Whistler Readers and Writers Festival is here 

The 6 th 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 th through 16 th .

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, Sept 14 th 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 604-935-8410.

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 th at Millennium Place. Tickets are available through Millennium Place at 604-935-8410, or through www.bookbuffet.com . For a full listing of festival workshops and events, check out the www.theviciouscircle.ca . To register for any seminars at the festival please email Stella25@telus.net or call her at 604-932-4518.

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.


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