annual Whistler Readers
and Writers Festival, produced by The Vicious Circle, is Whistler’s premier
literary celebration and a key fixture in the resort’s growing cultural
calendar, taking place Sept. 14
The countdown to the festival continues
with our series of articles written by members of Whistler’s own writing
community, The Vicious Circle. This week features writer Pam Barnsley, whose
work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, and on CBC television and radio.
Pam is the author of the book “Hiking Trails of the Sunshine Coast”, Harbour
Publishing, as well as more recent short stories for several mystery magazines.
She is currently working on a mystery novel set in Whistler. Pam will be
moderating at the Opening Night Cabaret: Writing as Performance, on Friday,
at Millennium Place at 7 p.m. Guest writer-performers
include Oni the Haitian Sensation, Chris Craddock, Margaret Macpherson, and
Michael V. Smith. Tickets are available through Millennium Place at
The Whistler Reads Book Club event with
author Jen Sookfong Lee, will be moderated by Paula Shackleton, from 8 to 10
p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15
at Millennium Place. Tickets are
available through Millennium Place at 604-935-8410, or through
. For a full listing of
festival workshops and events, check out the
. To register
for any seminars at the festival please email
or call her at
The festival is brought to you by the
letter W, the number 15, and the funding support of The Resort Municipality of
Whistler, the Community Foundation of Whistler, The Whistler Arts Council and
the B.C. Arts Council.
The cult of the book club
By Pam Barnsley
Twenty years ago a woman ran an advertisement in one of the Whistler papers, looking for people to join a book club. At the appointed time and place several interested readers showed up. The woman who ran the ad did not. Maybe it was one of those big powder days and she was too tired. Maybe she was engrossed in a book and forgot.
Those who did show, including originals Stephanie Sloan and Karen Laughland, carried on, and today the Whistler Book Club still meets once a month to hash out what literature means to them.