice on how to get aggressive with stubborn and stereotypical characters. Admission: $25
- Creative 5 Eclectic, Saturday, 8 p.m.: Stephen Vogler's open mic, beat poetry concept will include special guest Barbara Adler. Admission: $10.
- Lit Grit Tribute Breakfast, Sunday, 10 a.m.: Miriam Toews, Wayne Johnston and 2011 Whistler Writer-in-Residence Sarah Selecky discuss their careers over breakfast and readings with moderator Andreas Schroede. Admission: $35.
- PechaKucha, Sunday, 8 p.m. : Whistler's latest (sort of) craze returns to Maxx Fish. A mix of show and tell and open mic, 10 speakers will show 20 slides in six minutes and 40 seconds, touching on topics from architecture, to sculpture, to Poo Font (guess who that is). Admission: $10.
This is only a portion of what will be offered over the weekend. For more information, visit www.theviciouscircle.ca