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Provincial arts appointments



The B.C. Arts Council (BCAC) now has a few new members among the ranks, including the new project manager for the Aboriginal Art at Venue program for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Connie Watts.

The council, which consists of 15 members appointed by the lieutenant governor in council, represents the artistic communities of the province. In addition to Watts, the new appointees are Christos Dikeakos, Stanley W. Hamilton, Ron Smith, and Michael Tindall. Don Shukma was reappointed as chair for another one-year term.

“Our mission is to support the arts and cultural community to achieve its creative, social and economic potential,” Shukma said in a recent press release. “I am confident that these new members will rise to the challenge.”

The BCAC was established in 1996 and, to date, has distributed over $158 million in funding to assist artists and art organizations throughout the province.


Literary lovers


Reader, writer or both — it doesn’t matter. All lovers of the written word are sure to find something to interest them within the programming of the seventh annual Whistler Readers & Writers Festival, held Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13.

The weekend gets off to a lively start at the Whistler Public Library on Friday night with an opening night debate about the power of words, followed by a keynote address by publisher and author, Mel Hurtig.

Saturday offers up a myriad of workshops and seminars designed to inspire wordsmiths from all genres and of all levels of experience.

Events range in price. To download the full schedule of events, visit www.theviciouscircle.ca/retreat/index.php or contact Stella Harvey at stella25@telus.net .


Speaking of the written word…


Our beloved local book club, Whistler Reads, is hosting its fall party, and the theme is everything Agent 007 to commemorate their literary pick for the summer, Sebastian Fauks’s Devil May Care , and the worldwide centenary celebration of Ian Fleming’s birth.

If you’re a Whistler Reads member, feel free to come enjoy a few martinis — shaken, not stirred, of course — at the costume party on Saturday, Sept. 13. Black tie apparel if you don’t come in costume.