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Whistler Writers Festival to host spring event

Stories & Music: Reflections on Wellness, Balance, and Saving Lives takes place June 15
WWF2 Meredith Gardner BY OISIN MCHUGH
The Whistler Writers Festival is launching a spring event this June. Pictured is author Meredith Gardner at the 2021 Whistler Writers Festival.

The 2023 Whistler Writers Festival may not be until October, but local writers and book lovers can get an early taste of the fan-favourite event next month.

The festival is hosting a spring event at the Whistler Public Library on Thursday, June 15.

Called "Stories & Music: Reflections on Wellness, Balance, and Saving Lives," the event will unite an array of storytellers and perspectives, music from the Sea to Sky Orchestra, and conversation, according to a release.

Four guest authors are slated to attend:

-CBC Radio journalist Gregor Craigie shares his funny and moving novel Radio Jetlag, which is sure to have everyone thinking about work-life balance.

-Squamish writer and ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph, author of Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness, discusses how to build relationships with the plant life all around us.

-Debut author Lisa Duncan, writer of memoir Chasing Africa: Fear Won’t Find Me Here, tells the story of her extraordinary solo adventure across the wild landscapes of  Africa while navigating family crises and illness.

-Sunshine Coast writer Cathalynn Labonté-Smith’s non-fiction book Rescue Me: Behind the Scenes of Search and Rescue, reveals real-life stories of the volunteers who rescue the injured and find those who are lost.

“Each of these authors have very different books and genres, but what ties them together is their exploration of the ideas of wellness, well-being or our sense of safety,” said Rebecca Wood Barrett, the festival's artistic director, in the release. “Bringing these titles, authors, and live orchestral music together for this event is going to spark new ways of thinking about wellness, and lift your spirits.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. on June 15, and the event starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available at

The 2023 Whistler Writers Fest is slated for Oct. 12 to 15.