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Lost in Mongolia writer finding his way to Whistler

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No, I wasn’t lost in Mongolia but Colin Angus was! On Thursday, Feb. 19 th at 8 p.m., Colin will be presenting a slide show of his amazing trip down the Yenisey River and providing a commentary as well. His book, Lost in Mongolia: Rafting the world’s last unchallenged river, will be available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Showcase which is sponsored by the Government of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Arts Council. Tickets are available now at the library, Millennium Place or through Ticketmaster at 603-935-8418. Adults $7, students $4.

Colin Angus began his adventuring career at 19 with a five-year, mostly solo, offshore sailing odyssey. He has co-produced two documentaries including Yenisey: River of Extremes (runner up for the People’s Choice award at the Banff Film Festival) for National Geographic. When not in the field, Colin shares his adventures with the public through presentations and articles. Publications he has written for include Cruising World, The Globe and Mail and Explore.

Based out of Vancouver, he is currently preparing for his next adventure. No sails, no engine – just pedals, skis and oars. From Vancouver to Alaska, across the Bering Strait and Siberia into the Russian heartland, Angus and Tim Harvey will document their trek through landscapes of the rugged, fragile north. Through this journey the men hope to highlight and raise funds for the David Suzuki foundation, an organization leading the way to combat climate change. As well, the adventurers will be partnering with Canadian schools, using adventure as a medium to inspire and motivate in the classroom.

For more information check out Colin’s Web site at: www.colinangus.com

Hearts and Kisses

We still have a few spots left for our children’s Valentine’s Day program on Saturday, Feb. 14 th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be stories, songs, rhymes and a "lovely" craft to make. For children ages 3-6 and a caregiver. Please call 604-932-5564 to pre-register.

Junior Book Club

The Junior Book Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 19 th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library to discuss Andrew Clement’s book, Frindle . This is the story of clever Nick Allen who decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, and invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Canada Reads

During the week of Feb. 16th, 2004, the Canada Reads panelists will discuss, debate and deliberate over these five titles. This year’s panelists are: Measha Brueggergosman (soprano), Glen Murray (Mayor of Winnipeg), Francine Pelletier (Filmmaker and journalist), Jim Cuddy (musician) and Zsuzsi Gartner (author). The books to be discussed are:

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle by Monique Proulx

At the end of each day's discussion, CBC Radio host Bill Richardson will call for a vote, asking the panelists to eliminate one book from the list. On Friday, Feb. 20th, we'll know the title Canada Reads.

For more information check out the Canada Reads website at: www.cbc.ca/canadareads/index.html

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