Book reviews on screen 

The Whistler Library is setting the stage for passionate readers to dish out their take on their favourite book.

Are you all about trumpeting everything Canadian, maybe The Big Why by Michael Winter?

Or do you want to analyze society in a Petri dish with Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth?

Whatever Red Tent rant or Lumiere Light gospeling, Whistler Reads wants to hear it at the Video Book Review filming on Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Whistler Library.

Readers are invited to come forward to film a two-minute review of a book for the Whistler Faces to Book video program. The video will premier at the Whistler Public Library’s Opening Gala Week, Apr. 11-17 and will also be available online.

There is a child, youth, local adult, visitor and athlete category. Already Steve Podborski has bookmarked a review of Lord of the Rings.

Reviewers will state their name, the author and the title of the book, what the story is about, why you loved the book, and why others should read it.

To book your book review, contact Paula Shackleton at 604-907-2804 or .

Whistler Reads is a Village-wide book group that meets every eight weeks to discuss a new book, often in the presence of the author. The next meeting looks at Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. The book spent more than 70 weeks on the bestseller list.

The event is free with Whistler Read members receiving a 10 per cent discount on the current Whistler Reads book selection at Armchair Books in Whistler.


Last chance for Battle of the Bands

Bands and solo artists must register by Friday, Feb. 29 if they want a chance to sing it out for the grand prize of the 2008 Sea to Sky Battle of the Bands — a $5,000 recording/marketing prize package.

The annual event has really upped the ante this year with event organizers LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) and Club Shred partnering with new sponsors Echo One Productions and REMG, the largest urban-music concert promoter in Canada.

First prize for both the soloist and band category will include a demo critique by a national music industry agent, a demo recording deal, an opening for a headliner act, a professional photo session, air time on Mountain FM, and an artist marketing and development consultation deal.

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