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Young adult author visits Armchair Books

Laura Michelle Thomas promotes The Naked Storyteller

Author Laura Michelle Thomas will be at Armchair Books in Whistler Village on Saturday, Sept. 27 to promote her new young adult novel The Naked Storyteller.

Much like her first novel, Polly Wants to Be a Writer (2013), The Naked Storyteller began as a fictionalized guide to storytelling based on a workshop she used to teach, but quickly morphed into a romantic comedy.

Based in the Lower Mainland, Thomas is the creator of the International Junior Authors Writing Contests and publisher of the e-zine jaBlog!

This is Thomas's second novel and is a hybrid young adult fantasy novel and writing guide for young authors, which she wrote for the thousands of aspiring young writers she mentors around the world.

Thomas, who is also a parent, said in a release: "I'm not a fan of endless, meaningless gaming and the gamification of education, which seems to be happening at the cost of deteriorating self-confidence, social skills and relationships. In this book, I poke fun at education and parenting. There are many funny and touching moments, but there is a hint of darkness and tragedy too, just below the surface. That little sledgehammer on the cover of the book, alongside the gorgeous red shoes and sexy legs, is there for a reason."

Thomas will be at Armchair Books from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Her website is

Whistler Festival launches poster competition

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) wants Canadian designers, illustrators, graphic artists and photographers to submit their poster ideas for this year's festival, taking place Dec. 3 to 8.

The winner will receive $500 and two platinum passes for the festival, with 1,000 posters and programs being printed. It will also be widely distributed in Canadian and international media.

The theme for the artwork must reflect the WFF's 2014 positioning: Prepare to be inspired and connected by nature through the art and business of film.

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Les Ballets Trockadero kicks off Whistler Pride Week

The all-male drag company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, returns to Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 to kick off Whistler Pride Week.

They perform at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

"The Trocks is a very big deal," said Whistler Pride Week organizer Dean Nelson in an email. "The last time they performed in Vancouver was 30 years ago... It is such a huge honour that they not only chose to return to Vancouver, but to return for one night at the opening of Whistler Pride week."

Reel Rock Film tour to shake Squamish

The 9th annual Reel Rock Film Tour is showing Valley Uprising, a full-length feature on the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park.

The screening takes place at the Howe Sound Inn in Squamish on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

 Valley Uprising looks at the rebellious, counterculture roots of climbing and speaks to pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at

Quest Speaker Series on music and ethics

Dr. Jeff Warren presents a talk and readings on Music and Ethical Responsibility as part of Quest University's speaker series.

The talk looks at how music affects the ways people interact and asks if musical experiences create ethical responsibilities.

Warren is the author of Music and Ethical Responsibility, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

It takes place at Squamish Library on Thursday, Oct. 16. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on Quest's Speaker Series events in Whistler and Squamish, visit